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Dickie Tayloe

Lane High School

Well, I mean, the place was packed.  It must have been — and the field was tiered, and they were wooden bleachers at the different tier levels.  And there were lines of people all the way around, and the band was unbelievably fantastic.  And the cheerleaders and flag wavers and everything else — of course, I was like 14-15 years old.  And my father’s friend, who actually closed on the house, George Coles, who George knows.  You all would remember him who was a judge here for a number of years, grew up out in the county, and played football, and played football at UVA.  He was a great, great football player.  So he called my father when we were up here doing some business or something, we were here.  He said, “Look, you need to come down and watch this.  This is the biggest thing in town is watching Burley High School play football.”  And Roosevelt Brown was on that team at that time.  A.P. Moore was one of the assistant coaches.  I don’t know whether you remember him, but a great guy, wonderful guy.  And so we went down to the 50-yard line to get good seats.  And the usher came down and said, “You all can’t sit here,” to the judge, said, “Judge Coles, you can’t — he was a substitute judge.  He wasn’t a — Lit Waddell was the only full-time circuit judge at that time.  And he said, “You can’t sit here.”  The whites only section is down on the 10.  Of course, I was oblivious to all that, but I remember he started laughing and my father laughed.  And so we got ushered down.  They took us down to the 10-yard line.  And there were all these people from Charlottesville that George Coles knew and my father knew some of them.  And Butch Slaughter, who was the athletic director at UVA, was there.  Carl Dean.  It was just all the luminaries, the mayor, Scribner.  Louis Scribner may have been in.  I think he may have been mayor at the time, but the whole Charlottesville crowd whites were down packed into this 10-yard line area and behind it and around it.