George Smith: The thing is she’s still Ellie
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


JIM CAMPBELL, a local attorney who was once just one election away from being the most powerful person in the Alabama Legislature, has a big smile these days.

The story is daughter Ellie is now “off my payroll” in Jim’s words.

The rest of that is Ellie passed the bar exam back in July and is working in the law library at the University of Alabama Law School.

Ellie is a 2000 graduate of the Donoho School, has a B.A. (with honors) from Vanderbilt, an M.A. in Southern Studies from Ole Miss, an M.A. in American Studies from Kings College in London, and a J.D. from the University of Alabama Law School.

To the unwashed, the J.D. is “Juris Doctor,” which allows Ellie to put “Dr.” in front of her name.

But to daddy Jim, she’s still Ellie and that is best of all.


BIRTHDAYS: Nov. 14 —  Mary Julia Daniel; Nov. 15 —  Chloe Smith and Cheryl Norred; Nov. 16 — Adam Muns and Sandra McCarty.


IF YOU’RE kin or friend to Frank “Mack” Turner, you’re welcome to his 95th birthday party Sunday at Hubbard’s off Main in Oxford.

Daughter Lena Brooks tells me her dad, a World War II veteran, still lives alone and does his own cooking and cleaning. Last year, Mack was a co-grand marshal in Anniston’s Veterans Day parade.

Mack will welcome you from 2-4 p.m.


90-PLUS years is a rare club and three of the 80 men who took part in Jimmy Doolittle’s stunning raid on Tokyo in 1942 were on hand at a Veterans Day weekend in Dayton, Ohio. They were Lt. Col. Richard Cole, 98; Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, 93; and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher.

The only other surviving member of that raid, Lt. Col. Robert Hite, 93, couldn’t attend because of health problems.

The raid did little damage, but stunned the Japanese, who felt their island nation was beyond reach of America’s bombers. More importantly, it gave our nation a much-needed uplift.

A 1944 movie, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, told the story and starred Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson.


QUOTABLE: A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.

— Walter Winchell


TOP TEEN: Meet Dylan Matthew Akin, a senior at Piedmont High School, where he carries a 4.0 GPA, has an ACT of 32, and is president of the National Honor Society.

That leadership carries into the Class of ’14 as president. Dylan is also a state officer in the Alabama Student Council Association, a Jax State Emerging Leader, and a University of Alabama Capstone Leadership representative.

Get him outside the classroom and you have the unusual in that Dylan is a certified pilot with 57 hours, is in the Civil Air Patrol, the Society of American Military Engineers Camp, and attended a summer seminar at the United States Military Academy.

Those are steps in his goal to secure an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Somewhere in all of that, Dylan has found time to participate as a member of Piedmont High’s track and field team and as well as varsity basketball.

“Dylan is not at the top of his class by chance,” says Aaron Studdard, AP/Honors Science teacher at PHS. “His intellect and determination have put him there. Only a few students have his level of determination to succeed.”

Proud parents are Matt Akin and Amy Scott of Piedmont.

Let’s hear some applause.


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email:


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