Originally created 06/08/01

Air horns, protests have place

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.

- Woodrow Wilson

My comments earlier this week about the prevalence of air horns at high school graduations prompted a phone call ... and an invitation.

A very polite young graduate called to invite me to Westside High's graduation, where she assured me the students would be on their best behavior.

I declined (my son had a ballgame), but I probably need to go on the record as saying a little enthusiasm at graduations doesn't bother me.

I remember my own.

You see, I graduated 31 years ago, when every campus in America was suddenly rife with unruly protest.

With rumors of disruptions circulating, my high school ceremony was moved from a big downtown auditorium to the school's football field, where it was suspected we'd do less damage.

Police were called in to watch us, and that probably kept down disruptions. Only toward the end of the ceremony did someone set off two smoke bombs, which wasn't that smart because we were the only ones down on the field to breathe it.

Later, most of the seniors convened at a large party at the local country club, where we began our 10-year effort to give the 1970s a bad name.

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MAILBAG: Travelers from the Class of 2002 at Briarwood Academy in Warrenton, Ga., send two cards from Mark Twain's hometown - Hannibal, Mo. They write: "We are on our way to Yellowstone and made a stop here. We will be boarding a riverboat for a cruise."

A second card held their autographs, including: Stephanie, Laine Bradshaw, Rebecca Johnson, Ashley Jackson, Josh Land, Christy Prescott, Robert Taylor, Scott Anderson, John Usry, Adam Hill, Danny, Geoffrey and others.

Wolf and Laurie say "Hello from Myrtle Beach."

Rosalie and Margie are "playing the slots" in Las Vegas.

Jeannine Gooding of Appling was in New York City for Memorial Day weekend to see grandson Casey play the trumpet in a Broadway musical.

Sharon and Harry Bell are in Alaska on a cruise.

And so is a big group from Barnwell, S.C. They include: Mina and John Singleton, Nancy and Herb Horton, Ruth and James Johnson, Dot and Alton Edmunds, Bill and Deloris Smith, Carolyn and Doyle Livingston, Mary and Jack Keel, Carlton and Debra Lemmond, Jerry and Jenny Walsh, Margie Deer, Helen Reed, and Linda and David Brown.

You, too, can have your summer vacation travels duly publicized. Just send a card to me at PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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TODAY'S JOKE: At an old man's funeral, the preacher went on and on about his good traits and virtues, praising him as a loving husband and father.

Finally, the widow leaned over and whispered to one of her children, "Go up there and take a look in the coffin. See if that's your Pa."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107, or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.


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