It was an ideal mix of personalities and talents: Patterson, the dreamer; Copenhaver, the connector; Virginia Claussen, the marketing guru; George Claussen, the social director; Cates, the legal mind with tech experience; and Wafford, the entrepreneur. It all started over drinks one night. “It usually does, right?” laughs Virginia Claussen. The group included Claussen, chief image and creative officer for Copenhaver Consulting; her brother, George, better known as the brains and passion behind Friends With Benefits and Central Avenue’s Southbound Smokehouse restaurant; former mayor turned radio personality Deke Copenhaver; Tommy Wafford, co-founder of the startup MealViewer; John Cates,...Read More
Author: Danielle Moores
Willie Jones What Willie Jones remembers best is all the walking. Favorite hole at the Augusta National:Hole number 17 because it’s the most difficult. My Jack Nicklaus moment: We played with him one time; Brewer was getting some tips from him! I’ve also met: Clifford Roberts, Gary Player and Chi-Chi Rodriguez. Do you still play? I still can hit the ball; I can’t see where it’s going,but I can still hit it! As a boy, he’d walk from Sunset Homes housing development near 15th Street to a whole new world: the green fairways of Augusta’s golf courses. A caddy at the Cabbage Patch, then Oliver General, then the Augusta Country Club, he used to gaze over at Amen Corner and see all the people at the storied Augusta National and think, “I’ve got to try to get to that golf course.” And he did. Jones donned the white suit of an official Augusta National caddie when he was just 25 years old. Most days he’d sit with the other caddies at the caddy shop, waiting for his name to be called so he could sling a golf bag over his shoulder and head over to the clubhouse. But every April, it was a different story. One of Jones’s favorite memories is caddying for Masters champion Gay Brewer. While Jones didn’t caddy for him during his 1967 championship year, he did hold his bag in 1973, the year that Brewer...Read More
Faces: Singing Valentines “We carry Kleenex with us,” says Lowell Dorn with a laugh. As a singer with the Garden City Chorus’s Singing Valentines, he’s seen his share of tears on Valentine’s Day when he and his fellow barbershop harmony performers travel across the CSRA to spread love and cheer. “They’re tears of joy certainly,” he adds. “That happens quite at bit.” This year marks the 26th year that the Garden City Chorus has offered its Singing Valentines barbershop quartet program, which delivers a long-stemmed rose, heartfelt card and two songs—typically “Heart of My Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”—to your sweetheart on or around Valentine’s Day. Dorn and his other quartet members don their trademark tuxedos with red vests early in the morning and don’t quit singing until late in the evening, with a single quartet delivering as many as 33 individual “singing telegrams” in just one day. Four or five quartets cover the entire CSRA, including Aiken, and Dorn has seen his share of amusing reactions. Aside from tears, “It’s funny how some of the women say, ‘I’m going to kill him,’” says Dorn, before they tear up, call their coworkers to gather and listen, and snap a round of photos with the quartet. Ninety-eight percent of the deliveries are from husbands or boyfriends to their significant others, but for the few guys who get deliveries:...Read More
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