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Photo by Matt Hamilton
COVER: Allie Gowens, 14, plays the
sugar plum fairy and is surrounded Play director Dale Seger talks with
by other fairies during a rehearsal. the actors during a rehearsal.
12 Art 18 Talent
Calhoun Gordon Mariel is a
Arts Council Box full of
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FROM THE EDITOR
The daywas a lot
better than fair
It’s a great time of year to be the father of I pulled off my own disappearing trick with a
a 3-year old. vanilla cone dipped in chocolate. As Grandpa
So much to see. So much to do. Jones used to say on Hee Haw “Yum-m Yum-m.”
We — we being wife Alison, daughter Seeing her dad nibbling on this frozen
Rowan and me — spent a recent Sunday at treat, Rowan announced that she “really need-
the North Georgia Fair in Dalton. ed” an ice cream.
Joining us were assorted family members, I agreed and soon my little darling was bit-
a crew so motley the carnies were scared of ing off big chunks of the stuff, much of which
us. Jimmy Espy wound up on her shirt, smeared on her face or
What a blast. stuck in her hair.
Personally I steered clear of the rides this year, but that Dad thought this hilarious.
didn’t keep my fair-loving young’n from teaming up with Mom, more cognizant of things like cavities and nutri-
daredevil cousins Emma and Isabelle and jumping in line tion, was not so easily amused.
for just about every attraction on the midway. I love the fair.
The bumble bees.
They rode ‘em all and then
yelled to repeat the feat.
A quick lunch of John’s
Barbecue fortified us for the day
and before it was over we need-
ed every bit of protein we could
The little girls were relent-
“Let’s do this one.”
“Let’s ride that one.”
“I want ice cream.”
“Where’s the funnel cake?
The kids weren’t the only
ones having a good time.
Nephew Kevin, an engineer
at Shaw, showed off his big
brain and skill with a dart by
spending $25 or so to win his
daughter a $4 Scooby Doo toy.
Niece Mary Kate cavorted
with her own posse, riding
rides that I was too scared to
(Wasn’t it just the other day
that this soon-to-be teen was
playing with Barbie dolls and
sleeping on her dad’s chest while The Fun Girls — Rowan Espy with cousins Emma Allen of Dalton and Isabelle Espy
he sat in his recliner? Where of Dry Creek.
DOES the time go?)
Niece Kasey located the fun-
nel cake stand and then made a plate loaded with this Jimmy Espy is editor of dalton magazine and
southern-fried delicacy disappear faster than Houdini executive editor of the North Georgia Newspaper
could lose a rabbit. Group.
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Photos by Matt Hamilton
From left, Caroline Leggett, 7, Sara Garcia, 8, Allie Gowens, 14,
Tiffany Nesbitt, 12, and Katlyn Lester, 8, read through a scene.
by Kim Sloan
CHRISTMAS CALHOUN LITTLE THEATRE WILL PUT ON
“CLARA’S CHRISTMAS DREAMS” THIS SEASON
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“Clara’s Christmas Dreams”
oy soldiers and sugar plum fairies
scatter across the stage at the
Harris Arts Center theater in
Some dance. Some sing. And one lit-
tle girl talks about the Christmas dreams
she is having.
The play, “Clara’s Christmas Dreams,”
is produced under the watchful eye of
Dale Seger. And sometimes managing the
46 children featured means just making
sure that the kids “are at least 10 feet of
where they are supposed to be,” Seger
said. The youngest child is about 4 and a
half, the oldest is 17.
“Not all of them have speaking
parts,” Seger said. “Some are toy soldiers.
There is a wide range of things they can
do. Children are like little sponges. You
tell them what you need and they do it.
They love to be there. You praise them
and they respond to that.”
Above, Landon Cooley, 7, and Jubal
Freeman, 15, mime a sword fight
during a rehearsal. Below, Kailey
Duda, 15, is surrounded by
snowflakes as the Snow Queen.
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 9
“Clara’s Christmas Dreams”
Front row, from left, Mia Smith, Samuel Morrison, Parker Lester, Landon Cooley, Samuel Walker, Soteria Walker, Maci
Parker, Jessica Cole, and Lauren McEwan. Second row, from left, Joshua Walker, Sara Garcia, Katlyn Lester, Natalie
Collins, Sarah McLeod, Melanie Cole, April Freeman, Kaitlyn Densmore, Kendall Henslee, Caroline Leggett, and Mason
Smith. Back row, from left, Colt Chambers, Jerri Lynn Ryan, Sara Hall, Colby Jenkins, Jubal Freeman, Kailey Duda, Allie
Gowens, Christina Morrison, Tiffany Nesbitt, Johnna Morrison, Savannah Kirkland, Brittany Cooley, and Ashley Vines.
“Clara’s Christmas Dreams” is Gordon County 11 years ago, he
the dream sequence from the became involved with the
famous Tchaikovsky work “The Calhoun Little Theatre.
Nutcracker,” Seger said. “The “This encompasses all the
Nutcracker becomes her prince in different aspects I have learned
her dream.” over the years and puts it all into
This is the first production one area,” Seger said about direct-
Seger has directed for the ing.
Calhoun Little Theatre. A native Ten volunteers help with set
of Michigan, Seger was featured decoration, costumes and publicity.
in many high school and commu- “We couldn’t do it without
nity productions. After moving to the volunteers,” Seger said.
“Clara’s Christmas Dreams”
7 p.m. — Friday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 12
2:30 p.m. — Saturday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 13,
and Sunday, Dec. 14
Tickets — $15 for general admission, $12 for Harris
Arts Center members and seniors, and $10 for
Autumn Lester, left, directs Maci Parker, 6, groups. For tickets, call (706) 629-2599.
during a rehearsal.
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There by Victor Miller
icardo Morris has
a simple view of
It is everywhere.
“Art affects our
lives every single
day,” the executive
director of the
Calhoun Gordon Arts
Council says. “Even if
you’re driving around in a car
with the radio off, you’re driving in something
that was designed by someone. So every single
thing, every minute of the day, you’re being
affected by some type of creative output,
Photos by Matt Hamilton
whether it’s design, graphic arts, or someone
giving a speech — literary arts — there’s some
way that people are being affected by the arts
every single day.”
Morris, a Chattanooga native who has a
master’s degree in arts administration from
Yale University, knows that if the staff at the
Arts Council can just get “people in the door,”
their work is much easier and the community
Ricardo Morris, executive director of the Calhoun Gordon Arts Council, is the beneficiary.
stands among decorated Christmas trees during the Festival of Trees. “To see somebody find their niche in the
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arts is tremendous because communi- the Visual Arts Guild and fine arts
ty arts brings about a quality of life galleries, the Roland Hayes Museum,
issue,” he said. “You don’t just want to the Roland Hayes Music Guild, and
go to work and go home. There needs art, music and theater classes, camps
to be something more to it, and the and events.
arts offer an opportunity to see that Both the Community Chorus and
there’s a bigger world out there, as well the Little Theatre are volunteer based.
as giving people an opportunity to The chorus presents two concerts a
express themselves. year. “It’s more of a show choir, with
“Whether you’re actually partici- local people singing,” Morris said.
pating in the art event like singing in The Little Theatre generally
the chorus, or whether you’re an offers four theatrical productions a
audience member, you’re still partici- year, and also presents the annual
pating in the arts and that’s going to Stars showcase that features local tal-
improve your quality of life.” ent.
To that end, the Arts Council, “The Visual Arts Guild is respon-
housed in the Harris Arts Center on sible for our visual art exhibitions,”
South Wall Street in Calhoun, serves Morris said. “They do from 9-10 dif-
as an “umbrella organization” for a ferent exhibits throughout the year of
myriad of programs and offerings, local artists, national artists, high
including the Calhoun Community school and junior high school exhibi-
Chorus, the Calhoun Little Theatre, tions, regional artists exhibits.”
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The Roland Hayes Museum is a nonprofit organization, “which means Circle,” Morris said. “That’s an oppor-
tribute to the Gordon County native it is not owned by the government at tunity for somebody to pledge $1,000
who was the first black to perform on all,” Morris said. “Our monies come a year over a three-year period.
the stage of Carnegie Hall, Morris from a variety of sources, one of Couples are $70, and a family is $100.
said. which is the (Clarence E.) Harris With each of those levels comes differ-
“It is a dedicated space that has Foundation, who the center is named ent benefits, free tickets or the use of
memorabilia dedicated to Roland after. ... There is also the (Milton M.) the building or T-shirts, books, those
Hayes,” he said, “books and informa- Ratner Foundation. The Ratner fami- kinds of things.” There are currently
tion and a piano that was used in ly contributed to both the building as about 375 paid members.
some of his rehearsals.” well as our annual budget. The Arts Council receives some
“Curryville is actually the town “A portion of our money comes funding from the county, about
that he’s from, but Curryville doesn’t from memberships. We’re actually in $5,000 a year, and about $2,000 from
really exist any the city, for an
more,” Morris annual operating
said, “so Calhoun budget in the
is really the city neighborhood of
that people would $260,000.
recognize. “That varies
Curryville is depending on
almost like a sub- what we have
division. He was going on in the
born in 1887 and different pro-
he really took the grams and proj-
Negro spirituals ects,” Morris said.
and kind of for- For example,
malized them by the Arts Council
writing them offers “a pretty
down and then extensive arts and
making arrange- education pro-
ments. He sang gram,” he said,
throughout the including classes,
country and sang workshops and
for the Queen of fundraisers, “so
England. At one we have a pretty
point he was the diverse method
highest paid of raising money
singer in the for the organiza-
United States.” The Roland Hayes Museum includes books, information and a piano that was tion.”
