Perhaps like many of you, I watched "The Book of Manning" on ESPN last Tuesday night, prepared to watch the story of a football player and his wife who became the parentage of a Cinderella family. Instead we saw the story of a dad, whose main purpose in life is to be a good daddy to his boys, while living up to his own father's challenge to him, "Just be a good guy, Archie."


And on the subject of football, Philadelphia has another football hero in the person of Josh Boyd. I recall quoting Brenda Nowell last year in lamenting the fact that Josh's college career at Mississippi State was coming to an end, "But we look forward to watching him on national TV next year!"

And it happened! Josh was chosen in the fifth round pick by the Green Bay Packers.

"Our tailgate parties have been less lively this year without Josh's regular visits after the game", Brenda told me. "He and his friends would come by and eat whatever was left over at the tailgate."

For the four years that Josh played at Mississippi State, after every home game, Jennifer Bounds, Brenda, Kathy Greenleaf, Ryan and Blaine Gardner, along with various other Philadelphia fans, would greet Josh at the beginning of the "Dawg Walk" to wish him luck.

"It was different this year at our first "Dawg Walk" without him, but we, like so many others, are happy to see him doing so well in Green Bay".

Perhaps two of Josh's most special fans were Laken and Bree Winstead, the daughters of Shan and Rana Jo Winstead. The best part of Saturday football for four-year-old Bree was having Josh pick her up before he left for the "Walk."

I think we are all looking for heroes, someone of whom we can be proud. I will take Bree's word for it, and Brenda's when she says, "Josh made his four years at Mississippi State special for all us Philadelphia State fans. He is a great young man who represented us all so well".

We join everyone in wishing Josh success in his professional career, and thank him for providing another "Philadelphia link" to the excitement of Sunday and Thursday night football.


With friends like Steve Murray and David Byars, "Friends" never gets dull. I got my information about their last adventure from Steve. Before I could ask David for permission to write it, he was gone again! Carly Byars Rounsaville approved it, speaking for her father.

David and Steve and their friend, Lynn Reinschmiedt from Starkville, flew out of Memphis into Las Vegas where they boarded a bus to Lees Ferry, Arizona. Here they joined a Grand Canyon Expedition, "climbing into" a rubber raft for an eight-day excursion down the Colorado River.

The entourage included 30 "Davids and Steves", and two guides. They covered 230 miles in eight days in weather that was "hot, mild and two days of rain."

They stopped on sandbars in the river at night and set up camp. No Embassy Suites! They slept in tents on cots and sleeping bags.

The guides prepared a good, complete breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and using bottled gas stoves, served dinner of steaks, fish, chicken, etc.

How big were the rafts? Powered by 30 hp outboard motors, the two rafts carried 32 people, all their gear and bedding supplies, plus all the supplies for the "floating cafeteria."

"We were in a very remote area" Steve told me. "We only saw one road and one trail in eight days". I loved his honest answer when I asked, "Where did you bathe"? "Well, really, we didn't. We tried the river but it was too cold". It is obvious that you have to be tough to run with the big boys, but isn't it fun to read about their escapades!


Rebecca Barnett welcomed members of the Be Active Live Longer Group from First Baptist Church and other friends to the country home of her grandparents, Will and Lala Lofton, in the Hope Community for the September 17 meeting of B.A.L.L. President Jim Johnson called the meeting to order.

Dr. Dan Howard asked God's blessings on the food and everyone was invited to serve their plates from bountiful tables of fried fish with all the trimmings and a delectable selection of cakes and pies. Jerry Smith and O.B. Tally manned the fish fryers.

Enjoying Rebecca and Steve and Brenda Barnett's hospitality, the delicious meal, and a round of bingo were Buck Bounds, Jane Cole, Marge Davis, Eugene Dobbs, Mildred and Everett Estes, Estelle and Lamar Fowler, Mazell and Wilmer Goforth, Ruth Hamilton and her daughter, Brooks Hawkins from Arab, Alabama,Dr. Dan Howard, Dorothy and Jim Johnson, Eunice Jones, Pat Mioton, Shirley and James Mooney.

Also enjoying the hospitality, delicious mean and bingo were Lavinia and Barney Nowell, Jane Parker, Jo Lynn Parker, Billy and Louise Sharp, William Smith, Patricia Trest, Ellene and Robert Turcotte, Madeline and Tom Voncannon, Clarice Smith Williamson, Jean and Charles Yates, Pete and Sherri Adams and Erma Young. Bill Webb, Allen Williamson, Brooks Hawkins, and Bill Slayton were welcomed as guests.


Listening to Rosangela Yazbec Sebba from the Department of Music at Mississippi State University play Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas, all music- illiterate me could say, was "Wow!"

A friend sitting in front of me who knows music well, and is an accomplished pianist herself, made a statement that was amazing even to her. "Can you believe that all the music in the world comes from only seven white notes and five black notes!".

The concert was sponsored by the Lydian Music Club in the sanctuary of Beacon Street Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Glenda Richardson welcomed guests to Beacon Street. Cary Eldridge, president of the music club, called the meeting to order and introduced the guest artist.

Dr. Sebba combines an active concert and writing schedule, and is noted for her lecture-recitals and research in Brazilian music.

She has given recitals, master classes, and lectures in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Costa Rico, England Spain.

She is on the Board of the Mississippi Music Teacher's Association, and is currently in the Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Roster.

Following the concert, refreshments were served in the Fellowship Hall, providing an opportunity for Dr. Sebba to interact with her audience.