From time to time we all make a mistake. But it seems that a couple of weeks ago in this column I made not one mistake but two.
Actually maybe it was four.
Anyway, the mistake I made was in saying that one set of brothers, Austin and Christopher Maddox, had been the only two brothers ever to be Mr. Northside in the school’s history.
I had two parents contact me to correct that error, which I confirmed with the school. The first was an email from Sarah Bob Arthur, who first very graciously complimented me and said how she enjoyed reading my articles in the Sun News.
“In 1978 our son, Matt, was Mr Northside and in 1980 our son, Lane, was Mr Northside,” she wrote.
The other was a phone call from Glynn Grantham, who explained to me that his sons had also both been Mr. Northside – Wesley in 1986 and David in 1993.
The thing about both families was how very pleasant they both were to me. Both said it wasn’t necessary to correct the error -- but of course I needed to admit my mistake.
My mother taught me that when you make a mistake, you acknowledge it and say you are sorry. I am sorry. I have sons and I know how proud I am of their accomplishments -- the ones that they achieved yesterday and the ones that they accomplished. So here is my official apology to both families.
I also want to remind everyone of the first ever Demons Through the Decades reunion. The event is open to anyone who has supported the Demon football program with an emphasis on former players, coaches and cheerleaders.
On August 8, Demons Through the Decades attendees are invited to the annual inter-squad Red/White game at McConnell-Talbert Stadium at 6 p.m.
On August 9, the reunion will start with a tour of the Warner Robins High School athletic facilities beginning at 4 p.m. A catered dinner in the school cafeteria will be followed by a program featuring video highlights of the Demons through the Decades.
Former Gov. Sonny Perdue, who was a quarterback at Warner Robins High School, will speak during the program. Also speaking will be Robert Davis, who coached at Warner Robins High School from 1973-1996 winning three state championships and two national championships. Davis is a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Another speaker will be Ron Simmons, a member of the Warner Robins High School 1976 National Champion Team, an All-American at FSU and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
The event will also feature a silent auction and comments from the current coaching staff. A fifth quarter celebration after the reunion will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Tickets are $35 a person or $50 a couple and can be purchased online at www.robinsfootball.com. For more information or to get a paper registration form, call 396-2467.