ATHENS, Ga. - It was in the best seller section of a Barnes & Noble in this college town that Kathy Rackley found a novel story of her own - a young man by the name of Malcolm Mitchell.
“I mean a chance encounter in a bookstore, how wonderful is that?” said Kathy. She had no idea who Mitchell was. “None whatsoever.”
And Malcolm didn’t tell her. “I knew they were going to find out,” Mitchell said. “But I wasn’t going to say it.”
Fact is, Rackley may have been the only one in Athens who didn’t know the name Malcolm Mitchell. Number 26 for the University of Georgia Bulldogs was one of the top recruits in the country a few years ago. He’s Georgia royalty.
And presumably, if Rackley had known that, she wouldn’t have stood in that Barnes & Noble talking his ear off about the book club she had just joined.
“I mean he like stepped back and he said ‘You did? You did?’ and he said, 'Can I join your book club?’” Rackley recalled.
“And I said, 'I don’t know if you want to join mine. We’re all 40-, 50-, and 60-year-old women.’”
But Mitchell was undeterred. So now, one of the top wide-receivers in the country has been meeting monthly with his book club lady friends.
He’s the only man, and the youngest by a generation – but Mitchell doesn’t care. Nor does he care what anyone thinks.
“Somebody called me a nerd. That’s not a word that I’m used to hearing,” he said. But he’s more than okay with the label. “I was proud of it… It’s like a badge of honor to me, knowing where I came from.”
Mitchell confessed that when he started college he could only read at about a junior high level, and it bothered him. So he started putting as much effort into his reading game as his football game.
Every free moment, he had a book in his hand. He’s now reading things he never dreamed he could, and although some of the book club selections he would never pick himself, Mitchell seems to enjoy them all.
After everything he’s accomplished, what’s he most proud of?
“I finished the 'Hunger Games’ series in about two days,” Mitchell said.
Wait, but what about the touchdowns?
“That came natural,” Mitchell said. “That’s a gift. I had to work to read.”
But his greatest talent may lie in his ability to step so outside his comfort zone, to be able to meet people and focus so sincerely on what they have in common, instead of their trivial differences.
Sometimes football makes men great. And sometimes, great men just happen to play football.
In honor of #MelaninMonday and #Blackout, I wish to send a special shoutout to the woman of my dreams, the person who I would award a Lifetime Achievement Award, and my lover who is also my best friend and the one who can make me laugh uncontrollably with her faces, baby voices, and her Happy Feet dance moves: @co0kiemonstuh. She is truly special to me and words can’t begin to express the love I have with her or how deeply in love I am with her. I can’t wait to see where our journeys take us, career-wise and together as a couple. We have so much to be proud of and we’ve overcome so much and our journeys are just starting. Moving in with you is going to be a new experience for both of us and no matter what happens, what arguments we get into, what near-disasters we have in the kitchen or the fight over how hot our shower water needs to be, I will be here forever and always. I’m not leaving. I’m here as your ride or die, your best friend and your baby. I’m proud of everything you have accomplished in these years and I’m looking forward to supporting you in your future accomplishments these next two years in grad school. You’re unconquerable royalty and no matter how difficult the road may seem, you will make it. You’ve already come so far and you’re going to go so much farther.
So, here’s to us.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the First World War, we’ve pulled these photos from our World War I collections. The first photograph shows American doughboys on parade past King George V and Queen Mary, as well as Queen Alexandra and other dignitaries. The second photo shows African-American troops marching towards the front line in France in 1917.
These two photographs come from one of our collections of World War I photographs (ms1187). Our archives feature an array of materials relating to World War I and we will display some of this material here through the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018.
We ended our workout with some intense One Minute sprints and of course posing practice. One minute sprints might sound like nothing but on your 5 th set your legs feel so pumped ! I can say that I feel great about my conditioning. It’s literally taking me all workout to break as sweat , I feel like I can workout all day sometimes. Try 20/30 second sprints if you are a beginner and work your way up to one minute sprints with 30 second rest in between ❤️ #PrincessofFitness #TeamChulaFitness #NayFit -#WORKFORIT #CHALLENGE #teamnatural #quadzilla #webuilditNOTbuyit #squatsnoshots #sprinterforlife #UGA #therealthingbaby 💁🏽And no we didn’t workout in these outfits. We took photos and made this video before we changed 😜 don’t get too excited ! The shoot was private. Only friends and photographer were present. Get your panties out of a twist. Don’t waste your time with negative comments. I block people for fun!
One of our strongest (and certainly most beautiful) collecting areas focuses on costume design, specifically for Broadway and for the various Paris music halls.
The heart of our costume design collections are the papers of Freddy Wittop (b.1911- d.2001). Wittop designed for many venues, including the
Folies Bergère. Our collections of Wittop’s designs include not only an extensive holding of his original design artwork, but also his
sketchbooks and slides of designs and productions, research material, awards, playbills, and genuine costumes from several of Wittop’s productions.
Beyond the Wittop materials, our extensive Paris Music Hall collection encompasses over 6,000 original renderings of costume designs and 1,000 original renderings of curtain designs from the fabulous music halls of Paris from the first decades of the 20th century. Included in this collection are original designs from such eminent designers such as Erté, Serge Kojan, Alex Shanks, José Zamora, and Zig, as well as more materials from Freddy Wittop.
Both the Freddy Wittop collection (MS2727) and the Paris Music Hall collection (MS714) are open for research and study. The designs featured with this post are both from the Freddy Wittop collection.