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Silas Merrit Robertson aka Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty has a new book. It’s appropriately titled Si‑cology 101. Inside the cover Uncle Si shares a plethora of stories from his childhood. He speaks of skipping school to fish with his older brothers, and how he earned straight A’s at Louisiana Tech, despite skipping most of an entire semester.
Uncle Si is the life of the party within the Duck Dynasty Clan. He’s a huge part of everything the show has become, and has contributed greatly to its success. Uncle Si is the heartbeat of a great cast which everyone has come to love. Other items the fans love are the books, DVDs, yard gnomes, welcome mats, and everything else containing their branding! The popularity of the Duck Dynasty franchise appears to have no end!
Uncle Si, similar to the entire Duck Dynasty cast, credits his success to faith, family and ducks, in that order. Si’s book speaks of the twenty-five years he served in the military, his wife of forty-three years, family, and eight grandchildren, including Christine, who we’ve yet to see on the show.
Although Uncle Si seems to never run out of stories, he explained he’s actually a really quiet, shy person. However, I find that difficult to believe. Si spoke with me as if we were lifelong friends – Perhaps in part because I may be considered the Duck Dynasty trivia king. I seem to know everything there is to know about him, which caused Si to laugh and asked, “Hey, have you been spying on me?”
What made you decide to write a book?
Everyone kept asking me to write about my family and life, but I was conflicted. I was in the military, and felt I was never there for the kids when they were growing up. However, my wife convinced me otherwise. “Oh yeah, you were,” she replied. “Let me go get a photo album.” She showed me pictures of myself dressed as a bunny rabbit, rooster, and Santa Claus at Christmas time. And they just kept asking, so I eventually said okay.
I heard you often receive marriage proposals, how do you handle it?
While at an event in Arkansas, a woman walked up and just stood there looking at me. I was waiting for her to hand me something to sign—a T-shirt, a hat, or whatever. Instead she said, “Well, I’m ready.”
I looked up and I asked, “Ready for what?”
She replied, “Ready to marry you, I drove 450 miles just to marry you!”
I told her, “We’ve got a slight problem here, lady.”
She answered, “What’s that?”
“I’m already married and my wife probably wouldn’t like me marrying you,” I replied.
“You mean I drove 450 miles for nothing?”
I said, “No. Isn’t that a T-shirt you’ve got hanging over your shoulder? I’ll sign it for you darlin’. That’s the best I can do for you.”
So being a devoted husband, do you have marriage advice for people?
People have got to understand that you’ve got to learn to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake. Don’t get mad and fly off the handle. We’re all human, and we make mistakes. What I tell young couples getting married is: you’re going to have quarrels, and on some things, you’re just going to have to agree to disagree. And when you go to bed at night, kiss each other, and tell each other you love them. Don’t go to bed mad. Life is too short. Keep it simple.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
When I sign people’s stuff, I put down John 3:16-17. Most people can tell you what sixteen says: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son,’ but they don’t know nothin’ about seventeen. It says’ “Jesus didn’t come to condemn us.” If anybody had a right to condemn someone, it would be the son of God. If he didn’t do it, then hey, we definitely are not qualified to do it.
How would you reply if someone questioned your faith?
A person asked me one time, “What’s the evidence that God is there?” I said, ‘I’ll go outside and pick up an acorn from under a tree. You put it in the ground and water it, and 40 years later when you come back, there might be an oak tree as big and round as a pick-up truck. Inside that little acorn is the resurrection power. That has to come from somewhere. It didn’t just exist.
How do you feel about seeing your face on merchandise when you go into a store?
It’s very humbling, number one. There’s a lot of kids who look-up to me, and that’s humbling, because being human, I don’t want to fail them. But being human, I will. That’s why it’s so important to have your faith put in something that won’t fail you. And that means the son of God’s kingdom.
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