My short essay, "Goat Gonads: Vigor Before Viagra," about western North Carolina's very own JR Brinkley (and his bizarrely enduring legacy) appears in the newest issue of Defunct Magazine
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Brinkley, as you may know, became famous in the early twentieth century for his procedures of inserting goat glands into men's testicles to improve virility. He got rich (by carrying out some 16,000 of such operations) and then started XERA, the farthest-reaching radio station of its day, sending the Carters and Gene Autry and others into living rooms across the country.