Bill Kirby

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Kirby: Richmond Academy bash worthy of Hall of Fame

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Judge Frank Hull,

Richmond Academy,
Class of ’66

What a grand time Thurs­day night at the Academy of Rich­mond County Hall of Fame banquet.

Not only were the first 12 inductees into the school’s new Hall of Fame honored, but the people and stories that make one of our town’s oldest institutions special were also retold and celebrated.

Acceptance speeches by former college football coach Pat Dye and former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders (via videotape) were humble and appreciative. U.S. Ap­peals Court Judge Frank Hull was very funny, especially when she held up her old Richmond Academy report cards.

My favorite part was hearing what made teachers such as Jacquelin Marshall and coach A.L Williams so influential on young people who would go on to become great people.

I sat with the family of the late Forrest “Spec” Towns, the former Univer­si­ty of Georgia track star and Olympic gold medalist, and got to hear all their old stories, including the family “whistle” that was used to let youngsters know it was time to come home.

Wonder who the Hall of Fame will add next year?

FROG HOLLOW: I followed up that social event with Saturday night’s Frog Hollow-Harrisburg reunion, which was also a lot of fun.

I even had my picture taken with a couple of beauty queens, and U.S. Rep. John Barrow and a man in a frog costume. (The beauty queens were the highlight.)

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECT­IONS: In my Sunday quiz on Augusta trivia, I incorrectly transposed the answers to one of the questions. Gen. James Longstreet was not short. I had changed the question and forgot to change the answer.

My apologies, not only to the general’s very large family, part of which I met at the Richmond Academy banquet, but also to any of you I steered in the wrong direction.

WORD SMITH: I believe Bill Wood is reading his dictionary. He offers this difference between “complete” and “finished” in a way that is easy to understand:

When you marry the right one, you are complete.

And when you marry the wrong one, you are finished.

And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are completely finished.

TODAY’S JOKE: During a long week out on the range, a devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while mending fences. He was upset, but three weeks later, a cow walked up to the bunkhouse with the Bible in its mouth.

The cowboy couldn’t believe his eyes. He took his favorite possession from the cow, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!”

“Not really,” said the cow. “Your name is written inside the cover.”


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