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Loran Smith

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SMITH: The joy of a nice drive and smalltown Georgia

If you are heading this way anytime soon, take the time to browse about in Washington, Ga. Don’t let a by-pass keep you from embracing one of our state’s classic historical cities.

SMITH: Honoring a true patriot and Bulldog

Paul Herring, 95 years old and a member of the Greatest Generation, returned to the University of Georgia campus last week to receive a citation from the Terry College of Business and to reminisce about his days on campus.

SMITH: With baseball season on the horizon, a nod to an old bat company

No brand has ever been more prominent in sport than the Louisville Slugger. Nobody has ever been able to compete with Louisville Slugger, although the Hanna Manufacturing Company in Athens was a formidable business rival in the 1950s. The Hanna Bat Rite model was popular with a number of Big League players.

SMITH: The colorful stories of a former governor

Over the years, I have come to appreciate certain shenanigans among our politicos for the pure humor associated with their tenure. You might find fault with their prejudice, maybe their scheming, and for sure the greasing of their palms. However, there was humor in their style

SMITH: Remembering when times were simpler and better

There are some things about the past I can do without — picking cotton, no air conditioning, no indoor plumbing, and 50-minute sermons — but there is something to be said about the times my generation enjoyed

SMITH: A different type of team at UGA

Not many of your friends or mine would take note if Steve Stice, the University of Georgia’s most exalted scientist, walked into a room — as they would if some football coach, athlete of note, or musical personality were in their midst. Likely, they wouldn’t know the depth of Stice’s work. Even if they did, their intellectual pendulum might still swing in the direction of the others.

SMITH: Coke’s contour bottle approaches 100th birthday

Many of us grew up on Coca-Cola. If you date back, you likely are an aficionado of the contour bottle, which is 100 years old this year.

SMITH: Maker’s Mark makes just that with its whisky

A tour of the Maker’s Mark Distillery near here is not without arresting experience as you learn about making a bourbon which has made its mark with its name, red wax label and squarish bottle.

SMITH: Doing my best to survive winter

The winter time is not so bad for most of us, but there are always feelings of empathy for those who work outdoors in the cold

SMITH: Technology: It shouldn’t be for dinner

I am pleased that my new computer is functioning more efficiently than the old one and that the new iPhone is much less complicated. But I am not going to learn how to take photos with my new iPhone. I don’t want to join the ranks of the inconsiderate.

SMITH: Remembering Ian Player and the plight of the white rhino

The death of Dr. Ian Player, brother of globe-trotting golfer Gary Player, in late fall made international news because of Ian’s unending efforts to save the white rhino from extinction.

SMITH: The beauty of Arkansas’ Crystal Bridges Museum

While I didn’t know Sam Walton, I am appreciative that his descendants care for the arts, the people of the Ozarks, and anybody who makes the effort to come this way.

Loran Smith: University of Georgia will miss Bobo

In my experience with the University of Georgia, I have never known a more under-appreciated coach.

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SMITH: New Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo a UGA bowl legend

While watching a Georgia practice session for the Belk Bowl last week with Mike Bobo directing the offense, there were several flashbacks to the record book of sensational bowl performances dating back to the early forties in the days of Frank Sinkwich.

SMITH: You never feel blue in Blue Ridge

It’s a destination I always look forward to, and getting to Blue Ridge is half the fun.

SMITH: A home-cooked meal does the body (and soul) good

If there were a choice between the above, prepared by my mother’s hand, and a meal at a five-star restaurant, it would be hard to turn down the aforementioned servings from my mother’s kitchen.

SMITH: Nothing like going to Helen and back

Many of the people who visit Helen are given to trashing the river. They should be buggy whipped post haste.

SMITH: The beauty of the Ringneck pheasant

How could any listing of beautiful birds not include the Ringneck pheasant? This bird, which came to us by way of China, is, without question, the prettiest game bird there is.

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SMITH: Trip to South Dakota stirs memories of pheasant hunting and friends

A return trip to South Dakota, which is a favorite state, brought about the exhilarating experiences of shooting a cock pheasant, spending time with a seasoned hunting partner, and reverently toasting the memory of a fallen friend.

SMITH: With holidays approaching, food banks need your help

The holiday season is coming up, and there are some families out there who are not doing so well. A number of them would go hungry were it not for the food banks.

SMITH: UGA researcher expert on food safety

There are celebrated researchers on the campus, like microbiologist Michael Doyle, whose research may be the most important there is, if you consider how important food is to each of us — and particularly if you consider that we are now importing 20 percent of our food.

SMITH: We all know it’s the best medicine

I like to be around people who make me laugh. Makes me want to spend more time with them. When you see them at a social function, you naturally gravitate to their circle

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SMITH: Wesleyan grad David Andrews a stalwart on UGA offensive line

David Andrews, a big fan of the outdoors, does some of his best work blocking for Todd Gurley and company in Sanford Stadium

SMITH: Walt Garrison no longer in the NFL, but always entertaining

You may remember Walt Garrison, the Dallas Cowboys running back who was a smokeless tobacco advocate. He is one funny guy. If you hire him to speak for you, you will get your money’s worth.

SMITH: Colorado’s Yampa River a trout-fishing treat

The Yampa River and its plentiful trout — rainbow, brown, and brook - is very alluring. The 250-mile-long, north-flowing river is a tributary of the Green River. It has the second largest watershed in the state

SMITH: Yearlings in the Georgia backfield

Precocious young football players remind you of yearlings romping about a white fenced pasture of bluegrass in the rolling hills of Kentucky.

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SMITH: Thankful to be a morning person

If early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise, have you ever wondered where you stand?

