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Steve Stewart

‘T’ sweater impressed the ladies

For the cover photo of his book “My Life in a Changing World,” Joe Marsh Jr. of Mooresville used a black-and-white shot of himself wearing his hard hat and a pullover letter sweater with a big T.

Joe told Ronnie Thomas it is the football sweater he earned for playing on a six-man team at Tanner High School. But when he moved to the Los Angeles area to work for an aircraft company, he found another way to portray the T.

Joe notes that Tanner’s colors include green and that Tulane University supporters know their football team as “The Green Wave.”

“I used my sweater to try to impress the girls,” the then-young Joe, now 85, said.

“While I was always proud of my time at Tanner, when they’d ask me what the T stood for, I’d tell them Tulane. And then they thought I was something else.”

Which game is this from?

Auburn fans who bought a post-game souvenir from the Cotton Bowl may have felt their keepsake was tainted after closer inspection.

Bowl officials sold posters featuring an aerial view of Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas with Auburn’s 17-14 winning score printed boldly across it.

Daily reporter Paul Huggins, who attended the game as a fan, was impressed that the poster seemed to have an aerial photo from that game.

Inspection of the team names written in the end zones, however, revealed it was a photo from last year’s bowl between Alabama and Texas Tech.

Fortunately, Auburn’s score was written in much larger print.

Missing by choice

A worried man called the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department to report his wife missing.

Lt. Brad Curnutt said investigators didn’t have much trouble finding her. She was with friends.

“And she told us she wasn’t missing. She just didn’t want to go home,” Brad told Holly Hollman.

Horse almost ate story

Melanie Smith could have been like the proverbial student who claimed the dog ate his homework.

Melanie says she was working on a story about a horse named Champion, who walked right up and licked the page she was writing on, leaving a brown smear.

The horse was about to sample the whole notebook and Melanie’s pen to boot, but his owner nudged him away and saved the story.

Back on the map

The big shots at the Georgia Department of Transportation in Atlanta wanted a clearer, more legible version of the state highway map, but they got carried away.

One of the delightful things about Georgia is its variety of colorful place names. When a state has 156 counties, originality helps a town stand out.

But the “improved” state map dropped 488 community names, The Associated Press reports. Guess what? These towns’ residents protested to the elected politicians.

Soon places such as Po Biddy Crossroads, Hopeulikit, Doctortown, Cloudland, Poetry Tulip, Chatoogaville and Hickory Level will be back on the map.

Send stories for You Don’t Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. Daily staff members contribute many of the items you see here. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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