Bits of Stone for Sunday, Sept. 8
By Dean Stone | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
At 100, Leonard Ware shares ALCOA’s success, longevity
Born in McMinn County 100 years ago on April 16, 1913, Leonard Ware grew up on a farm and moved to Blount County, beginning work at ALCOA’s West Plant in 1936.
He entered the 25-Year Club in 1962 and retired from the West Plant in 1979 with 41 years of service. He and his wife Betty raised seven children.
Leonard recalled in ALCOA’s Tennessee Topics he operated a crane for a year, making 49 cents an hour and asked for a raise. His foreman said he would see what he could do. A month later, he came back and said his rate had been changed to 51 cents per hour. Leonard laughed and said, “I got a two-cent raise and I thought I was making progress.”
Ware has lived under 17 presidents
He has seen many changes in a century, having lived under 17 U.S. presidents, seen many advances in medicine as well as the evolution of computer technology.
Leonard was also featured in the July 21, 1977, Tennessee Topics in which he said, “I think of myself as a troubleshooter. I get a kick out of my job. With initiative and originality, there are lots of changes and improvements you can make.”
Supervisors noted he had worked in the foil mill since it started and had a goal of keeping the machinery operating with a minimum of down time.
Leonard recalled the strike of 1937, celebrating a big order to make aluminum sheet for airplanes during WWII and designing a method to separate the thin foil rolled at the West Plant Foil Mill. The foil was used to pack cigarettes, gum and candy.
Cited for foil separation effort
“We were in a progress meeting and the man in charge said the most progress we made this year was when Leonard Ware designed a method to separate foil. That made me feel good because the front row was full of engineers and I was sitting in the back with a pair of bibbed overalls.” He added with a smile, “I should have had the good sense to say, do I get a bonus?”
We congratulate Leonard Ware on his long and productive life which has paralleled ALCOA’s years in Blount County. We appreciate ALCOA for permitting us to use material from its earlier Tennessee Topics.
Akins Public Strategies marks 24 years with Darrell now the sole owner
Well-known Blount and state leader, Darrell Akins, who now lives in Oak Ridge, has become sole owner of Akins Public Strategies, which is marking its 24th anniversary this year.
The firm has offices in Oak Ridge, Chattanooga and Huntsville, Ala.
Debbie Akins, his wife, was the first executive director of Leadership Blount.
Pine Ridge got its name change from Lum, Abner radio show
Pine Ridge, Ark., was the fictional setting for the popular radio program Lum and Abner, which ran for 13 weeks every year from 1932 to 1954 on WNBC. It was based on the town of Waters, Ark., and some of its residents. Subsequently, the real town of Waters changed its name to Pine Ridge by a vote of the city council. The community of Pine Ridge, Okla., also was named after the fictional town.
Both Chet Lauck (Lum) and Norris Goff (Abner), talented comedians and creators of the program, were born in other Arkansas towns in the early 1900s, but by 1911 their families resided only a few blocks apart and they grew up together in Mena in western Arkansas.
Lum Eddards and Abner Peabody were the main characters. The radio show was a comedic look at rural life in the Depression and World War II era. Other characters in the show included Cedric Wehunt, and Squire Skimp. In the series, Lum and Abner were the owners of the Jot ’Em Down Store, site of many episodes.
Mena held 36th Lum, Abner Festival
In the first week of June Mena held its 36th Lum and Abner Festival.
Chester “Chet” Lauck (Lum Eddards) and Norris “Tuffy” Goff (Abner Peabody) were the creators, actors, writers, sound effects men, directors and the “life” of the “Lum and Abner” program. They received more fan mail than any other radio program of the time — 1½ million letters in one special week.
There are adjoining wooden structures in Pine Ridge noting its origin. One is the Jot ’Em Down Store and the other is the Lum and Abner Museum.
In days before so many professional sports and television, it was not to be missed!
Paint company explains messages different colors bring to a front door
Having trouble deciding what color to paint your front door? One paint company has given its interpretation of the meaning of various front door colors:
Red — Tells the world to “look at me!” This bright color says I’m not afraid of standing out or saying what’s on my mind.
White — Says that I prefer things that are organized, neat and clean. Even if my home isn’t always this way, I wish it were!
Green — Tells the world that you have traditional values and enjoy being a member of the community.
Black — Says I’m consistent, conservative and reserved in my manner as well as my approach to color. With a black door I’m saying my design style is timeless rather than trendy.
Blue — Tells people you are naturally at ease in most situations and people are attracted to your easygoing personality.
Yellow — Says you have a personality similar to green, but a bit less traditional. You’re most likely a leader or organizer of a group.
Purple — Reveals a “free spirited” person who is comfortable taking risks, thinking differently and dreaming big.
Apparently those with glass doors in aluminum frames were omitted!
Dean Stone is editor of The Daily Times.