THIS IS a bit personal, but a story any father would love to tell. Back in the late 1970s, my son-and-heir played football for Bear Bryant and Alabama ... and for Mal Moore, who died this past week.
With that said, here is Barry’s Facebook posting on the loss of a really fine person:
“If Mal Moore was your coach, he was also your friend. Of the thousands of people he knew, Coach always treated you as if you were one of his best friends. And there was always a story you had together. It was the way he remembered you and/or introduced you to someone else.
“In 1976 I was living the life of a redshirt. You've heard of the ‘Incredibles’? We were the ‘Expendables.’ I was a defensive back that year and had the task, daily, of covering Ozzie Newsome in drills and scrimmages ... a mismatch to say the least. My only hope was to find some kind of an advantage, so I learned the audibles. So on occasion, I could actually make a play, and bring a growl from the tower ‘Run it again, Mal!’
“So for the last 30 years whenever we were together, someone would walk up, Coach would give that warm smile that everybody wished was theirs, put his hand on my shoulder and ‘... Let me introduce you to Barry Smith, this guy used to get me in so much damn trouble’".
I'm going to miss that. I'm going to miss Mal Moore. We all are.
APRIL FOOL’S JOKE?
It’s a good bet there was some joking about that on April 1 way back in 1950 when a much-in-love young couple stood in front of a justice of the peace at the courthouse in Cartersville, Ga., and pledged to “have and hold ’til death do us part.”
But seems Horace and Mildred Hames took the vows seriously. This past Monday it was 63 years, two kids, four grandkids, and two great-grands for the Piedmont lovers.
“No, we didn’t run away,” says Mildred, “and we didn’t even think about it being April Fool’s Day when we set the date. And yes, there was some kidding.”
“I try to be good to him because he’s good to me,” explains Mrs. Horace Hames.
BIRTHDAYS: Mar. 28 – Isabella Picton; Mar. 31 – Lauren Holder and Cathy Bryant; Apr. 3 – Margaret Newman, Margie Bonner and Ronnie Burton; Apr. 5 – Sherry Adamson Carter and Alicia Burnett; Apr. 6 – Lane Peoples.
A special happy birthday to Polly Putnam, who turned 97 on Mar. 28.
TOP TEEN: Say hello to Kennedy Morgan Christjohn, a senior at Alexandria High School where her 4.0 grade point average has her No. 1 in the Class of ’13. That means Kennedy will deliver the valedictorian’s address at graduation.
She has a 28 ACT and will graduate with an advanced with honors diploma.
Young Miss Christjohn is president of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, and secretary of the Christian Club.
She holds awards in English, math and history and an “Everybody’s Friend Award.”
Plans are for JSU this fall, then Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.
“Kennedy is an outstanding young lady,” says Counselor Kelli Johnson. “Her academic achievements, worth ethic, and personality make her a great leader in our school and community.”
Proud parents are Matt Christjohn and Connie Teal.
Some applause is in order.
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org