Not sure who the man on the left is, not sure about the fish either, but the tall blonde on the right is Slim Rackley. I remember him, man was he tall (especially to a little kid) and a nice guy too. He was the first cop we had on the island, starting in the 1950s. Back then a lot of ex Marines settled down on Topsail to raise their families, to have a simpler life after WWII and Korea–not expecting to get rich, just live life in a place not swarming with bad guys and sheister’s. Oh well, all this progress–umm. But I digress, the island was a great baby sitter for children with giant sand dunes and parents watching out for each other’s kids. Slim’s children went to Topsail School and I think one was in my class–but that was a long time ago and I’m not sure. Ward Realty was part of the Superette shopping center–where the IGA shopping center is now and if you didn’t want to drive all the way to Wilmington or Jacksonville, or even Boom Town in Holly Ridge, it was the place to go. Ahh, the good old days…………….
QUOTE: “There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the sick credulity of today cannot touch.” Bette Davis
WRITING TIP: Heroes and Villains–shouldn’t your characters be a little of both.