MOORESBORO, N.C. -- He's been known to knock a bumblebee out of the air mid-flight. There are eyewitnesses.
He always carries his homemade slingshot in his left hip pocket. Always. Some nights he sleeps with it.
His real name is George Turner. But don't even bother asking around for him by that name. Along the North and South Carolina border people know him only as "Slingshot."
Everywhere he went people would challenge him to hit things -- street signs, tin cans, birds, whatever, from varying distances. He never missed and his legend grew. On his farm, animals knew to keep their distance. Rabbits, deer, squirrels. It seems Slingshot had a reputation even in the wild.
By the time I met him a few days ago, he was in his 80s with diminishing eyesight and strength. But we set up a line of pop cans and gave him a whirl. Darned if he didn't knock them over one after another, rarely missing.
What else would you expect from a man named Slingshot?