Tommy Towery, Class of '64 - Thanks to the "Jim Bowie" series on TV, I spent a lot of my teenage years throwing knives at whatever I could (except people). The opening of the series with the Bowie knife sticking into the door if you recall. Well, when I wasn't busy cutting "Z's" like Zorro, I was busy thrown knives. I had one that I carried on my Boy Scout camping trip that was named "Arkansas Toothpick" and though it did not look like a Bowie knife, I sure acted like it was. I would throw it at trees, boxes, boards, fence posts - whatever. Later in life, when I was much too old to be doing such things, I finally bought myself a big knife that looked more like the knife used on the series. Maybe the newer generation relates more to Crocodile Dundee than Jim Bowie, but for me, Jim Bowie was king.
To see the opening scene, click on the link below:
Linda Beal Walker, Class of '66 - Scott Forbes was Jim Bowie, carrier of the bowie knife, adventurer and good guy.
Chip Smoak, Class of ' 66 - Scott Forbes played the title character Jim Bowie in the television series "The Adventures of Jim Bowie" which I watched as often as I could and which went away all too soon. He was my benchmark for others who played Jim Bowie.
Carolyn Burgess Featheringill, Class of '65 - Your mystery TV Hunk of the Week starred as Jim Bowie in the series of the same name. As I remember, there was some amazing knife throwing (what would one expect!) and a very catchy theme song. Thanks, Tommy, for keeping us connected!
submitted by Bob Cochran
Class of '64
Their marriage was good enough, and their dreams focused. Their best friends lived close by. I can see them now...Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat...Mom in a house-dress, vacuum cleaner in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things...a toaster, a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy All that re-fixing and re-newing. I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there would always be more.
But then my father died suddenly, and on that clear summer's night, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more. And then years later, when my mother died, I had to re-think everything I felt.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So, while we have it, it's best we love it and care for it, and fix it when it's broken, and try to heal it when it's sick.
This is true for marriage, old cars, children with bad report cards, dogs and cats with bad hips, a best friend that moved away, a classmate we grew up with, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it! There are just some things that make life important -- like people we know who are special -- and so we keep them close!
Good friends are like stars: you don't always see them, but you know they are always there.
People are made to be Loved and Things are made to be Used. There is so much confusion in this World, because People are being Used and Things are being Loved.