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y 1936 America was struggling to recover from the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl storms had ravaged eight Midwestern states. Newspapers were chronicling the ominous rise of Adolph Hitler in Germany, the growth of fascism in Europe, and the deadly conflict between Japan and China. Years of poverty and unemployment had taken a terrible toll on the American spirit, as an anxious nation seemed destined to join the global conflict. While many Americans were losing hope, a new dance was being born and was about to inspire a national craze. The originating and driving force behind the dance was a creative group of young African Americans from Columbia. “The House of Peace” was Columbia’s first Hasidic Jewish synagogue and had served worshipers for almost twenty years by the time it closed in 1935. Soon after the congregation moved, a hip, upscale nightclub, or “juke joint,” of African American patronage opened in the former synagogue, which was located at the corner of Park and Lady Streets at the time. Named for one of its two owners, “Fat Sam’s Big Apple” club was the birthplace for a famous new dance called “The Big Apple.” In the 1930’s, dances originated by African Americans such as the Cakewalk, the Charleston, the Shimmy and the Black Bottom had caught fire across the United States. Tap dancing was popular on the vaudeville circuit and was becoming popular in Hollywood movies. Most dances in those years incorporated some type of improvisational swing movement, rhythmic clapping, and circle or line formations. Roots of the Big Apple The Big Apple dance was inspired by the traditional ring shout. The ring shout was first practiced by African slaves in the United States and the West Indies. Dancers clapped their 18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2017

hands and moved in a circle, shuffling and stomping their feet. Created as a ceremonial and religious ritual, the dance encouraged improvisational movement. In the 1920’s, a lead dancer from a famous New York City dance troupe spent childhood summers at his grandparents’ farm near Aiken. He remembers farm workers dancing the ring shout and his grandmother placing him in the middle to dance. Columbia’s African American youth added some new flourishes and reinvented the dance for a new generation and named it after the club where they perfected it. “The Big Apple” dance had arrived. “Put another nickel in the jukebox.” An early type of jukebox, a piccolo, delivered the raucous sounds of jazz and boogie dance music that enlivened the crowds at Fat Sam’s. “Put another nickel in the jukebox” was the popular refrain; dancers arrived at the club, their pockets flush with nickels. In a still segregated South Carolina, racial mixing was prohibited in those days, even at dance clubs. None the less, stories abound of young white college students drawn to the jubilant music and dance at Fat Sam’s. In one story, three white, male University of South Carolina students heard the music coming from the club as they drove by. When they stopped and asked to enter the club, Fat Sam said they could pay an entry fee of twenty-five cents each, but would have to sit in the balcony. Local Lake Murray resident, Richard Peterson, shared a similar story. “My mother was a member of Tri-Delta sorority at the University of South Carolina,” he says. Her father’s appointment as a Columbia judge was the



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fect leverage to get her sorority sisters, their dates, and herself into the club. Using his name, they gained entry to the balcony, where they watched and learned the dance and then returned to campus and shared the steps with their friends. In an effort to give credit where credit was due, some local white students renamed their version of the dance “The Little Apple.” Leave it to young people to successfully navigate racial nuances. While the dancers tore up the main floor and dance area their visitors watched and learned. The rewards of dance – communal bonds, fun, movement, and jubilant celebration – are not restricted by race. Young folks from both races understood that, as they so often do. And surely the adults weren’t the only ones who needed a release from the tension generated by WWII’s gathering immanence. The dance began to travel around the state and eventually across the country. Tales spread of overcrowded balconies collapsing when the crowds packed in. Smaller clubs even posted signs: Sorry, No Big Apple. Not enough room. News of the dance eventually spread to New York and auditions for local, South Carolina talent began. In an unjust and ironic turn of events, the African American dancers who originated The Big Apple were prohibited from auditioning because of their race. Eight couples were chosen to travel to New York and dance The Big Apple at the world’s second largest theatre, The Roxy. The three male USC students who were originally allowed entrance to Columbia’s club were among them. The troupe performed there for three weeks in 1937 and the dance, in today’s jargon, went viral. The dance group, then known as “Billy Spivey’s Big Apple Dancers” went on to tour the country for six months.

