During the first Gulf War, the principal of Etowah (pronounced Eddy-wah if you called it on the phone), Bill Carpenter, in a fit of political correctness, decided to change the name of the school mascot from War Eagles to the now-pussified-Eagles. The school colors were also changed from a distinct powder-blue and gold, to a deep navy-blue and yellow (they still called it gold).
He wasn't the only one at the time. I remember Norman calling Fox97 and requesting Edwin Starr's "War" and them telling us that they weren't going to play it during the war. The irony was astounding; "We'll not play a war protest song during the war because it might offend someone." Sheesh!
I was in Georgia last week for Spring Break. We drove up to Dillard, Rabun County, Georgia to spend two nights, and on the way back we stopped somewhere on US 441 in Habersham County so my mom could use the loo. While I was waiting in the car, I noticed a big dude get out of his truck and walk inside. I looked at him and thought to myself, "that looks like Freddy Sneed." I told my wife that I thought I had gone to high school with the guy. She thought I was crazy. When he came out of the store (my Mom fell in), I got out of my car and said something like "Pardon me, but you look like my friend" and before I could say his name, he recognized me. It was Alan "Freddy" Sneed. Most people that went to Etowah won't remember him unless I mention that he was one of about only 10 African-Americans at school, and that he was the only one with an afro. We talked for a minute, and he handed me a self-made CD by his band Rusted Soul (see their MySpace page below). They're not half bad. It was great to see him. You can see on the page that he now goes by "Mellow." Cool.
Later on that week I was watching TV and a commercial came on for the Woodstock Outlet. The girl on camera was vaguely familiar, and then I realized that I had gone to high school with her too. She was the editor of the 1991 yearbook. I can't remember her name, but she was one of those involved-in-everything type girls that really used to bug me (the old me).
So it got me to thinking: Who is the most famous Etowah High School alumnus? Is it the girl in the Woodstock Outlet ad? Is it that one girl that was on Star Search but last I heard was stripping? I put it out there to you, comb the web and find me the names of famous Etowah alumni, if it is that there are any. I nominate myself for all the movie scores that I've written.
I just glanced over at the Etowah web page. Buddy Walker won teacher of the year. Mrs. Hayes, Gustafson, Hunsucker, Payne, Lucking, and Coach Childress are all still there. The secretaries are all the same. Hannah Kelley is still there, looks the same (was the woman ever young?), and doesn't have a webpage or email link.
Woodstock, Georgia, ¡Cómo has cambiado!