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  • Friday, November 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Dales . . . at least our Dale family when I was growing up, rarely went to a doctor. It basically had to be an extreme emergency or a life or death situation. When my father passed away at age 66, he had NEVER been to a doctor until his second heart attack. No, he never even told anyone about his first heart attack. Until then, he had also never taken a prescription . . . or even an aspirin!
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  • The County Keg . . . We Won . . . and We Lost . . . Oh NO!!!
    Friday, October 25, 2019 4:00 AM
    Recently Bill Boone, local sports historian, related the history of the County Keg, the traveling trophy of the small Montgomery County high schools during basketball season. He noted that Darlington held the record for the longest time . . . and the shortest time . . . for possessing the Keg. Well, I was on the team that had the Keg for the shortest time . . . and here is the story . . . and a little extra.
    In 1965 I was a junior at Darlington High School and the leading scorer on the basketball team. All of the starting five, Joe Mahoy, Phil Mahoy, Ed Gable, Wayne Palmer, and myself, were under 6-feet tall, but we were a scrappy bunch under Coach Galen Smith and played our hearts out each game. When the County Tourney began, we had to go against New Market, an excellent team with a record of 8-3. Jim Slavens was their leading scorer, followed closely behind by Jerry Hester and Dale Conrad. I was assigned to guard Conrad, who was almost a foot taller than me! I had a hot shooting night, and Ed Gable made some clutch free throws near the end . . . and we WON !
    Our confidence was high, but our next opponent was the New Ross Blue Jays, who had the longest unbeaten streak in the state and sported a record of 11-0. Very few people gave us a chance at winning. The Blue Jays were a tough bunch. Gary Harrison, Terry Moore, Ron Haffner, and Bob Williams all scored ten points each, but we held their TALL center, Chuck Grenard, scoreless . . . and by a miracle, we WON 49-43 that Saturday afternoon at the Crawfordsville gym . . . and we WON THE KEG!!!
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  • The Lone Ranger and Superman
    Friday, October 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    Back in the 1950's, I would guess that probably nothing changed American life more than that new television set now parked in the corner of the living room. My father bought our first TV in 1952 when I was 4 years old. We did not have an indoor toilet until 1956, so I guess that shows what his priorities were!
    Some of my friends were glued to the TV set and watched everything, but there were certain shows that I liked to watch...Miss Frances's Ding Dong School, Howdy Doody, and I Love Lucy. However, later on the networks were saturated with TV westerns, which I really enjoyed. Some of the best were Wild Bill Hickok, The Cisco Kid, The Gene Autrey Show, Have Gun Will Travel, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, and Hopalong Cassidy, just to name a few. My favorites were The Lone Ranger and Wyatt Earp. My younger brother liked Bat Masterson and Zorro. 
    In looking back on these shows, I think they certainly influenced my way of thinking to a great degree. There was definite line drawn between good and evil, and good always triumphed in the end. The good guys never got killed, and they stood for what was right. Some of the shows were a little far-fetched, but we didn't know that at the time...and how many real lawmen wore an outfit like the Lone Ranger?
    I also was a big fan of the Superman TV show. He was also a "good guy" who fought for truth, justice, and the American way. He always took care of the "bad guys" and won in the end.
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  • Butch takes scary visit to the dentist
    Friday, October 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    I would guess that I am like a lot of people who need to see their dentist . . . I tend to put it off until I can't stand the pain any longer. I knew that a tooth needed to be extracted, but I kept hoping that maybe the tooth fairy would sneak in some night while I was sleeping and do it for free . . . and leave a quarter under my pillow. On my last visit, there was very little pain involved; however, counting the X-rays and the "initial examination fee", I ended up writing a check for $362.00 for my one hour visit. That is more than I make in a week.
    That got me to thinking about my very first visit to a dentist . . . good old Doc Southworth. I was 7 or 8 years old and was with my Dad at the Darlington pool room. I had a loose baby tooth, and Dad sent me next door to Doc Southworth's office. As he examined my loose tooth, I smelled something strong on his breath . . . yes, Doc Southworth had been drinking . . . something very strong.
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  • Do you have a ‘problem child?’
    Friday, October 4, 2019 4:00 AM
    The boy's parents told me that their first-born son was a breech birth, which may have been an omen of what was to occur thereafter. At nine months of age, their baby boy started walking, which was rather early as far as normal child development. The toddler then began to explore the world around him, and he seemed to be able to imitate many things that he witnessed his parents do.
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  • Advice from a knuckleball pitcher......
    Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:00 AM
    I started playing baseball when I was 7 years old. My father took me up to the Darlington baseball diamond and signed me up for Farm League. I knew absolutely nothing about the game, and Darlington's famous coach, Marion "Runt" Maxwell, asked me what position I played. I looked around at the other players and told him, "I bat."
    Well, as it turned out, there was a position that I did like . . . pitching. Batting was fun, but striking out other players was much more entertaining. I controlled the situation, and also controlled the rhythm of the game. My teammates depended on me to keep the score low, and I depended on them to get enough runs to win.
     
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  • Hey kids, let grandma read to you . . .
    Friday, September 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    I was looking through some of my old scrapbooks a while back, and I found a note that my Grandma Dale had penned to me when I graduated from Darlington High School in 1966. In the note, she told me how proud she was of me and my accomplishments, and she wished me great success in the future.
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  • From Butch Dale to teachers: Thank you very much!
    Friday, September 13, 2019 7:23 AM
    Montgomery County...Past and Present.....
    Well, another school year has begun, and the children are back in the classroom. As the school year approached, I began asking kids who came to the library if they were looking forward to the start of school. It seems that most of the kids who read on a regular basis were eager for school to start, while the kids who normally check out movies . . . weren't so thrilled. Draw your own conclusions from that.
    In my opinion, some of the teachers are not quite so eager as they have been in the past, as they are now "graded" by the state with a new set of standards and rubrics which tie evaluations to student performance. I think it would be fair to turn it around and let the teachers grade the state bureaucrats who think up these new ideas and tests.
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