The coverage in The Sun News of the recent passing of Pat Conroy has been extensive and most assuredly justified. As a person who knew Pat Conroy personally during my years spent in Beaufort before my moving to Myrtle Beach and with whom I had the honor of sharing one of my own 11 books, namely “Two Faces of Paradise” about an adventure on the waters of Beaufort County, I have found your reporting most rewarding and reflective of fond memories past.
Unfortunately, there is a local flavor to the Pat Conroy story that is lacking attention. Mr. Conroy was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame just a couple of years ago at which time he thrilled an audience with his hilarious anecdotes about his early family life that predated the writings of several of his extraordinary novels.
Since the South Carolina Hall of Fame is located right here in Myrtle Beach, it seems to me that this is an excellent opportunity to put the South Carolina Hall of Fame in the limelight where it properly belongs. I know well that this is what Pat Conroy would have wanted.
Charles McLaughlin, Myrtle Beach