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Column: Here's to you

Posted: August 9, 2018 4:26 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Bill Basden, Professor Baldwin, Booger Pierce, Hutch, Louise Boykin, Daddy Mac, John Villepegue, Coota Montgomery, Tina DuVal, Miss Ada, Big Daddy, Miss Salmond, Red, Mr. Richards and Ruby Dominca Lindler Zimmerman. These mentors are weavers of a community legacy. This list is one of a few individuals who may have impacted your life or those of your family members.

Grown men who were war veterans would skip across the street so that Mr. Richards would not see them smoking a cigarette. Two players never touched the football at the same time in the Villepegue system. Miss Salmond swept the cleanest dirt lawn in town and Ms. Boykin rode in the first motor car ever to arrive in Camden.

The truest indicator to whether your child or grandchild will be successful in life will be her or his involvement in their school’s extra-curricula activities. This discussion includes not only  athletic teams but band, student council, annual staff, school newspaper, future farmers, future nurses or the myriad other programs that the school offers. Keep your kids involved.

What was the name of your uncle who played tennis in the early 1950’s. Which of your cousins was student body president in the class of ‘48. Where, in 1919, was the basketball court that your grandmother played and how many years was your aunt a cheerleader? Who were your daughter’s best friends on the ‘79 soccer team? Which farmer allowed the Sportsman’s Club to hunt rabbits on his farm in the late 60’s?  Who was the band member who sneezed during the judge’s inspection in the ‘63 state band contest? Which of your kinfolk hit the buzzer beater in the old gym which won the ‘42 conference tournament? Who dropped the touchdown pass in the ‘38 state championship game?

Zemp Stadium is receiving a new facelift -- and it looks great. The home side has been returned to the west side and now the visitors sit in the microwave during early season games. Thank goodness that the good citizens of Kershaw County voted to keep and maintain the oldest continuously used high school football stadium in the state, which  has hosted the Bulldogs since 1929.

One of the new features is a plaza that showcases memorial bricks which allows you to honor former student leaders, teachers, administrators, band members, teams, supporters, and athletes who have weaved the fabric of Camden High over the past century. The plaza is more than just for football players. You can honor the above list, plus family members or deceased friends who enjoyed  and were proud to have been an associate of the Camden school system. The $100 contribution is tax deductible and the Camden High athletic or administrative office or the Camden Bulldog Club directors or the Zemp Stadium committee members will gladly provide you with the appropriate brochure and info. WPUB’s  fine sports reporters and the Chronicle-Independent’s  top notch sports editor, Tom Didato, can also point you in the right direction.

A memorial brick is a nice honor gift  for someone who raised their hand  to the “Best Old High School Anywhere.”

Thank you for your attention.

(Contributing Columnist Buster Beckham lives in Camden, S.C.)



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