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On December 20, 1937, Life magazine featured a four-page photo spread of the Big Apple and declared that 1937 would be remembered as the year of the Big Apple. In 1938, Tommy Dorsey wrote the number one song called, “The Big Apple.” In the same year, Columbia’s Big Apple Club was sold and closed. New York City, Where Did It Get Its Nickname? Some local to Columbia claim that the Big Apple dance inspired the famous nickname for New York City. Let’s take a look at the history. Since the legendary first bite of forbidden fruit, the word “apple” had become a popular part of American speech. In the early 1900s, for instance, if a performer earned a role in a high-paying vaudeville tour, he might tell his friends, “I’ve made it to the Big Apple!” Apples emerged in other well-known phrases: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” “as American as apple pie”, “you’re the apple of my eye”, and “the apple never falls far from the tree” are just a few. Even Steve Jobs paid homage to the apple in 1990 with his company’s “Power is Macintosh” slogan. It took some research to discover the facts. One thing is for sure, “The Big Apple” phrase was part of the New York scene

long before Columbia’s Big Apple dance arrived. Today, the most recognized account for New York’s nickname started with a well-known newspaper reporter in the 1920s named John J. FitzGerald. In his horse racing column for the New York Morning Telegraph, he attributed the term “Big Apple” to the New York racing circuit. He wrote, “The Big Apple, the dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen. There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York.” FitzGerald claimed to have first overhead two African American stable boys referring to New York City as the Big Apple. After that encounter, he incorporated the phrase into his column. Now, for those of who prefer to give our fair state credit for the big city’s nickname, the following comes from the former Mayor of Columbia, T. Patton Adams (1986-1990). When interviewed in 1997, Mayor Adams announced, “An obscure newspaper column had nothing to do with it. I’m sticking with the original story: New York stole The Big Apple from Fat Sam’s.” And there you have it. n

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bring something? You’ll want to work out these details well ahead of time, especially if you’re asking those you’ve invited to bring something. • Put Together the Menu If you’re serving food, you’ll want to pull together all of the recipes you will be using and have an idea of how long each will take to make. If you are ordering from a local deli or bakery, give them a call so you’ll know how far in advance you should place your order. • Ask for Help If you will be having a large event or simply want some extra hands to assist, you’ll want to research and reserve those services well in advance. Two Weeks in Advance As the party draws nearer, you’ll want to get further organized. Two weeks before the soiree, you should: • Purchase Your Decorations and Supplies Start getting everything you’re going to need in order to decorate for your party. Don’t forget any table coverings and toppers or window dressings you might need to set the mood. • Give Your Guests a Heads Up If you’ve decided to host a potluck, make sure guests know what they’ll need to bring. Start getting a head count of how many people will be attending. If you will be having a family-friendly event, an understanding of the number of adults versus kids will be helpful when you’re out shopping for food and drink. • Go Shopping Now is the time to make that first trip to the grocery and liquor store (if you plan to serve alcohol). Make any dishes that you can freeze ahead of time, allowing you to have more time for prep on party day. • Plan the Playlist Don’t forget the tunes. Put together your playlist, with enough upbeat tunes to last the entire party. Be sure to include spooky classics like “Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “The Monster Mash,” and “Thriller.”

whether they will be attending your shindig. The week and days prior to the gathering is when you truly need to tighten up your logistics game, starting with getting your home ready. . Create space in your freezer and refrigerator to ensure you have plenty of room for the food and drink being used for your party. • Clean your home thoroughly. If your budget allows, consider springing for a cleaning service to ensure your home sparkles for party night. • Set up your furniture for party night. You’ll want to be sure there are plenty of places for your guests to sit. If you’ve got the space, leaving room for a dance floor is guaranteed to make for a fun night. • Double check to make sure you have enough plates, glasses and utensils. If you prefer, you can purchase inexpensive versions at your local party supply store. Three Days in Advance • Make another trip to the grocery store to pick up all the remaining non-perishable items. • Notify your neighbors (unless they are on the guest list). Make them aware you are having a party in case things are noisy and be sure to ask if it’s OK for guests to park in front of their homes. • Decorate your home. • Put away any personal items that

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you don’t want your guests to see. Don’t forget to check the medicine cabinet. • Create a place to put your guest’s coats and jackets. The Day Before • Purchase the remaining grocery items and prepare as many of the remaining recipes as you can. • If you’ve prepared any dishes ahead of time and had them frozen, pull them out of the freezer to allow them to defrost overnight. • Set up tables to serve the food and give your home a last-minute once-over. • If you’re serving alcohol, be sure to make arrangements to ensure that everyone will be able to get home safely. Party Day The big day is finally here! If you’ve been preparing all along, today is just a matter of putting on the final touches. • Make any of the remaining dishes left on the menu. • If you decided to get help, make your assistants aware of exactly what they’ll need to do come party time. • Set up the bar if alcohol is on the menu (make sure there is plenty of ice!). Now it’s time to put on your costume and get ready for your guests to arrive. Halloween is always one of the most popular holidays of the year. With these tips, you’ll be able to throw a party your guests will be talking about for years to come. n

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Dr. Beard specializes in hip and knee replacements, offering patients the latest minimally invasive surgical options for hip replacement and performing partial and total knee replacements. An honors graduate of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, he earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University in WinstonSalem, North Carolina. Dr. Beard then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health and completed the prestigious Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. 146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 140 West Columbia, SC 29169

