(early)- The weekend was spent in Tallahassee, FL, visiting and celebrating with our old friends, Brenda & Rudy Slaughter. Brenda retired from the school system with 35 years as a guidance counselor. Brenda worked at three schools during that time. Representatives from each school spoke about how much she contributed to their school and how much the kids loved her. Brenda was totally shocked to see us at the ceremony. There were many well wishers and relatives that gave Brenda lots of nice comments and loads of love. Barbara and I would like to say that the food was plentiful and great tasting. We enjoyed the whole weekend. Rudy knows how to give a party!

Rudy and I are best friends and we lived 5 houses apart on the same street in Daytona Beach, Florida. We were in the same H. S. graduating class and played football on the same team. Rudy lettered for 4 years as a defensive end and got a full ride to Morris Brown College in Atlanta. I started out in 9th grade as the play-by play announcer, kept stats. for three years. I only played football in my senior year (I should have stayed in the broadcast booth)! After H. S., I went into the Navy. Rudy has had a great career in federal and state government. We have kept up with each other for all those years. Rudy currently is head of student recruiting for FAMU. Rudy travels all over the U.

S. A. and gives out scholarships, mostly to top high school performers.

We got to see the commencement speech given by President Bill Clinton to the Florida A&M University Graduating Class of Spring 2009.