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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Gift Giving Guide

Posted November 26, 2007 9:15 a.m. EST
Updated December 2, 2007 9:01 a.m. EST

What’s number one on your holiday gift list this year? What do you really hope Santa Claus will leave under your tree this December?

The Carolina Conversations blogger with the most interesting gift idea will win a copy of the red hot CD “Holly Raleigh Christmas” featuring 14 tracks of holiday music including an orchestral piece I wrote called “Wintercolors.”

Here’s my list. I really want the new Karl Campbell book Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers. Sam was "family" and one of my idols growing up in Morganton.

Two other books I'd really like to receive are Tilt 68 by Asheville native Sarah Colton and Cradles of Eminence by Victor Goertzel. Colton's book is about the radical changes of the late 60's from a Southern perspective. Goertzel's book profiles the childhoods of 700 famous men and women.

As a family gift I'd like to go with a portable GPS system. With four cars in the family and lots of traveling on the horizon I'm ready to take the plunge. Any suggestions on which unit to buy?

Other items on my list are subscriptions to two magazines - "Our State" and "Blue Ridge."
Plus, a basketball jersey from my alma mater would be nice along with an Appalachian State University sweatshirt as the Mountaineers push toward a third consecutive national championship.