[Ads-l] buckle of the bible belt (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 22 01:04:01 UTC 2016

The article identified by Bill Mullins in "The Indianapolis Star"
discussed a playwright named Joseph A. Hayes who co-authored with his
wife a high school play called "And Came the Spring". Joseph A. Hayes
was credited with using the phrase "buckle of the Bible Belt".

Date: February 8, 1948
Newspaper: The Indianapolis Star
Newspaper Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Section: The Indianapolis Star Magazine
Article: CURTAIN Going Up!
Article Subtitle: New Play in Texas Heralds a Playwright from Indiana
Article Author: Robert E. Johnson
Quote Page 7, Column 1
Database: Newspapers.com
Note: Citation Identified by Bill Mullins

[Begin excerpt - double check for errors]
Hayes, a tall, reedy intellectual with names for everything--"Indiana
is the buckle of the Bible Belt"--grew up in Indianapolis, where he
was born in 1918.  After graduation in 1936 from Arsenal Technical
High School, where, as a senior, he was stage manager of the
Indianapolis Civic Theater, he began writing as an extension student
of Indiana University.
[End excerpt]


On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
<william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
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> Poster:       "Mullins, Bill CIV (US)" <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL>
> Subject:      buckle of the bible belt (UNCLASSIFIED)
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> Christianese web site has 1960 for "Buckle of the Bible Belt" (I don't see =
> it in OED).
> http://www.dictionaryofchristianese.com/buckle-of-the-bible-belt-and-holes-=
> in-the-bible-belt/
> Chapel Hill NC _The Daily Tar Heel_ 4/10/1954 p 2 col 1=20
> "He has tarnished the buckle of the Bible Belt."
> It also appears to be in _Indianapolis Star_ 2/8/1948 at newspapers.com, bu=
> t I don't subscribe to "Publisher Extra" supplement.
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