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 Late December,  1963  -  The Four Seasons

Musing wih Cecil Buffington

I remember it well.  I walked into the gym and was dressing for basketball practice.  Walton Halski walked in and asked no one in particular, "Hey, you guys heard about Kennedy being shot.  It's all over the news."  November 22, 1963. 

The innocence of the "feel good" sixties was gone.  Vietnam was heating up, racial tensions were escalating nationwide and those infernal Beatles would soon decend upon America. It was a volatile time in our American history.

Not a lot changed in Jefferson that was readily visible.  My parents still went to work every day.  My sister, Dianne, brother Jack and I went to school everyday just like always, but we could sense a change coming.  America did change after the kennedy assasination.  Attitudes changed from wide-open "feel good" to a period of caution. 

Technology exploded with color televisions becoming common household items.  Space exploration increased until we reached the ultimate achievement of placing a man on the moon in 1969.  Vietnam would end with an American defeat, but there would always be more wars to win later. 

It was my junior year at Jefferson High School.  One more year before I would have to step out into this great big world and fend for myself.

There has always been something about 1963 that makes it a special year in my life. Maybe it was the year in my life that things stopped being so simple. Maybe I realized that there was not an easy ride out there in the world after high school.  I had one year left to make a statement to myself.  To prepare for life after Jefferson High School.  

My attitude by the end of the school year was:  Goodbye 1963! 

Bring it on 1964!

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Track Team - First Row - L- R; R. Johnson, L. Doster, B. Tolbert, B. Griffeth. Second Row - L - R; R. Johnson, J. Davis, H. Sauls, C. Hooper. Third Row - L- R; D. Martin, E. Watson, G. Stewart, J. Gearin, T. Cotton, R. Gearin, H. Stockton, H. Skelton. Fourth Row - L - R; C. Lavender, J. Ellington, M. Arnold, H. Bone, W. Halski, C. Pinion.

Rod Johnson and Howard Sauls.

Jerry and Richard Gearin.

Ronnie Johnson and Herbert Skelton.

Buck Tolbert and Terry Cotton.

John Ellington and Walton Halski.

Harold Bone and Mike Arnold.

Jack Wilson, John Davis and Harold Bone.

Mike Arnold takes the throw at first base.

Mike Welborn awaits the pitch, with Mike Tate behind the plate.

Cecil Buffington ( 40 ) scores over good friend Jerry Edison ( 21 ) of Jackson County in this 1963 photo. Also in the photo is Gene Dubnik ( 14 ) and Gary Brooks ( 10 ).

1963 scoring summary of Jefferson - Jackson County. The Panthers defeated the Dragons 70 - 44 in Jefferson. Jackson County would finish the regular season with a 30 - 0 record and number 0ne ( 1 ) ranking in the state in Class C.

Jerry Edison of Jackson County scores over Gary Brooks and Cecil Buffington in the 1963 Jefferson-Jackson County game.

1963 Dragon Basketball clippings from the Jefferson High Times. Click on photo to enlarge.

More 1963 basketball clippings of Jefferson basketball games. Click on photo to enlarge.

Bobby Aaron ~ In Memoriam

Coach Jim Stoudenmire and Carlene.