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"F" is for Flat Nose

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"F" is for Flat Nose. In the 1980s, Flat Nose, a Darlington County bulldog, attracted international attention because of his ability to climb pine trees. According to his owner Barney Odom, Flat Nose developed his tree-climbing ability as a puppy despite Odom's best efforts to stop him. After regional media gave the dog considerable attention, he and his owner were invited to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Following that national appearance, Flat Nose became an international celebrity, performing at the 1989 Super Bowl, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and appearing in Japanese television commercials. In 1998 the country music band Austin Lounge Lizards immortalized Flat Nose's miraculous aspect in their song, "Flat nose the Tree-Climbing Dog." Flat Nose continued to make public appearances until just shortly before his death in 1993.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.