By Bill Wood
My family moved to Midland just before I turned six and I started first grade at West elementary, where Miss Carlson was my first teacher. My Dad was an engineer with an oil company. My two older sisters Ann and Pat taught me a lot. While there for six years Eddie Hendrix and I became best friends. Walking back from school each day we made up games and played in “Paradise Alley.” In the fourth or fifth grade we had barber shop quartet that won an Optimist club state championship in Fort Worth. It was me, Jay Doran, Bobby Dorman and Johnny Driver (I think)….four part harmony to two songs I still remember. After Mr. Everette in the sixth grade as my first male teacher, it was on to San Jacinto Junior High where my mother, Margaret Wood was a wonderful teacher. I was mostly interested in sports.