A SALUTE TO JAX BAIRD
JAX BAIRD AT 5OTH RENION MAY 2007
JAX BAIRD WAS IN OUR 3rd GRADE CLASS, WHICH
WOULD HAVE BEEN  1947. SO, IT WAS 60 YEARS
SINCE I HAD SEEN JAX. STILL THERE WERE VIVID
IMAGES IN MY MIND OF OUR RECESSES WHEN JAX
WAS THE KING OF OUR RACES, ME BEING LAST
AND LEAST. IN THE 3 rd GRADE PHOTO WE ARE
NEXT TO EACH OTHER AND THAT'S THE WAY I
REMEMBER HIM. HE SEEMED TO WANT TO HELP
WATCH OUT FOR ME WHEN OTHERS PICKED ON
ME. WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO GET THE REUNION
ORGANIZED, THE 1957 CLASS WANTED TO
CONTACT ANYONE THAT HAD BEEN WITH US
DURING OUR SCHOOL YEARS, SO I BEGAN
LOOKING FOR JAX USING THE INTERNET. LO AND
BEHOLD, I FOUND HIM IN THE DALLAS AREA.
DURING OUR CONVERSATION HE INDICATED THAT
HE MIGHT COME TO THE REUNION AND SURE
ENOUGH HE DID. HE CAUGHT ME UP ON SOME
THINGS THAT HAD HAPPENED SINCE HE LEFT
MALAKOFF (LOTS CAN HAPPEN IN 60 YEARS!!!) HE
ATTENDED A SCHOOL IN FT. WORTH, WHERE HE
WAS ALL-DISTRICT IN FOOTBALL  AND LATER
TRIED OUT FOR THE ALABAMA TEAM  WITH THE
LEGENDARY BEAR BRYANT, BUT FAILED TO MAKE
THE TEAM. HE EVENTUALLY RAN HIS OWN
TRUCKING FIRM AND HIS SON NOW HAS SOME
SORT OF BUSINESS NEAR THE LAKE. I DON'T
REMEMBER MUCH MORE. I WAS DELIGHTED THAT
HE CAME TO OUR REUNION. IT WAS LAST YEAR
THAT I RECEIVED NOTICE THAT HE HAD PASSED
AWAY.
Jax is the 2nd from the left, next to me. He's the one
with the curly hair.
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