SO HOW big of an Alabama football fan was Dr. Fred Ballard?
You know by now that we lost one of our leading obstetricians back on Oct. 24, age 77, and that he was a graduate of the University.
That he brought literally thousands of babies into this life is a matter of record … if you want to plow through those records at Regional Medical Center.
Now to the rest of this little story.
My son and heir Barry played football for Alabama back in the late 1970s (two national titles) and when his first-born Riley checked in, Dr. Ballard came by to see new mom Susie with “This one is a freebie, no charge.”
Then there is Mike Tucker, who also played at Alabama in the mid-1970s. When wife Sharon brought daughter Lauren into the world, Dr. Ballard … “This one is a freebie, no charge.”
So … Roll Tide!
AND BEFORE we leave “Roll Tide,” here’s Saturday night from Baton Rouge for you.
Alabama 20, LSU 6.
But don’t bet the sawmill on my arrogance, OK.
FROM SOUTH Quintard, there is news that the Anniston Super Wash, which has been closed a year or so, is re-opening.
Off a recent mention that things there are a bit lacking, I got this from Melanie Huggins. In part:
“We do hope to make a bloody fortune, a great fortune, a massive fortune.....do we see a trend here? As long as we can make some money and help people find employment, we will be happy.”
Good luck, Melanie . . . and I assume there is a husband in there somewhere, but you didn’t mention his name. Tell him I understand that very well . . .
QUOTABLE: “Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.”
— Marilyn Monroe
IF YOU’RE out around Hebron Baptist, check a big white house a little bit south on Sugar
Valley Road . . . and the pecan tree in the yard.
The late John Emmett Phillips planted the tree on Jan. 29, 1986, the day after the Challenger exploded. He named the tree in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the school teacher who lost her life in the explosion.
Mr. Phillips was 102 when he left.
BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 23 — Lydia Smith; Oct. 28 — Ronald Wise; Oct. 30 — Helen Henley; Oct. 31 — Lenora Wynn Baxter; Nov. 1 — Christopher Logan Carden, Nathan Pitts and Bob Crisp; Nov. 3 — Stephen Smith
TOP TEEN: Meet Eddie Roe, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School where he carries a 4.0 GPA.
That’s for starters. This young man is a leader:
— President Student Council.
— President senior class.
— Vice-president Beta Club (honor society).
He is also a member of the Key Club, the Scholars Bowl Team, and the Math team.
Now, let’s play some ball.
Eddie has been All-County in football for two years, PVHS Offensive Player of the Year for four years, All-County in baseball two years, All-Area in baseball three years.
A member of Ohatchee United Methodist Church, young Mr. Roe plans to enter JSU in the fall and then move on to the University of Alabama to work on an engineering degree.
“Eddie is a very active member of Pleasant Valley High School, both in athletics and scholastic activities,” says Mylane Wigley, senior counselor: “He is friendly and outgoing. Eddie will accomplish his goals and has a bright future. “
Proud parents are Ed and Cerilla Rose, Big Oak Road, Ohatchee.
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5682 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org