George Smith: Memories in a can of Prince Albert
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:
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AMONG THE “old stuff” you’ll find in the Abanda Café and Cake Shop near Wadley is a Prince Albert tobacco can.

There is a memory ...

It is the late 1930s and we’ve just finished supper (by kerosene lamp, of course), my grandmother is clearing the table, and my grandfather gets out his cigarette roller.

He patiently fills 10 papers with just the right amount of Prince Albert, licks the edges of the papers, and runs them through the “machine.” He then takes his pocketknife and cuts each homemade cigarette in half. He now has 20 “halves,” his ration for the next day.

It was a nightly ritual and I wish I could remember his tales of family history, but a five-year-old boy forgets easily. The main thing is he’s in the presence of his grandfather ...

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IN THAT is another memory, this from a very popular Tex Williams song of the late 1940s ...

“Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette,

“Puff, puff, puff 'til you puff yourself to death,

“Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate, you hate to make him wait,

“But you just gotta have another cigarette.”

Old Pee Wee was way ahead of the Surgeon General. I know I’ve mentioned that before, but ...

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JUST TO let you know, the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast this past Saturday was a success.

Bill Hagler tells me over eight thousand pancakes and five thousand sausage patties were served, along with all the trimmings.

All proceeds go to “back-to-school” shopping for needy kids.

You did good, people ... and Hagler says “Thanks” from the Anniston Kiwanis Club.

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THE NAME Bill Hagler should ring a bell with some of you who are getting along on the calendar. For those of you who came in late, back in the years when we had our own TV station (WHMA Channel 40), Bill was “our” weatherman and co-hosted a popular local talk show with Mimi Butler.

Mimi is still in our town, too. Home is in Golden Springs.

Bill and Mimi did some good stuff.

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QUOTABLE: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”Thoreau
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BIRTHDAYS: Mar. 3 – Ann Noel, Fred Chapman, and Jonathan Todd; Mar. 4 – Neal Lemon and Brittany Millbrook; Mar. 5 – Evis Thompson; Mar. 6 – Su Bette Crisp and Pam Muns; Mar. 8 – Britt Millbrook, Sam Mellon Jr., and Mark McWilliams.

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IN COUNTRY SONG: “When we got down to nothing,

“Nothing sure looked good on you.”
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TOP TEEN: Meet Alyssa Perkey, a senior at Weaver High School where she is a four-year varsity cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society.

She is also in the FTA, the FCS, the Key Club and has been a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters for the past two years. Along the way she has found time to serve as a Weaver High Diamond Doll and work on the yearbook staff.

Alyssa is a member of Cornerstone Church and in its Face2Face Youth Group.

“Alyssa is an exceptional student with exemplary leadership skills,” says Dawn Bussey-Clark, WHS counselor. “She always has a smile on her face, always ready to lend a helping hand, and approaches her life with enthusiasm and confidence.”

Very proud parents are Eddie and Lisa Bradley, Astor St., Weaver.

Some applause is order ...


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