September 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Espy honored for famed Appalachian Trail hike

When Gene Espy’s name was called, the most surprised man in the ballroom pushed back from his chair and stood up. He had not prepared any remarks for the special presentation. He didn’t even know about it. The ceremony at the Exchange Club of Macon had been a top secret for weeks. Espy took three steps to the left of his plate of mashed potatoes and green beans and delivered a brief, 17-second speech.

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