Brundidge Rotarians sip wine, share storiesPublished 11:00pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A little bit of wine. A little bit of Alva Lambert and the Brundidge Rotarians were singing “Clementine” Wednesday afternoon.
Don Dickert was the host Rotarian for the program titled ‘All about Wines.’ However, other than a sip served here and a sip served there and “back over here” and a mention of “The Basics to Wine and Food Pairing” chart in the bulletin, that’s all there was about wine.
Alva Lambert, executive director, State Health Planning and Development Agency, attended the meeting as the sidekick of Jim Naïve, who brought the wine for tasting. But Naïve quickly gave way to Lambert who entertained the Rotarians with his impersonations of several Alabama politicians including, the late Govs. George C. Wallace and “Big Jim” Folsom and Sen. Howell Heflin.
Lambert said there are so many “urban legends” surrounding the “Little Fighting Judge” that it’s difficult to strain the truth from the fiction.
He shared a “George C.” story that demonstrated the governor’s quick thinking and sharp wit.
Wallace was on “Meet the Press” and the host obviously considered him to be as dumb as a hayseed.
“When asked, Wallace said that, no, he didn’t think he was the smartest man in the country or even the smartest man in Alabama but he was the smartest man on that television show,” Lambert said, laughing.
He told of the time Sen. Heflin, having left home in the dark that morning, grabbed a pair of his wife’s underwear rather than his handkerchief.
“On the Senate floor, he put the underwear up to his jowls to blow his nose,” Lambert said. “Heflin wasn’t one bit embarrassed. He said there for a minute he thought he had blown a hole in his handkerchief.”
Lambert laughingly reminded the Rotarians that Gov. Guy Hunt was from a different part of the state and talked a little different. He pronounced “tourism” in such a way that it was mistaken as “terrorism.”
“Gov. Hunt told the news media that we needed to increase ‘terrorism’ in the state,” Lambert said.
Lambert told many humorous anecdotes about Alabama politicians and sounded, for all the world, like Alabama Coach Gene Stallings and Auburn Coach Pat Dye. And, he could rival Keith Jackson as the “Voice of College Football.”
“Alva has been guest of the Brundidge Rotary Club several times and we always enjoy him,” said Chip Wallace as he laughed his way to his vehicle.