Tidbits - February 15 2018

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  Bobby Giles was Olympia High School’s equivalent of Saluda’s Bettis Herlong. In fact, the two were contemporaries, whose paths crossed many times.
  In 1940, Herlong’s Saluda and Giles’ Olympia played for the state championship in football.
  The late Junce Thrailkill, who was a member of the Saluda team, told me Olympia’s strategy to win the game worked.
  The Red Devils sent in a third team player, whose sole purpose was to pick a fight with Bettis. He was successful, and he and Bettis were both ejected. Olympia lost a third teamer, Saluda lost an All-American, and Olympia won the state title.
  The next year, the two teams met in the semi-finals, and Saluda was ready for any trickery. The Tigers won and went on to win the state title the next week.
  Giles and Herlong were both selected for the Shrine Bowl, and signed with Carolina, playing their freshmen years.
  Then both young stars soon went to war. After the war, Giles returned to Carolina, but Bettis decided to cast his lot with Duke.
  Giles scored a touchdown in Carolina’s first bowl game, a loss to Wake Forest in the Gator Bowl.
  When they finished college, both men returned to their alma maters as head football coach.
  Bettis’ career began and ended at Saluda, but he coached at several other schools in between.
  Giles stayed at Olympia his entire career, coaching many different sports to state titles. Like his old friend Bettis, he was inducted into several state halls of fame.
  Bobby Giles died last week at the age of 93. What a legacy!


  I learned something new on Twitter last week.
  Saluda native Sandez Werts tweeted his first non-educational related job was part-time at Belk’s. He said a day didn’t pass that he didn’t end up discussing education with a customer.
  Abbey Duggins responded, saying she was working at Belk’s and sold a pocketbook to Brenda Shorter. Brenda told her Saluda Middle School was hiring teachers. Abbey said, “the rest is history.”
  Abbey got the job at Saluda Middle School, and has spent her entire career in the District, going from teacher to Saluda High assistant principal to the district office, as curriculum coordinator, thanks to a conversation at Belk’s with Brenda Shorter.
  I told Brenda’s son Robbie about this Monday. He said he had never heard this, but said since his mother’s untimely passing last week he his learned many things about his mother he never knew.
  Remember, I wrote last week about Brenda not enjoying her one performance with The Saluda Players?
 “An Evening of Culture” was a hilarious, big hit, and when the Players decided to repeat the play a few years later, we begged Brenda to return for her role, but she refused.
  So, we asked a young lady who had acted with us in “Faith County,” a play that featured many of the same characters as “An Evening of Culture.”
  Brenda Shorter was replaced by Abbey Duggins, who, of course, would not have been available had Brenda not bought a pocketbook from Abbey at Belk’s!


  The good news for Carolina football fans is the Gamecock recruiting class finished a composite 19th in the country.
  The bad news is six other SEC members finished higher.
  Clemson finished sixth in the nation. The only other ACC teams in the top 20 are Miami No. 8 and Florida State at 11.
  The Tigers continue to get the best players in the nation, and the rest of the ACC is trying to play catch-up.
  I doubt seriously if Carolina will ever finished much higher than 7th in the SEC. Five of the six teams ahead of them have produced national champions.
  One surprising omission in the Top 50 composite list is Arkansas. Former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is the new Razorback coach. You would have thought he could get a Top 50 class, especially when you consider Vanderbilt is ranked 41st.
  How did the SEC and ACC rank? Here goes:
  1. Georgia; 6. Clemson; 7. Alabama; 8. Miami; 11. Florida State; 12. Auburn; 14. Florida; 15. LSU; 17. Texas A&M; 19. South Carolina; 20. Tennessee; 23. North Carolina; 24. Virginia Tech; 26. N.C. State; 27. Mississippi State; 29. Louisville; 31. Ole Miss; 38. Kentucky; 41. Vanderbilt; 42. Missouri; 46. Pittsburgh; 50. Syracuse.


  Sometimes movies and TV shows make me feel like a first grader taking high school physics.
  Netflix has a much hyped new series called “Altered Carbon.”
  I watched the first episode and I did not understand it at all.
  Naturally, since this series has ten episodes, I figured I’d understand it better the more episodes I watch.
  Friday night, I watched the next episode. After it was over, I was 0-2.
  Saturday morning, I was flipping through the channels and came across the movie “Dune.”
  I had not seen this movie since I was in my 30s. I remember the movie featured giant worms, and was really confusing in 1984. If you think is was confusing then, you should watch it after your brain has been shedding for 34 years!!
  I mentioned these two confusing programs on Facebook, and my nephew Trey told me to try “The Cloverfield Paradox” if I really wanted to be confused.
  I figured that. When a movie skips the theaters and goes straight to Netflix, it’s not a good sign.
  Sunday, I decided to forego watching figure skating to view “Paradox.” Trey was right.
  All three of these programs have great special effects, so they are watchable for that reason, and that reason only.
  Oh, yes. I will watch the third episode of “Altered Carbon!”

  My nose got stopped up at work one day last week.
  I looked in my desk drawer and found some Vick’s nasal spray. After using it, I looked at the bottom of the bottle and it said “Expires in 2003.” Apparently not.
  A day later, I decided to buy a fresh bottle of Vaporub after I looked at the jar I used the night before.
  The label read “Revco.” CVS bought Revco in 1997! The rub still worked!
  When I learned Ann Bledsoe had died, it brought back more Revco memories.
  I can’t remember if it was Wednesday or Thursday, but I’d go into Revco at the exact same time as Ann and her late mother Estelle Boland, and this seemed to happy every week.
  We’d laugh if either of us missed a week.
  This was when Revco-CVS was in the building next to Bi-Lo.
  When the new CVS was built on Main Street, our meetings weren’t as regular.
  Anne was a fine lady. She had waged a valiant battle with cancer, and was always in good spirits when I saw her despite what she was going through physically.
  She will be greatly missed.