A couple in fact, both brought out of the memory bank with the news that Patti Page died this past week ...
“I was dancing, with my darling,
“The night they were playing,
“The beautiful Tennessee Waltz.”
That was Miss Page’s signature song back in the 1950s. It was also “our” song, mine and the blonde’s, during our courting years. Even in our married years (early ones), we’d still dance when Miss Page — or anyone — did “The Tennessee Waltz.”
The ’50s were a time of slow dancing and holding close. It was a time before hair spray turned your lady’s hair to a razor fence. You could really “get close” — if you know what I mean — without coming away with your face looking like it had been in a house fire.
Another memory is Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, home of the Tennessee Volunteers.
It is a tradition there that when the game is over the band plays “The Tennessee Waltz” as the fans leave the stadium. In those years, when I was a sports writer for this newspaper, I was there and Alabama was winning ... year after year after year.
The river end of the stadium was still open at the time and, following yet another loss to Alabama, the strains of “The Tennessee Waltz” drifting across the river in a late October afternoon were so melancholy, so mournful.
I may be an Alabama fan, but play me “The Tennessee Waltz” ... one more time ... for the good times ... and for a still-lovely blonde.
(Pardon ... I seem to have something in my eye.)
One of the good guys, Buster Robertson, is celebrating his birthday today with the annual fish fry at Robertson’s Garage in downtown Cragford. And I can’t make it.
The garage is in its third (maybe fourth) Robertson generation and the fish fry each year is as good as it gets.
Buster, in the invite, didn’t tell me his years, but I know he’s into his 80s ... and a pure delight to be around.
Oh yeah, the good Rev. Zenus Windsor will again do the “frying.”
Happy birthday, Buster.
She is a member and secretary of the National Honor Society at JCA, has been on the honor roll each year, and has picked up awards in Spanish, English and math in past years.
Homecoming queen for 2012, Alison is a 4-H Club member, in the choir and a teacher’s aide. She is also active in her youth group, “Thrive,” at the Harvest Church of God.
Future plans are to attend Jacksonville State (Elite Honors Scholarship) and pursue a degree in nursing.
“Alison is a great student and a great person,” says Principal Tommy Miller. “She has been through a lot during her years here that a youngster shouldn’t have to go through. The strength she has shown through the years her mother has been on life support and through the loss of her father is remarkable. She just continues to be a blessing to the students and staff here in every way.”
A proud mom is Sharon Cline, her father the late Tony Cline.
Take a bow, young lady.
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: email@example.com