George Smith: Some memories of 1968 and Jack Stewart
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:


ONCE MORE, for the good times.

It is 1968 and the Saks High football team, under the late Jack Stewart, is posting a 10-1-0 record. It is the best ever in the school’s relatively young history and Stewart is revered yet today.

All that is to tell you a gathering of that clan, the long-ago kids who were on that team, will be Friday at the Lynn Martin Gym at the school for a noon lunch in remembrance of a team that finished second in the State 3-A playoffs. Some All-County and two All-State players led the memorable season.

The luncheon is for coaches, managers, cheerleaders and spouses as well as the former players. At 5 that evening, a reception for the public is to be held in the same gym. At seven the Wildcats will play Jacksonville, and there will be post-game remembering of the golden year at the Saks Civic Center.

It is a 45th anniversary celebration and the fact the 2013 Wildcats are unbeaten adds more than a little to the festivities.

If you’d like to know more you can call Phil Murphy, a member of that ’68 team, at 256-453-7206.

So . . . have a good time “kids.”


SOMETIMES it’s the little things . . .

Let me give you one more little deal . . . as in FUNd’Mentals.

What that is is one of those little hand-held pencil sharpeners you loved as a kid. This one has  two blades for different sizes of pencils. It’s a little deal I’ve been looking for since my battery-powered sharpener went blinko.

Well, Helen Robinson showed up at the house this past week, said she had a present for me . . . BOY!

Helen happens to be son-and-heir’s mother-in-law and while she thinks giving me a toy pencil-sharpener is a joke in that she flat-out loves to jerk me around, well I flat out love it.

It sure beats the $30-plus for a new battery deal, even if it was make in China.

Thanks, Helen . . . but now, about that banana-split pie . . .                


BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 28 – Danny Albright; Oct. 31 – Sue Pope, Lenora Brasher, David Delaney, and Charles “Chuck” Brasher; Nov. 1 – JoAnn Middlebrook.

In case you didn’t notice, most of the birthday list are Halloween babies. Well, I have one more for you, Alabama Coach Nick Saban was born Oct. 31, 1951. If you’re counting, Thursday he will be 62.


A SPECIAL birthday wish this morning to a nice lady by the name of Frances Thomas McCullars.

Frances will be 90 today and I can’t remember when I didn’t know her, her late husband Tab, and son Jerry.

Best to you, Frances.1q2


TOP TEEN: Say hello to Matt Molock, a senior at Ohatchee High School where he carries a 4.0 GPA, has a 28 on his ACT, and is working toward an Advanced with Honors Diploma come spring.

In addition to his sterling academic record, this young man is a school leader. He is vice-president of his class and president of the FFA and the Christian Club.

He is also a member of the Key Club and the FBLA.

There is a sense of community, too. Along the way he has worked in the Soup Kitchen, a Renew Our Rivers Volunteer, played some music for nursing homes. And has been a speaker-mentor to 5th-6th grade boys at First Baptist of Saks.

“Matt is an exceptional student and leader,” says English  teacher Charissa Lambert. “He strives constantly to be the best he can academically, personally, and spiritually.”

Proud parents are Jeremy and Jennifer Haynes, Boiling Springs Road, Ohatchee.

Let’s hear some applause . . .


George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail:


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