“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

– Winston Churchill, 1940

ONE of our favorite, but false, Friday the 13th myths was published as a “filler” in Reader’s Digest some years back, giving it some measure of credibility – which it did not deserve. It follows:

“The reluctance of seamen to sail on Friday became so common that many years ago the British government decided to take strong measures to prove the fallacy of that superstition.

“They laid the keel of a new vessel on Friday, named her HMS Friday, and launched her on Friday. Then they placed her in command of one Captain Friday, and sent her to sea on Friday. The scheme had only one drawback – neither ship nor crew was ever heard of again.”

THE other drawback: according to the World Wide Web there has never been an HMS Friday.

WE’RE not droughty yet, but the Texas Water Development Board says our little corner of the state is “abnormally dry.”

ACCORDING to the National Weather Service, the rain gauge at East Texas Regional Airport has collected 35.81 inches of rain since January 1, fractionally above the normal 35.21.

WE’RE unable to recall ever “eagerly anticipating” the release of a documentary film… until now.

IF you remember Michael and Sandra Brown from their days as a news anchor team on Tyler television in the early ‘70s, raise your hand. Me, too.

THE MICHAEL half of that couple (the Sandra half is a successful novelist) has recently completed a documentary on the New London school explosion.

MY grandparents and my mom, like yours, lived six or eight miles down the road from the school when it exploded in 1937; my grandfather, like yours, helped friends search through the rubble for the bodies of their dead children. We’ve always thought we knew what there was to know about the tragic event, but we will surely find that to be incorrect.

HERE comes, a documentary we eagerly anticipate.

A LIFETIME fishing license from Texas Parks and Wildlife is $1,000 – a pretty good deal if you’re, say, 40 years old. But an annual senior citizen freshwater license is $12. I’m sticking with the annual license.


October 11 - Kim Johnson, Greg Caskey, Jeff Griffin, Kristy Megason, Betty Irving, Ray LeRoy, Julie Bennett, D’Alva Reed, Betty Smart, Mae Bass, Merita Barbee, Teri Yandle Dent, Mildred Patterson, David Holcombe, Mrs. W.C. Henderson, Pennie Roberson, Ruby Jewel Britton, Rebecca Elaine Mitchell, Cherokee Parks, Chris Easley, Ruby Elizabeth Murphy, Larry Zachery, Vivian Warron

October 12 - Mrs. Randolph Watson, Amy White, Stoney Lake, Charles Raby, Kim Elerick, Cletis Guthrie, Janice Moore, Mike Pierce, David Mount, Wendy Bohem, Scott Haines, Michael Shelton Rodgers, Sharon Clark, Steve Yocom, Jeremy Joiner, Luther F. Swan, Briggett Lewis, Karen Moore, Jacqueline McCarthy, Windy Glidden, Lauren Tate Long, Blake Banda, Christain Head

October 13 - Matthew Chase Headley, Chad Fredrick, Shelly Lowrey, Luke Hill, Tina Hill, Beth Jackson, Chase Barrett, Glenn Martin, David Tippett, Cathy Baker, Robbie Montgomery, Dana Lear, Joey Cubine, Cindy Stovall, Diane Beckworth, Luther Dockery, Tori Lynette Wade, Rev. R.L. Williams, Keysha and Keyshun Russell, Kristina King, Brandon Reynolds, Shawn and Shea Reynolds, Joan Morton, Ron Garcia, Renee Gatons


October 11 - Bob and Wanda Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Poage

October 12 - Mr. and Mrs. Willie Powe, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Meyer, George and Robbie Boren, Steve and Carmela Herring

October 13 - Mr. and Mrs. Jim Graves, Dave and Sue Newborne


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