Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

History can be found in backyard

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To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

– Davy Crockett

I want to thank John Whatley and John Arena, the artifact experts at Saturday’s Archaeology Day event at the historic Ezekiel Harris House.

I showed them three old projectile points (“arrowheads”) that have been in my family for a while and was told that one of them is about 9,000 years old.

I find it amazing to hold something in my hand that someone made thousands of years ago.

And yes, I did learn that anything that old is not an “arrowhead,” but some sort of spear point.

Bows and arrows are relatively new to North America, they told me.

Something else I learned from John Roth, who was leading a Harris House tour: If you were standing beside Ezekial Harris looking off that upstairs porch 200 years ago you would have noticed something very different about Augusta. Few trees.

The reason should be obvious. They were continually being cut down for firewood.

BASEBALL AND MATRI­MONY: Wayne Fuller agrees with my Sunday sentiments about the connections between baseball and marriage.

“In thinking back over the past 47 years that Pat and I have been married,” he wrote, “I now see the linkage.

“After making an error, she has suggested that I might want to take a walk. She has learned how to throw me a curve. There are times I goof up and she will let me slide by.

“We are constantly planning our next road trip. I have learned not to balk at her suggestions. Some of the gifts have been big hits.

“I have not forgotten how to steal a kiss.”

(Wayne, I think you’ve got it: Marriage is like baseball – you never want to get thrown out at home.)

YOUR MAIL: Sandra and Shirley Johnson, of Augusta, sent a postcard from Lookout Moutain near Chattanooga, Tenn., and another showing the Chickamauga battlefield visitor center nearby.

Lloyd and Lynn Creech are traveling. They sent greetings from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, home of the World Champion Cardinals, another card showing the famous Gateway Arch, one from Branson, Mo., and another from Springfield, Ill.

Also, C.B. Bergin, last year’s remarkable baseball park traveler, sent a card from South Padre Island, Texas.

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one shared by Seth Benson.

A guy bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for their anniversary.

After hearing about this extravagant gift, a friend of his said, “I thought she wanted one of those sporty four-wheel-drive vehicles.”

“She did,” he replied. “But where was I going to find a fake Jeep?”

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