Originally created 08/08/03

High school could choose mascot to honor Thurmond

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that's the way to bet.

- Damon Runyon

Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield has a controversy with its mascot - the Rebels.

Earlier this week, the school board voted to keep the nickname but do away with the logo commonly used around the school.

It is a Southern "colonel" that looks suspiciously like the University of Mississippi mascot to me, and like "a little Kentucky Fried Chicken man" to one student we quoted in the paper.

I don't think everyone's completely happy with the compromise, so I offer this suggestion.

Change the mascot for the Strom Thurmond High Rebels to the Strom Thurmond High Senators.

It would be a fitting honor to South Carolina's late U.S. senator who passed away earlier this summer, and, as far as I know nobody has a problem with Senators that can't be cured during election years.

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SPEAKING OF STROM: Somebody swore to me last year that this story is true. Strom Thurmond Jr., the son of the late senator, stopped at a local South Carolina convenience store and paid for his purchases with a check.

The clerk behind the counter looked at the check, looked at his driver's license and began to shake her head.

"What's wrong?" asked Mr. Thurmond, the U.S. attorney for South Carolina.

"It's your name," the clerk said. "Who would name their child after a high school."

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POSTCARDS: Travelers continue to send us cards.

Barbara Hogan of McCormick is in Ocean City, N.J. Nancy Strait of New Ellenton sends a baseball postcard from Sacramento, Calif. Donna Smith is in Biloxi, Miss. Kelly Cheesborough is in Connecticut. Edward Fraraccio is in Arkansas.

Lindsay sends a card from France. Corky Holloway is in Providence, R.I. Lynn, Renee and Russell are in Seattle. Mike and Vickie Ronan of Hephzibah are nearby in Tacoma. And Gary and Jennie Whynaucht of North Augusta are in Utah.

We're still looking for cards from Idaho and North Dakota.

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TODAY'S JOKE: An old guy is sitting on a bus in Los Angeles when a teenager gets on. The teen's hair is red, green, yellow and orange, and he has feather earrings.

When he sees the old man staring at him, the colorful youth says "What's the matter, old man? Didn't you ever do anything wild when you were a young guy?"

The old guy says in reply: "Yeah, actually I did. I once dated a parrot, and I was wondering if maybe you were my kid ..."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.


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