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Vote online at AESTHETIC PHYSICIAN: Dr. C. Brett Carlin – Carlin Plastic Surgery • Dr. Dee Carter – Living Well Family Medicine • Dr. Paul Espinoza – Palmetto Vein & Aesthetic Center AESTHETIC PRACTICE: Ivy Park Family Medicine • Lake Murray Contour Light • Rejuvenations Medical Spa AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: Kid City • Palmetto Athletic Center • The Quest Zone ALLERGIST: Allergy Partners of the Midlands • CENTA Medical Group • Lexington ENT & Allergy ALTERATIONS: Jackie Lynn Tailoring-Alterations • Kimmy’s Alteration Shop • Zebra Cleaners APARTMENT COMPLEX: Lullwater at Saluda Pointe • Reserve at Mill Landing • River Bluff of Lexington ASIAN RESTAURANT: Antai Asian Gourmet • Ganbei Japanese Restaurant & Bar • Red Bowl ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: Morningside of Lexington • Oakleaf Village of Lexington • The Village at Southlake ATTORNEY – FAMILY LAW: Amy Cofield – Cofield Law Firm • Ashby Jones – Kinard & Jones, LLC • Josh Pozsik – Pozsik & Carpenter, LLC Attorneys at Law ATTORNEY – LITIGATION: Kirk Morgan – Walker Morgan, LLC • Moore Taylor – Moore Taylor Law Firm • Rick Hall – Rick Hall Law Firm LLC ATTORNEY – REAL ESTATE: Amy Cofield – Cofield Law Firm • David Ruple – Ruple Firm Pa • Rich Bolen – The Bolen Law Firm AUDIOLOGIST: CENTA Medical Group • Lake Murray Hearing Associates • Lexington ENT & Allergy AUTO AUDIO INSTALLATION: Norton Stereo • Ultimate Audio • Xtreme Customs AUTO BODY SHOP: Baker Collision Express • Gilbert Paint & Body • John Harris Body Shop AUTO PERFORMANCE SHOP: Hudson Brothers, LLC • The Muffler Shop of Columbia • Ultimate Auto 30 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2017

AUTO REPAIR SHOP (DOMESTIC): Abbott’s Auto Service • Kestner Automotive • White Knoll Automotive Vote online at AUTO REPAIR SHOP (FOREIGN): Das Autohaus, LLC • Pope-Davis Tire & Automotive • Pro Fleet of the Carolinas AUTO SERVICE DEPARTMENT (DEALERSHIP): Fred Anderson Toyota of Columbia • Herndon Chevrolet • JT’s Automotive Group BANK: BB&T • First Reliance • Wells Fargo BARBER SHOP: Lexington Barber Shop • Roger’s Barber Shop • Terry’s Barber Shop BBQ RESTAURANT: Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Maurice’s Piggie Park • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que BREAKFAST: Creekside Restaurant • Eggs Up Grill • IHOP BRIDAL STORE: Bridalhaven • David’s Bridal • Evelyn’s Bridal BUFFET: Eastern Buffet • Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que BURGER: Cook Out • Rush’s • The Root Cellar CARDIOLOGIST: Dr. Amy Epps – Lexington Cardiology • Dr. G Conrad Bauknight – Providence Heart • Dr. Jennifer Feldman – Palmetto Heart CARPET STORE: Floor Boys • Lexington Carpet One Floor & Home • Lexington Paint & Flooring CARWASH: Frank’s Car Wash • Mr. Nick’s Car Wash • Sunset Car Wash & Detail Shop CATERING COMPANY: Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que • Yummie Creations Inc. CELL PHONE/TABLET REPAIR: Cellular Source • CPR Cell Phone Repair • SmartPhone Medic CHIROPRACTOR: Bigbie Chiropractic • Collaborative Healthcare • Old Mill Chiropractic & Family Wellness COIN & COLLECTIBLE DEALER: Eclectic Collectibles • Gilbert Coin and Collectible Exchange • Golden Eagle Precious Metals Exchange COLLEGE FOR WORKING ADULTS: Columbia College • Midlands Technical College • Southern Wesleyan University COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY: NAI Avant • Southern Visions Real Estate • Wood Realty

