The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Drs. Ware and Lyndon Came to Life

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:43

In the film premier Athens Revisited, written by Terrell Austin, it seemed that Dr. Edward Ware and Dr. Edward Lyndon visited the house they once occupied on 293 Hoyt Street. Alan Rowell and Mitch Maxey gave convincing portrayals of Ware and Lyndon while Clay Crowder bridged the gap between "back then" and now in his role as the interviewer.

This clever film was full of historical facts, explaining how Athens handled Prohibition, how it was a struggle to raise taxes for a fire truck and other problems that we can relate to today. Photos showing the old Opera House and other treasures of our city in the mid to late 1800's made the film a most enjoyable history lesson. Terrell's humor kept the film from being anything but dry. CLICK HERE to see this wonderful film and Austin's remarks about researching the genealogy of the two families.

Austin, and her co-producer Tim Dowse, are to be thanked and congratulated for creating such a fine film which can now be seen to augment the community's understanding of our history.  The film will be shown to people touring the Ware Lyndon House in the years to come.


Jim Wood Didn't Know He'd Saved a Life until Facebook Reunion

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Friday, 28 December 2012 15:44

Jim Wood joined the Marines at age 17, and at the end of his "hitch" he served in Vietnam with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion.

He told the story of the first day his team climbed up a steep hill through the serrated monkey grass. Because he was the "new kid" he ended up carrying a 75 lb. load of supplies. Jim became worn out with his heavy load, and the post monsoon heat and humidity. His patrol leader, Joe, had the men take the road, which was an easier path but a more dangerous option. An hour later, Joe stepped into a booby trap receiving severe burns. Jim, who was carrying the first aid kit, put out the fire and tended to Joe's severe wounds.

"I always thought I had in some way caused the injury by not being acclimated, that I was the reason the patrol took to the trail," Jim told Mary Kay Mitchell during the interview. A few years ago, when Joe and Jim became reunited on Facebook, he found that Joe credits him for saving his life.  Turns out the whole patrol was worn out by the heat and mud.

CLICK HERE to listen to Jim's story.


A 1967 Christmas Memory in Vietnam

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Friday, 21 December 2012 12:02

Ric Wetherbee served in Vietnam the year of 1967 literately in the trenches.  "It was like a year-long camping trip," but grueling, he said.  Off camera he described how during the Monsoon season he tied his head to a tree to keep it elevated when sleeping so he wouldn't drown. The movie Platoon, he said, was much like his experience.

Having left the country to first serve in Germany in 1965, he was shocked to return in 1968 to people calling him "baby killer." He had no idea about how public sentiment had soured.

Ric recalled Christmas that year and how suddenly the constant background noise of gunfire stopped at midnight. It was so quiet people actually woke up from the silence.  In the distant valley he could hear children singing. Of course the reprieve lasted only a day and the Tet Offensive began shortly afterwards.

CLICK HERE to listen to this interesting interview with Mary Kay Mitchell.




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