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By William Godwin
I remember when the Terminal kids came to Alamo. I met John McElligott and Gene Clark. We became fast friends. I went to Terminal all the time to visit them. Many treats including eating John’s Mother’s cooking, taking showers in the high showers with six or eight heads, and stopping up the drains in the shower. It almost became a swimming pool! We went into all the tunnels under the runways. It was a great time!
Later in high school ( MHS ) the three of us acquired a police siren ( where we got it will remain with John and me ). We had to put it up against the back tire for it to work . Gene had a four door Oldsmobile. Gene would drive, John would lay down in the back seat holding the siren on the tire while held on to his feet to keep him in the car . We drove in front of MHS and all over Midland, cars pulling over, everyone in town looking . It was much more effective at night . That lasted about a week or so. At that point it seems the owner of the siren wanted it back . End of a wonderful week or so. I wish I had it when I go to Dallas .
WG as we called Billy Wayne was a rounder. Great at talking, starting a fight, and a very good football player. I am not sure why he never made it to varsity but I think in practice he nailed too many players since he was a defensive back and he blew out a few knees as I remember. George McBride was one I remember well. But the good news was George joined the swimming team later that 9th grade year at MHS. Then George went to Military school and WG went to LHS. Now at LHS he became something but I am not sure what. He did graduate in 63 and I never saw him again until 1969 on the freight docks at Merchants Motor Freight. He was a sales person and I was a welder. Then WG became a rounder and boater of sorts. He was a dedicated womanizer and was very good at it even though he was so skinny he look like a zipper when he stuck out his tongue. But he is a book waiting to be written!!! Juanito aka LJ to WG.