Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features boys with their cleats. What would football be without cheerleaders?
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WHO ya gonna yell for?
That was one of the cheers my mother used to perform in her high school days. She even showed me how: Snap your fingers with every number and twist your feet and body left and right as you work your way to the floor counting 1-2-3-4, and then twist yourself back up on the 3-2-1-4, snapping all the way. Now jump and yell for your team! Cradock High, of course.
During her senior year 1945-46, Momma was co-captain of the Cradock High School cheerleaders. And just like in the plot of an old sentimental movie, she was dating the ultimate guy with cleats: the captain of the football team, Richard Edward “Dickie” Blanks, Jr.
|Dickie Blanks and Mary Eleanor Davis|
in front of Cradock High School 1945
Dickie was sooooooooo good-looking. And popular. He was elected King of the May Court, Senior class president, and president of the Hi-Y. He starred in the school play and helped edit the yearbook. In sports, he did it all. He ran track, played basketball serving as captain of the team, as well as captain of both his baseball and football teams. No wonder the class voted him “Most Athletic” and “Best All Around.”
Momma and Dickie were very popular as individuals but more so as a couple. The Senior Class “Last Will & Testament” bequeathed Dickie and Mary Eleanor’s ability at going steady to a couple of underclassmen who apparently needed some inspiration.
After high school, Dickie packed his cleats and headed to Davidson College in North Carolina, a school known for selecting students with academic promise and good character. While there, Dickie donned the red and black jersey and contributed to many Wildcat wins in football.
|The local paper was proud of the number of Virginia boys playing|
for Davidson College. Dickie is #20 on the back row.
I suspect Momma is the one who circled his head.
And Momma continued her cheering efforts at Shenandoah College.
It appears the two kept in touch for awhile in their college days, but they did not live up to the Senior Class Prophecy which pictured Dickie as an All-American center for the Cleveland Rams, sitting on a mink-covered sofa with his beautiful wife Mary Eleanor.
Nope, didn’t happen.
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