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COSMETIC DENTIST: Dr. Bryan and Dr. Celeste Springer - Aesthetic Smile Studio • Dr. James Denny DMD • Dr. Jon D. Smith Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL: Kenneth Shuler Cosmetology School • Lexington Technology Center • Paul Mitchell CPA: Burkett Burkett & Burkett CPA • Dooley & Company, LLC • Rish & Enzastiga CPA CREDIT UNION: Grow Financial FCU • Palmetto Citizens FCU • SAFE FCU DAMAGE RESTORATION SERVICES: CSS Roofing • Floor Pro • Rainbow International DANCE COMPANY: Columbia City Jazz • South Carolina Dance Company • Stepping Out DAY SPA: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • Bliss Salon & Spa • Healing Waters at Palmetto Health DAYCARE: Big Blue Marble Academy • Harvest Daycare & Afterschool Ministry • Pisgah Child Development DELI: Groucho’s Deli • McAlister’s Deli • The Deli DENTIST (ADULTS): Dr. Jon D. Smith Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry • Northwood Dental Associates • White Knoll Dentistry DENTIST (KIDS): Midlands Pediatric Dentistry • Palmetto Smiles • Sunset Children’s Dentistry DERMATOLOGIST: Carolina Dermatology Group • Dermatology of Lexington • Palmetto Dermatology DESSERT: Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop • Miyo’s • Travinia Italian Kitchen DIETICIAN: Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss • Bodyshop Athletics • Carolina Nutrition Consultants DRY CLEANER: Kleen Kare Cleaners • Lexington Dry Cleaning • Tripp’s Fine Cleaners ENGINEERING FIRM: 4D Engineering • Mead & Hunt • Tobias & West EVENT: Kid’s Day of Lexington • Lexington County Blowfish Baseball • Movies in the Park EXTERMINATOR: Clark’s Termite & Pest Control • Econobug • Mosquito Joe FACIAL: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • High Maintenance • Lilliana’s Skin Care FAST FOOD: Chick-fil-A • McDonald’s • Rush’s FITNESS CENTER: Bodyshop Athletics • Dynamic Health & Fitness • The Flex FLORIST: Lexington Florist & Flower Center • Storey’s Florist • White House Florist FROZEN YOGURT: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt • TCBY

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FUNERAL HOME: Barr-Price Funeral Home • Caughman-Harman Funeral Home • Thompson Funeral Home FURNITURE STORE: La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries • Scott’s Furniture Co. • Vote online at Wood and Fabric Furniture Co. GARDEN CENTER: Seven Oaks Plant Shop • Wingard’s Market • Woodley’s Garden Center GASTROENTEROLOGIST: Benjamin Massey, Palmetto Gastroenterology • Dr. Saleeby, Consultants in Gastroenterology • George Jenkins III, Carolina Digestive Disease GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Lakeshore Builders • Paul Davis Restoration • Young’s Contracting GLASS STORE: Absolute Glass Co. • ACE • Sheppard’s Glass Shop GOLF COURSE: Charwood Golf Club • Country Club of Lexington • Golden Hills Golf & Country Club GREEK RESTAURANT: Bellis House of Pizza • Grecian Gardens • Mediterranean Cafe GUN AND AMMUNITION STORE: Defender Shooting Sports • Lexington Guns and Shooting Range • Palmetto State Armory GYM: Anytime Fitness • MUV Fitness • Wolf’s Fitness Center HAIR SALON (ADULTS): Bloom Salon of Lexington • Cho on Main • The Magnolia Salon HAIR SALON (KIDS): Great Clips • Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids • Snip-Its HAIR STYLIST: Candice West, The Magnolia Salon • Laney Shealy, The Magnolia Salon • Victoria Gibson, Cho on Main HAPPY HOUR: Goodfellas Grill and Bar • Keg Cowboy • Travinia Italian Kitchen HARDWARE STORE: Lexington True Value Hardware • Lowe’s Home Improvement • The Home Depot HEALTHY EATING RESTAURANT: Clean Eatz of Lexington • Tropical Smoothie Cafe • Zoes Kitchen HEATING & AIR COMPANY: All American Heating & Air • Brian’s Heating and Cooling • Cool Care HOME BUILDER: Essex Homes • Great Southern Homes • Lakeshore Builders

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With the rising costs of new vehicles, boats, and furniture – more people are choosing to reupholster. At Hod Rod’s, we will artistically customize and upholster any item. Our ability to produce is only limited by your imagination. We offer thousands of colors and designs in our fabric room, including: Naugahyde, canvas, leather, cloth, and many more. Why repurchase when you can repair? Wear and tear will come in time to anything upholstered, but repairs are more affordable than you think. A short list of our services may help us to paint a picture of our ability to serve you. Services include but are not limited to: Canvas boat covers of any size, individual canvas covers for boat seats or any item, canvas clear vinyl enclosures, canvas shades, canvas clear plastic curtains, car seats, convertible tops, arm rests in cars, center console lids in cars, shifter boots, door panels, carpet, headliner, headline sun roof repair, painting interior items in car, leather repair, leather replacement, new custom leather or vinyl seat covers for your car, special or custom covers for any of your vehicles, any type of vehicle interior items, sofa love seat, any type of chair, dental chairs, commercial booth seating, custom in home booth seating, and more! We are located in Lexington directly behind Floor Boys, which is a few blocks down from Target and across the street from Hudson’s Smokehouse. Please do not hesitate to call us for any upholstery questions you may have. Thank you for voting us the Best of Lexington 2017! Check out our work on our Facebook page, Hod Rod’s Upholstery. 5005 Sunset Blvd. Lexington SC 29072. • 803.399.1656 October 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 39

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Holidays can be so expensive, and it begins with Halloween. Bags of candy, loads of fake spider webs to hang on your door, and a costume for everyone in the family? Well, you can at least save a few dollars by making your costumes at home. Here are five ideas for costumes you could make right now.

