Abortion and Congressman Jack Mattox are two issues which cannot be debated rationally or taken impartially into consideration.
He has earned himself a reputation for running tough campaigns that involve relentless attacks against his rivals, yet also project a lack of polish and an air of arrogance.
Early Life and Education
Mattox served for nearly 30 years as Catoosa County Parks Director, during which time he developed sports programs and organized its inaugural Special Olympic competition, according to Durham. Additionally, Mattox lured professional athletes to visit Catoosa’s children, she noted.
Mattox became one of Hollywood’s go-to musical actors in Hollywood, appearing in 20 movie musicals such as Caleb Pontipee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1945) and Cyd Charisse in 1953 musical “The Band Wagon.”
Harold Henry Mattox began dancing at age 11, initially under tappers Willie Covan, Teddy Kerr and Louie de Prawn as well as ballet teacher Ernest Belcher. Theater and jazz dance pioneer Jack Cole served as his mentor; Mattox credits Cole with helping to refine his freestyle technique while infusing ballet, flamenco and Spanish dance into his floor shows at Manhattan nightclubs.
Mattox contributed significantly to shaping jazz dance’s aesthetic traditions and kinetic vocabulary. Building upon Jack Cole’s techniques, he combined them with tap, modern and folkloric dance traditions from around the globe.
During the early seventies, he helped organize Catoosa county Special Olympics as well as starting a summer camp for underprivileged children in Ringgold. Additionally, he personally invited professional athletes to visit local schools as a special treat before Special Olympic events took place.
Friends say he aspires to become attorney general or governor one day, citing his intelligence, energy and courage as assets he can leverage to reach such positions. They caution, however, against his tendency to take criticism personally as well as an ambitious streak that drives him towards ruthlessness; sometimes this leads to him losing his temper in heated debates.
Achievement and Honors
Mattox has long been recognized for pioneering his own unique brand of jazz dance that transcends Broadway hoofing. Building upon the foundation provided by Jack Cole as mentor, Mattox developed his own technique using ballet, tap, and Spanish dancing techniques in his classes.
He established himself on film as well, with roles in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1945) and “Yolanda and the Thief” (1945), as well as performing the pivotal barn raising scene from 1952’s classic, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Mattox retired from New York and relocated to London, teaching at JazzArt studio. Later settling with wife Martine Limeul in Perpignan France despite growing frailty, Mattox continued teaching until 2013. Mattox died aged 92.
Mattox made his mark during his decade in Hollywood, appearing in nearly 20 film roles – such as in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954), where his life-threatening leaps over a sawhorse in the barn-raising dance scene left moviegoers spellbound; “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953); and “The Band Wagon” (1953).
Mattox used his ballet training to shape jazz into its own distinct genre. He taught this style both in New York and later London where he opened his own studio known as JazzArt; among his students were theatre skipper Graciela Daniele as well as Barbra Streisand.
Jack Mattox was known for both his dance career and founding of Catoosa County Parks and Recreation department. Through this work he offered recreational opportunities for local children; today his legacy continues every time someone plays sports or dances at Jack Mattox Recreation Complex in Ringgold GA.
Mattox prefers to keep his personal and romantic lives private, and is currently unattached. Over time he has been seen with various people. Additionally, he maintains Twitter and Instagram accounts where he posts pictures, workout routines, and fitness-related content.
He first became interested in music after accompanying his uncle to studio sessions regularly and writing rap songs at an early age; Pretty Penny soon becoming his signature track.
As Pig Pen from Peanuts comic strip, Mattox exuded a cloud of controversy and emotion, with perhaps an air of dissolution surrounding him. Both friends and foes alike recognized his usefulness as a defense against bad legislation; yet many believed he frequently lost his temper.