By Doug Fincher

“Me and Old Smokey” by Doug Fincher

September 11, 2023 - I got my first (and only) school paddling in 1947 when I was a freshman at the Center, Texas High School. When Mrs. Menefee asked us to raise our hands if we had done our homework, everyone raised a hand… except me… and Frank Bryan Cooper. And when she told us to “go to the office,” we both knew we were about to face “Old Smokey,” Mr. Malone’s paddle.

“My Painted Throat” by Doug Fincher

September 5, 2023 - In 1950 at the age of 18, I hitch-hiked to Springfield, Missouri with three dollars in my pocket.  I persuaded the College to let me enroll with the promise to pay as I could for a room in the dormitory.  I was given a room shared with Don Walker of Tyler, Texas.  It was complete with a lavatory, a Panel-Ray Heater a washcloth, a towel, a broom, and two bunk beds.


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