Centralia, Illinois (was "The show")

Page Stephens hpst at EARTHLINK.NET
Sat Jul 24 12:44:03 UTC 2004

The basketball team showed up at a tournament one time during a storm
looking somewhat bedraggled, and someone said they looked Orphans of the
Storm from the old movie of that title. At least this is the story I have
been told.

This occurred during the 1930s.

Page Stephens

----- Original Message -----
From: "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET>
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 9:45 PM
Subject: Centralia, Illinois (was "The show")

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> > As a kid back in the 1950s in Centralia, Illinois
> If memory serves, the nickname of the Centralia High School teams
> is/was the "Orphans of the Storm." If this is correct, in the words of
> James Brown and those of The Channels, Please, please, please! Explain
> it to me! I've wondered about this since at least 1950. It surely is
> the most depressing team nickname that I've ever heard of.
> -Wilson Gray

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