SMITH: Buying food just isn’t the same these days

If you can buy your garden vegetables at Kroger, then you can also buy countless other things when you shop at most Kroger Stores — in fact, you have over 100,000 choices.

SMITH: Georgia’s opening game brings back memories of Cecila Seiler

Labor Day weekend, the opening of football season captured the nation’s interest. In Athens, home of the University of Georgia, Uga was in mourning. It was difficult for him and the Seiler family when their mistress, Cecelia, moved on to that great Chi Omega House in the sky in early summer.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: College Football Hall of Fame a masterpiece

Recently opened site is a must for all college football fans

The College Football Hall of Fame features the latest in technology, and ranks among a glowing lineup of sites in Atlanta which leave you overwhelmed when you take the time to come: the Aquarium, the World of Coke and the Atlanta Civil Rights Museum.

SMITH: Visiting Nantucket a whale of a good time

Life on this cozy island of Nantucket, which was once the whaling capital of the world, is like a sumptuous smorgasbord that leaves you flummoxed over the choices you have. There’s difficulty in making up your mind as to what you like best.

SMITH: Expect Pruitt to bring excitement to the UGA defense

Former Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt brings energy, excitement to the Bulldogs

SMITH: A ‘Bridge’ to London and enjoyable summers

Summer plans over the years usually mean that there is a need to pass through London which leads to a homecoming to this village — roughly 65 miles east of one of the most lively and diverse cities in the world.

SMITH: A trip to Budapest and the Danube River

The rivers of the world are fascinating and bring about enlightenment as well as adventure.

SMITH: Visiting Fenway Park like traveling into the past

My love of the Red Sox has never subsided. I suffered through the Curse of the Bambino. I read every book I could find about the Red Sox. Even when I began to travel, it would be some time before I would set foot in Fenway Park. Now I try to find my way here at least once a season.

SMITH: The rest of the story of Tiger Mountain Vineyards

The rest of the story of Tiger Mountain Vineyards has to do with tootin’ the horn of vineyard founders John and Martha Ezzard and their partners John and Marilyn McMullan. I am happy to take on the town crier role, because I am, as a native Georgian, proud that they make good wines, which are steadfastly gaining regional attention. They are deserving of the most generous of toasts.

SMITH: The story of Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Just seven-tenths of a mile, north of this town of 316 residents and no traffic light, you blissfully arrive at Tiger Mountain Vineyards. Located on Old U. S. 441, this address becomes increasingly more prominent as the reputation of the winery consistently rises like the sun over the easterly outreaches of Rabun County.

SMITH: A Georgia Chapel wedding

Kate and Kevin, delightful young friends, were recently married at the University of Georgia Chapel, which dates back to 1832 — when a bride and groom would have been spirited away by horse and buggy following a ceremony, which would have been more like a sermon.

SMITH: Plenty to like about Charleston

This city, which once made South Carolina the economic jewel of the Colonial empire, has recurring emotional influences. A brief respite here leaves you pining for a return. No coastal city, other than Savannah, can stimulate encores like Charleston

SMITH: Fishing on the river a fine respite

Time on the river fishing is time well spent.

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SMITH: Garden & Gun magazine a Southern treasure

Sterling Eason met me for breakfast at Virginia’s, across the street from her office at Garden and Gun, everybody’s favorite magazine. Well, maybe not everybody’s — but over a million of us consider it the best, which puts this dazzling publication in heady company.

SMITH: Remembering D-Day

Seventy years ago this week, we had survived the Normandy invasion, principally Omaha Beach. The Allies had triumphed the Nazis in the fiercest of landings on the shores of France’s beaches. We had a toe-hold on the continent, but the incumbent Germans were resisting mightily and were determined to push us back into the sea.

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SMITH: Mack Brown in unfamiliar territory without coaching job

Longtime coach Mack Brown resigned from Texas in December

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about longtime college football coach Mack Brown, who is without a head coaching job for the first time in his career after resigning from Texas in December.

SMITH: Remembering Clisby Clarke and the ‘Bulldog Bite’

The end of a life brings pause and reflection. Clisby Clarke, Class of ’64 with a degree in marketing from the University of Georgia, became a successful and seasoned advertising executive for McCann-Erickson. He made innumerable friends whom he left with a grateful smile. We are sad today, but happily recall the countless days when Clisby made our day.

SMITH: Russia is quite different than you might think

My friend Svetlana is a friendly sort, and, although there is plenty of good humor in her smile, she is not prone to outbursts of laughter. My guess is that she would be a good neighbor, mainly because she would leave you alone.

SMITH: Paul Herring, a real American hero

At 94, Paul Herring, forever a man in red and black where blue and orange colors dominate, has very few memory lapses. Events in his life 70 years ago are as clear and vivid as they were when his B-17 was shot down over Belgium in March of 1944.

SMITH: The sad disappearance of America’s small farms

We are losing farms in this country, which essentially means that the small farmer will soon be extinct. As the little farms disappear, the big farms get bigger. Georgia, like many states these days, has fewer farmers but bigger farms.

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SMITH: Even Lewis Grizzard needed help finding a first job

I did find Lewis Grizzard a job. With the short-lived Atlanta Times, which sparked laughter in the years that followed as the Times went under. Lewis was but one of the victims holding a fistful of past dues.

SMITH: Louise Kidd Jordan, a ‘work of art’

She’s pretty, cogent, clever, engaging, and inspirational. Lovable, kind-hearted, and selfless with an uncluttered mind, which is linked to a history of caring and giving. Class and manners, goodwill and altruism have been her companions for 101 years.

LORAN SMITH: Life after football is good for Walt Garrison

Walt Garrison is one of those inspiring people who made the most of his football ability and of every opportunity that came his way— applying common sense, energy and the work ethic to succeed.