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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

27 things Furman Class of 2022 should Know

  One:  The current chair of the Furman trustees, the Honorable Alec Taylor was a classmate of mine, Class of 75. We were on a D League Intramural Softball team , the New York Dolls, together Spring of our Senior year with Legendary Rolling Stones Fan a Floridian, a Maryland HS QB and six other rotating people we could pick up in the Dining Room to field a team on any given afternoon. I think we won a few games. Taylor's Grandfather and his grandfather's brother were both governors of Tennessee. I was born in Newport in 53 couple blocks down the street from Steve Spurrier when he was in the Fourth Grade. Walt Cottingham got a smile out of our name, a ground breaker for the time, before Political correctness. Far as I know we were all fairly straight, just avant garde ahead of our years. Ha

     Two: Marshall Frady's name should be on the listing of Furman's Finest at Fluor Field, a Travesty he is not. FU incoming class is savvy. Find his Wiki page and make the case he is not deserving. I dare you

   Three: TC Smith and Martin England were both in Selma and then Montgomery on the Freedom March of 63 with John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. Former Chaplain Jim Pitts tells me his great friend TC was in the car with Martyr Viola Liuzzo a few hours before she was assassinated taking marchers back to Selma from Montgomery. Martin England was a cofounder of Koinonia Farms and his bio by his daughter Beverly by Wiffenstock Publishers should be in Judson on Main Booksellers Downtown Greenville.

   Four: Furman Basketball legend Clyde Mayes had the respect of Alex English. I think the story is English never beat Mayes in High School or at Carolina. Mayes was in the integrating class at Wade Hampton the winter of 1970 and embarrassed Gaffney High the second encounter that sports year. My Gaffney friend Barty Sides, a Gaffney standout told me the first game with Wade Hampton was respectable, then Clyde comes in for the second game rebouding elbows above the rims and it was something like a 40 point blowout. Gaffney didn't recuperate till 77 when Forest Morris went to Gastonia and James Worthy only beat em by Twenty. That's why they call Gaffney a football town; until the Threepeat  06-08 but I digress

  Five: John Kerry Came to Furman the winter of 72 and back to Greenville when he ran for President in 04. I met Joe Lieberman that night through the auspices of Fletcher SMith and Lieberman said he never met a bad Baptist. We got a good laugh out of that one.

   Six. Will Campbell and Marney came to Furman often from 65-78. Find out who they are.

    Seven. Right wing Republicans coming through Furman over the years include Mark Sanford, Lauren Cooley, Lee Atwater's Daughter Sally, the Baptist preacher at North Spartanburg and FBC Jacksonville--in fact maybe too many to mention--and maybe Clayte Hubbard, though Clayte is a nice guy and Sanford recently has had some nice people on his DC Staff.
     Eight. Nixon spent the night in the Furman President's Mansion in 1962 when it was still the Daniel Mansion.

    Nine: Charles Daniel, according to Joe Crespino, was the first man to introduce Roger Milliken to Strom Thurmond. That was in 1956. Lot more to the story than that.  All Furman families, especially ones with ties to South Carolina should have a copy of Crespino's Strom Thurmond's America in Their Homes or what's a liberal arts education of the tune of 200 to a quarter million dollars for?

    Ten Get that Horse Out here used to be a cry from the Crowd at the Stadium downtown.

   Eleven: Judy Clarke was SGA President 73-74. She is the only Furman graduate I know profiled in New Yorker magazine, her piece for defending Joko Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber. Hers is a very interesting story.

  12:  Ten members of the Gaffney High School Beta Club of the 68-69 my sophomore year, were eventually to attend Furman, including the Mother of Donnie Littlejohn, defensive line standout of the Paladin national championship run of circa 2002. Donnie is now Vice Principal of Gaffney High School where the Indians are preseason ranked number Four in Football.  His Mother was comparable to Rosa Parks for me in the first three years of integration of Gaffney High School. ML King was assassinated in April of 68 and two Months later, Boom, we were working things out in Gaffney South Carolina.

   13:  Paul Scarpa can correct me on this one but Ned Caswell beat the other McEnroe, Pat, in Athens Ga in the NCAA singles in 84. The Alum Mag reports in 2015 his doubles partner, a Methodist minister Rice, and Rice current partner, beat Caswell and friend in the Florida Clay 50's division. For me the best tennis story at Furman other than the drama of the one year Billy Donigan took on the world on the 74 team, is the great story about the fellow Jerry, an English teacher, tennis fan and player at Furman, of Dillon SC who taught High School English to Fed Chair Ben Bernanke. I wish I had gotten down there to eat lunch with him and his friend, same booth every day for twenty years or more at a Dillon cafĂ©.

    14.Furman President David Shi, FU 73 played Freshman football with Gaffney High Standout Jackie Queen. The summer before he arrived at Furman, 1969, Shi was present at the Atlanta Pops Festival 30 miles SE of Atlanta to hear Janis Joplin, maybe Jimi Hendrix a couple months before Woodstock which started today, August 16, 1969. I didn't make it to Woodstock. Woodstock Ga yes, on Several occasions but not Woodstock Rock Festival. Woulda loved to see Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone. Aretha Died today. She shoulda been at Woodstock. Don't Play that Song for Me.........

    15.   fURMAN  TRustee Baxter Wynn and staffer at what once was Furman at Prayer, FBC Greenville, is a nephew of legendary Georgia governor made further famous by Randy Newman's song Rednecks, Lester Maddox. Would be radical indeed if Baxter a brother of former chair of the SC GOP, would connect the dots of how the leadership of the NRA in wedge issue politics is the new Racism of George Wallace. Baxter, FBC Greenville and then Furman could be a prophetic witness, a come to Jesus moment for Trey Gowdy and Jeff Duncan, both Baptists themselves. Good place to start is definitive biographer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Charles Marsh and his easily googled Religion and Politics piece on the evil of the gun lobby. Furman religion students and Cothran Vocational Center all love Bonhoeffer. Karen Guth loves DBon too. What's Furman waiting for. MS Douglas Students and SC Chapter of Moms Demand ACtion are ready when you are.


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