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Steve Stewart

Things can really change in 30 years

A 30-year reunion found class members comparing their “back when” memories, Patrice Stewart says.

Some items on their list may seem curious to today’s students, who have cell phones, CDs and iPods.

How many of these do you remember?

  • Rotary dial phones

  • 45 records and 8-track tapes

  • No remote for the TV, and only a few channels

  • Returnable Coke bottles

  • Saving green stamps

  • 25-cent-a-gallon gas and full-service gas stations

  • Drive-in movies

  • Nightly family meals

  • Not having to lock your doors

    Ahead of the music

    Fifteen-year-old Decatur country singer Anna Brooke Higdon has the inside track to new music.

    Brooke talked with Danielle Komis Palmer for a story about making CDs with combinations of your favorite songs.

    Her father’s job takes him to Europe, where he hears the latest music from European artists and passes it on to her before it’s been released in the United States, she said.

    This year, she enjoyed Lily Allen’s “Smile” months before the song caught on here.

    ’50s basketball

    If Austin and Mount Hope high schools played a basketball game this season, it’s unlikely that the schools would make headlines as two of the top programs in the area, Deangelo McDaniel says.

    But that wasn’t the case during the 1955-56 season, when the teams played what the newspaper called an “important” game in Decatur.

    An old Austinville High yearbook shows that the Mount Hope Jackets lost to the Austinville Hornets by one point. The defeat snapped Mount Hope’s nine-game winning streak and was the first of the season.

    The teams played three times during the season, and Austinville won all three meetings, including a 52-49 victory in the state tournament.

    Austinville won the Morgan County and 8th District tournaments, and finished fourth in the state tournament.

    Animals return favors

    Toby, a 21/2-year-old golden retriever, and Winnie, a gray-eyed American shorthaired cat, must have been grateful to the humans who rescued them when they were babies.

    Toby was adopted after being tossed into a garbage bin to die. Recently, when Debbie Parkhurst choked on a piece of apple in Maryland, Toby jumped onto her chest, landing hard and forcing the food to pop out of her throat.

    Winnie was orphaned and hiding under a barn. Cathy Keesling’s husband, Eric, fed her with an eyedropper. Now Winnie has saved the Indiana family from deadly carbon monoxide by clawing at Cathy’s hair, waking her up.

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals honored Toby and Winnie as Dog and Cat of the Year.

    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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