If there were two things Lewis Grizzard loved they were a dive bar and the Georgia Bulldogs. So when Lewis came to Dublin, Georgia, to hawk his book “Glory! Glory!” I took him to Estes Beer and Wine on West Madison Street.
At the time I was editor of the Dublin Courier Herald, one of the first daily newspapers to report on a high school athlete from nearby Wrightsville, Georgia, named Herschel Walker.
Lewis was traveling with his buddy and co-author Loran Smith who also inscribed my copy of “Glory! Glory! Georgia’s 1980 Championship Season: The Inside Story.”
After an hour or two at Estes, Loran wrote: “It’s hard to realize you are a Baptist! Thanks for the good time. We like your friends and your style.”
I never corrected Loran about the Baptist part.
Lewis Grizzard died on March 20, 1994. Sady to say, I believe Estes has gone on, too.
Hang in there, Loran.
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