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Macon Touchdown Club

Established in 1946

The Macon Touchdown Club was established by a group of football enthusiasts in 1946 and held their first meeting at 6:30 pm on October 7, 1946, upstairs at the S & S Cafeteria, 317 Third Street.

The Club’s first officers were: Mark Smith, President; McKibben Lane, Vice-President; and James F. Brown, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer. The Board of Directors were Davis Adams, Harry Kendall, Joe F. Pruett, and Watson Walker.

Club dues were set at $25 per year and the membership closed at 125. There were to be nine meetings on Monday nights and a Jamboree in January. Special guests at all the meetings were to be Sam Glassman, Sports Editor of the Macon Telegraph and Joe Parham, Sports Editor of the Macon News . At the original meeting there were 118 charter members and four honorary members. Three additional members were added later to bring the total to 125.

Meetings were as follows:

  • October 7 – Coach W. A. Alexander of Georgia Tech, who had resigned the year before, following 25 years as head football coach, was the first speaker and Roy Mundorff of Georgia Tech showed movies of the Tech-Tennessee game in 1945.
  • October 14 – Harry Kendall introduced Porter Grant of Auburn and the 1945 Army – Navy film was shown and narrated by Coach Shelby Buck of Lanier High School.
  • October 21 – It was Georgia night and the speaker was Quinton Lumpkin. Films of the Georgia – Temple and the Georgia – Kentucky game were shown. Watson Walker introduced the speaker.
  • October 28 – There was no regular speaker by Charle Bloch, Everett Sammons, Frank Crowther, and Jimmy Walton gave impromptu talks after which an Army film of the “Fundamentals of Football” was shown.
  • November 4 – “shorty” Doyle, long time coach at Boy’s High in Atlanta was the speaker and showed films of the Tech High – Boy’s High game and the Alabama – Southern California game on January 1, 1946.
  • November 11 – Again it was Georgia night and Coach Wally Butts brought his usual “crying towel” and amused the group, before showing the film of the Georgia – Alabama game.
  • November 18 – It was Auburn night again and this time Harry Kendall introduced three Auburn coaches, Jimmy Hitchcock, Col. E. L. (Boozer) Pitts, and Paul R. “Breedie” Bedez. There was no film by many questions were fielded.
  • November 25 – Coach Orien Mitchell and Lew Cordell of the GMC Bulldogs game reports on their championship team and John Fulton, sports announcer from WGST in Atlanta spoke and narrated the Tech – Navy film. Harry Mehre, former coach at Georgia was scheduled to speak but was unable to attend.
  • December 2 – Coaches Rex Enright and Vernon (Catfish) Smith of South Carolina were the speakers and films of the 1931 Georgia – Yale and the 1946 South Carolina – Alabama game were shown.
  • March 7 – The Jamboree was held in the Walter Little room of the Dempsey Hotel and the officers for 1947 were named as follows: McKibben Lane, President; Watson Walker, Vice-President; James S. Brown, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer; and members of the Board of Directors were Mark Smith, C.W. Roberts, Jr., Harry Kendall, and Charlie Bloch. Speakers were Bill Alexander of Georgia Tech and Wally Butts of the University of Georgia.

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