Morris used in some of Hayes’ rehearsals. The arts and
noted that education pro-
Hayes, a tenor who died in 1977, still the middle of a membership drive gram, which includes a summer art
has family in the area. and have all levels, from individuals camp, includes offerings for pre-
“He was also known as the son of to families. We get monies from cor- school all the way up to senior citi-
former slaves,” he said. “He actually porate sponsorships, particularly for zens. There are classes in clay, paint-
ended up buying the plantation our performances, and of course we ing and drawing, and workshops
where his mother and dad worked.” have earned income that comes ranging from basket weaving to jew-
The Harris Arts Center, which through performances, ticket sales, elry making. On the musical side
opened in 2000, is a $2 million build- rentals of the building.” there are classes in ballroom dancing,
ing, Morris said. The Arts Council also applies for guitar, piano, vocal, banjo, strings,
“The community has been very grants for programs and projects. violin and saxophone.
generous and very interested in pro- “The membership goes from $35 “We do something called Pre-
moting the arts,” he said. for an individual membership all the School Pops, a performance once a
The Arts Council is a private, way up to what we call Premier month over a six-month period dur-
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ing the school year,” Morris said,
“with more than 3,000 offerings for
kids to participate. We started doing
classes at Red Bud Elementary
School, where we actually go into the
school and teach arts in their after
There is also PASS, the
Performing Arts Season Series, which
offers musical performances through-
out the year. Past performers have
included the Lovell Sisters, Calhoun
natives and local favorites.
One of the Arts Council’s most
popular offerings is the Festival of
Trees, which continues through
“We have trees everywhere,”
He noted the festival is a big
fundraiser, raising almost $18,000 last
“The trees are donated from dif-
ferent corporations and businesses
and individuals and then we auction
Above, the Festival of
them off to raise money,” he said.
Trees will continue
Also in the Christmas spirit, the
through Dec. 7. The
Arts Council just produced its first
trees are donated and
CD, “A Gordon County Christmas,”
auctioned off to raise
which features local musicians
funds. Left, Morris sits
singing traditional Christmas songs
in the theater of the
“with their own twist to it,” Morris
Harris Arts Center.
said. “So you’ll get jazz or bluegrass
Theater, music and art
or country or gospel. All musicians
classes are offered
and artists are from Gordon County.”
throughout the year.
The CD is $10 and is available
from the Arts Council and at several
locations in downtown Calhoun.
“They will want to come by and
see the trees and get a Christmas Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in no, we have lots of things. By offering
CD,” Morris said. “There’s over 15 Birmingham and the Green Street these opportunities we increase busi-
tracks on it and it’s really nice. One of Arts Center in Middletown, Conn., nesses and individuals, whether they
the things we’ve been concentrating said it’s important for people to are doctors coming to work at the hos-
on, particularly this last year, is really understand that in addition to its aes- pital or whether it’s a corporation
highlighting our local musicians. We thetic value, art can have a pro- that’s going to build a factory or
have some incredibly talented people nounced economic impact on a com- whether it’s a store that’s going to be
right here in Gordon County. All the munity. opening. People look at those kinds of
musicians donated their time to “When people move into a com- opportunities within their community.
record it. It’s definitely a community munity they often want to know what To have a viable arts community helps
effort.” there is to do, do we have to always to increase the economic growth of
Morris, who has worked with drive to Atlanta, Chattanooga or some that community.”
Allied Arts in Chattanooga and has other city to participate in cultural Morris believes the Arts Council
served as the executive director of the activities,” he said. “And the answer is is “definitely moving in the right
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 15
direction, in terms of the mission
that we bring the arts to the entire WHAT: The Calhoun Gordon Arts Council is an umbrella organization
community. We’re really trying to comprised of the Roland Hayes Museum, the Calhoun Little Theatre,
make sure that we have a diverse the Calhoun Community Chorus, the Visual Arts Guild and fine arts
offering in terms of what we present, galleries, the Roland Hayes Music Guild/ACTS Performance Series,
both in performances as well as exhi- and educational and community outreach through art, music and
bitions, so that kids and seniors, theater classes, camps and events.
teenagers and all, feel like they have MISSION: To bring the arts to the entire community and to honor the
something they can participate in. legacy of Roland Hayes.
“Our biggest challenge is to make
sure everyone knows that it’s not en VISION: “We will be the expert and leading advocate for arts experi-
elitist organization. Our goal is to ences in the region. We will enrich understanding of the arts and of
make people understand that this is our cultural heritage, reaching and serving a diverse audience. We
their arts center and wanting them to will honor the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future.”
participate and to come visit and give ADDRESS: Harris Arts Center, 212 S. Wall St., Calhoun
us their ideas if there is something
HOURS: Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 10
we’re not doing, see if we can’t do it
for them. We really want to be an arts
a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
center for both Calhoun and the PHONE: (706) 629-2599
entire county, and at some points for E-MAIL: email@example.com
the region, in terms of how we’re
structuring our programming.” WEB SITE: www.cgarts.org/
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Making GORDON COUNTY MUSICIANS
COME TOGETHER TO MAKE A
by Kim Sloan
n July 2007, Rusty Hogan was and the money will be used for
looking for a way to bring programming.”
together Gordon County musi-
cians for a CD. The songs on the CD and
“Especially around this area, the performers are:
there’s not a whole lot of places for a • “O’ Holy Night”: Ryan
local artist to perform,” said Hogan, Satterfield
a member of the Christian band • “Good Christian Men
Jeremiah’s Calling. Rejoice”: Cheyenne Medders
Hogan took his idea to Ricardo • “Emmanuel”: The Lovell
Morris, executive director for the Sisters
Calhoun Gordon Arts Council. They • “Angels We Have Heard on
decided to create a Christmas CD. High”: Rachel and I
“At Christmas, you can bring • “Yule Swing”: Anna Wilson
together a lot of different styles • “Wexford
under a common theme,” Hogan Carol”: Amy
Fifteen local musicians or • “God Rest
groups are featured on “A Gordon Ye Merry
County Christmas,” a compilation of Gentleman”:
holiday favorites. The artists range David Bell
from the popular folk/bluegrass • “What Child
group The Lovell Sisters to The is This?”: Nathan
Hangers, a blues band. The CD was Sexton
mixed by Brian Padgett. The costs • “We Three
were paid by a grant from Shaw Kings”: Jeremiah’s
The CDs are $10 and can be • “Joy to the
purchased at the Harris Arts Center World”: HareBro
on South Wall Street in Calhoun. • “Go Tell It on
Most of the performers on the the Mountain”: Higher
CD will perform at a release party Calling
on Dec. 7 at the Arts Center begin- • “Silent Night”:
ning at 1 p.m., said Gray Bridges, The Hangers
programming coordinator. • “The First Noel”:
“The concert is free but we Tiffany and Robbie d
d can be
encourage people to bring a canned • “Deck the Halls”: re $10 an uth Wall
good to donate to the local food Julie Hunter The CDs a Arts Center on So
bank,” Bridges said. “The CD is a • “Jingle Bells”: Joseph and Julie at the Harris
fundraiser for the Harris Arts Center Evans Street in
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by Wayne Minshew
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hen she was but a tiny tot, baseball collegiately, so maybe that’s performs with a reckless abandon and,
Mariel Box’s energy level was where it comes from.” hopefully, flawless precision.
so hyper that an attentive Few knew of her prowess, however, Mariel accomplished all of this in
grandmother suggested she enroll in a since gymnastics isn’t included among ascending proficiency during her
gymnastics program. Her parents com- varsity sports at CHS, and so she apprentice days at Cartersville Parks &
plied, also placing her in a dance class. emerges a Gym Dawg as a well-kept Recreation and for The Twisters, a
It was gymnastics that consumed secret even in her own hometown, gymnastics team that competed
her passion and one day, when she was where baseball and football throughout the Southeast. She
maybe 6, she accomplished a double championships have was tutored by Russia-
tuck on a floor routine and a true pas- been won and ath- born coaches Irinda
sion was born. “I nailed it,” she says, letes are treated Podgornaya, Andrei
beaming. “And that took care of that.” with great Kouznetsov and
Today, after 23-hour practice attention and Galyna Dosinka,
weeks, five surgeries to repair injuries fanfare. names as tough
resulting from her continuing never- “She to pronounce
let-up participation in this demanding didn’t get to as the routines
sport, and born of self-confessed nerds participate they taught.
as parents, Mariel is a “preferred” walk- in a lot of She won her
on for the Gym Dawgs, the University things other share of cham-
of Georgia’s prestigious, nationally rec- kids did pionships and
ognized gymnastics team that suffers because of individual honors
great embarrassment in the rare event gymnastics,” says and attracted
it doesn’t win an NCAA or conference her mom. major college schol-
championship. “Practice and events arship offers from West
A preferred walk-on is first in line took almost all her time, Virginia, Michigan State and
when a scholarship becomes available even on Fridays when her friends New Hampshire, among others.
and almost certain to be a participating were at football games. But she loved it, “But the Georgia program was one
member of the team. Mariel, however, even the practice sessions. Mariel was I wanted to be a part of,” she says.
must wait a year because of a knee there six days a week, 20 to 23 hours, “They’re the best in the country.”
injury suffered while practicing a tum- and she obviously developed a true She sent videotapes of perform-
bling routine during summer workouts. passion for the sport.” ances to UGA gymnastics coach
It is a disappointment she must live Gymnastics can be grueling, cer- Suzanne Yoculan, who was soon in
with, perhaps impatiently, although her tainly demanding. The practitioner, touch with the walk-on offer.
outward demeanor is one of accept- although part of a team, is in a lonely Eschewing full-ride opportunities at
ance. “I tore up everything but my place when she does her routines, other schools, Mariel wanted the
ACL,” she says. “But if it had to happen, much the same as a golfer standing chance to be a Gym Dawg. “It was
it’s best that it was my freshman year over a putt, a batter in baseball who risky, I know,” she says, “but this is
when I’m getting acclimated to the col- must deal, alone, with an angry pitcher, where I wanted to be.”
lege life.” or a basketball player at the free throw Her reasoning is clear. Under
Mariel grew up in Calhoun, the line. Yoculan, the Gym Dawgs have won
daughter of Dr. Brent and Cheryl Box. The sport demands running, all nine NCAA titles, 16 SEC champi-
She graduated from Calhoun High out; vaulting; imagination and creativi- onships, 20 NCAA Regional titles and
School and was, according to some ty; poise; rhythm; concentration; tim- produced 33 individual NCAA cham-
knowledgeable folks, “the best athlete ing and supreme athletic ability, all pions, with 58 gymnasts earning 314
in her senior class,” a high accolade accomplished with an attention to All-America honors. It is, then, high
since several school mates garnered beauty and in front of yelling fans in praise when Yoculan says of Mariel,
grants in such sports as football and close proximity —UGA averages “She is one of the most talented gym-
baseball. 10,000 for home matches. A perform- nasts to walk on to the Georgia team in
“I’m not sure where she came by ance must also be completed before years. She is full of athleticism and we
her athletic ability; both Brent and I are stoic, stone-faced and seemingly see in her a work ethic which will bode
total nerds,” says mom Cheryl, laugh- unsympathetic judges who watch for well during her career here.”
ing. “Her grandfather did some fenc- every flaw and flash their scores with Patience must also be a virtue
ing, and a great-grandfather played unseemly speed, although the gymnast because of the summer injury.
