Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sunday Fuzz Buzz 12/13/08

Sent: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 12:45 pm
I’ve really enjoyed reading the fantastic stories of growing up in Forrest City. Having grown in Forrest City (1969-1978), I would love to see more stories and photos featuring the time period I absolutely cherish. It had been years since I had seen the old movie theatre. I would love to see the old Rock Island train shed on Front street and photos of the old ball park off of Dawson road. Though I’m 40 now, I could go on and on about a youngster attending Primary and Central schools, surviving the tornado of 74’ or seeing Star Wars at the old theatre. My generation grew up with Chris and Craig Morledge, Hank and Ann Collins, Ed Jackson, B. Scott Duke, Roger Stipe and Rusty Trail.

Here’s one story I will never forget but many have…..

During the mid-70’s McDonald’s finally came to our little town. In celebration of the grand opening, a parade was held from I believe the Forrest City Civic Center to the current McDonald’s location. Growing up in Washington Heights, we were able to cut through the thicket of bushes behind Bill and Billie Couch’s home to watch the parade. Our viewing spot was almost right across the street from Calvary Christian School and Clarence and Nan Montgomery’s home.

As a 7 year old, I couldn’t wait to see all of my favorite characters from McDonald Land. Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese and my purple favorite, Grimace. Now here’s where’s hearsay, gossip and what I actually saw came into question. Apparently, the person inside the Grimace costume had been drinking. All I remember is Grimace never officially making to our spot on the parade route. Another vision burned into my memory, Grimace being escorted towards the back of an awaiting police car while in costume down by the old Kerr McGee gas station.

Surely, I’m not the only one that remembers this?
----Mike Worthy, Little Rock, www.justinlaundry.com

Welcome Mike- great to hear from you...hope you'll share some more stories! I remember some of those purple Grimace's around F.C. when I was a child-- mostly at the Country Club or singing around my mother's hammond organ.
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From: Paulette Fancher
Sent: Sun, 7 Dec 2008 9:59 pm
Subject: Thanks a bunch!!
So glad you're back! Will be looking for more memories from FCHS classmates! Ok, Butch, let's load 'er up! I've heard so many great comments from friends about this blog and there are even a few "outsiders" that have loved reading about our lives in FC! Let's keep it up--and Sula, did you get everyones e-mail address like you requested? Let me know!
--Bogie
I have started loading up a new email address list based on my personal list and yours...if you add any new ones, forward to me. Anyone who wants someone to get a message from the blog to come visit us -- just send it.
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Sent: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 9:22 amSubject: Class of 1960
Thanks to everyone who has put this blog together. I have many fond memories of my days at FCHS and the blog has brought back many which I had forgotten. I had forgotten about my newspaper article about sportsmanship which is on the blog. It also brought back memories of my going to Wynne High School and speaking to the student body about sportsmanship the week of the big football game that year with Wynne.

However, I seem to have been forgotten in that I was not included in the graduating class of 1960, nor was I included in the list of guys who attended Boy's State. There is a picture in the 1960 Corral which shows me wearing a Boys State tee shirt. I remember "running" for attorney general at Boy's State and in my required speech, I told a joke which I thought was funny at the time; however, the officials didn't think so and I was made to clean up the dining room that night as punishment. I can still remember the joke and the mess which I had to clean up.

I still see some of the 1960 graduates at Booger Montgomery's home in Benton County and hope we have another reunion soon.

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas to every one.

Walter B. Cox, Fayetteville, AR
COX, COX & ESTES, PLLC
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