Homecoming Traditions Provide Many Memories


My congratulations to the Payson Longhorns football team on its very impressive homecoming victory last Friday night over Sedona Red Rock.

The team has been working hard and put on a great show for our local fans.

Homecoming is always the highlight of fall’s football season. But, it’s more than just the game itself. It’s the week-long, fun-filled event that’s bursting with excitement and tradition that makes it special.

Remember your own high school homecoming week?

Remember the powder-puff football game and the anticipation of who would be crowned king and queen?

Remember working on your class float, watching or being in the homecoming parade, playing in or going to the big game and then to the homecoming dance? Great memories. Great traditions. I was sorry to see that one of Payson High School’s homecoming traditions, the “Sludge to the Judge” cross country meet was eliminated this year from the homecoming day schedule.

The “Sludge to the Judge” race started at the sewage plant (the sludge) and finished at the courthouse (the judge). The mostly uphill competition had been held each of the nine years that I’ve lived in Payson and I’m sure the tradition goes back a lot further than that. (I’ll bet Max Foster would surely know how far.)

Perhaps at some point in the future, the cross country meet will be revived and become a part of homecoming tradition again. I hope so.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country music singer who sang the Top-5 hit “Family Tradition?”

This singer/guitarist/songwriter was born in 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He may be better known for his nickname, Bocephus, which was given to him by his famous country music pioneer father. His musical style is often considered a blend of southern rock, blues and traditional country. He began his career by following in his famed father’s footsteps; singing his father’s songs and imitating his father’s style. At the age of 14, he scored his first hit on the country music chart with his father’s “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.”

His own style slowly evolved as he struggled to find his own voice and place within the country music industry. This trend was interrupted by a near fatal fall off the side of Ajax Mountain in Montana on Aug. 8, 1975. After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock and blues. Over a 40-year time span, from 1964-2004, this country music icon placed 104 songs, including 10 number one hits, on Billboard’s country music chart.

Three of his top hits were “Born To Boogie,” “Eleven Roses” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” — the opening theme for Monday Night Football.

Is this “Family Tradition” singer A) Ray Parker, Jr. B) Carl Dobkins, Jr., C) Hank Williams, Jr. D) Sammy Davis, Jr.?

If you’re the sixth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your choice. Country, pop, oldies, rock, Motown —you name it, you got it.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the R&B-pop singer who recorded the 1985 Top-5 hit “Suddenly?” He also recorded the number 1 hits “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” and “Caribbean Queen,” for which he earned the Grammy Award for Top Male Vocal of 1984.

Was this “Suddenly” singer A) Johnny Rivers, B) Billy Ocean, C) Garth Brooks or D) George Strait? The correct answer was Billy Ocean. Both Garth Brooks and George Strait are contemporary country music artists. Johnny Rivers was a rock and roll singer/ guitarist in the 1960s and ’70s.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Jack Jumper, who has been a winner several times in the past. (Jack — please call me so that we can make arrangements for you to pick up your prize, a complimentary haircut from Stacey Dixon at JJ’s Barber Shop.)

Lastly, I’ve added two sets of pictures to my web site, both from last weekend’s events.

The first set is from the Optimist Club’s fashion show at the Payson Senior Center. Proceeds will benefit our school district’s homeless student program.

The second set is from the Dave Hageman-Tanya Volk wedding reception, held at the Best Western Inn. Dave is a 2008 graduate of Payson High School. Tanya is a 2005 graduate of Queen Creek High School.

This weekend, we’ll be providing entertainment at the arts and crafts show in the county courthouse parking lot. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello,

DJ Craig — Phone: (928) 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com


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