Mississippi Stories: Ellis Nassour

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In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with author, reporter and playwright Ellis Nassour. Nassour, a native of Vicksburg has lived a colorful life covering celebrities and the entertainment scene.

Author of the book “Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline,” he talks about writing that book, which has been in print for over 40 years now. Nassour discusses Cline’s colorful but short life and the people he interviewed to write it. He also covers his involvement in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and how he observed first-hand the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Nassour dreamed he would write for the “New York Times” and be involved in the entertainment business, both of which he has accomplished. His is an interesting story about making lucky breaks and how hard work can help you live an interesting life.


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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.