1. Moana Yes, that’s right. You can make the hottest girl’s costume all by yourself. With a little bit of fabric and a few props, you can be on your way to Halloween fame. For the shirt, you need an orange tank top (Moana wears more of a tube top, but a tank top will work just fine.) Keep it simple with just the orange, or try your hand at drawing or painting (or cutting and gluing) designs to mimic the ones on the actual character’s top. For the skirt, find a khaki one and hot glue some straw around the bottom (or wear a straw skirt underneath the khaki skirt). Paint the yellow flowers around it or leave it as plain khaki, and don’t forget to tie an orange scarf around the waist. Even a tutu made from gold tulle would do the trick as Moana’s skirt. For the necklace, find a rock that is about the same size and shape as the heart of Tafiti, and paint it bright blue before attaching it to a dark necklace chain or yarn. For shoes, wear a pair of breezy sandals. 2. Raggedy Ann or Andy A wonderfully aged costume that is always beautiful, a Raggedy Ann costume is made with a simple blue dress, a white apron, and white and red striped leggings or leg warmers. A little girl could wear a pair of adult-sized white socks, painted with red stripes. Andy can be made with a flannel shirt (or a white tee shirt with criss-cross lines drawn in red sharpie) tucked into a pair of blue slacks. Secure a bow tie at the neck. For either Raggedy Ann or Andy, create the hair by gluing varying strands of red yarn to a cap that covers your hairline. Use lots of blush or red face paint to create the dolls’ rosy cheeks.

3. Mario or Luigi A very simple costume for little boys who already have overalls, this is a classic that is still around. Simply wear a red or green shirt underneath, and sport a cap (if the cap is not the right color, just tie a blue bandana or other fabric around the hat you have.) Draw a mustache or adhere a fake one and if you don’t have brown dress shoes, any pair of tennis shoes will do. White gloves will complete the outfit, but are not a necessity. Carry a “mushroom” for collecting candy. 4. An Alien This costume is especially wonderful because it is so versatile. Aliens can be made by cutting arm and head holes out of a cardboard box painted with buttons and trinkets, worn over a long sleeve shirt and pants (silver, black, or neon would work great.) Or, aliens can be made from hot gluing felt shapes to an already-owned outfit. Top it off with an antenna headband.

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5. Winnie the Pooh This is the simplest idea, but it is still fantastic. Just wear a mustard-yellow long sleeve shirt with a plain red tee shirt over it, and use puff paint to write “POOH” over the chest. Wear it with yellow leggings. Add a headband with Pooh Bear ears cut from felt and held up with wire (use parts of a wire hanger if you like). Carry a brown “honey pot” for collecting candy. Well, there you have it- five costumes that are sure to bring joy. Though there are endless ideas for homemade costumes, we hope we have inspired you to use a little bit of creativity to make some unique Halloween costumes this year. n

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JAMES WYMON by Michael Aun


It took a half century, but the late Lexington High School coach James Wymon “Whinny” Ingram will finally be honored posthumously by being named to the South Carolina High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame at ceremonies in Myrtle Beach on December 6, 2017. Ingram said goodbye to a grateful community in 2008, passing peacefully at the age of 95. 48 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2017

To fully appreciate his impact on the community of Lexington you had to be one of the thousands of people he coached and taught in his four decades on the gridirons, diamonds, hardwoods and classrooms of Lexington. In some cases, he actually coached or taught as many as three generations in one family. He coached many of my immediate family members, as well as my uncles, Arthur and Eli Mack. He coached the late Congressman Floyd Spence, who not only earned a Shrine Bowl nomination, but also a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina. On Feb. 18, 1984, I had the privilege of heading up an Ingram-Driggers Appreciation Day Banquet honoring both Ingram and his long-time sidekick, E.T. “Charge” Driggers. One of Ingram’s “boys,” as he liked to call them, Congressman Spence, could not be there that night. Instead, Congressman Spence wrote in a letter to the gathering that evening that no one other than his parents had a greater impact on his life than Coach Ingram. “I might not be where I am today were it not for Coach Ingram. He was solely responsible for my appearance in the Shrine Bowl and me getting a scholarship to the University of South Carolina,” the letter read. Both the appearance in the bowl and

the scholarship led to Spence earning a law degree and later entering the field of politics. He wasn’t the only political prodigy of Ingram’s. Others included former Lexington Mayors Hugh Rogers and Eli Mack, Jr., as well as a variety of school board members, state representatives and other political officials. However, that wasn’t Coach Ingram’s greatest contribution. One could make the argument that his own accomplishments as a four sport letterman at Newberry College were dwarfed only by his awesome record as a coach for nearly four decades at Lexington. His efforts at Newberry earned him membership