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 19
“I’m disappointed,” says Mariel. occurrence and one of life’s unusual
“Watching the other girls work and turns that the Boxes lived with the
not being able to be a part of that maternal grandmother, Delores
hurts. But everybody has made me Linatoc, in Rome, while looking for a
feel like I’m part of the team, and I’m home to buy in Calhoun.
anxious to start running again and The injuries, resulting surgeries,
getting to the weight room. the long hours practicing, constant
Meanwhile, I’ll be on the sidelines fatigue, a distancing from usual high
cheering on my teammates. Then, school activities, right up to that first
next year ... ” real success when she successfully per-
The injury occurred during a formed “two flips with legs bent in
tumbling workout this summer tuck position,” have all been worth it.
because, Mariel says, of “a random, lit- Paradoxically, gymnastics is also
tle mistake.” Yoculan is attentive to her her escape valve. “I’ve always had fun
rehab progress, saying, “We are confi- with it,” she says. “I could always
dent she will regain her previous sta- count on it as a release, a good place
tus and be, in the future, an integral to be when things piled up on me.”
part of the Georgia team.” With all that, most of life, includ-
At any rate, Mariel has come a ing an eagerly anticipated college
long way from the little girl who used gymnastics career, is still in front of
a swing set in her grandmother’s back Mariel Box. She is, after all, a Gym
yard for climbing. It was a fortunate Dawg and life is good.
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‘TIS THE SEASON: HOLIDAY TV
Merry Christmas Special, Charlie Brown
‘T was the night
and all through
the house, not a creature
ly shared between sec-
tions of the country and
added to a growing list of
American Holiday tradi-
and entertainment that added layer
upon layer of “Holiday” to the most
wonderful time of the year.
The first Christmas special to
was stirring because tions, which of course, have specially made-for-TV animation
everybody was sitting in were traditions brought was Disney’s Christmas show special
front of the TV watch- here from all over the “From All of Us To All of You” in
ing Bing Crosby sing Mark Hannah world by immigrants. 1959. Hosted by Jiminy Cricket, it was
“White Christmas.” Ah, Movies, because of the lag an episode of the regular weekly
the spirit of Christmas Past. The fam- time between production and distri- Disney series, (Wednesday nights on
ily would sit around the TV set 40, 30, bution, were not so seasonal. One of ABC at that time), and although not
even 25 years ago, and watch one of the all time great Christmas films, It’s shown annually it was modified and
the many Network Holiday Specials a Wonderful Life, was first seen on re-aired over the years, often to show-
produced to bring the family together screens in America two weeks after case a new Disney film coming out.
at this special time of year and also, Christmas! With the 60s came Christmas shows
hopefully score a ratings hit. In post war (that would be WWII produced as one off specials that were
The first Christmas special was, for you youngsters only shown once a year.
well, the first Christmas. There was a out there)
Manger Scene that’s never been sur- America, televi- 1. Rudolph The
passed for authenticity, Three Wise sion grew quickly Red Nosed
Men who showed up as special guest and took over Reindeer (1964)
stars, and a big musical number fea- from radio as the First popu-
turing Shepherds and a Heavenly national pastime. larized by the hit
Chorus. Talk about a cast of thou- By the 60s, fami- song, this ugly
sands! And one of the stars was literal- lies gathered duckling story
ly a Star! That first Christmas set a ‘round the tele- (OK, ugly rein-
standard that has never been sur- vision like deer) of the odd-
passed. Not a surprise if you think Charles Dicken’s ball outcast with
about whom the Producer was. characters used the glow in the
Through the centuries since, to sit around dark nose that ends
Christmas Specials were primarily the yule log. A up saving the day,
Church services, pageants, musical new era of and Christmas Day
concerts and miracle plays. In the Christmas at that, was one of
20th century with the advent of radio, bloomed like a the first Specials
especially live weekly shows, hot house that contained ele-
Christmas became more of a national- poinsettia ments that made for
ly shared experience rather than local, that mixed a uniquely American
and different practices were more easi- tradition, advertising, fad TV Christmas. This
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included the mix of elfin comedy, mis- this completely made up tale of how flashy newcomers like the afore men-
fit pathos, Snow Monster scares (espe- Santa got his start. It’s a lot of fun tioned Miser brothers, this one really
cially frightening if you’re 6 or 7), and but has nothing, repeat, nothing to stuck in the heads and hearts of the
American can-do spirit set in a snow do with any of the traditional stories kids who saw it when it first came
bound puppet world that had nary a of the origins of Santa. It is a very out.
manger lamb in sight. entertaining piece of retro-engineer- Another thing that made Year
Rudolph proved a huge hit and ing story telling, where the writer, Without compelling was the way the
really paved the way for all the other Romeo Muller, took a lot of Santa story was told cutting back and forth
animated Christmas specials that traditions and then made up his between the different characters and
came along after, whether they were own sources for them. The Kringles their plot lines. It added tension in a
of the puppet variety or the classic are a family of toy-making elves. way a tale told in a linear manner just
cartoon and up through today’s com- Reindeer fly because of magic from doesn’t muster. And I have a theory
puter generated versions. Produced the mean old winter wizard. Kris that the inter-cutting between plot
by the company Rankin–Bass, the mix figures out how to get into a house points inspired the next generation of
of memorable characters, sing-a-long through the chimney and leave toys TV writers since Year Without plays
songs and cliff hanger story points in stockings because of the classic like a season finale episode of ER.
timed to come at each commercial old sourpuss the Burgermiester A year or so ago, The Year
break became a successful model for Miesterburger. Part of the fun is Without a Santa Claus was turned
many of the Holiday Specials to come. that you can never quite tell where into a live action made-for-TV movie.
the story is going since it is so origi- John Goodman looks mighty hot and
2. Frosty The Snow Man (1969) nal in concept. And although the uncomfortable in the Santa costume
This cartoon was based upon the story takes place in wandering around New Orleans in
classic song of the same name. Oddly a kind of turn of the summer. Clearly
enough, you never hear the song sung the 20th century some stories
in its entirety at one time. Bits are past, don’t miss the are best left
sung here and there at different parts really groovy to the pup-
of the story throughout the show. musical number pets.
Jimmy Durante, the great Shnozola in the middle of
who got his start in vaudeville and the show when 5. The Little
moved into movies teamed with the future Mrs. Drummer Boy
Buster Keaton in his first talkies, plays Claus sings her (1968)
the narrator. The ‘60’s and early ‘70’s psychedelic heart Oddly
was the last time show biz legends out. enough, this is
that started in Vaudeville were still the only
around and still performing. 4. The Year Christmas spe-
Although perhaps the special Without A Santa cial mentioned
with the highest “cute” factor, this is Claus (1974) here that actu-
also the one with the most “at stake”. Heat Miser. ally takes place
The little girl, Karen, who befriends Snow Miser. at the time of
Frosty, risks her life (freezing) to go Santa wants to the Nativity.
with him to the North Pole. Frosty, in stay home for Like Rudolph
return, ends up melting to save her. Christmas. and Frosty, this
Santa shows up and lets a gust of cold Mother Nature puppet animation
air refreeze Frosty for a happy ending, takes a break film was based on
but this is as good a parable on from the butter commercials. It the hit song sung
friendship as anything out there. snows in Dixie. This special is about by The Vienna Boys Choir. Can you
15% Christmas and 85% made up say Pa-rum-pa-pa-pum? Apart from
3. Santa Claus is Coming To Town “what’s going on here?” and what does the manger scene at the end I couldn’t
(1970) it really have to do with Christmas? find any of the other characters in the
Fred Astaire as the postman But somehow, because of it’s complete Bible, but man, could they sing and
who’s got the North Pole delivery left field tale, told with characters we dance. And the tale of the poor little
route and Mickey Rooney as Kris do know such as Santa and elves and drummer boy with nothing to give
Kringle star as animated puppets in a little reindeer, who have to deal with the new born Lord but his talent sure
22 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
feels like a good parable. Throw in Hang with Andy and you remembered stage swinging his golf club like a
some cute animals and you’ve got a that this was “The Most Wonderful field marshal’s baton. And it certainly
perennial favorite. Time of the Year”, just like he sang sit- didn’t hurt that he brought a little
Of all the specials mentioned ting around the fireplace, with lovely cheesecake for them, cheesecake usu-
here, this is the one that tugs at the people and a white turtleneck sweater. ally named Joey Heatherton.
heart strings the hardest and plays it During the Vietnam era, the war
the straightest. The parents are killed 7. Bob Hope Christmas USO Special became so controversial that for the
in a bandit attack, the boy is poverty (1960s and 70s) first time the soldiers themselves
stricken, he’s kidnapped and has to Bob Hope, America’s favorite wise seemed to not be appreciated. But
face sandstorms and unfriendly guy, had for years had TV specials Hope kept on going and America
crowds. There’s a very happy ending rather than an episodic TV series. So showed that between the congenially
but still, that’s a lot of hardship for although he may have been on once a ribbing Hope could give anyone and
even a puppet to go through. month, there was always a sense of the faces of sons and daughters on
something extra and special about his the far side of the world, the Bob
6. Andy Williams Christmas Special appearances. Likewise, he had been Hope special of 1970 had the biggest
(1971 and later) making USO tours entertaining the television audience up to that time.
