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Hometown Heroes

March 24, 2010 - Al Stephenson

I'm always fascinated by the signs you see as you enter small communities as they attempt to honor their famous sons and daughters.  If you travel on Rt. 33 and head into Logan you'll see a sign honoring Katie Smith.  The former OSU hoopster won an Olympic gold medal in basketball and Logan is justifiably proud.

Run through Woodville on Rt. 20 and you will see a sign for Terrence Henricks who just happened to have flown on four different space shuttle missions.  How can you not be impressed with that resume.

I was driving on Rt. 23 in Betsy Layne, Kentucky yesterday when I saw a sign honoring Grady Wallace.  The marker told me that he was an NCAA All American basketball player that led the nation in scoring in 1956-57.  That piqued my interest and I looked up his name on the internet when I got home.

He did indeed lead the nation in scoring that season while at South Carolina  averaging 31 points a game.  He also won the player of the year honors beating out some guy from Kansas named Wilt Chamberlain.  OK, I'm impressed!

So how does one go about getting a sign?  Well, I'm not sure.  What I do know is that I have done nothing to make Attica want to erect one in my honor.  Then again Tony Packo has not called to get me to autograph a hot dog bun.  You would think with the way I devour those Hungarian delights that I would be considered.

The view from my seat suggests that I will never get a sign and that's OK.  Just as long as towns keep erecting them for a local hero, I'll be satisfied.  It makes traveling so much more interesting.



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