I’m reading my book “The History of Jenkins, Kentucky” put together by my new friend Patty Bentley Hawkins, the head librarian at the Harry M. Caudill Library in Whitesburg. I want to thank her for all the work she put into the book.
I also want to thank Pam Walker and all the writers of The Mountain Eagle for helping me with my stories the last couple of years. I have heard from a lot of people from Letcher County and most think I am doing a fair job.
I’m a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and any time I can give information or help our veterans, it does my heart good. I have lost some good friends in the 27 years I served in the military.
In reading my Jenkins book, I wonder what would have happened to my life if I had finished high school and had not gone into the military when I turned 16 years old. I was a very good athlete in all sports, and I see the names of my classmates from Burdine and Jenkins who went on to be outstanding in sports. At that time in my life I could run rings around these guys. I’m glad these guys had great athletic careers.
I’ve had a good career in sports during my military service, winning many awards. After my military duty, I was the horseshoe pitching champ here in Fairfield, Calif., for two years. I took our over- 75-year-old senior softball team to the state championship a few years ago.
You seniors, keep busy and you will live longer.