As Christmas specials became service men and After Vietnam, the specials stopped
proven ratings winners, the networks women overseas since for a while,
realized there was a “awake past 9:00 WWII. It was some- but during
o’clock” crowd that would watch thing he always did the Gulf
Christmas shows as well. And so, whether it was the War, the
before you could say mistletoe, there South Pacific, Korea old
was the live action, variety, celebrity or Cold War comedic
hosted special. Singer Andy Germany. Same warhorse
Williams, that charming, laid back, jokes, different war. went back to
bon vivant, was certainly the kind of And so in the ‘50’s he war one last
friend you wished you had to hang first started filming time.
out with at Christmas. You know the parts of his tour and
type, always made you feel welcome showing them on 8. Bing
and incidentally, just happened to television for Crosby
have a luxurious ski chalet where the Christmas. They Christmas
welcoming could take place. quickly became a Special
Andy Williams, holiday (1960s and
with a season 70s)
smooth staple. If Andy
mix of This Williams was
music, was the the friend that
light real threw a
comedy, deal. Christmas
convivial Americans so far from Party, Bing was
banter home, doing their duty in the family get-together at your
was the some place that only a favorite uncles. Bringing decades of
smooth soldier would have to go, warm memories, great guest stars and
egg nog and then getting the gift of course, the biggest pop Christmas
that gave of a top star coming and hit of all time, “White Christmas”,
you a sigh giving them laughs and Bing made sure even the grinchiest
of relief memories of home. No Scrooges got into the right spirit.
from the studio laugh track could And old guy that he was, he never
shopping, ever outdo the roar of lost his sense of staying up with the
wrapping, guffaws and cheers times. On his last special, aired
running from thousands of shortly after his passing, he sang a
around of lonely G.I.’s when Bob beautiful duet with rocker David
the season. would walk out on Bowie.
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 23
9. How The Grinch Stole Christmas! minute time filler during
(1966) the holidays when the kids
And speaking of the grinchiest… were out of school.
If I asked you to guess which holiday Peanuts creator, Charles
was being celebrated with a cartoon Schultz, stayed true to his
set in an imaginary world populated characters and instead of
with fuzzy “Who’s” and featuring the making a typical fast and
talents of Boris “Frankenstein” Karloff, funny “kids” show, made
Chuck “Bugs Bunny” Jones and Dr. a carefully crafted
“Thing One and Thing Two” Seuss, Christmas special that he
and stars a mean, green monster who’s thought he might like to
cruel to even his own dog, I’d think see. The network brass
the first guess would have to be HATED it. It was slow.
Halloween. And with that mix of ele- The animation was sim-
ments, I’m not even sure there’s a sec- plistic and even kind of
ond guess. cheap looking. There
Truly a Christmas miracle, this was a lot of talking.
mix of mayhem was blended together There was no laugh
in a way only fantasy and imagination track… how was any-
can do, and gave us one of the all time body watching sup-
great Christmas specials. “How the posed to know when
Grinch Stole Christmas!” to laugh?
tells The thing
an had a jazz
uplift- score with
ing tale no recog-
of one nizable
sad, Christmas tunes like Jingle dition
lonely, Bells, which of course, that makes up an American
mean never once mentions Christmas.
monster And worst of all, it
who actually talked about So grab a cup of
learns Christmas. Not the
(and Holiday Christmas, the hot chocolate and
hopefully real one, you know, from curl up with family
teaches all Sunday School. Linus
of us as actually quotes directly and friends in
well) that from the Gospel of Luke.
Christmas The Network boys front of the flat
gnashed their teeth.
What a recipe for disas-
screen yule log,
decora- ter. take a break from
tions, or The Charlie Brown
parties or Christmas special won huge ratings, the hustle and
food or gifts or even Christmas spe-
cials. It’s about love.
won the Emmy Award and instantly
won “classic” status. It’s been shown
bustle, and have
on television every year since it’s pre- yourself a merry
10. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) miere. You’re a winner, Charlie Brown.
Based upon the popular “Peanuts” These 10 vintage Christmas little Christmas
comic strip, the network brass figured Classics each have contributed to the
a cute little cartoon with kids and a ongoing traditions of the crazy mix of Special.
funny dog would make for a nice 30 consumerism, commercialism and tra-
24 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
On Larry Munson
Hunkering down in big city coffee shops
t became a daily road ritual. Big city hotel His schedule was beastly on fall weekends,
coffee shop. Newspapers. Pot of coffee ... until the baseball season ended. I never heard
black. For my friend, a cigar. It was before him complain about that. He passed time negoti-
smoking was banned inside restaurants and cof- ating millions of air miles by reading, preferring
fee shops (for me, too little, too late). contemporary novels. Once he looked across the
Grumbling, in mumbles. Grouching. airplane aisle and, tossing a book, said, “You
Saying good morning, with a grunt. Then, after want to read something powerful? Read this, and
the second cup, kidding, commenting on what Wayne Minshew get back to me when you’re finished.”
the newspapers included, especially great colum- The book was “The Honey Badger,” by
nists of the time — Red Smith, Jimmy Cannon, Jim Murray — Robert Ruark. I still have it and re-read it now and then. Each
people watching, enjoying the life, always the two of us, some- time, I think of Munson.
times others. His second wife, Butch, wanted us to collaborate on an
We talked Braves first, then in the fall added University of as-told-to book. Munson was interested; I was flattered. Then
Georgia football, giving my coffee-drinking partner — a born he said, “Awww, the only thing that sells are those kiss-and-tell
worrier — two things to fret about, Braves and Bulldogs. The things. I’m not about to get into that.” He wouldn’t. He could-
baseball and Braves talk was natural and expected. I covered n’t. He’s a what’s-said-here-stays-here kind of guy, loyal to
the team for an Atlanta newspaper; he was one of the broad- friends, practitioner of and bound to The Code that says you
casters. don’t betray your friends. That even includes Milo
The daily coffee shop visits, the poring over Hamilton, to whom he sends no Christmas cards.
newspapers, the conversation with its accompany- It is recalled that he also was a movie buff,
ing friendly insults were anticipated Braves road- an interest that hasn’t waned. Once we saw a
trip occurrences, bonding pleasantries that to triple feature on a day off in San Diego. I
this day I value highly. accompanied him after he said, “C’mon, we’ll
My coffee-drinking companion was a fellow only stay for one.” Six hours later, bleary of eye,
name of Larry Munson. we invaded a nearby ice cream shop, hot fudge
People sometimes forget, considering his mad sundaes for two, to complete a beautiful San
dash into iconic status at Georgia, he arrived first as a Diego day spent mostly in the dark.
Braves broadcaster, in 1966 when he joined Milo Hamilton It was after he left the Braves that his radio calls made
in the booth. Baseball, he has said, was his first love and the him famous and beloved among Bulldogs everywhere. “Run,
Braves job served as a pinnacle of professional success — the Lindsay, run!” and “Sugar is falling from the sky,” and
major leagues. “Hunker down, you guys, one more time,” delivered plead-
We talked about growing up as kids, Munson in ingly, passionately, can still be heard on tape as one wanders
Minnesota, me in a Georgia mill village. He spoke of hunting through tailgate sessions in Athens and at SEC road stops
and fishing, the latter through holes he made in ice that cov- where the Bulldogs play.
ered Minnesota lakes in winter. I contemplated the prepared Munson privately confesses to being embarrassed by
bounty of hunting and fishing, maybe at a nice restaurant; he some of the calls. “Unprofessional,” he mutters. Now, the calls
scoffed at that. are behind him, but still part of him, and we shall miss them
I thought of those things when Munson announced his delivered in that raspy, pleading, inflective voice. He retires
retirement from broadcasting early in October. It has been 42 largely because of health problems, but I think pride played
years since we met. Four-plus decades. How many cups of cof- its role also. Last time I saw him, at an autograph session
fee? How many miles traveling to and from sports events? here, he said, “I can’t see the players’ numbers anymore. I
How many words spoken, and written? How many times have to depend 100 percent on my spotter. I’m behind the
counting down the clock (him), or sweating out a deadline play, and I don’t like that feeling.”
(me)? And we, even a few non-Bulldogs, don’t like the feeling
One year, he broadcast Braves, Bulldogs and Falcons and of no Munson calls. An icon, a truly great and revered foot-
decided, finally, his best fit was doing college games, transfer- ball broadcaster has called it quits and we who have known
ring his worry full time to the campus. Once, I spoke with for- him from crewcut days, with no health problems, an enthusi-
mer Bulldogs coach Vince Dooley, who, laughing, said, “I try ast of all sports, movies and other things he holds dear, and
to avoid him on game day. He worries even more than I do. If shares, will miss terribly that precious, albeit vicarious, con-
we talked, I’d get even more depressed.” tact.
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 25
The ‘Eatin’ Season’ is upon us
hen I was 15 years old, living in the next. Mother would bake a huge turkey and
Knoxville, Tenn., it began snowing served the same kind of cornbread dressing as
on Christmas Eve. It snowed so my dad’s.
heavily and so fast that the world became Members of my husband’s family always
white in less than an hour. Sounds became brought their own unique recipe dishes to the
muffled. It was magical and in all my years of table. Bill thought that I should prepare aspara-
living on this earth, this event in the mid gus with cheese sauce for our first special dish.
