You want to know how old I am? My newspaper career overlapped with Susan Myrick’s. She was born in 1893.
Myrick retired as associate editor of The Macon Telegraph in 1967, but she continued writing twice-weekly columns until 1978. I worked at the Macon newspapers, which also included the afternoon Macon News back then, from 1975-1978. Myrick’s last column appeared in the Telegraph on Aug. 17, 1978. My last column appeared a few weeks earlier before I left to take another newspaper job in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I remember Myrick, who is most famous for her connection to “Gone With The Wind,” coming to the office to deliver her column and chatting with almost everybody in the newsroom.
At any rate, Myrick and Charles Herty were two major omissions when I listed the most famous people from Milledgeville, Part 1, a few weeks ago. I knew of Herty, but I picked coach Wally Butts for my initial list because he had more victories at Georgia.
Thanks to author Susan Lindsley for pointing them out. I got other calls and emails, as well, with more suggestions — some serious, some not so.
Former GMC Prep quarterback Cal Wray suggested that he and former Baldwin High center Charles Middlebrooks belonged on the list. Well, maybe next time, guys.
So, here’s Milledgeville’s most famous, Part 2. Again, this includes people who were born in Milledgeville or spent significant time here. Thanks to Wikipedia and georgiaencyclopedia.org for the details.
Born in Milledgeville in 1867, Herty was a teacher, scientist, businessman — and a football coach. He started the University of Georgia football program and coached the team in its first season (1892), finishing 1-1. The Bulldogs beat Mercer but lost to Auburn. Georgia’s first football field was named Herty’s honor. It was later paved over for a parking lot but became a greenspace in 1999. Herty also revolutionized the turpentine industry in the U.S.
Born in Baldwin County in 1893, Myrick had a career as an editor or writer with The Macon Telegraph that lasted half a century. She earlier taught physical education at her alma mater, what was then Georgia Normal and Industrial College and is now Georgia College. Myrick is best known for her role as a technical advisor and dialect coach for the movie “Gone With The Wind,” a job she got because of her friendship with author Margaret Mitchell. Myrick is buried in Memory Hill Cemetery.
A long-time Milledgeville resident and insurance man, Andrews was friends with presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter. He visited with FDR at Warm Springs and Carter at the White House. He was one of the early supporters and advisors in Carter’s political career as Georgia governor and then president.
Born in Milledgeville in 1956, Sanford was a four-year starter and earned All-American honors as a linebacker at Georgia Tech. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills and enjoyed a 10-year playing career, including nine seasons with the Bills and one season with the Cleveland Browns. He works as the executive director of the Letterwinner Association at Tech.
Raised in Milledgeville, Humphus is a graduate of GMC. He is a stunt double for actor Dwayne Johnson and has been known to jump off roofs, slide over ice in Iceland, or break down doors. He has appeared in movies such as “Hercules,” “Furious 7,” “Fate of the Furious,” “Jumanji” and “Rampage.”
Born in Milledgeville in 1938, Moore worked for four U.S. presidents. He served in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He held positions in the Department of Defense and the Department of State, and he worked to gain the confirmation of Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court.
Born in Haddock in 1982, he was a star football player at Baldwin High and then an outstanding linebacker for the Clemson Tigers. Hill played nine seasons in the NFL for Seattle, and as a rookie he helped lead the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL.
Born in Milledgeville in 1982, Turner was a star basketball player at Baldwin High and Tennessee State. The 6-foot-11 center signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played professional basketball abroad for most of 10 seasons. He now is a basketball coach.
A graduate of Baldwin High, Yates is a champion motorcycle racer. He once appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. He won the AMA 750 Supersport Championship in 1996, the AMA Supersport Championship in 2002 and the AMA Superstock Championship in 2005 and 2008.
I know there are more. Just let me know and there might be a Part 3.
If you forgot who was on Milledgeville’s most famous, part 1, here’s the link:
Rick Millians, a 1970 Baldwin High graduate, worked at newspapers in Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina before retiring. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.