Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2018 13 These days, the collection includes a 1953 Buick Skylark, a VW Beetle, a circa 1948 Woody with the signature surfboard on top, a 1957 Corvette, a Greyhound bus, a Hess gasoline truck, a spattering of Hot Wheels mini-cars in slightly faded original packaging, and this bit of a head- scratcher : a fall-winter edition of the J.C. Penney catalog, vintage 1995. "That kind of keeps the memory of when we started," Privette Sr. said. "That's my wife's idea." As for full-size versions of Detroit's finest, Privette admits to having the real McCoy, a '55 Chevy he acquired as a young man in 1970 and "a little Mustang convertible. " "Little play toys I like to play with," he said. It has been a long-haul for this now 72-year-old "product of Franklin County" raised in a family, he said, of seven boys and five girls. His father was a farmer-turned pulpwood-truck driver, he said, running a hauling business that he was a part of for two decades until the long 18-wheelers came to dominate the market. "It produced a good income for us," he said. Then came barber school and a new tradition. Today, this family patriarch reigns alongside his circa 1965 barber chair three days a week, leaving the rest of the calendar to his sons. "We're kind of antique looking," he said of his shop, "because I'm an antique myself." He splits his time singing with a gospel group, the "Souls of Calvary," which just marked its 46th anniversary. "I'm one of the original members," he said. (You can spot the group's "Come See About Me" compact disc in the window, too) And as barbers are fond of doing, he listens. "Sometimes, I'm a barber. Sometimes, I'm a counselor," he said. And stirs up some laughter, appropriate since Franklinton was the boyhood home of the late pie-throwing comedian, Soupy Sales, whose title role in "Peter Rabbit" as a first-grader in the elementary school up the street culminated in his top-rated TV show of the 1960s. "I like working with people, and I like to laugh," Privette said. "Laughter helps you get rid of some of that weight you carry around."

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