Roger Glasgow Memoir Offers 'Down and Dirty' Details


Roger Glasgow Memoir Offers 'Down and Dirty' Details

Little Rock attorney Roger Glasgow has been in the news in recent years, defending nursing homes and Victoria’s Secret.

Most tragically, he was the family spokesman in the disappearance and still unexplained death of his brother, construction executive John Glasgow.

But the first time Glasgow was a newsmaker was almost 44 years ago, when he ran for prosecuting attorney and lost in a Democratic primary runoff against Lee Munson. Weeks later, on Aug. 25, 1972, the 30-year-old Glasgow and his first wife, Jeannie, were driving back to Arkansas after a vacation in Mexico when border agents at Matamoros removed the back seat of their car and confiscated 24 pounds of marijuana.

“The wrapped item one of the agents now held in his hands was nothing I had ever seen before, a package I had neither bought nor placed under the car’s rear seat.

“The two agents looked grim, glanced at each other and nodded. A deep sense of dread came over me. I felt sure that something bad was about to happen.

“The first agent walked over, gave me an icy stare, and said, ‘Mr. Glasgow, you are under arrest.’”

Thus begins “Down and Dirty Down South: Politics and the Art of Revenge,” Glasgow’s 276-page account of his introduction to Faubus-era politics in Little Rock. Published by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, “Down and Dirty Down South” is scheduled for release on March 4.

Amazon.com is already offering preorders of both hardback ($34.95) and paperback ($29.95) editions.