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into the Newberry College Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1987, he was the very first inductee into the Lexington High School Hall of Fame, which I had the honor of starting as “one of his boys.” On Nov. 24, 2001, Coach Ingram was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for Dekalb County, the community where he scored the first ever touchdown for the school’s newly formed football team in 1926. His Wildcat teams amassed a 218-7710 record on the football field, including three state championships. His baseball teams earned one state title and 16 conference championships while amassing

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a 111-41 record. He also coached boys and girls basketball to a 174-75 record as well as track and Phys Ed. At one time, he was the winningest active football coach in the state of South Carolina and was considered one of the top 10 coaches in the nation. He coached every sport at Lexington, drove the bus and even acted as the janitor. In his day, you did it all. In addition, he served as athletic director. In 1949, he coached the very first Horse Bowl in Camden, South Carolina. In 1954, Coach Ingram was selected to coach the Sandlappers in the annual Shrine Bowl Game. His squad was a prodigious underdog to the larger, faster North Carolina Tar Heel team. In fact, he had only one player over 200 pounds on the entire squad. South Carolina recorded the greatest upset (at that time) in the history of the Shrine Bowl by a 27-7 score. He won it on the shoulders of the 165-pound King Dixon of Laurens. The biggest reward for Coach Ingram was the inscription on the wall of the Shriners Children’s Hospital, which reads, “Strong legs run so weak legs may walk.” Ingram’s football teams were known for their unique offensive alignments and unusual blocking schemes. While serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he met the legendary Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns. When he returned to South Carolina, he brought back a blocking scheme never heard of in high school athletics at that time—a concept called cross-blocking. Floyd Spence asked his college coaches at the University of South Carolina about cross-blocking. “We don’t do that in college,” explained the coaches. “That’s something they do in the pros.” Ingram’s stingy defenses were usually outmanned and outweighed. What made him so remarkable is that he took very ordinary kids from a very ordinary community and taught them how to play in an extraordinary way. Almost every high school in America today platoons players. When you played for Ingram, you played four quarters and most kids played every down, which made what he accomplished at Lexington so remarkable. He won over 70 percent of his

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tests. His offensive football teams averaged over 300 yards per game, and his defenses yielded less than 100 yards every outing. The late Herman Helms, executive sports editor of Columbia’s State Newspaper, spoke about Ingram at the 1984 banquet, which was attended by hundreds of fans and supporters, and said

Ingram looked more like a college professor than a football coach. “He was as organized as any coach I’ve ever seen,” said Helms. “His special teams were ahead of their time. I once asked him about the success of the special teams, and he remarked sensibly that on most kicking plays, all the players start out unblocked and open. Why October 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 51

Coach Ingram and son, Jimmy Ingram

not take advantage of it?” Former Saluda and Lower Richland football coach Mooney Player called him the greatest offensive mind he had ever met—high school, college or pros. Former Swansea coach Doug Bennett called him a gentleman. “In all the years I knew Coach Ingram, he never said a word about his faith but I knew he was a God-fearing man,” said Bennett. “I first learned of him when my high school football team in York [near Rock Hill] was playing Lexington,” said Bennett. “One of the kids on our team broke his leg against Lexington. Not even a week went by when we received a check in the mail representing money that Coach Ingram and the people of Lexington had raised for the young man. He had lots of class.” Former Presbyterian College coach Cally Gault, another of the speakers at the 1984 banquet, called Ingram one of the most gracious men he had ever met in athletics. “It must be a wonderful thing to take a thin pine board and a bit of string and

some glue and to make of it a violin that would solve out the great Ave Maria,” said Gault. “And it must be a beautiful thing to take a bit of gold and a few springs and to make of it a timepiece that would

Clearly, he was a surrogate father to me and so many others. One touching story resounds even today about a young man named Tillman Craft, who came to Lexington from the Edmund community. He was a product of a broken home, causing him to be separated from his seven brothers and sisters in the fifth grade. Coach Ingram learned of the young man’s plight and became his surrogate father. Unable to take him into his home because of small children of his own, Coach Ingram quietly let the boy move into the old Lexington gym that stood some two blocks from his home on North Lake Drive in Lexington. He fed and clothed Tillman, never asking for assistance or permission. In return, Tillman slept at night in the gym, bathed in the showers there

“In all the years I knew Coach Ingram, he never said a word about his faith but I knew he was a God-fearing man.” ­­— Doug Bennett, Former Swansea Coach keep pace with the magnificent sun. And it must be a gorgeous thing to take a canvass and a bit of paint and a brush and to make of it a painting such as the Malaise Angelis. It is a splendid thing to take a boy, to discipline him, coach him and make of him a man. That’s what Coach J. W. Ingram did with so many young men and women for nearly four decades.” Despite all the remarkable things Ingram did in both the classroom as an English and French teacher and in the athletic arena, he was a husband to two great women Christine B. (his first wife) and Ethelyn J. (his second wife) in his life, succeeding each of them. He was a father to Margni Shealy and James W. Ingram, Jr. (wife Sarah).

