Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Susie Wadlington & Paul Tate
Interesting short bios from 1963, just before they struck off for college.
Note that Paul says he had started developing a taste for several musicians including "Ralph Bacardi." Steve Means said that same thing in his Lad & Lassie bio. Tate and Means and their TARTAN insider confederate, Dillard, were proud of slipping that little bit of naughtiness by Mrs. Priddy, the TARTAN sponsor—she retired about a year later.
They and some of their friends had started trying a little "demon rum" and beer during their last semester at EH. I'm reasonably certain there hadn't been much, if any, drinking before that. Believe it or not folks, a lot of us in those days didn't drink, nor smoke, and unless I was entirely clueless, do any drugs. I can say with certainty that I don't recall any whispers in the hallways of anyone doing drugs, although there were probably a few that did...they just weren't a part of our clutch of friends.
Susie was one of our kindest Highlander hearts. She always had a ready smile and a positive attitude…just one of those really neat people to count among your friends. Smart as a whip, too; she graduated Magna Cum Laude, was inducted to the National Honor Society as a Sophomore (Paul, too), and was a 3-year Leonard Star Award winner. However, no one topped Paul…he was our top male graduate, finishing first in our class among a tough crowd of academic competitors.