Fred Smith was a unique friend who I had the
privilege and pleasure to attend school with at Alderson. Fred, was
a person I really really liked. Why was Fred a person I liked to be
around? Why did Fred appeal to me? Fred was always cheerful and a
joy to be around. We attended many classes, and he was always very
unique, his personality was vibrant, happy, and joyful. Fred had an
unbelievable vice like grip. My recollection is Fred had the
strongest grip ever experienced, Julius Eary totally agreed, he said
he had never seen or felt anything like it.
As I reflect Fred did not graduate with our
class, nor do I remember ever seeing him outside of the school
environment. Even more interestingly, when he was no longer there I
failed to notice his absence! It is only after many many years that
I remember what a great guy he was to see and enjoy his company.
Fred did chew tobacco, a habit I also was cursed with, so we
secretly did it in our shared educational experience. His face is
still vivid in my memory and his laughter will always ring in my
ears. He was a wonderful human being. Allan, once told me he was in
Detroit, but I never followed up, because how many Fred Smiths are
there in Detroit and the surrounding areas?
There is no record of Fred graduating, so he must
have dropped out. At any rate we all have people who have touched or
made some impression on our lives, who are far back in some distant
bracket of our brain. My wish would be that at sometime I may have
the privilege to see and speak to Fred. Would we even recognize each
other? My prayer is that God will give us a chance.