Memories of Frank Hook at “The Rec. Department” in Statesboro

How many Mamas and Daddys have been through here on the way to the Rec Department? Photo courtesy of Hunter-Desportes.

Georgia Southern’s online magazine has a cool article about retiring Alumni Relations Director and Mr. GSU, Frank Hook.  It’s not often that I’m quoted for anything but when I was contacted last year seeking permission for using my comments regarding Frank helping out an old mutual friend, I was quick to say yes, of course.

I first met Frank when I began playing baseball and football at the Statesboro Recreation Department when I was about ten years of age.  I tried basketball for one year and, yes, I couldn’t jump…or shoot…or pass.  “Lucky Sevens” has not had a reunion since I graduated from that group in 1973.  Of course, the highlight of most of my buddies that year was to see who could put out a fire with his pee.  I lost.

Frank just had a way of relating to everybody.  He talked to us kids like we were somebody worthwhile and he was positive in his rapport…oh yeah, and he had killer legs.  Frank and his brother, Bob (a Rec Department Coach), were both muscular and had plenty of hair…not just on their heads but all over their legs and arms.  For a little kid, it was kinda intimidating.  What did these guys eat to grow hair like that?  Snooky’s buffett, Vandy’s barbeque or Brunswick stew? Maybe it was “Stacy’s Special” at Webb’s Nic Nac Grill.  I’ll have to ask.

Statesboro and Georgia Southern have been fortunate to have a man like Frank taking on the responsibilities that he has.  Mr. GSU has a lot more powerful, influential, and wealthier friends than me.

However, he took the time to respond to a request from someone who he hadn’t heard from in probably twenty years.  An old friend was in a bad spot and Frank’s one of the first people that I thought “he’ll help.”  And he did and he will continue to do so because that’s the kind of person he is.

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Takkle.com is Where You Can Find the Next Herschel Walker

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Photo by Malleus Brando on Flickr.com

Find out about all the top-ranked high school athletes on Takkle.com, not just football either.  Pretty cool site for all athletes, videos too.

Save Gas and Time and Have Fun in Georgia’s Lake Country

Here’s a webpage that gives an idea about places to visit and things to do in Georgia’s Lake Country.  I still haven’t seen Rock Eagle though I have driven by that area several times looking for property.  People used to talk about it when I was growing up because the 4-H Clubs went there, I think.

Anyway, there is a museum and archives for artist Steffen Thomas that looks cool.  They have family workshops once a month on Saturdays and even an online tour of the museum.  It’s in the real Buckhead, Georgia, near Madison.

Stars and Strikes Bowling in Dacula

My family has been to Stars and Strikes in Dacula and had hours of fun.  It’s right at Highway 29 and 316 in a new development in Dacula.  They have an arcade, bumper cars, and laser tag too.

Additional locations are in Dallas, Cumming, and Stone Mountain with Holly Springs planned for Winter of 2012.

Best of lists of attractions, restaurants, events, hotels, and other categories for Atlanta

Somehow I came across this website and poked around looking at the different lists for Atlanta and Savannah.  It is packed with information and would be useful if you are trying to find something fun to do for the day or plan a vacation or weekend trip.

Gwinnett County has many parks to enjoy

When you need to get out of the house, why not try one of the almost 40 parks scattered around the county.  This tells more and links to info about each park.  And, yes, there are more on the way.