Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson return to County Hall in Charleston


Oh my goodness, we had so many memorable moments take place at our reunion, but few could top the reuniting of the "Blonde Bombers" Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson. 

These two old friends had not seen each other in over 20 years. To see their faces light up and witness the enormous embrace that took place between them is something I will never forget. It was a special moment and one I am so happy we could make happen. 

Unfortunately, Rip and Swede are no longer with us, but we will never forget the memories they left behind. As I sit here typing this note, the massive rumbling of thunder I hear outside my office reminds me of Swede moving the ring when he hit the corner. 

Those were the days.                - Andy McDaniel

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