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Saluda, SC 29138
Phone 864 445-2527
Fax 864 445-8679
Was it Jimmy Durante who called a coincidence a “coinkadink?”
Many of you are saying, “Who is Jimmy Durante?”
After writing about coincidences last week, we had a couple more
following the column.
I like to pick out old movies to watch on Netflix. Last week, a “new”
addition was the 1950’s “A Man Called Peter.”
This was a movie about a Scottish Presbyterian pastor, named Peter
Marshall, who came to America, got his start in Georgia, and eventually
became chaplain of the U.S. Senate.
He died of a heart attack at the age of 47, leaving a wife and young
His wife, Catherine, became a famous writer.
The day after we watched the movie, my mother picked up her copy of
“Guideposts,” turned to the next page, which featured an article from
the past. It was written by Catherine Marshall!
Jack Atkinson came by Friday, and he told me he enjoyed my column
about coincidences last week.
I told him about the Peter Marshall coincidence, and he told me Peter
Marshall preached in Atlanta and met his wife at at Agnes Scott
College, near where Jack lived!!
A few days after the Marshall thing, I was watching “Millionaire,”
while I was reading my new copy of “Entertainment Weekly” magazine.
The question on “Millionaire” asked what popular musician’s band was
Drake’s father a member (Jerry Lee Lewis). As I looked at the question,
I turned the page of the magazine,, and there was a story on Drake!
I wouldn’t call this a coincidence, but I put pictures and the history
of “The Body Building” on “Abandoned, Old and Interesting Places” page
There were a good many comments, then a man named Paul Smith, said he
used to visit Saluda with his parents and remembered a service station
owned by his uncle was converted into a restaurant.
I immediately knew this was the Smith’s Service Station, across from
what is now Town Hall, which was converted into the first Rosie’s.
I wrote Paul back and told him the station is now a Chinese
Paul, who grew up in S.C., but now lives in Pennsylvania, is a nephew
of the late B.W., Charlton and Carlton Smith. His father was Woodrow
He hasn’t been in contact with his S.C. relatives in awhile, and I
gave him names of some of his cousins who are on Facebook, so maybe
there will be a social media reunion!
Oh, a man named John came in Monday. He’s reopening Rosie’s!
You know you’re a diehard fan of “The Walking Dead,”
when you stop watching “The Grammys.” “SNL’s 40th Anniversary,” and “The
Oscars” on successive Sundays to watch it.
Technically, since I have two TVs in my bedroom, I just turned the
volume down on the specials, and if something came on I wanted to see,
I’d turned up the volume.
“The Oscars,” I never turned the volume back up after TWD went off,
unlike what I did with the Grammys and SNL. I fell asleep.
I awakened at midnight and “The Oscar” show was still on. I fell back
The part of the program I saw was pretty boring.
I hate I missed Lady Gaga singing songs from “The Sound of Music.”
That is a combo I never would have imagined. I watched a replay Monday
morning and Gaga did well.
I don’t get a chance to see regular season high school
basketball games, but I was able to see the Saluda girls team host two
playoff games last week.
The Lady Tigers romped over Chesnee Wednesday, then hosted Keenan
Keenan comes from one of the toughest regions in the state for girls
basketball and finished second to Newberry in their league.
Still the Tigers led through three quarters. The fourth quarter,
Keenan’s outstanding defense held Saluda to four points. The Lady Tigers
had a chance to tie or win the game with 20 seconds to go, but turned
the ball over on an inbounds play.
It was a great season for Coach Jeanette Wilder’s team. They finished
17-3 overall and 10-0 in the league. I can’t remember the last time a
Saluda girls teams finished as unbeaten region champions.
Things can only get better, because every Saluda starter returns.
Coach Robert Etheredge’s boys team finished fourth in the league, and
traveled to top seeded Blacksburg in the opening round and upset the
Like the girls, the boys lost in the second round, but have a good
nucleus coming back.
NEW YORK SUIT
Since I lived in Saluda, I don’t remember why I
visited Kennedy’s Men’s Shop in Batesburg when I was a teenager, but I
was looking for a suit and found one I liked.
The owner asked my name, and when I said, “Ralph Shealy,” he quickly
let me know his name was “Ralph Shealy Kennedy.”
Well, with a name like that, I had to buy that suit.
When I went to New York City with my college friends in January 1970,
Ralph Shealy wore Ralph Shealy Kennedy’s suit when we went out to a
fancy restaurant to eat. I ate vichyssoise and “one” escargot in that
We would call each other “Ralph Shealy” when we saw each other.
When Ralph Shealy Kennedy’s son Ralph Shealy Kennedy and I first met,
we, too, began to call each other “Ralph Shealy,” and have done so ever
Ralph Shealy Kennedy, Sr., died last week. He was a institution in
Batesburg-Leesville, and was well-loved by all his customers and friends
throughout our area.
He even helped a little hick kid from Saluda look good in New York
He will be greatly missed.