To the Editor: Original ‘Bobby Bobcat’ thanks Long for efforts
Written by Gerrie Welch Cole   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:03
I am writing this as the original "Bobby Bobcat" for the Bowling Green High School, Class of 1954.
On March 13, 1954, I was riding in the back seat of a convertible being driven by Bill Lehman. I was in the red and grey corduroy costume that my mother had made and on the seat next to me was the head made by the students in the art department.
Bill, Shirley Potter (Sheldrick) and Ron Woodburn were in the front seat.
We were following a car driven by Miss Johnson, our phys-ed teacher and all of the cheerleaders. We were on our way to the Bowling Green-Defiance basketball game at the University of Toledo.
We were traveling Rt. 25 near Union Hill Road. Miss Johnson passed a car and was able to get back into the right lane. We were not so lucky.
A car veered from the southbound lane, jumped the median and hit us head on. We hit the car we were passing, forcing them to go off the right side of the road and we careened over the median into oncoming traffic.
There were no seat belts then and we were more seriously injured than was reported in the newspaper but we did fare better than the man that hit us as well as the people in the car we were passing.
I was knocked unconscious hitting the bar of the convertible top. I then went forward hitting the back of the front seat and bit through it, breaking off my front teeth and injuring my nose, bleeding profusely.
I didn't regain consciousness until later at Wood County Hospital.
My blood covered costume was carefully removed by hospital staff and given to my mother.
She contacted Mr. Long immediately and told him the situation. He told her he would meet her at the dry cleaners, which he did, and he worked on the costume through the night.
When it was picked up, there was no charge and it was spot free.
The costume went on the be worn by others in the classes that followed and a new head was made.
But, I neglected to thank Mr. Long for saving that first Bobby Bobcat costume. If it weren't for him and his generosity, Bobby Bobcat may not have survived for all of these years.
Gerrie Welch Cole
Bowling Green
 

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