1960s was the only time I have experienced a Coleen Brooks Now I have always loved this buttery vegetable,
Christmas Eve snowfall that turned the world but cheese sauce was something I had never
into a winter wonderland. attempted to make. My family wasn’t into sauces much. We
Now that Halloween has come and gone, the holiday were gravy kind of folks.
season has begun. I like to call it the “Eatin’ Season.” When Needless to say, my initial attempt at cheese sauce
the kids were young, my husband and I would dig through flopped, or shall we say, curdled. I tried to hide the not so
their Halloween candy bags making sure that no apples or appetizing dish with a potato chip topping (and that kind of
other treats hid dire things such as pins or razor blades. burned under the broiler), but it was obvious that my cheese
In reality, we were checking out the “good” stuff like the sauce had the consistency of a very dry cottage cheese. And
miniature Snickers, Mounds, and Mr. Goodbars. To heck its color was indescribable. Of course, my husband’s family,
with the Sweet Tarts and their ilk. We wanted all the choco- being the sweet and diplomatic people that they were and
late bars. And our four little munchkins didn’t seem to miss are, “oohed” and “aaahed” about how flavorful the dish was.
anything. Kids like that sweet/tart flavor of candy anyway. It was only later that we all laughed ourselves silly at my
In retrospect, I can remember as a kid that I loved “raw” hideous first try to create a specialty.
Kool-aid and would sneak packs of it out of the cabinet, stuff As the kids grew older, and my parents became
them in my pockets, and go hide somewhere to enjoy vagabonds moving from one location to another (the
my extra tart treat. Grape was especially good. military wanderlust never left them), the holidays
Back in those days, Kool-aid didn’t come were spent at home. In truth, kids like to be at
sweetened. When the fine powder of a freshly home during these days anyway.
opened pack hit my tongue, I was in sour When my mother-in-law passed away
tangy heaven. almost 11 years ago, Thanksgiving dinner
Of course, the discovery of my petty was moved to our home. One particular
thievery was easily found out when I Thanksgiving of recent years I fondly
opened my mouth to reveal a purple black- remember is when our grandson, Jeffrey
ened tongue and teeth that needed serious was two years old. It is a tradition of our
brushing. Sometimes I’d choose cherry and family to stand in a circle and hold hands as
convince my little brother or sometimes gullible the blessing is said before the feast begins. As
older sister into thinking I had some hideous dis- our heads were bowed and my brother-in-law,
ease that caused my tongue, gums, lips, and teeth to turn Mike prepared to give thanks, we all heard a tiny voice
bright red as if oozing blood. My brother especially freaked begin to sing the ABC song.
out. These times were some of my finest moments in child- It was our grandson’s version of the blessing, and he was
hood. right in tune. We all got a good chuckle out of that sponta-
Thanksgiving dinner was always a big part of the overall neous moment, and I couldn’t help but think of the crazy
picture of the “Eatin’ Season,” and it still is. My dad didn’t aunt in the movie “Christmas Vacation” when she began to
like turkey, so we had a big fat hen for our holiday bird. It say the Pledge of Allegiance as a blessing. It’s these particular
was stuffed with my father’s scrumptious cornbread dressing, memories that make the holidays even more endearing.
and the aromas of the different flavors of foods cooking and My childhood Christmases were always exciting with
baking in the kitchen filled our whole home with mouthwa- the baking, cutting out, and decorating of Mom’s special but-
tering promises of what was to come. ter Christmas cookies, and the anticipation of the arrival of
When I moved away from home and settled in North gifts from my grandparents in New York and my Aunt
Georgia with the love of my life, Thanksgiving dinners were Eunice in Tennessee. My grandfather worked for Coty cos-
spent at my mom and dad’s one year and my mother-in-law’s metics in New York City, and he and Grandma sent us,
26 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
among other things, oodles of make-up and perfume sam- decorations off including the lights. Amid screaming, crying,
ples. Aunt Eunice sent us her famous teacakes. I can still and begging children, he put the hapless tree out in the back
taste their distinct and wonderful flavor. yard. The children were sent to bed, and I suppose that they
When our children were young, it seemed like our cried themselves to sleep.
home here in Georgia became increasingly chaotic Of course, once they were asleep, we put the tree
around Christmas. On one occasion, as back up and even added some more ornaments.
Christmas morning grew closer, our children Funny thing is, our four were pretty much
seemed to evolve into wild bohemians. On angels for the rest of the holidays. As awful as
one particularly trying day, my husband dismantling the tree seemed at the time,
had finally had enough of their argumen- sometimes, father does know best.
tive, noisy, rambunctious and boisterous With the holidays in full swing, and
behavior. winter fast approaching, I truly wish for
He warned all four that if they didn’t another time of magical Christmas snow.
settle down, he’d take all the decorations off Oh, we’ve had a few flakes here and there
the tree, put it out in the yard, and around Christmas throughout the years, but
Christmas would be over. Santa would pass us not like that Christmas Eve some 45 plus years
by. Of course, one of our sons, the youngest to be ago. It’s time for North Georgia to be covered in
exact, spouted off that he bet that Santa didn’t really have white.
a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer. He probably just had a pick- Oh, and I’ve perfected that asparagus dish. No more
up truck and threw the packages out in the front yard where curdled sauce. It’s smooth and tasty now. That’s one thing to
Mom and Dad picked them up. be thankful for.
That was all she wrote. Bill methodically took all the Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas, y’all.
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Where did all the
country music go?
by Charles Oliver
ana Jennings’ parents loaded and leaning next to the
married when they were front door … who drove drunk,
17 years old. They both too fast, and would only pass on
had eighth-grade educations a double yellow,” he writes.
and, eight days after they were “They were people who
married, Jennings’ mother gave smoked filterless Camels and
birth to him. Lucky Strikes, drank rubbing
The first thing of any conse- alcohol cocktails, and raced their
quence they bought was a motorcycles up and down Route
record player. A stack of country 125 without a helmet … who
music singles and a couple of jumped off Tricklin’ Falls in the
albums became his “nursery dark — who had sex without
rhymes.” birth control, even though they
In his new book “Sing Me already had six kids they could
Back Home,” Jennings weaves in barely feed.”
stories of his own family and “They were people who put
childhood friends with the sto- their canoe into Pow-Wow River
ries told by classic country even as the thunderheads bulked
music songs to show how the and boiled … who hunted with-
music, at one time, mirrored the out a license, drove without a
lives of its fans. license, and, yes, got married
“Country music made without a license,” he writes.
between 1950 and 1970 is a The format of the book is
secret history of rural, working pretty simple. Jennings take sto-
class Americans in the 20th cen- ries from the lives of family and
tury — secret history in plain friends and shows how they are
sight,” writes Jennings, now an reflected in the songs they lis-
editor with The New York tened to.
Times. music knows that even in your home- Take, for instance, “Mama’s
“Country music knows that the town you can be a rank stranger,” he Hungry Eyes,” Merle Haggard’s tale of
dark heart of the American Century writes. growing up in a “canvas-covered cabin
beat in oil-field roadhouses in Texas Jennings tells us up front the kind in a labor camp.”
and in dim-lit Detroit bars where of people he’s writing about, the kind of Like many of Haggard’s songs,
country boys in exile gathered after people classic country music was made there’s no nostalgia there, no wistful-
another shift at Ford or GM. Bobby by, for and about. ness. How could there be? It’s a tale of
Bare might have pleaded in ‘Detroit “I grew up among men and grinding poverty, of a father whose
City’ that he wanted to go home. But women who worked themselves to hard work will never provide for any-
we all knew he wouldn’t, that he could- death before they were 60, and who, thing else, and a wife and mother who
n’t. Country profoundly understands when in doubt about something, took a hungers not for luxuries but “things she
what it’s like to be trapped in a culture g-----n hammer to it. They were people really needed.”
of alienation: by poverty, by a s—t job, who insisted on chain saws that had no Jennings then shows us how many
by lust, by booze, by class. Country safety catch … who kept the shotgun of the women in his family felt that
28 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
same hunger and how many fed it with homes. As recently as the 1970s, just 36 country music will learn something
booze and illicit sex. percent of all Americans lived in air- from this book. I never realized, for
He generally tells these tales well, conditioned homes. instance, that so many of the top stars
but he has a habit of lapsing into a Ninety-seven percent of poor of that era were orphans.
strained rural dialect. It’s as if, decades households have a TV, and over half I’d also never heard of “The Son of
later, he just can’t quite recall how he have two or more TVs. And nearly Hickory Holler’s Tramp.” Written by
used to talk. three fourths of poor households have Dallas (“Elvira”) Frazier, and recorded
So what happened to classic coun- a car. by several country singers, the song
try music of the type Jennings cele- Haggard sang about growing up in tells of a woman whose husband
brates? Simply put, the people who a tarp-covered shack and spending deserts her and their 14 children.
made it, bought it and lived it largely time in prison, and his fans under- Shunned by her more well-to-do
got richer, better educated. The sort of stood. Kenny Chesney sings about frat neighbors, the woman provides for her
grinding poverty that produced Loretta parties and college romance because family the only way she can, and the
Lynn and Merle Haggard and all the that’s what his fans understand. It may children never ask about the strange
people who bought their albums is no be a better life, but it doesn’t really men who knock at the door of their
longer so widespread. make for better art. shack late at night. But after they have
Doubt it? For newcomers, Jennings helpfully all grown up and their mother has
Consider this: According to econo- has compiled several lists of essential passed away, they make sure that each
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Visual arts teacher Marcie Childress with a Red Bud
Elementary student from the Arts in the After School
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First Flight winners were Randall Peterson, Richie Right, Second Flight winners were Sam Huenergardt, Robert Lester,
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TELLING STORIES of the 6th Cavalry
Museum features history of The Post and personal
accounts of 6th Cavalry members by Daryl Cole
32 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
6th Cavalry Museum
t least two presidents visited The inside your shirt about your waist,
Post in Fort Oglethorpe. A hand- removing the socks from your waist and
ful of Hollywood celebrities did placing them in your helmet liner and
as well. But personal stories of 6th removing the socks from your helmet
Cavalry members are the focus of the and putting them on you feet,” accord-
6th Cavalry Museum on Barnhardt ing to Armstrong’s account.
Circle in Fort Oglethorpe — part of The “Another one tells about getting
Post. Christmas dinner a week late,” says
The museum has about 15 exhibits, McKeever.
telling stories from the Civil War to the The walls are filled with photos, arti-
present. facts and stories, but there are about
“My favorite is the World War II 5,000 photos in storage that still need
exhibit because we were able to put a archiving, according to McKeever.
lot of personal accounts from the 6th Appropriately dressed mannequins
Current photos by Daryl Cole
Cavalry members themselves,” says and fake horses are part of many of the
Chris McKeever, the museum’s direc- exhibits, giving a three-dimensional
tor. “I like the personal stories. For me, depiction of history. Horses were offi-
it brings home what it’s all about.” cially retired from the Army in 1942.
