We felt privileged to have joined Southsider Voice Publisher Kelly Sawyers and Associate Editor Denise Summers in helping to celebrate fun programs through parades.
A couple of young ladies who attend Southport Sixth Grade Academy rode with us in the Southport parade and assisted in the distribution of candy to spectators.
Stuart and I once again had a large bag of multi-flavored dog cookies to toss to families that had come to the parade with their canine companions. We tried to throw a cookie to every dog we spotted. I even hurled cookies to a few of my buddies, including Dr. Marvin Christie and Steve Harnedy.
Stuart moved around in our vehicle to ensure that he didn’t miss seeing any of his friends. At one point he suddenly froze and stared at me ... he had noticed that I was tossing dog cookies out of the truck – his dog cookies!
After the parade I drove Stuart home and picked up my wife, Lyn, and we returned to watch the homecoming game with several of my former classmates. Southport athletic director Peter Hubert had nicely marked off a special area of seats for the Class of 1960. It was really fun to sit with a fairly large group of alumni members. It was like going back in time, except back then we sat on the other side of the field.
Former head football coach Ken Haupt was named a Sagamore of the Wabash during halftime. The award is one of the highest honors that a governor can bestow upon a civilian. Haupt’s family and some of his former players were on hand for the ceremony.
On Saturday morning Southport honored the late Tom Hathaway by holding Coach Hathaway’s Running South. Mr. Hathaway was my physical education teacher in junior high. Throughout the years he ran in 131 marathons. He coached my wife as she competed in at least one marathon and several other competitions.
As I was driving to meet a friend for breakfast on Saturday, I observed a lot of people participating in the event. I’m sure coach Hathaway was smiling down and nodding that he wasn’t surprised that I was watching from my car and not running.