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October 31, 2003

I appreciate the help of friends who supply me with items for this column from time to time. Here's an example, entitled "Eternal Truths."

Once over the hill, you pick up speed.

I love cooking with wine, and sometimes I even put it in the food.

Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.

We cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

If the shoe fits, women buy it in every color.

He who laughs last thinks slowest.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

(Now, maybe you can add some thoughtful morsels from your own philosophy to these.)

If you're following high school football in the Perry area, you know that the Guthrie Bluejays (who used to be one of our traditional opponents) are having a great season this year. You should also know that the Bluejays' quarterback, Bret Hodge, has definite Perry connections. He is the grandson of Dan and Dolores Hodge and Gene and Phyllis Wilson, all of Perry. Bret's parents are Michael Hodge of Perry and Michael's former wife, Suzanne, of Guthrie. What's more, one of Bret's coaches, Ric Meshew, is the son-in-law of Don Stoddard of Perry. Bret is 6'4" and weighs around 180. Although he is only a junior this year, you can be sure he's being looked at by several universities.

Danny and Dolores, by the way, recently attended the annual Jim Thorpe Association Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner in Oklahoma City, and they were pictured in the Sunday Oklahoman of that week. Danny, an Olympic medalist and perhaps the greatest wrestler produced by this state, was an early inductee of the Sports Hall of Fame. He still attends a sizable number of tournaments and banquets in every part of the U.S. Danny is a fine gentleman, very modest despite all his accomplishments.

Jo Wollard Garton of Ponca City, who grew up in Perry, read the recent series of articles about the start of telephone service in this community and it stirred some personal memories of that era. She remembers the phone number of her Dad, G.C. (Gus) Wollard, was 68 and the number at her parents' house was 323.