A lot of the members wrote their Also included in displays are some
own accounts for the museum. of the famous people who have visited
In one of the exhibits, Herbert The Post. Some of the notable visitors
Armstrong, told his story about keeping to The Post were Presidents Theodore
socks dry to avoid trench foot. “You Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt;
were required to remove our socks from Generals George Patton and John
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6th Cavalry Museum
Chris McKeever, 6th Cavalry Museum director.
and movie stars Bing Crosby, Bob Hope to make a bobcat, raccoon and a snake
If you visit Ella Fitzgerald and Al Jolson. their mascot.
Outside is a Vietnam-era Cobra About 15-20 senior citizens groups
Where: The 6th Cavalry Gunship helicopter, a Patton tank and a visit the museum annually, coming
Museum is on Barnhardt Circle 1944 Willys Jeep — a favorite of chil- through on various tours.
in Fort Oglethorpe, one block dren. “One of the biggest appeals to the
“They (children) love to sit in it, museum are those who are doing
north of the Chickamauga wear the uniforms and climb all over genealogy research or people who have
National Battlefield Park. it,” says McKeever. “They also like to some connection to The Post,” says
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. hit the horn — sometimes it sticks.” McKeever. She says family members of
Tuesday through Saturday. When students visit, “we focus on 6th Cavalrymen often try to find photos
Admission: $3 for adults and the animal side,” says McKeever. or records of their loved ones. “It’s very
Troops would usually have a mascot, gratifying to help people find (informa-
$2 for students/senior citizens. mostly dogs and horses. But occasion- tion on) a family member,” she says.
Information: 706-861-2860 or ally, the soldiers would try to have About 10,000 people visit the muse-
www.6thcavalrymuseum.com untraditional mascots. McKeever says um each year, most of them during
that there are stories about troops trying major events like Patriotism at The
34 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
6th Cavalry Museum
Post, a July Fourth celebration including
fireworks. “This place can turn into a very
happenin’ place,” says McKeever.
Two new displays are planned for the
museum. McKeever says exhibits on the
Women’s Army Corps and prisoners of
war will be included as soon as photos
and artifacts can be pulled together.
The museum was the dream of the
Veteran’s Association members for years
before it opened in 1981. Many of the
members volunteered there time to make
it a reality, according to McKeever. She
wants more people to know about the
museum so the stories of the “Fighting
Sixth” Cavalry can be told.
“People come in and say, ‘This is so
interesting. I never knew this was here,’”
The museum includes a Vietnam-era Cobra Gunship
helicopter, a Patton tank and a 1944 Willys Jeep.
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 35
Historic by Charles Oliver
Photos by Matt Hamilton
Confederate and Union re-enactors recreate the Battle of Resaca recentlyº.
n May 1864, Union Gen. William T. became just one of the first battles in interstate, it’s going to be a tremendous
Sherman thought he had his campaign to take Atlanta. impact on not only us but Whitfield
Confederate forces under Gen. Joe State officials broke ground on a County and all of North Georgia.”
Johnston just where he wanted them. new historic site and information cen- Long says Gordon County has a
Johnston had dug in at Dalton, but the ter at the Resaca battlefield recently. number of Civil War-related sites that
Union army had outflanked him by Located just off I-75, the site will serve can be linked to the Resaca battlefield
moving through Snake Creek Gap to as a gateway to Georgia’s numerous and visitors center, including Fort
Resaca. But when Gen. James B. Civil War attractions. State officials say Wayne, the Confederate Cemetery and
McPherson didn’t press his advantage they hope it will boost historic tourism the home of Stand Watie, a Cherokee
on the outnumbered Confederate across Georgia. Indian who was the last Confederate
forces at Resaca, that gave time for Gordon County officials say they general to surrender. He says the area is
Johnston to reinforce the city. believe it will also boost tourism local- rich in Cherokee history, including the
When the Battle of Resaca com- ly. Cherokee capital of New Echota, as
menced in earnest a few days later, “This whole area is going to be a well as Revolutionary War history.
Johnston’s forces bloodied the Union tourist mecca,” said Alvin Long, chair- “We offer a lot of bang for your
troops, destroyed railroad and commu- man of the Gordon County Board of tourist buck,” Long said.
nications facilities, then slipped away Commissioners. “We have one of the The opening of the visitor’s center
one night. What could have been a only battlefields that is directly off the is timed to precede the sesquicentenni-
smashing victory for Sherman instead interstate. Once we draw people off the al celebration of the Civil War, which
36 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
will start in 2011. Local officials say the
visitors center will include maps and
other materials tying Resaca into other
Civil War sites.
“This is going to be the first stop in
Sherman’s March to the Sea,” Long said.
“So from this point we are going to
direct you to different battlefields in
different areas of the state.”
The goal is to tie together all of the
area’s Civil War sites and create a “trail”
that visitors can follow to visit each of
them. That could help bring visitors in
to see sites in neighboring areas such as
the Tunnel Hill battlefield in Whitfield
County and the nearby Clisby Austin
House, which served as Sherman’s
headquarters. It could also boost visits
to the Civil War fortifications on Rocky
Face Ridge in Whitfield County and to
the Confederate cemetery in Dalton’s
West Hill Cemetery.
Gordon County is putting together
its own trail that will take visitors to all
of the historical sites in the county,
including the Cherokee and
Revolutionary War sites.
“We will have that trail marked
off, with signage and pull-off points. It
will be something you can get in your
car and drive all over Gordon County,
and it won’t cost you anything,” Long Confederate and Union re-enactors at Resaca.
The Battle of Resaca...
...took place May 13-15,
1864, and cost more than
5,500 lives. The fighting pro-
duced nearly 10 percent of
the combined casualties
sustained during Union
Gen. William T. Sherman’s
For more information, visit
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 37
Thoughts on this special season
ith the long hot summer behind us, simplest and most human terms. To that end,
the weather has cooled and the I offer you the following parable.
trees have begun their familiar Once upon a time, a 7-year old girl named
transition, changing from green to brilliant Carley was delighted to find a crisp $5 bill
shades of scarlet, orange, gold and maroon. tucked in a birthday card from her aunt. The
In a few weeks, most will drop their leaves in little girl giggled when she noticed that her
preparation for their winter slumber. It’s get- aunt had drawn a small pink heart on the bill
ting close to that special time again — mail- David Aft beside Abraham Lincoln’s face. When her
boxes full of seasonal greetings and neighbor- mother asked her how she would spend the
hoods adorned with colorful lights, flashing money, Carley grinned and said, “I’m going to
brilliantly in their holiday splendor. As in years past, fami- buy my Barbie a swimsuit.” With their daughter’s excitement
lies and friends will make an extra effort to spend time in mind, the family made plans to go shopping the following
together and small children will wait patiently for their Sunday after church to purchase the tiny clothes for her doll.
chance to sit on Santa’s knee. Sunday arrived and Carley’s family attended the early
In Northwest Georgia, traditions are remembered and sermon. With the $5 bill carefully tucked in her pocket, she
we reach out to one another — to our friends, to our fami- listened attentively to the pastor as he spoke about the joy of
lies and our co-workers. The holiday season is also a time giving to the less fortunate. When the offering plates were
when people reach a little deeper and help those whose passed around, Carley made a selfless decision — she placed
fortunes have seen better days. In fact, if recent history is her $5 bill in the plate and smiled. Under the proud gaze of
any indicator, the next few weeks will witness the year’s her parents, she watched the collection plate drift away as
greatest outpouring of charitable donations, a season of her neatly folded bill disappeared down the row of pews and
giving and philanthropy that often sustains many charities out of sight.
throughout the upcoming year. But the challenges faced by The following day, a man named James walked into the
our economy, both on a personal and regional basis, have office of Carley’s church and humbly requested assistance.
many of us who work with charities more than a little wor- After five weeks of being unemployed, he had been offered
ried. an opportunity to work with a construction crew in a neigh-
This has been a tough year for our nation, with the boring county, but he didn’t have enough money to buy gas
repercussions of this economic slowdown being felt acutely to get to the work site. The pastor of the church opened a
throughout Northwest Georgia. As the needs of families small cash box he kept under his desk and gave James $25.
and individuals have risen in the last several months, the As James thanked the pastor for the church’s assistance he
donations that fuel our ability to help the less fortunate noticed that one of bills had a tiny pink heart drawn on it.
have decreased. Against the backdrop of plant closures, fur- Pulling into the gas station across the street, James felt a
loughs and tightening budgets, many of us are considering blush of hope reach through the clouds and a humble smile
eliminating or significantly reducing our charitable gifts crept across his face.
this year. After a long day of physically demanding work, James
While each of us are dealing with these challenges in was paid $60 and asked to continue working with the crew
different ways, I remain hopeful that those who can contin- through the entirety of the four-month construction project.
ue giving will do so, and those who are entertaining Full of gratitude and relief, he drove home, stopping along
thoughts of scaling back will give careful consideration to his way at a neighborhood grocery store to buy food and a
the impact their decisions will have. Northwest Georgia’s few necessities for his family. As the grocery clerk scanned
network of charitable and humanitarian organizations his items, she paused and asked, “Would you like to donate
needs our help now more than ever. In times like these, $8 to buy a Christmas turkey for a needy family in our com-
every dollar that we give becomes even more important, munity?”
not only providing needed assistance to men, women and James took a deep breath and thought about his situa-
children, but standing as a shining symbol to everyone that tion for a few long seconds, and then said, “Yes, I would.”
we still believe in the spirit of the season. The clerk smiled and taped a red construction paper turkey
I’ve often found that the best way to understand the to the storefront window.
true impacts of our charitable efforts is to put them in their On Christmas Day, a small family gathered around
38 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
their dinner table to eat. The father began to apologize that there were no but their importance to our spirit.
