George Smith: John Adcock, you can take a bow
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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A QUOTE: “John married Wellborn on Monday, married me on Friday, and it’s been that way ever since.”

That came from Sue Hollingsworth Adcock a few years ago and the figures alone will tell you John Adcock has some staying power.

The marriage has lasted just over 50 years (that’s a half-century) and John will be at Wellborn High School come autumn for a 51st year. From there you throw in 43 years of running the First Presbyterian Church’s summer youth camp and you have something pretty special ... in addition to being one of the best men I have ever known.

That, too, is way past a half century. A first sighting was watching Adcock play basketball for Alabama. That was 1961 and the games were played in old Foster Auditorium.

Has he served honorably?

Let me give you this:

1. He is in the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame.

2. He is in the Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame in Georgia.

3. He was head basketball coach at Wellborn for 15 years. He is still there, a teacher sub who also handles the gate at athletic events.

4. He has no fewer than two gyms named for him. The first was Wellborn’s old gym where he coached the Panthers to mostly winning seasons. The second came this past Sunday when First Presbyterian named its gym for Mr. John Adcock.

You can’t count all the young people he has helped along the way.

So why this?

He’s one of my very best friends and I just felt like handing out a rose or two this morning.

Take a bow, Mr. Adcock.

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NAME THAT song...

“My long hair just won’t cover up my red neck,

“But I’ve won every fight I’ve ever fought.”

Give me the artist . . . and googling is cheating.

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MARYLAND is the No. 1 state in which people mention the chickenpox online, according to the website No word on whether that actually means you’re more likely to be itchy there. Rounding out the top five states are Tennessee, Illinois, Nevada and West Virginia.

We come in sixth.

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BIRTHDAYS: July 21 – Jim Hibbitts; July 22 – Sheldon Tolbert and Reagan Smith; July 23 – Baylea Alvarcado; July 24 – John Woodland; July 25 – R. C. Bryant.

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PERSONAL is a happy birthday this morning to Barry Stephen Smith.

He is son-and-heir and has done nothing but make his mom and dad proud … all the days of his life.

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BUT WHILE he’s done me proud, he also seldom passes on a chance to jerk my chain a bit.

Two things:

1. I don’t read Southern Living

2. I make the best darn slaw south of Green Bay, Wis. In fact, I can be a bit arrogant about it.

Seems Southern Living had a recent article on slaw and he was quick to wonder (by email) why the writers had not contacted his dad.

I’m wondering about that, too, and after reading recipes for South Carolina Slaw, Memphis Slaw, Western North Carolina Slaw, and Eastern North Carolina Slaw, I needed a barf bag.

A few of the ingredients included apple cider vinegar, light brown sugar, ground coriander ground cumin, and ...

That’s enough.

The only three ingredients you need for the best slaw south of Green Bay is hand-chopped cabbage, chopped green onions, and mayonnaise.

One other thing. I didn’t know email could snigger, but it can.

Thanks for visiting.

George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email:

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