The finish line came at precisely 7:07 this past Friday morning when Glenda Miller of Oxford bought the last of 150 baskets or so on Easterling’s final trip.
It didn’t take long.
When Ken and wife Faye pulled into the Regions Bank (Oxford) parking lot at 5:45, three people were already waiting.
“People started coming in like it was an all-day singing,” said Ken. “It was good. And a very good year. We’ll have a few more peaches, but not enough to justify another trip up here.
“But we’ll be back next year,” added Ken.
The sell-out in Oxford meant Ken did not make it to the Anniston post office on his last run.
So, like he said, “next year.”
1. The state highway department has finally replaced the “yield on green” sign in the southbound turn on Alabama 21 at the U. S. 431 junction. You can now turn left into Lagarde Park only by green arrow, a change that was long overdue . . . which I mentioned a few times in the past.
2. Since a high wind took down the canopy at the Texaco quick stop on the corner of McClellan and Blue Mountain Road (across from K-Mart), the top of the hill sure looks naked. And you have to wonder how many are dumb enough to stop and pump gas there when it’s raining.
But the people there have dressed up the square (‘round the courthouse) very well with pink crape myrtles and yellow-blooming lantana.
It’s really lovely . . .
Well, from the old Downtowner, now rotting in shabby closure, to 18th Street, Quintard remains one of the loveliest streets anywhere . . . but our downtown (Noble) still needs a lot of work on a large number of buildings.
No charge for all that, OK?
She’s a California lady who wound up in Anniston and likes it here. Look for a “shortie” with a smile and a lot of gray/white hair. She makes checking out a nice trip.
Linda is also trying her hand at acting with CAST, a local theatre group. She says “we’re in rehearsal for Grease at the McClellan theatre.”
Miller became famous in the late 1950s with “Sing Along With Mitch” albums of old favorites. He also had a “Sing Along” TV show in the early 1960s.
But there was much more to Mr. Miller.
Among the recording artists he helped mould and make famous were Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Doris Day, Patti Page and Frankie Lane.
That’s strong stuff and Miller, of the “Sing Along,” once said, “I wouldn’t buy that stuff for myself.”
Well, I did . . . four albums worth.
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org