reached out and held his wife and gifts under the tree. His young daugh- Tonight there will be many, young and
young daughter’s hands, and they ter squeezed his hand and said cheer- old, who will go to bed hungry. There
bowed their heads in prayer. “Lord, we fully, “That’s OK, Daddy. My Barbie will be children who will face the win-
are thankful for the doesn’t need a bathing ter without appropriate shoes or coats,
many blessings that suit until the summer and families whose holidays will be
you shower upon our any way. Now, can I times of emptiness and challenge.
lives every day,” the have a turkey leg?” Most of all, remember Carley’s deci-
father began. “Thank The father nod- sion, and how her small gift touched
you for our family’s ded, and wiping away the lives of others.
health and persever- a small tear from his
ance during this hard eye he gently placed a David Aft is the president of The
time. And thank you golden turkey leg on Community Foundation of
for the generous her plate. Northwest Georgia. Over the last 25
members of our “Merry years, Aft has worked with philan-
community who Christmas, Daddy,” thropists and charitable organiza-
gave us this wonderful meal in our the girl said. tions in communities throughout the
time of need. Their kindness is a testa- “Merry Christmas, Carley,” he said, South. Originally from Atlanta, he
ment to your love. Please bless this and they all began to eat. has lived in Dalton since 1996.
food and let it be nourishing to our During this season, please remem- Beyond his work in the charitable
bodies. Amen.” ber the power of your charitable contri- sector, Aft is a noted speaker on com-
The father lifted his head and butions. Not just their financial impact, munities and civic initiative.
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DiPrima’s Shoes of Calhoun has stacks of just about any imaginable shoe.
lip flops and work
boots and high heels —
Whether you’re looking
for the latest trends, hard-to-
find sizes or a bargain,
chances are DiPrima’s Shoes
by Connie Scott of Calhoun has you covered.
This gigantic store, at 117
W.C. Bryant Parkway, carries
shoes for men, women, chil-
dren and infants. There are
athletic shoes, high end mer-
for chandise, work boots, comfort
shoes and lots of outdoor
adventure options — not to
mention an array of acces-
sories and a healthy assort-
ment of Carhartt clothing.
“My family moved to
Calhoun over the summer,”
40 Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008
customer Jo Turner, previously of right, there was an opportunity, and goes. Some people hesitate to get
Dalton, said. “I found DiPrima’s by we expanded.” measured — especially men — but all
accident when I turned down the Sloan quit her job at the bank shoes run different and measuring
wrong road, but am pleased that I and joined the family business. That’s can only help. You can’t really go by
did. A shoe lover, I took a quick peek when DiPrima’s began carrying the size, and you’ve got to try them
inside and ladies’ and on.”
came out children’s Customer service is key factor in
with a sleek “I FOUND DIPRIMA’S shoes, athlet- DiPrima’s success, said Carolyn
pair of ic shoes and Jackson, who has worked for the
ballerina BY ACCIDENT WHEN name brands.
DiPrima family for the past 20 years.
“I enjoy helping people find the
flats by the 10,000- right shoe,” Jackson said. “You can’t
Jessica I TURNED DOWN square-foot go wrong with a willingness to help,
Simpson, a building is and the great prices we have. You
Bellini san- THE WRONG ROAD, one of three
aren’t going to find these prices any-
where else. We have people coming
dals and locations. from Chattanooga, Dalton and
some Crocs BUT AM PLEASED Sloan’s broth- Marietta all the time.”
for my pre- er, Phil Jackson recently helped customer
daughter. I THAT I DID.” DiPrima,
runs a store
Justin Schayer find his perfect fit.
“I love this pair of New Balance,”
am amazed in Rome, Schayer said, walking the store aisle
at the sheer while her sis- in his selection. “They are very com-
size of —Jo Turner ter and fortable, and a hundred dollars isn’t
and the (customer) brother-in-
bad for this particular athletic shoe.
My biggest problem was narrowing
selection is and Bill my choice down. There’s a lot to pick
crazy! They Elthingstone, from.”
have everything in there. My husband head up a Cartersville store. On the same day, Jackson aided
is going to flip when I tell him about Sloan believes being a full service customer David Dickey and his fami-
the different tennis shoes they have.” shoe store has helped contribute to ly. Dickey is a forklift driver with
The family-operated business has DiPrima’s long-term success. Strata Systems of Calhoun. His com-
been providing quality footwear in “We are exposed stock, which pany, like many others, has worked
Calhoun since the 1950s. Now gives you the help yourself option, out an arrangement with DiPrima’s
retired, Lewis DiPrima started out but we also have sales associates who which allows employees to purchase
repairing shoes. Then he began sell- will measure and fit your feet,” she work boots at discounted rates.
ing work boots and comfort shoes. said. “We have the Aetrex machine, a “This is one of the only places
The first DiPrima’s shoe store origi- digital foot scan that checks the pro- around that carries steel toe boots,”
nally operated from a building in portion of your foot and finds pres- Dickey said. “It’s absolutely the place
downtown Calhoun. Eventually, the sure points to give you a better idea with the biggest selection.”
location moved from downtown to of what is going to best work for you.” DiPrima’s Shoes still caters to
Bryant Parkway, where the store Most stores today aren’t full serv- industrial plants, Sloan said.
remains today. ice, Sloan said. “We do all the city’s workers,” she
“I got involved in 1979,” said “What a lot of people don’t said. “They get allotments for
Judy Sloan, who now runs the know,” she said, “is that as we age, employee shoes. We can help compa-
Calhoun store along with her hus- our feet change. They tend to flatten nies set up accounts. They all have
band, Phil, and her sister, Maria out and get a little bigger. Your feet different plans, and we’re glad to
Holbert. “At the time I worked at a should be measured at least once a work with them.”
bank. Daddy (Lewis DiPrima) was year, and all shoe brands run differ- Wolverine, Redwing,
selling mostly work boots. My broth- ent. Athletic shoes typically run Timberland, Rockies, Harley
er was in the wholesale end of shoes, shorter than other shoes. Having Davidson, Browning, Dingo and
and was sales manager for a shoe your feet measured helps you make Carhartt boots take up a lot of shelf
firm. We all thought the time was the right decision as far as size and fit space in DiPrima’s back rooms where
Calhoun Magazine ◆ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 41
men’s footwear is stashed. These are suede. If you’re looking for something outdoor shoes carried at DiPrima’s.
but a few of the more rugged brands casual, or something edgy to jazz up These types of shoes are made to
on display. When it comes to dress your formal wear, you’ll have a lot to encourage wearers to “get outside,” and
shoes, Johnston and Murphy, Clarks, choose from. Colors of all tones and are inspired by nature and the out-
Florsheim, Rockport and Cole Haan hues burst forth from shelf after shelf doors.
are among of footwear, “It’s all about comfort these days,”
the name featuring daz- Sloan said. “People just don’t want to
brands cus- “THESE AREN’T zling accents hurt. While we do carry high heels, a
tomers can and textures lot of people don’t want them on a
choose galore. day-to-day basis anymore. The trend is
from. Sizes YOUR FATHER’S “I am going to dressy casual.”
range from under the “Uggs are going to be a hit for
7 to 16, and SEBAGO’S.” belief that if a fall,” she said. “This is a company
wide sizes shoe fits, you known for their sheep skin boots.
are offered. should buy There will be a huge assortment. Uggs
—Frank Hall one in every
has been around for several years, but
it’s still going to be big. This is one
father’s (customer) Jo Turner, a brand that doesn’t seem to be dying
Sebago’s,” new DiPrima’s out.”
Frank Hall customer. “My Sloan and family travel to shoe
joked, holding up a pair of leather husband is going to kill me.” markets at different times throughout
men’s shoes. “These look great, don’t According to Sloan, Sas is a con- the year, particularly the Atlanta and
they? I’ve been wearing Sebago’s since sistent popular seller for women and Las Vegas markets.
the ‘80s, but these shoes are hip — not men. Sas, known as “America’s Favorite “We always try to keep in mind
old school at all.” Comfort Shoes,” has been around since what our customers might like when
For boys and girls, there are 1976. The shoes are well cushioned choosing our stock, as well as what
Heelys — the popular shoe/skate — and flexible, and are often favored by trends are coming up,” she said.
New Balance, Nike, Asics, Keds, Crocs walkers, older people and individuals Don’t forget to look for the sales
and more. There are outdoor shoes, with jobs where standing for long peri- tables and shelves, while exploring the
John Deere boots for boys and girls, ods is required. many fashion options this store has to
casual shoes and dress up shoes. “These shoes have wiggle room,” offer. Purses and bags, Brighton jewel-
DiPrima’s also has a baby shoe room said Tracy Evans, a waitress residing in ry and accessories, Carhartt T-shirts,
featuring ‘lil Nike, Stride Rite, L’Amour, Cartersville. “They are the only ones work bags, caps, gloves, cowboy hats,
Merrell, Sesame Street, K-Swiss, Keds, I’ve found that don’t leave me with foot jeans, work pants, overalls, shorts, belts
New Balance, John Deere, Baby Stages pain at the end of the day. I wore them and golf shirts, as well as shoe care
and more. DiPrima’s also sells an on vacation this year, too. I walked all products, are all available.
assortment of Croc accessories, featur- over the place in Colorado, where my
ing the likenesses of Hannah Montana,
Disney characters and so on.
daughter lives. We shopped and
explored from daylight to dark, and I
Don’t worry, ladies. DiPrima’s has-
n’t forgotten you. The store carries Sam
was good to go! No foot pain.”
