Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: Did the community revolve around the school, too, as far as plays, or dances, or such.

A: The student activities were also their entertainment activities. The town had a dance every Saturday night. That was basically the only thing that was separated from school activities. If you played sports, you had to report to the good old boys at the barber shop the next day about what happened and who did what. Most boys played football and at least went out for the basketball team. Most of them didn’t make it. It was the center of the community’s social and athletic activities. When we played a football game in Moab when I was in high school, you couldn’t buy a gallon of gas in town to get through. If you got here without gas, you had to wait until the football game was over.

Q: Sounds like the small towns in Texas today. Were you on the football team?

A: Yes, I played. I played all the sports. I finally quit basketball when I was a senior because you could lock me in the gym overnight and I couldn’t score ten points. I was a terrible basketball player. I finally went to the coach and said, “You know, I just don’t like to do this. I’m not any good.” He agreed with me and we parted the ways.

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