and kept the floors clean as his rent. Coach and Mrs. Ingram kept him in clean clothes and saw to his medical and physical needs. Soon the authorities found out about it and forced Coach Ingram to move Tillman of the gym. They found him a room over a doctor’s office near Coach Ingram’s home. Coach continued to feed and provide for him. Tillman was the first one in his family to graduate from college. After serving in the military, Craft went on to have successful careers in the FBI, security and the oil business. Indeed, he was more than a humble teacher and football coach. He was an icon. n

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Q: What’s the safest way for a newborn to sleep? A: Infants should sleep on their backs because research shows it can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Some parents ask me if they should reposition their infants in the middle of the night if they start rolling over in the crib. I tell them they should continue to put their babies to sleep on their backs, but it’s not necessary to keep repositioning them overnight. A newborn should never share a bed with anyone. And there should be no bumpers, blankets or stuffed animals in the crib. “Wearable blankets” such as sleep sacks are recommended as substitutes for traditional blankets. Blankets and stuffed animals may be introduced into the crib after the baby’s first birthday. Q: What are your key messages about breastfeeding? A: Breastfeeding has many benefits for babies including antibodies to help boost the baby’s immune system, lower the risk of allergies and asthma, and decrease colds and ear infections. While I believe exclusive breastfeeding is best, some moms and babies experience difficulty breastfeeding. So, it’s important to know when formula supplementation is a good idea. While breast milk is superior to formula for babies, formula will not hurt your baby. And remember that any amount of breast milk is better than none at all, so formula supplementation does not necessarily mean breastfeeding must stop. Q: What are the benefits of breastfeeding for moms? A: Breastfeeding can help moms shed pregnancy pounds faster, reduce postpartum bleeding, and lower the long-term risk of breast and ovarian cancers. It also provides one of the best bonding experiences between moms and babies. Q: What are car seat guidelines for newborns? A: An infant needs a rear-facing infant car seat with a five-point harness and detachable base. Pay attention to the weight limits (both upper and lower) on the seat. Some infant seats are not made for very small newborns, especially premature babies. Transition to a convertible car seat that can be placed forward or rear facing when your child exceeds the upper weight limit of the infant seat or the top of his or her head is within one inch of the top of the car seat. South Carolina law states that all children should be rear facing until at least age two unless they have outgrown the weight or height requirements of the rear-facing seat. Remember that caring for a newborn is not easy. The best thing you can give your baby at this age is love; you cannot spoil a baby! There are many resources available to help support new moms, and your pediatrician can be one of the best. No question is too small. Amanda Vartanian, MD, is a pediatrician at Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice with locations in Lexington and West Columbia. She’s also a mom to Avery (3) and Logan (2 months). She’s accepting new patients.

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Every four minutes a car accident occurs on South Carolina’s roadways, and in 2014, almost 10,000 children under the age of 6 were involved in a collision (South Carolina Department of Public Safety). If installed property, safety seats greatly reduce the risk of death and injury to children, but statistics show that only about 15 percent of South Carolinians with young passengers are using child restraints correctly. 56 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2017

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car seat purchasing program and public check events can be found online at At public check events, Kevin Poore, the Midlands’ Safe Kids Coordinator with the Buckle Buddies program, estimates that nationally certified technicians can examine a single car seat in about 15 minutes to insure it satisfies state regulations, has not expired, and is installed correctly. In the last quarter of 2017, Buckle Buddies inspected 361 car seats, “the most our coalition has ever done, but there are a lot more kids being born,” says Coordinator Poore, and he advises the public to take advantage of this free service. In May of 2017, the state’s child seat laws were revised, and the main points are summarized below. Rear-facing car seat: An infant under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat in a rear seat of the vehicle until the child exceeds the height or weight limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer. Forward-facing car seat: A child who is at least age 2 (or under 2) and has outgrown the manufacturer’s height or weight limit for a rear-facing car seat must be secured in a forward facing car seat in a rear seat until the child exceeds the manufacturer’s height or weight requirements of the car seat. Booster seat: Children who are at least 4 years old and have outgrown their forward-facing car seat must be secured by a booster seat in a rear seat until the child can meet the height and fit requirements of an adult safety seat belt. Lap and shoulder belts must be used with the booster seat. Seat belt: Children who are at least 8 years old or 57 inches tall may be restrained by an adult safety belt if they can be secured properly by the restraint, and they are also permitted to sit in the front seat of a vehicle at this age. The complete text of the new regulations is posted on law.asp. n

