Every newsworthy occurrence doesn’t have to be mayhem, politics, crime or the latest national championship football team from Alabama. It can be something minor, like a pebble tossed into the Pacific.
The reborn Goal Post Bar-B-Q sign is one of Anniston’s pebbles.
The story is sweet and quaint, and we mean that with all sincerity. The sign sat on Quintard Avenue in front of the Goal Post restaurant for decades. Adults all across Calhoun County remember marveling at the neon novelty when they were kids. The restaurateur family responsible for the sign being in Anniston in the first place rescued it from the trash heap a few months ago and had it installed at their Quintard business, Betty’s Bar-B-Q. In its new home, it came to life Thursday evening.
Welcome back, Mr. Kicker Man.
This isn’t an ode to Anniston. It’s an ode to towns, particularly small ones like those in northeast Alabama, and the people who live in them. Most of us don’t have international airports, reliable public transit and Starbucks on every corner. But we do have memories of our homes and our past. They mean something to us.
Oxford has its lake. Jacksonville has its square and university. White Plains has its farmland. Everywhere you go, long-timers can tell you what used to be where, where teens grouped on Friday nights, and where memories (the re-tellable kind) were made. Some of those memories, like the Goal Post sign, were little more than a visual.
Outsiders may think it unimportant, but we know different.
The Goal Post sign, resident Robin Nesbit-Mayfield told The Star on Thursday, “was just part of our life, part of our history.” We couldn’t agree more. It’s a little thing, a pebble in a big ocean, but saving the Goal Post and its place-kicker who never misses a field goal means more to Anniston than most people will ever understand.