George Smith: Whatever happened to fly swatters?
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Sunday morning drive time . . .


AT THE TOP, one of the more pressing questions of our time: Like whatever happened to those old-fashioned fly swatters, the ones with a long wire handle and a screened swatter?

Will Crenshaw asked me that one and I really had no answer. But Will knows swatting flies.

“Flies avoid motion. Those swatters with screens let the air go through and, SWAT, you had a dead fly.”

A couple of things here:

1. It seems to me we didn’t need fly  swatters as much as in other years. Not near as many flies. With some effort, I can recall like no more than six flies in the house this summer. There have been times I’d spend more time chasing houseflies than I did in my recliner.

2. Somewhere in “my stuff” I  have a fly swatter. It was a promo deal from Furniture Fair a long, long time ago. Thing is, I can’t find it.


ROOTS run deep in the Anniston Fire Department.

The identification of the two men, Major Cannon and William R. Stewart, on the cover of Kimberly O’Dell's pictorial history of Anniston, Images of America, Anniston, is the connection.

That comes in an e-mail from David Boyd:

“Major Cannon of the Anniston Police Department had a brother, Chris C. Cannon. He went on to retire as Assistant Fire Chief. Later, his son-in-law (Norman Collins) retired as Assistant Fire Chief with the AFD, and just a few years ago, his grandson (David Collins) retired as Assistant Fire Chief.”

David is also a retired Assistant Fire Chief, but if he is a part of that lineage, he didn’t say.

I love old stuff like that, but I’m sure glad I didn’t live back “In the good old days things were bad”

OK, I’ll admit it. That’s in a Merle Haggard song and I like that, too.


IS IT POSSIBLE Lee Corso is headed for the exit once this year’s football season and Game Day finish the season.

Corso, who is my absolute favorite, suffered a serious stroke a couple of years ago. The after-effects seem to be worsening.

That may be the reason David Pollack, who played at the University of Georgia, is getting more (and more) airtime.

I hope I’m wrong about Corso. Like I said, I’m a Corso addict.

One afterthought before leaving the toy shop.

ESPN needs to dump Mark May and Lou Holtz. Their shtick of hollering and arguing has grown old, very old.


THE OLD Huddle House at Heflin is getting a facelift. I’m told a Damn Yankees Steakhouse and Oyster Bar will be the new tenant.

Also, remember when we kept howling for a Krystal burger in Anniston/Oxford? We finally got one in Oxford, another in Lenlock.

The one in Oxford is closed. And long lines aren’t much of a problem at Lenlock.


BACK TO Cleburne County for a bit.

Get away from main street and the commercial sprawl off I-20 and you find a very lovely “Small Town America.”


QUOTABLE: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.”    -- Helen Keller


YOU CAN’T have television without commercials. Some are really bad, some are very good.

On the local front, a couple I like is the “Stringfellow Strong” from Stringfellow Hospital and one that Oxford Lumber – Ace Hardware runs.


I’VE BECOME a big fan of Netflix and its offerings of movies, TV series, and documentaries.

I really like the stuff done by the British and in recent weeks became hooked on “Monarch of The Glenn.” A three-episode evening was not uncommon.

It has now turned into a cheap soap opera . . .

Thanks for visiting.


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail:


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