A Message of Hope from 'Gump' Author Groom

Author Winston Groom of Forrest Gump fame offers a message of hope to his neighbors and friends who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Groom lives in Point Clear, Alabama.

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Mr. WINSTON GROOM (Author): Hi. My name is Winston Groom and I live in a town called Point Clear, Alabama, which is about 150 miles from where Hurricane Katrina went in. The waterfront here is pretty much wrecked, and there are houses that have got three or four feet of water in them, and across the bay over in Bayou La Batre, they have 100-foot shrimp boats sitting up in the marsh. Now if y'all remember, Forrest Gump was a shrimper, and he would come back, and he's gonna come back. And all of you will come back.

We've been through these storms for 200-something years, and I think that everybody gets so dejected about now in these storms--not the day after, not the day after that, but about a week or two weeks later. but I'm gonna tell you, this area is gonna come back. It's one of the most beautiful areas in the nation, and we're all doing everything that we can. So hang on, we're there for you.

SCOTT SIMON (Host): Winston Groom is the author of "Forrest Gump" and many other best-selling books.

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