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Billy Beer: The Reason Billy Carter Quit Drinking

When the national press descended on Plains, GA, during the 1976 presidential campaign, the journalists were looking for some insight into Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter’s character. They found something even better: Carter’s hard-drinking younger brother, gas station owner Billy. [Image credit: Bettmann/CORBIS] The media quickly fell in love with the bespectacled, beer-chugging younger Carter. Billy’s Southern-fried [...]