Tidbits - July 25 2019

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY



TO THE MOON...

  July 20, 1969, our family joined others throughout the world in watching the moon landing.
 It was almost 11 p.m. when it happened. If it happened today, I’d have to watch the replay!
  I remember Neil Armstrong saying, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
  That was the second memorable live quote of my life. The first was JFK saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country,” at his inauguration.
  I could repeat both those quotes immediately and for the rest of my life.
  The moon landing was the culmination of my space odyssey that began at Oconee State Park in 1958.
  As I’ve mentioned before, everyone was in the dance hall at the park one night, when suddenly they ran outside.
  I was a just a seven-year-old kid drinking a TruAde at the time, and I was scared by the activity.
  Then someone said, “Come outside. Sputnik is flying over!”
  And there it was, a tiny white dot, made in Russia, traversing the sky. Wow!
  When I got back to the cabin, I threw up.
  So, I paid my dues for outer space!
  Those early years of the space program were exciting. I wish this country had something like this to unite us now.

YOU’VE GOT TO
BE KIDDING

  I saw a heading on Yahoo that said a California city was banning gender-specific words.
  I had to read that, but when I saw the city was Berkeley, I said, “Never mind.”
  Now this is what the bastion of liberalism is doing, according to the Yahoo story: “The City Council in Berkeley, Calif., voted this week to ban gender-specific words in the liberal city’s municipal code, clearing the way for the changes to become official.”
  As a result of the vote on the proposed ordinance, the word “manhole” would be changed to “maintenance hole” in city documents, the news site Berkeley side reported.
  Okay, ladies,  be honest. Have you ever been offended by the round, extremely heavy, metal object, which when removed allows a person, male or female, to drop into a sewer?
  “Human effort” would be substituted for the word “manpower,” and “sorority” or “fraternity” would be changed to “collegiate Greek system residence.”
  According to the story, when introduced, the authors of the new ordinance wrote that they were putting the measure forth so as to “promote equality.”
  You know why Donald Trump got elected president of the United States? It’s because of stupid, politically correct, idiocy like this!
  Do you want to elect a president who says “maintenance hole,” or “collegiate Greek system residence ”and likes it?
  I’ve said many times I do not like President Trump. Like Mick Mulvaney once said, “He’s a terrible human being,” and he’s the current acting Chief of Staff.
  I do recognize, however, that the press coverage is one-sided.
  Who decided the phrase, “Go back to where you came from,” is racist?  The press certainly said it was, saying over and over, “President Trump’s racist tweet” about the four new congresswomen.
  When Thurmond or B&L students came over to the Saluda side of the field, the Saluda fans would tell them to “go back to where they came from.” That wasn’t racism, that was rivalry.
  If you’re from France and you’re told to “go back to where they came from” is that racist? Cruel, yes. Racist, no.
  Is “go back into the hole you crawled out of” racists, too?
  The press made little mention that AOC called Nancy Pelosi a racist for saying the new outspoken congresswomen represented just one vote each. Where was all the outrage over that? It lasted about two minutes on the national news.
  As a journalist, I resent when President Trump says “fake news.” Anything that is not complimentary to him is “fake news” in his opinion, even news that is backed up by video evidence.
  But when CNN criticizes him, then brings on a current Democratic presidential candidate or Democratic legislator  for commentary, that is not “fake,” but is it one-sided.

ALL TOO WELL
  My heart goes out to the members Clydes Chapel Southern Methodist Church and to the family of their pastor, Greg Williams, on his passing.
  Rev. Williams had gone out to California to perform a marriage ceremony, but had a stroke and died several days later.
  This is the fourth time in my memory, a Saluda County church has had to endure the sudden passing of a pastor. They others were at Good Hope Baptist, Hickory Grove Advent Christian and Emory-Nazareth United Methodist Churches.
  Almost exactly two years earlier, Emory and Nazareth lost our pastor Paul Cheezem, to injuries received in an automobile accident.
  Nothing prepares you for that. There is no manual on the death of a pastor, except the Holy Bible.
  Each denomination is different. Because Paul died the same week of “moving day” in the S.C. United Methodist Conference, our churches had to go a full year without a full-time pastor.
  “Though it all” we made it, with a lot of prayer, and some great retired preachers filling the pulpits.
  Every church in Saluda County will be praying for the Clydes Chapel family this week.
  God will bless you in the weeks ahead.

OLD SPICE

  Isn’t it funny how your mind associates memories with certain aromas.
  I was somewhere in town the other and got a whiff of something that smelled like pipe tobacco, and I realized how much I missed that smell.
  In the “gold old days,” you could smell pipe tobacco almost every day, because practically every man smoked something.
  I guess it is a good thing that people no longer smoke as much, so we need a candle company to come up with some pipe smoke fragrances.
  Another aroma that brings back memories are certain types of men’s cologne.
  Last week, one of our long-time paper salesmen, David Amick passed away.
  David wore Old Spice cologne, and when he’d finish taking orders, and walked out the front door, the Old Spice would remain awhile.
  I’m not complaining. I love the aroma of Old Spice.
  David was a fine man. I always looked forward to seeing him.
  For a long period of time, he worked at the same company as my cousin Carolyn Killingsworth, and  Julia Griffith’s husband Glenn White, so he let me know what they were doing.
  I can’t believe he was 80 when he died, but I forget I’m 68.

CLOSE TO HOME

  In recent weeks, three people who have been away from Saluda for many years, but never lost touch, passed away.
  For a long time, William Coleman lived in the Lower Richland area outside of  Columbia, but, as a Saluda native, he never stopped subscribing to our paper.
  His late wife, the former Weita Snelgrove, was also a Saluda County native.
  William had that great personality of his sister Hannah Hallman, and his late brothers, Ted and Thad. I love his obituary photo where he is smiling and tipping his hate.
  James Goff had been from Saluda County a long, but like William, he never stopped subscribing to this newspaper. His wife, the former Carolyn Ruff, is also a Saluda County native.
  James and William had someone in common, the late Shelby Coleman. Shelby was James’ niece and she was married to William’s brother Thad.
  Both men  learned from their Saluda County farm upbringing. William was named the SC Cattlemen’s Association Purebred Breeder of the Year one year, and James, a Clemson  graduate, was a longtime extension agent in North Carolina.
  Another product of a Saluda County farm family, Lorela Nichols Wilkins, died last week.
  Lorela was a daughter of the much loved Guy and Juanita Nichols, and sister to Charles Nichols and Sylvia Rinehart, who still live here. Her younger brother, Arthur, preceded her in death.
  Like James Goff, her career began with the extension service. She moved to Georgia after her Winthrop graduation to begin her work with extension.
  When microwaves first became the rage, she co-wrote a microwave cookbook. I, of all people, bought a copy. That book sold 250,000 copies! She co-wrote several more cookbooks.
  Sylvia posted on Facebook about a time she and Sandra Fulmer drove to Atlanta to help Lorela cater a function where Julia Child was the special guest! How would you like to cook for Julia Child!
  William, James and Lorela all left Saluda County many years ago, but they never forgot home.