Former mayor shows his school spirit as UGA cheerleader
by Sally Litchfield
November 16, 2013 10:23 PM | 1758 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rah! Rah! Rah! In 1976, University of Georgia started the tradition of inviting alumni (not old) cheerleaders back to cheer on the field for the first half of the homecoming games.

On Nov. 9, former Mayor Bill Dunaway and Barbara Hagman Deriso represented Marietta in the group. Both Dunaway and Deriso graduated from Marietta High School in 1957 and cheered at UGA from 1958 to 1961. “Yep, I started cheering at UGA 55 years and 25 pounds ago,” Dunaway said.

With each UGA score, Dunaway did the required push-ups for each point. The bad news was that UGA did not have a good first half. The good news was that Dunaway only had to do 21 push-ups.

In 1973, alumni of the Redcoat Band started performing in a pre-game show. Dunaway also performed in 1973 and 1974 since he played in the then Dixie Redcoat Band from 1957-58 and the concert season in 1959.

On Nov. 7, Judge Greg Poole experienced an honor not many fathers enjoy. He administered the Attorney’s Oath to his son, Alan Gregory Poole Jr., in his courtroom in Cobb Superior Court. Poole Jr. is a 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. He is an associate with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta. Several family members attended including Alan’s wife, Courtney, a third year law student at UGA; his mother, Julie Poole; and stepmother, Lucia Poole.

The “Back Side of Stone Mountain,” written and directed by Pete Borden of Cobb County, runs through Nov. 24 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Theatre at the Marietta Square. The spirit of Joe Bozeman, longtime resident of Perdition, leads the spirit of his grandson, Leroy Brown (a victim of the Vietnam War), on an odyssey to find Leroy’s roots and the heritage of his parents who lived in Perdition during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Come laugh, reminisce and maybe shed a tear for the passing of a simpler time and a relaxed way of life in rural America. The Theatre at the Marietta Square is at 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

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Fashion spotlight of the week: Decked out in red and black showing their spirit — Bill Dunaway and Barbara Hagman Deriso — every dawg has its day!

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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