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•   Doug Willmann  3/24
•   Clayton "Buddy" White (1959)  3/27
•   Ronald Wright  3/28
•   Jerry Blair  3/30
•   Joyce Cooper (Porter)  3/31
•   Jerry Lynn Isbell  4/7
•   John Trotter  4/11
•   Beth (Dorothy) Cochran (Childs (1957)  4/19
•   Virgie Lou Smith (Boyd)  4/20

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March Birthdays  


Hughla Faye Foreman 3-8

David Parkhill (Teacher) 3-6

Keith Hackler 3-8

Bill Harris 3-21

Sally Jo White Sipes 3-21

Doug Willmann 3-24

Clayton "Buddy" White 3-27

Joy La Verne White Edwards 3-27

Ronald Wright 3-28

Jerry Blair 3-30

Joyce Cooper Porter 3-31






OHS 1957-1958 Mascot's "SPIRIT" RETURNS!

Story of Broncho Mascot's Death,

Talk to coaches and players for Permian and Odessa High football teams, current and former, and you’ll hear little about practical jokes or demoralizing pranks preceding one of the most personal annual rivalry games in high school football.

But some fans have a different story.

Anita Lang-O’Neal, who was a cheerleader at Permian in the late 1970s, said she remembers two incidents between students at the schools just days before the big rivalry game that really got the fans going.

In 1978, in the middle of the week before a game, Lang-O’Neal said some OHS students gained access to the Permian building overnight and painted the panther statue red, leaving a lasting tint even after the paint was cleaned off.

In a retaliatory effort, Permian students shot the live minature shetland pony mascot for OHS, killing it.

“That was just a few people. We didn’t go to that extreme,” she said. “That was not an everyday occurrence.”

But was that real or legend?

Some commenters on the Facebook group “Remember in Odessa when...” shared their stories about pranks played between the two teams in the past.

DeAnne Walker Patman said Permian students stole the original OHS live miniature shetland pony mascot and painted it black, which killed it. She also said Permian students stole a headstone from a grave in the 1970s and painted “RIP OHS” on the front, placing it on the OHS lawn.

(source: Odessa American article, August 27, 2012)

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Life Lessons from Football


#1  ‘Football is only a game. Spiritual things are Eternal.  Nevertheless, Beat  Texas' - Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

#2.  'The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.' - Lou Holtz / Arkansas

#3.  'When you win, nothing hurts.' - Joe Namath/ Alabama/ NY Jets

#4..  'Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.' - Lou Holtz / Arkansas

#5.  'A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.' - Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

#6.. 'I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation.  I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.' - Bob Devaney / Nebraska

#7.  'You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.' - Paul Dietzel / LSU

#8.  'It's kind of hard to rally around a math class.' - Bear Bryant / Alabama

#9.  'I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.' - Bear Bryant / Alabama

#10.  'There's one sure way to stop us from scoring---give us the ball near the goal line.' - Matty  Bell / SMU

#11.  'Lads, you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.' - Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

#12.  'I never graduated from  Iowa , but I was there for two terms - Truman's and Eisenhower's.' - Alex Karras / Iowa / Detroit Lions

#13.  'My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.' -Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

#14.  'I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.' - Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

#15.  'Always remember...Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.' - Shug Jordan / Auburn

#16.  'They cut us up like boarding house pie.  And that's real small pieces.' - Darrell Royal / Texas

#17  'Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure.' - Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#18..  'They whipped us like a tied up goat.' - Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

#19. "I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me and he said: 'Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren't any good"  Walt Garrison/Oklahoma State /Dallas Cowboys 

#20.  'Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.' - Bobby Bowden / Florida State

#21.  'Football is not a contact sport - it is a collision sport.  Dancing is a contact sport.' - Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

#22.  After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his postgame message to his team:  'All those who need showers, take them.' - John McKay / USC

#23.  'If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.' -  Murray Warmath / Minnesota

#24.  'The only qualifications for a lineman is to be big and dumb.  To be a back, you only have to be dumb.' - Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#25.  'Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.' - Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

#26.  'It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.' - Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#27.  'We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches....' - Darrell Royal / Texas

#28.  'We didn't tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking..' - Wilson Matthews / Little Rock Central High School

#29.  'Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.' - Darrell Royal / University of Texas

#30.  'I've found that prayers work best when you have big players.' - Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#31.  'Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.' - John Heisman (re: Heisman Trophy)




Ramblings of a Retired Mind!

  • I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is one of those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can't afford one. So, I'm wearing my garage door opener.
  • I also made a cover for my hearing aid and now I have what they call blue teeth, I think.
  • You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.
  • I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!
  • I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is 'when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.'
  • I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and call it 'Pumping Rust'.
  • I've gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That's when your chest is falling into your drawers!
  • When people see a cat's litter box, they always say, 'Oh, have you got a cat?  Just once I want to say, 'No, it's for company!'
  • Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, 'A Good Doctor'!
  • I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me. They were cramming for their finals.
  • As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve.
Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life, Because Life is a Journey to be Savored.





(from Baxter Turner, OHS 1987)





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(Note: None of these comments were made by our "OHS Class of 1958" Attorneys!)
These are from a book called "Disorder in the Courts" and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down by and published by court reporters who had the torment of trying to  "stay calm and expressionless" while the exchanges were taking place.
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
And last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.