Talk to us. Let’s go back to your arrival on the campus. What was your very first impression? You said you had a very nice welcome, but coming at Christmas time down to Athens from Pennsylvania, what was your impression of the physical appearance of the campus?
Well, my impression wasn’t too good when I left Pittston, because when I got on the Greyhound bus and it took me a-day-and-a-half to get to Athens…
You were worn out, huh?
But I wanted to get there. Even if it took a week, I wanted to go there because that was the only chance I had in my life to improve my life. Because I wanted to play football, I wanted to make a contribution to the program wherever I went. It happened to be Georgia, and that is where I ended up.
You were at school here at a tumultuous time. War interrupted your schooling. What was life like on campus? I know …
Yeah. Well I think we only had about 2,500 students, and we got to know each other a lot easier than it is today. I guess they got 35,000. I don’t know whether I would be comfortable in a school that has 35,000, but we had good relationships back when I first came to Georgia. We got to know everybody, and you know we spent a lot of time on the campus talking, or going into a drug store (Moon-Winn’s), or having a Coke or something like that, but the relationship back then was a lot closer than it is today. Nobody had any automobiles and nobody had any money. When I came to Georgia, my scholarship was … I got $10 a month and they did my laundry. That was it. $10 took care of everything that I had to do — if I wanted to buy a Coke, if I wanted to go to the Varsity, if I wanted to buy shaving cream or anything of that nature, that was it. That is what I lived on.
That is amazing.