Teva and Reef, casual shoes, are
& Libby, Privo, Easy Spirit, Naturalizer, popular, Sloan said. Address: 117 W.C. Bryant
Jessica Simpson, real moccasins by “Everybody is getting adventure
Minnetonka (like the ones you see and outdoor shoes, water sandals and
while traveling through the Smokies), flip flops,” she said. “Chaco and Keen Store hours: Tuesday
and styles by Brighton, Bellini, is a more technical brand, but also through Friday from 9:30
Mootsies Tootsies, Dansko, Dandolino, popular.” a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday
Life Stride, Trotters, Naot, Cole Haan, Reef is a brand specializing in
Vaneli and many others. There are san- surf-inspired sandals and shoes for from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
dals, sling backs, pumps, flats, mules, women, guys and kids, with a cool and Closed Monday and
boots and athletic shoes. You can casual “beachy” attitude. Teva also Sunday
choose from leather, patent leather, makes sports sandals for the whole
satin, rubber, shearling, fur, cloth and family. Merrell is another maker of Phone: (706) 629-5365
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BY CHARLES OLIVER
In just a few short weeks on the nation-
al scene, Republican vice presidential
nominee Sarah Palin has proven to be a
TV ratings star.
Her first major tele-
vision interview with
Charles Gibson helped
both ABC’s “World
News Tonight” and
win their time slots
women say the Alaska Palin
governor has sparked a
great deal of interest.
“People are definitely talking about
her. They want to know more,” said Tina
Bates of LaFayette.
Some local female elected officials say
they are excited about Palin’s candidacy.
Chatsworth City Council member
Margaret Adams says Palin is the subject
of a lot of conversations.
“A lot of people like her,” she said.
Some women said they identify with
AP PHOTO Palin, who served as mayor of a small
Joe Rodriguez wades through floodwaters caused by and-rescue operation in the history of the state of Texas” is town in Alaska before becoming governor.
Hurricane Ike as he abandons his stalled truck Saturday in under way as rescue personnel begin fanning out to “She seems like someone I would
Houston. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said “the largest search- assess damage and rescue victims. know, someone I could talk to,” said
Dalton’s Gerri Smith.
By air, boat and truck, search on for victims “I like
McCain, and I like
Sarah Palin,” said
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS hope it doesn’t turn into a recov- National Guardsmen, members of
ery,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis the Coast Guard, FEMA repre- “She seems like a nice
Marlow in Orange County, where sentatives and state and local law person.”
HOUSTON — As big as it Though wind speeds dropped from
60 to 40 mph, Ike left a trail of more than 300 people had to be enforcement authorities mobi- That point was
was, Hurricane Ike wasn’t as bad
destruction through the Houston rescued from flooded homes. He lized for what Gov. Rick Perry echoed by other
as forecasters feared.
area and over 500 miles of coast. said that was only “a drop in the pronounced “the largest search- women who said they
For the 110 mph winds that
bucket” compared with the num- and-rescue operation in the histo- Wood believe Palin would
smashed houses, flooded the Tropical Storm Ike
ber still stranded. ry of the state of Texas.” understand their con-
Texas coast, blew out windows in LOCATION MOVEMENT MAX WIND
By some estimates, more than Some emergency officials cerns.
Houston’s skyscrapers and cut off 33.3° N N 21 mph 40 mph
140,000 of the 1 million or so were angry and frustrated that so Dalton City Council member Denise
power to 3 million people, there 94.8° W
people who had been ordered to many people ignored the warn- Wood says she has not had a chance yet to
wasn’t the single calamitous
1 a.m. Mon. evacuate the coast as Ike drew ings. really study Palin’s record but she’s inter-
stroke that was predicted. 0 300 mi
near may have tried to tough it “When you stay behind in the ested in learning more about her.
But the full extent of the dam- 0 300 km
out. Many of them evidently real- face of a warning, not only do you “My only experience is at the local
age — or even a rough sense of ILL.
OHIO ized the mistake too late, and jeopardize yourself, you put the level, and I know I have learned so much
how many people may have per- 1 p.m. Sun. IND.
pleaded with authorities in vain to first responders at risk as well,” in just the nine months that I’ve been a
ished — was still unclear, in part MO. KY. save them overnight. Homeland Security Secretary city councilwoman. Her being a mayor,
because the nearly Texas-sized
Ronnie Sharp, 65, and his ter- Michael Chertoff said. “Now she certainly had to have learned quite a
storm made many roads impassa-
rier-mix, Princess, had to be res- we’re going to see this play out.” bit in that job, and of course, she’s now
ble. And the possibility remains 7 p.m. Sat.
TEXAS cued from his trailer in Orange Steve LeBlanc, Galveston’s basically the chief executive of the state of
that Ike could become a disaster
Houston County when water reached his city manager, said: “There was a Alaska, so I think her experience is a lot
in slow motion, with thousands of Galveston
Gulf of knees. “I was getting too many mandatory evacuation, and people broader than some people are giving her
victims trapped in their homes, 90° Mexico 80°
snakes in the house, otherwise I didn’t leave, and that is very frus- credit for,” Wood said.
waiting days to be rescued. SOURCES: NOAA; ESRI AP
would have stayed,” Sharp said. trating because now we are hav- Bates says she doesn’t know who she’ll
Rescuers in boats, helicopters
of “certain death” if they didn’t He said he lost everything in the ing to deal with everybody who vote for, but she says she is upset that
and high-water trucks set out in a
monumental effort Saturday to heed orders to evacuate. flood but his medicine and some did not heed the order. This is why
reach tens of thousands of people “We will be doing this proba- cigarettes. we do it, and they had enough
who stubbornly ignored warnings bly for the next week or more. We After the storm had passed, time to get out.” ➣ Please see PALIN, 2A
Downtown turns into a
playground on Day for Kids
THE WEEKLY CITIZEN BY KIM SLOAN
Jackson Weaver, 4, proudly displayed his
badge from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s
were popular attractions for children. Parents
enjoyed taking their kids to the art tables,
where children could put their hand print in
a clay plate to show how big they were in
Monday, September 15, 2008 ● Dalton, Georgia Office on the front of his shirt as he stooped On stage, 14-year-old Raven Bro enter-
down to touch a puppy at the first Day for tained the crowds after a crowd-pleasing per-
Blasts from the past
Kids, sponsored by the Boys and Girls formance from the Dalton Dance Company.
Clubs of Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Parents and children also learned more
Counties. about the American Red Cross and Safe
“He’s been in the police car and the fire Kids, the Humane Society of Northwest
truck,” said his mother, Jackie Weaver. Georgia and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s
Annual Battle of Tunnel Hill draws visitors
Jackson and his brother, Gracin, 3, were Department.
just two of several hundred kids and their “But the best part is parents were spend-
families who strolled down Selvidge Street ing time with their kids,” Slocumbe said.
in front of the Whitfield County Courthouse The event was sponsored by Hamilton
BY CHARLES OLIVER Confederate troops. Sherman took during the event. Health Care System, Textile Rubber and
firstname.lastname@example.org over the Clisby Austin House near “My goal was 500 and I think we have Chemical Co., Advanced Insurance
the battlefield from May 7-12. made it,” said Robbie Slocumbe, executive Strategies, Dalton Animal Care, Dr. Frank
TUNNEL HILL — Women In addition to re-enactors and Patterson, Rock Bridge Community Church,
strolled around in crinoline skirts, spectators, several merchants also director for the Boys and Girls Club. “We MATT HAMILTON/The Daily Citizen
while men lounged under shade lined the field. Like the re-enactors, ordered 400 T-shirts and we only have a BIA, Dalton Service Inc., Antonio’s
trees wearing blue and gray wool these “sutlers” also attend many re- handful left.” Mexican Restaurant, Coldwell Banker April DeLozier, 15, center, dances with other members of the dance troupe from
uniforms. enactments across the country. Children were treated to a variety of Kinard Realty, House of Beauty Day Spa and the Dance Theatre of Dalton Saturday in front of the Whitfield Courthouse as
If not for the cell phones almost “We are doing a run of Civil War Boutique and Dart Drugs.
events, from Decatur (Ala.) to
activities. An inflatable slide and moon walk part of Day for Kids.
everyone seemed to be holding to
their ears, you might think you’d Tunnel Hill to Barboursville, Ky.,
stepped back in time to the Civil then back to Chickamauga,” said
War. Floyd Miller of Rosemont, Texas.
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Worrell said he would be part of event, but it’s a fun event,” said
the skirmish line starting the battle. Lauramore, who was selling period
Craig Wolfe, the friend who dresses.
convinced Worrell to come to MATT HAMILTON/The Daily Citizen Several veterans of the re-enact-
Tunnel Hill, said there’s one key ment said the crowds seemed down
thing re-enactors need to remem- Students from Tunnel Hill Elementary School protect their ears as Charles Sanford fires a rifle this year.
ber. at the Tunnel Hill battlefield Friday morning. Some re-enactors said that oth-
“Just listen to the officers, same ers who normally come to Tunnel
as in the real army,” he said. “A friend had an artillery unit he ed in it from that standpoint. I do ments since 1994. During Gen. Hill may have passed it up this year
Wolfe has been an infantry re- was forming. He bought a cannon pretty much everything in the William T. Sherman’s advance to to attend the upcoming re-enact-
enactor for the past three years and and asked some guys to help him,” Southeast.” Atlanta, Union soldiers reached ment of the Battle of Chickamauga,
an artillery re-enactor for about 12 he said. “I had ancestors who The Tunnel Hill Historical Tunnel Hill on Feb. 23, 1864, and scheduled for Sept. 19-21 near
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Jenkins, the first physician and community. From left are
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University School of
ment to the HEALTHY PLACE 1965 until • Thompson, a 1955
community TO LIVE, WORK 2004. He graduate of the Medical • Dr. Joe Bishop
that they graduated College of Georgia, served
AND PLAY.” • Dr. J. Leroy
made,” said from Loma from 1957 until 1998.
Carlene Linda “Our physicians are sec- Babb
Jamerson, —Carlene Jamerson, University ond to none,” Jamerson
President and CEO • Dr. Tom Self
president Gordon Hospital
School of added. “The quality, the car-
and CEO at Medicine in ing and the genuine interest • Dr. William
Gordon 1963. that they extend to their Thompson
Hospital. “Their contribu- • Purcell served from patients on a daily basis is
tions have made 1951 until 1998. He gradu- impressive. We are truly • Dr. Bill Purcell
Calhoun/Gordon County a ated from the Medical thankful for their service.”
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