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July 2, 2002

It’s a good time to take care of some loose ends and pass along the thoughts of some readers, beginning with the following from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous. He writes:

I’ve been wondering why there aren’t any “City Limits” signs on the highways that lead into Perry. There are signs that read “Welcome to Perry,” but that doesn’t spell out “City Limits.” If they’re short on poles, there are plenty of unneeded poles on our street intersections that could be pulled up and used. While on the subject of signs, wouldn’t it be great if our street name signs had a “maroon” background with “white” letters instead of the color they are now? I know that if they were changed as I suggest, some of them would become wall decorations thanks to a few overly ambitious students, but hey, we were young once, also.

Roy Kendrick wants to bring us up to date on Sharron Miller, another Perryan making her way in big time show biz. Roy writes: Sharron Miller directed segments of the CBS Friday night series, “That’s Life,” last season. The first episode she directed aired on the network in October. Sharron is the daughter of former Perryan Emaline Miller, who used to be a mainstay of Stagecoach Community Theatre. (She is now an attorney in Oklahoma City.) Sharron’s sister, Carolyn, is married to John McLemore, also from Perry. They both were associated with the first Stagecoach production of “Oklahoma!” several years ago. John is now a Christian church minister.

Roy continues: Sharron began her film career as a projectionist at the Perry Theater. When the manager there (Roy) was asked to return to a former job as film editor at KWTV, he suggested that Sharron be hired instead. He then persuaded her to take the job and quickly instructed her in the art of film editing. After about a year, she returned to college to major in film and then she went on to Hollywood. She was able to film segments for the series, “That’s Incredible,” worked on some “Grizzly Adams” chapters, and directed some religious programs. Her first big break came when Dick Clark wanted to use a story that Sharron owned for an after-school special. She agreed on the condition that she would be allowed to direct it. She won an award for outstanding directing for the show. Some of her credits as a director since then are for the series “Cagney and Lacey” and “The Trials of Rosie O’Neil.” (My thanks to Roy for this good information.)

Now, to close this column, here are some pearls of wisdom from a retired friend in Florida;

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Don’t let anyone tell you you’re getting old. Squash their toes with your rocker!

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Thanks to all of you for your support in various ways, and especially today to the three who contributed the preceding.