Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Some may call it basking in reflected glory as we declare to the world our pride in a native son. But if there is reflected glory, it goes both ways.
Five times now, Robert Horry has walked away from the basketball season a champion. As a member of the L.A. Lakers, he has literally rubbed elbows with the great ones of professional basketball, even as he joins their ranks. His talent on the boards is testimony to his dedication, inborn skill, and the support of his family and friends.
His success reflects well the teaching and coaching he received in his hometown and his home state.
In high school, in college, in the pros, Horry has excelled and with each success, yes, he has reflected some glory on his hometown. And yes, we have basked in it.
It is well past time that the town returned some of that reflected glory back to its source and honored Robert Horry for his success.
Today, at 4:30 p.m., Andalusia will recognize its celebrated son with a special ceremony at the Andalusia Elementary School. There will be speeches made and plaques given, such as there were years ago when Robert's high school uniform number was retired, honoring his draft into professional basketball.
But we believe there could be more done to mirror our pride. We believe there should be a sign erected on the highways coming into town, proclaiming to the world our pride in Robert's achievements.
For now, we can show our pride and support by showing our presence. Fill the halls and parking lot at the school - crowd into the gymnasium until it looks like the Laker's own Staples Center during playoffs. Take time out to meet the man, bask in a little reflected glory, and thank him for the spotlight his talent has brought to bear on our own Andalusia.