George Smith: Joan Walmsley was Bob Etnire’s No. 1 capture
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Sunday morning drive time . . .

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The last name is Etnire and on Feb. 5 the two had been Mr. & Mrs. 70 years. That’s 70 years. Roll that one around in your mind a bit.

The rest of the story goes back to England in 1943 when a young soldier from Cedartown, Ga., met a young lady by the name of Joan Walmsley. She was a drop-dead beauty and right out of the gate, in her words, “I didn’t like him.”

Some more is “He was my first and only blind date. I was a bit miffed when this friend said she had fixed me up. ‘Thank you,’ I told her. ‘I don’t need anybody to fix me up.”

That first date was something of a wreck.

“I was used to polite young English boys who danced with gloves on and were about two feet from you,” recalls Joan. “He grabbed me and almost crushed my ribs. I went to the ladies room and told my friend ‘Let’s get out of here.’”

They didn’t and Joan is “still here.”

Our town is a bit better for Bob being here, too. Working for Mead Corp., he was sent to Anniston in the 1970s to close down a pipe shop. He and Joan never left and over the years Bob has served on the Anniston City Council and the Anniston Board of Education.

He has also been a member of the Rotary Club “since I can’t remember when” and his guest this past Tuesday was his war bride.

“Best capture I ever made,” says Bob, who was in the first wave to hit Omaha Beach on D-Day.

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AN EMAIL from Shelton Phillips a few days back included a photo of a lovely tree in the late John Emmett Phillips’ yard just up the road from Hebron Baptist Church.

Shelton’s note reminded me that Emmett, who made it to 102 years, planted the tree on Jan. 29, 1986, the day after school teacher Christa McAuliffe died when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just over a minute after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.

I know I’ve mentioned that before, but too often we forget and the tree that grows in Hebron is a reminder of a terrible day in our history.

Thank you, Mr. Phillips.

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QUOTABLE: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”Charles M. Schulz

You now have just six days to pick up that chocolate for That Day. A rose or two and a couple of hugs might help your case a bit, too.

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DID YOU catch Bill O’Reilly’s sit down with our president Sunday?

I did and have a couple of observations.

Mr. Obama would be a star in a playground dodgeball game. He can slip, slide, dodge and shuffle with the best.

Mr. O’Reilly crossed the line in manner he pushed the president for answers. He’s the president and O’Reilly was disrespectful of the office. There was nothing wrong with the questions, but Mr. O’Reilly’s asking was a bit much.

One more note on Mr. O’Reilly. I’m no fan (he really is a bully), but he does one thing I admire. Regardless of how contentious his interview, he always gives his guest the last word.

Society would be better for it were we to do the same. Think about it.

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IT’S A matter of record that I flat out hate oatmeal. It is also a fact I tackle a bowl of the stuff twice a week at the blonde’s insistence.

“It’s GOOD for you ... so EAT!” is the way she puts it.

One plus is those small packages Quaker instant comes in are neat. You tear off the top and the empty package has a line to measure your milk or water.

It’s the little things, people.

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