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8 Important Clinical Findings

about Tea and Your Health by Kristen Carter

Studies show that 80 percent of the Japanese population drink green tea daily, and the people of Japan have the world’s longest life span. Thus, it is no surprise to see repeated scientific explorations into the possible causal relationship between tea and mortality. Tea has been associated with pretty much all sorts of beneficial health effects—from its ability to prevent cancer to its ability to promote weight loss. To distinguish hype from fact, you might want to look at clinical studies that offer evidence on the myriad of health claims pertaining to tea consumption. Here are eight of the most important findings looking into the popular ancient drink’s impact on human health and well-being. Dementia According to The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, those who have a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease,

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a form of dementia, might want to develop a daily habit of drinking tea if they haven’t done so yet. Older adults who drink tea daily can cut their risk for cognitive impairment in half. For those at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, daily tea drinking results in as much as an 86 percent risk reduction. In the study, the type of tea does not matter. All brewed tea leaves have been shown to offer neuroprotective benefits. Brain Power According to the study, “Green tea extract enhances parieto-frontal connectivity during working memory processing,” green tea extract has been found to enhance working memory by increasing the effective connectivity exerted by one area of the brain over another, thereby improving cognitive performance. Weight Loss for Diabetics In the paper, “Green tea extract with polyethylene glycol-3350 reduces body weight and improves glucose tolerance in db/db and high-fat diet mice,” it was found that green tea or its extract alone won’t significantly help in losing weight

for those with Type 2 diabetes. It has to be green tea extract along with a nontoxic resin called polyethylene glycol, which prevents gallated catechins—a type of flavonoid present in green tea— from being absorbed in the gut. Pancreatic Cancer Green tea, as well as green tea extract, has been shown to disrupt the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells by inhibiting the expression of a certain enzyme linked with the cancer, according to the journal Metabolomics. Oral Cancer It turns out that green tea also contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate that specifically aims at a certain protein to kill oral cancer cells. This cancer-cell-killing action has been found to be selective, leaving healthy normal cells alone, according to the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. Abdominal Aneurysm Drinking green tea could prevent death by arterial explosion. A deadly condition, which involves the overstretching and eventual rupture of the main artery in the body, may be foiled by the polyphenols present in green tea, according to a 2016 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Adverse Interaction with Iron When taken with iron supplements or iron-rich foods, green tea’s once-potent antioxidant properties are diminished. To get the most out of green tea’s health benefits, you might not want to consume it with iron supplements or iron-rich foods like red meat, kale, spinach and other dark leafy greens, according to a 2016 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Optimum Steeping Time and Water Temperature Aside from taking note of which foods you should not be eating while drinking green tea in order to make the most out of its health-boosting qualities, it also helps to know exactly how best to prepare the different types of tea. A 2015 issue of the Journal of Food Science systematically explains the optimal preparation techniques for tea. For example, in order to extract the most antioxidants from white tea, it should be steeped longer— whether it is steeped in cold or hot water does not matter. Black tea, on the other hand, should be steeped quickly in hot water and then drank right after in order to get the most antioxidant content. Green tea is the most sensitive variety of tea; it has been found to generate the most antioxidants when it is steeped in cold water for a long time. In the study, the prolonged steeping time is equivalent to two hours. n

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2 pounds salmon cut into 4 pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon paprika powder 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder 1 teaspoon black pepper For the Avocado salsa: 1 avocado, sliced ½ small sliced red onion Juice from 2 limes 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are) Salt to taste Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together. Rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and seasoning mix. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pre-heat the grill. Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a bowl and mix well. Chill until ready to use. Grill the salmon to desired doneness (about 5 minutes). Top with avocado salsa and serve.

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Buttery Parsley Potatoes Serves 6-8 1½ to 2 pounds small red potatoes Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons butter, cut into slices ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley Add the potatoes to a medium saucepan and cover with 2 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil and add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Reduce to a rolling simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork tender and the skin is beginning to fall away from the potatoes, about 18-20 minutes. Drain the water from the pan. Quickly add the potatoes back to the saucepan with the butter and parsley, and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Give the potatoes a vigorous stir with a wooden spoon so the potatoes break up a bit. Let sit on the still warm burner (turned off) for 5-10 minutes and serve. Ghost Milkshake Serves 3-4 For the milkshake: 4 cups vanilla bean ice cream 1½ - 1¾ cups whole milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract For the topping: 1 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons powdered sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract In a blender, combine the ice cream, milk and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. In a medium size mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Divide the milkshake between the glasses. Cut the corner of a large resealable plastic bag and pipe a swirl on top. Serve immediately.

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Lexington Life Magazine - October 17'  

Lexington Life is a premiere publication serving the residents of Lexington, SC Published since 2004, Lexington Life Magazine is a family-ow...

Lexington Life Magazine - October 17'  

Lexington Life is a premiere publication serving the residents of Lexington, SC Published since 2004, Lexington Life Magazine is a family-ow...