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  • Lawrence "Whitey" Reath . . . Alamo Whiz Kid!
    Tuesday, August 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    One of the greatest shooters in Montgomery County basketball history was a blond-headed whiz kid from little Alamo High School . . . Lawrence Reath, Jr. . . . known to everyone as "Whitey." When the county's leading scorer, Alamo's great Charlie Bowerman, graduated in 1957 and headed to Wabash College, Whitey took over right where Charlie left off. As a 5'11" forward on the Warrior team, Whitey led the county in scoring during both his junior and senior years. 
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  • Butch blows up his baking powder submarine
    Friday, July 30, 2021 4:00 AM
    When our grandkids stay the night with us, they usually bring their two basic necessities. No, I am not referring to their pajamas and toothbrush. I am referring to their cell phone and I-Pad. These two devices are the toys of the children of today. This got me to thinking about some of the toys, many of which were fads, that my brothers, sisters, and I played with in the 1950s and early 1960s. How many of these do you remember?
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  • Winston Wilson, Number 41, was one cool guy
    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    When my brother and I were youngsters, we nailed a coffee can on the bedroom wall and practiced shooting a small plastic orange pumpkin (our "pretend" basketball) into the can. We also cut off the sleeves to our T-shirts and wrote the number "41" on the front and back with crayons, and wore these as our basketball jerseys. Why, you might ask? Well, we wanted to be just like our favorite player on the 1960-61 Darlington ball team . . . Winston Wilson.
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  • Butch remembers good ol' freshman initiation
    Friday, July 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Ah yes . . . you made it to high school . . . the big time . . . and now you are a "grown-up teenager." But wait . . . hold on . . . you forgot one little thing. You are not a full-fledged high school student until you go through freshman initiation. That was a fact of life at Darlington High School in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. The members of the senior class, the "Masters," drew names from members of the freshman class, who became the "Slaves" for Freshman Initiation Day. Those terms would likely not be politically correct in today's world.
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  • Matt McCarty . . . One of Montgomery County's best!!!
    Tuesday, July 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County has produced many talented athletes, but undoubtedly one of the absolute best is Matt McCarty, who lettered in baseball and basketball all four years at Crawfordsville High School from 1991-94. As a member of Coach John Froedge's baseball squad, Matt played shortstop, and the team won three Sectional championships in those four years. Matt stated, "I was fortunate to play for one of the best high school baseball programs in the state.
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  • Butch thankful for one of his favorite teachers
    Friday, July 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    My fifth-grade class at Darlington was quite exciting, to say the least. Our teacher lost control of the class early on, so all of the students, including myself, decided we would have a "fun time!" Clay was thrown on the ceiling, spit wads were shot through straws, tacks were placed on seats, rubber bands sailed through the air, and students hid in the cloak room.
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  • Charlie Bowerman . . . "the Wizard of Alamo"
    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    Who was the best basketball player in Montgomery County history . . . Daryl Warren, Homer Stonebraker, Howie Williams, Don Threlkeld, or maybe Ray, Bill, or Keith Greve? There were several other great players, too, but one name is always mentioned...Charlie Bowerman, who graduated from little Alamo High School in 1957.
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  • Butch wonders what happened to "decent" TV shows
    Friday, July 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I arrive at home after work each evening and sit down to eat, the first thing I do is switch on the little TV that's perched on the wall just above the microwave. Yes, it's 6:30 and time for Happy Days, with Richie Cunningham and the gang. No, our kitchen TV is not connected to DirecTV or Dish . . . it's connected to our outside antenna. 
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  • This baseball coach was a REAL hero!!!
    Tuesday, July 6, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I was 7 years old in the summer of 1956, my Dad took me up to the Darlington baseball diamond one afternoon and signed me up for the Farm League team. The team was sponsored by the local American Legion Post 302, and the coach was Marion Maxwell, a long-time Darlington resident whose nickname was "Runt." Dad and Runt were friends, but I really didn't know him very well. I knew very little about the game of baseball, and when Runt asked me what position I played, I smiled and said, "I bat!"
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  • Butch has exciting roll in the hay !!!!
    Friday, July 2, 2021 4:00 AM
    Now that I have your attention (with that headline) No, no, no . . . it's not what you think! When I was 7 years old, I tagged along with Dad one afternoon to my uncle Ab's farm, where he and his two oldest boys, Dick and Donnie, were baling hay. They let me ride on the hay wagon, located behind the baler, as my two cousins stacked the bales. When fully loaded, the wagon had eight layers of hay bales, which was much too high, and they placed me on top . . . perched on a smaller half-bale. 
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  • Darlington basketball fans loved their team mascots
    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 4:00 AM
    Each school in Montgomery County had a name for their athletic teams . . . the Crawfordsville Athenians, Linden Bulldogs, Ladoga Canners, Alamo Warriors, New Market Purple Flyers, New Ross Blue Jays, Waynetown Gladiators, Waveland Hornets, Bowers Blackshirts, Coal Creek Bearcats (before consolidation the Wingate Spartans and New Richmond Cardinals) and my school . . . the Darlington Indians. 
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  • Butch visits Country Diner and Ben-Hur Drive-In
    Friday, June 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you were a teenager in the 1950s or 1960s, you likely made a few trips to the east edge of Crawfordsville on Friday and Saturday nights to reach the ultimate destination . . . the Country Diner and the Ben-Hur Drive-In movie theater. Now you Fifties teenagers may not remember the Diner, but you were there . . . because at that time it was the Gin-Jer-Boo drive-in restaurant, which was started up by Jerry and Buena (Boo) Cunningham in 1953. When they sold the restaurant in 1962, the name was changed to the Country Diner.
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  • The Winger brothers: three true Linden Bulldogs
    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    What do coaches look for in a high school athlete? Skills and proficiency are important, but a coach also wants someone who works hard, gives their best effort . . . win or lose, and is a team player . . . "It's not the skill of the athlete, it's the size of the heart that matters." And to prove this is true, you have to look no further than three boys who played sports at Linden from 1962 through 1971 . . . the Winger brothers . . . Phil, Rodger, and Keith.
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  • Butch's list of foods he absolutely will not eat
    Friday, June 18, 2021 4:00 AM
    Well, I just read that cicadas, which basically are the same as locusts, can be eaten. Great. On my next visit to a swanky restaurant, "Yeah, I'd like an order of cicadas supreme, medium rare, a baked potato covered with ants, a Caesar salad garnished with crickets and some fresh bumblebees for dessert." So, if cicadas are edible, my next question is . . . who are the nutcases who are going to eat them?
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  • Rusty Weaver could really swing a bat
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you have read some of my columns, you likely know by now that I was a pitcher for my Darlington baseball team in the good ol' days. I wanted to be like Warren Spahn or Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves . . . or maybe the next Don Drysdale of the LA Dodgers. The pitcher, by his actions and timing, controls the game, and the hitters must react to what pitches are thrown. My goal was to strike everyone out, and I had pretty good success . . . except for the New Ross Blue Jays, who were always tough to defeat!
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