“Did you read George Smith’s column today?” That's what readers of The Anniston Star have been asking for more than 60 years. For the first time, the best of these stories are collected in one place: Southern tales of cotton-mill workers and fire-and-brimstone preachers ... war heroes and crosses on the side of the road ... peach farmers and ol' dogs ... friends, family and the long-suffering wife known as "The Blonde." These are stories written in a style you can’t learn, about people you wished you knew, from a perspective you haven’t thought of.
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George Smith began his career at The Anniston Star in 1955 as a “copy boy.” In 1958, he became sports editor. In 1979, he became senior editor and general columnist. He has been named Alabama’s sports writer of the year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The Auburn School of Journalism recognized him as the Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist in 2010. He was inducted into the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists honored him with its Ernie Pyle Legacy Award in 2012. In 2014, he was named one of the inaugural winners of the Mel Allen Media Award, presented by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifetime contribution to sports. He is married to Agnes Vice Smith (voted the prettiest girl in her class).
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