Group butters wheels for Paula Deen museum

The Deen family, featuring momma Paula and sons Jamie and Bobby. (AP)

The Deen family, featuring momma Paula and sons Jamie and Bobby. (AP)

Museums stand as mighty testaments to the works of man and woman.

Now, the good people of Albany, Georgia, who pronounced their fair city’s name as though it were a relative of Jack Benny, are ready to join the pantheon currently inhabited by the Louvre, Prado, Met and Tate.

The Albany Herald breaks the good news: “Group working to bring Paula Deen museum to Albany.”

Say what you will about fine art, but you can’t eat it. Paula Deen, unlike an impressionist or, heaven forbid, a cubist, creates art that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.

Deen, an Albany native, in a few short years went from having $200 in her pocket to running a vast cooking empire. After a divorce in the late 1980s, she started a home business and had her boys deliver sandwiches. Her food was so good she was able to open a restaurant, “The Lady & Sons” in historic Savannah, which ought to be drawing up museum plans too.

Now she has more than a dozen cookbooks and has starred in countless TV cooking shows.

“I think you can say I’m living proof that the American Dream exists,” Deen said in a phone conversation with The Albany Herald from her Savannah home. “I’m proof that if someone will roll up their sleeves and go to work … Well, if I can do it — I don’t want to say just anyone can do it — but, yes, almost anyone can, if they have the kind of passion I have about the things I do.”

The Albany museum will be housed in Deen’s childhood home.

“That house holds so many memories for me,” Paula Deen said in The Albany Herald. “All the cheerleader cookouts, the spend-the-night parties. … And it just so happens I can pretty much furnish it like it was. I still have mama’s living room set and daddy’s — they had separate rooms later on because daddy had to sleep with a night light on and mama couldn’t.

28 comments Add your comment

Paul Johnson

May 23rd, 2013
11:12 am

No, God spare us! There’s a reason southern people (esp. women) are so fat!

Back in New Jersey we didn’t have all these weight issues. I hate living in Atlanta.

Fred ™

May 23rd, 2013
11:14 am

Ok George now THAT was funny. Nice title.

Fred ™

May 23rd, 2013
11:14 am

Well Paul we hate having your stupid yankee ass here as well. Go home, we’ll be better off without you.

Taxi Smith

May 23rd, 2013
11:15 am

Paul, have you seen your fat New Jersey governor??

Anton Chigurh

May 23rd, 2013
11:18 am

Good for them. Good for her. She has provided a great life for not only herself, but her sons as well. Bless them. If you don’t like them, turn the TV off, or don’t read about them.

Dawn

May 23rd, 2013
11:33 am

I’m from Albany and believe me nobody wants to visit it! Everything they create there closes within a matter of years. Turtle Park, Aquarium, and the revitalized downtown is a joke!!! Something like this would be better suited in Savannah! At least you can get a descent meal and do something “fun” in Savannah. If you are ever in Albany, please visit Black Beards on Slappey Road!

Sue

May 23rd, 2013
11:34 am

Well , Paul we here in Georgia have found out the same road that brought you here will take you back to New Jersey, just hit the road and follow it back.

Burdell

May 23rd, 2013
11:45 am

No fat people in New Jersey….now THAT’s funny!!

Girl with pick up

May 23rd, 2013
11:48 am

Paul, If you need a ride back to Jersey, just let me know. I’ll even load you junk in my big ole truck and drive you myself!

Clay

May 23rd, 2013
11:59 am

That’s funny. I could have sworn the article said the museum would be in Albany, not Atlanta. So why does Paul have an issue with Atlanta when it’s Albany (3 hours way) where the museum will be built?

SirSkunky

May 23rd, 2013
12:02 pm

The boys look like they just stuck their fingers in a lamp socket with no bulb.

SirSkunky

May 23rd, 2013
12:04 pm

Yeah Paul, PD is pretty disgusting, but New Joizey???? LOLOL! I wouldn’t shoot a rattlesnake on steroids trying to leave that state.

Grumps

May 23rd, 2013
12:26 pm

Paul

To quote the late Lewis Grizzard, “Delta is ready when you are.” and “We don’t care how the (expletive deleted) you did it in New Jersey..” Ok, that last one is a paraphrase, but the meaning is intact.

Bowie

May 23rd, 2013
12:36 pm

Albany has many good things going for it, but for starters, locals do not say Al-Benny unless your have a strong dialect (political correctness there). As for the museum, we have Nancy Lopez, Ray Knight, Ray Stevens and Ray Charles born there, Phillip Phillips and Buster Posey just up the road in Lee County, and, of course, Paula Deen. However, I can’t imagine the success of a museum for her. Paula, come open a restaurant first. Show you care about your hometown by reinvesting aside from the occasional charity function.

Michael

May 23rd, 2013
12:51 pm

In the South we need less of Paul and more of Paula Deen.

Steve

May 23rd, 2013
12:52 pm

New Jersey. Let’s see they the Real Housewives of New Jersey trash. They have the Jersey Shore trash. They have the Mob Wives trash and the list goes on an on. If you don’t like Atlanta then take it back north because we used to say in Florida, we don’t care how you did up north.

sherry

May 23rd, 2013
1:04 pm

Sound like Paul just has an issue with us Southerns. Go home we done you damn yankees here anyway. Atlanta was a much better place before ya’ll came

supsalemgr

May 23rd, 2013
1:04 pm

Paul, as the great southerner Lewis Grizzard said, “Delts is ready when you are!”.

JAWJA

May 23rd, 2013
1:17 pm

The most effective birth control method know to man is a New Jersey accent.

JAWJA

May 23rd, 2013
1:18 pm

Sorry…..KNOWN

donkey200

May 23rd, 2013
1:24 pm

Paul Johnson, you have a bunch of fat northern pigs in NJ. Go back if you so hate Atlanta. We don’t like your kind!! You nasty yank.

LaTonya Barkley

May 23rd, 2013
1:28 pm

Hello Paul, i think everyone have already said everything else, therefore there is nothing left for me to say but think twice before you try to trash the south in the south!!!!

timov

May 23rd, 2013
1:43 pm

White Trash Cooking.

Woodframes

May 23rd, 2013
2:05 pm

Hey Paul,

What G said and more! Hartsfield airport is due south of Downtown and Delta has flights leaving for wretched NJ anytime you are ready. Do everyone a favor and get your Jersey A** out of here!

lKnight

May 23rd, 2013
2:48 pm

To Paul Johnson…Just go back to Jersey and if they are not fat they are the ugly-est Bi—-s
on the planet

crackbaby

May 23rd, 2013
3:19 pm

Another fine whine from New Jersey!….

“I hate living _______ (insert name of any city)”

Al

May 23rd, 2013
5:40 pm

Paul, the reason you don’t get fat in Jersey is you don’t live long enough. At least we know how to eat without the crime from up north.

Bumper

May 23rd, 2013
8:17 pm

George you need to hire Paul (maybe you already have?) to be your conversation starter.

Being a lifelong Southerner I too take umbrage at his comment, but c’mon guys let’s don’t overdo the piling on.