|Remembering November 22, 1963
I remember within 10 feet of where I was on November 22nd 1963. It
was just after lunch and I was sitting on the
bleachers on the east side of the gym at the old Dora High School.
I was sitting about
halfway up the bleachers lost in my thoughts when a boy from eight
grade burst into the gym yelling “Kennedy has been shot…..The
President has been shot!” but the words did not sink in. It
was as if I’d taken an uppercut and I was addled. But I could
hear what the eighth grader was shouting and somehow it sounded to
me like he was happy about what had happened….as if someone
he respected had told him the President was a bad seed and deserved
to die horribly with a sniper’s bullet in his brain. It was
just too much for me to comprehend.
There were about 30 kids playing basketball moments before we learned
of the tragedy. The echo of the bouncing basketballs sounded like slamming
car doors, but after we heard the news the gym was as silent as a graveyard.
My parents were never really good with words and more times than not, sad events
were marked with silence. The cold war with Russia was real and always in the
back of my mind since the Cuban Missile Crisis, but it seemed so far away. The
assassination of our President was much too close to home and I had the feeling
somewhere deep down inside that this country that I loved so much would never
be the same again.
I kept my ear glued to my sister’s Sylvania transistor radio to glean any
details I could get but nothing seemed to make sense. Oswald was captured soon
after the assassination, but Jack Ruby killed him before anyone knew why.
A few days later we gathered in the auditorium to watch the funeral of JFK. I
can remember hearing the news commentators describe the solemn event. With the
TV cameras rolling, the event was captured for all the world to see. The thing
that is etched in my mind like a prison tattoo is the image of the four-year
old John John (John Kennedy Jr.) saluting the horse drawn carriage that was taking
his father to Arlington National Cemetery. I cried. It’s not something
I often did, but I did not feel self conscience because as I looked around, everybody
was crying…..even the eighth grader that had seemed happy about the tragedy
only a few days earlier. Maybe he too realized that things would never be the
|Asa Faith Randolph Remembers - I was mopping my
hardwood floors in our tiny apartment at JSU. About ready to wax
them and then study for a test. My neighbor came over to tell me
the sad news. Now -- note this: the shock was so terrific that my
husband and I comforted each other more than usual. I conceived my
first child (Bunker) that night. Something wonderful , my son, came
to me because of the JFK tragedy. Strange, isn't it, that many good
things are brought about by tragedy??
|Dora Coach Wright Talks About Upcoming
DORA -- Being the only unbeaten Class 3A team left doesn't give Dora
head coach Johnny Wright any added confidence.
"I didn't even realize we were the only undefeated team left until somebody
mentioned it this morning," Wright said Tuesday afternoon. "I hate
to use the same cliche all the time, but we've just taken each game, one at a
time, and everything has fallen into place."
Dora is preparing for a quarterfinal round playoff game against the Litchfield
Eagles Friday night. It will be Dora's first road trip of the playoffs as they
travel to Gadsden's Murphee Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Wright said playing
on the road isn't a concern.
"We've played pretty good on the road this season," Wright said. "Our
guys like playing in their white uniforms for some reason. Our team is focused
and they don't have a lot of outside distractions. They are just going about
this in a workman-like way."
The trip to Gadsden doesn't concern Wright, but the team his Bulldogs are facing
is a huge concern. Litchfield lost its first game of the season to Emma Sansom,
but since then the Eagles have reeled off 11 straight wins. Tailback Anthony
Ash is on the verge of his second-straight 2,000-yard season and was named as
a finalist for the Class 3A Back of the Year this week for also the second-straight
"Ash is a great running back," Wright said. "He is the total package.
He is big, strong, fast and he is a smart player. He is a guy that can break
a long run for a score at any time. They aren't lacking any talent in their skill
Ash isn't the only star on a team that dresses out 70 players. The senior tailback
runs behind an offensive line that averages 280 pounds, quarterback Martiuan
Hughley has his choice of several big play receivers and tight end/linebacker
Jazz Johnson is a Class 3A Lineman of the Year finalist.
"Offensively, they are a very good football team," Wright said. "We
know that we need to control the clock and make each of our possessions count.
We've got to have positive possessions every time. Whether it is driving the
field and pinning them deep or its scoring a touchdown, we've got to take care
Dora will rely on its stable of backs, which has amassed more than 3200 yards
this season. Steven Harrison rushed for a career-high 204 yards and four touchdowns
on 19 carries last week in Dora's 43-21 win over Central-Florence. The Bulldogs
will also have tailback Chase Pierce back for the quarterfinals, but he will
be playing with a cast on his arm.
"We've just got to continue doing what we've done all season," Wright
said. "Our entire coaching staff has worked hard to make sure our guys are
ready to play, and our players have done a good job of going out and putting
our plan together on the field. We are only two games from playing in Birmingham
and that's where we want to be."
News - The past couple of weeks the Dora High School Band
performed their half
time show "Jazz after Dark" at the State playoff games.
Last week Friday Nov,8 2002 we honored a 10th grade varsity cheerleader & homecoming
princess Ms. Courtney Eills in memory of her death by wearing ribbons.
Thursday Nov,14 2002,The Dora First Baptist Church hosted a Spaghetti dinner
for our hard work this season.
Friday the 15th the bulldogs won their game .Next week we will be headed to Gadsden
for another playoff game .
``` Faith Pruden```