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Temple QB Allen switches to TCU...
Wednesday, 16th January 2013 - 4:14PM
Temple High School quarterback Zach Allen, 6-2 1/2, 185, has switched his commitment from Syracuse to T.C.U.

Allen, who passed for 2,175-yards and 24-TD's and ran for 941-yards and 9-TD's as a senior, visited T.C.U. on Wednesday and committed on Friday night.

Allen told David Smoak, "With the coaching change at Syracuse, I decided to visit T.C.U. and with the uncertainty at Syracuse with the change at head coach and offensive coordinator, and after long talks with my family, I'm excited to be a Horned Frog." Allen continued, "The last week has been very stressful for me and my family, we talked quite a bit about it, I'm definitely relieved. You know, I've remained committed to Syracuse for over six-months and I wouldn't have visited T.C.U. has there not been a coaching change in the first place at Syracuse."

His high school head coach, Mike Spradlin told Smoak, "I think the switch with their coaching staff opened up this opportunity, and T.C.U. was on Zach hard early on in the recruiting process."
Rick Barker leaving New Boston for Fouke, Arkansas
Wednesday, 16th January 2013 - 4:13PM
Rick Barker told David Smoak he is retiring from coaching in Texas and has accepted the job as head football coach at Fouke High School on the east side of Texarkana, "I have 31-years in Texas and this is a unique opportunity for me to retire, and yet continue coaching in Arkansas without moving."

Barker was 68-20 at New Boston, and 56-43 in nine years at Pleasant Grove and had a nice run, "We did a lot of good things at New Boston and obviously I wish we could have done even more, but I loved working at both New Boston and Pleasant Grove around Texarkana."

Barker, who accepted the job at Fouke High School this week, informed his players of his decision on Tuesday morning.

Credit to Smoaky.com member "oldhornet" for having the first news on this on Tuesday morning.
Corsicana Mildred Now Open
Friday, 11th January 2013 - 3:34PM
December 30, 2012 - 05:38 PM

Patrick Harvell will resign as AD/Head Football Coach at Mildred High School in Corsicana and take a job in administration at nearby Mexia High School.

Harvell, who led Mildred to a Class 2-A, Division II State Championship Game appearance will sign a contract during the first week in January.

Harvell was 48-15 in five years as the head football coach at Mildred.

David Smoak
Merry Christmas from Smoaky.com!
Tuesday, 25th December 2012 - 10:59PM
MERRY CHRISTMAS from Smoaky.com! And, from my incredible family, Cindy, Craig, Jennifer and me to yours!

Smoaky.com's gift is you the loyal and passionate membership, ten-years strong, and more growth this year than any year but one.

Thank you and Merry Christmas and enjoy the Holiday Season.

David Smoak
A year ago today...
Monday, 24th December 2012 - 5:12PM
We lost one of the great coaches in Texas High School Football history, John Outlaw of Lufkin.

You will always be remembered, Coach Outlaw.

David Smoak & Smoaky.com Membership
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History and Geography Posts

Posted 2024-04-16 10:26:39, Post Count: 120

17 Facts You May Not Know About Mongolia:

1 Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world.
2 The country is known for its vast steppes and nomadic culture.
3 Mongolia was the center of the Mongol Empire, founded by Genghis Khan in the 13th century.
4 The capital city is Ulaanbaatar, home to nearly half of the population.
5 Mongolia has a significant number of livestock, with more horses than people.
6 The country has a strong tradition of wrestling, archery, and horse racing, known as the "Three Manly Games."
7 Mongolia gained independence from China in 1921 and became a democratic republic in 1990.
8 The official language is Mongolian.
9 Mongolia has a harsh continental climate with long, cold winters and short, hot summers.
10 The country is rich in natural resources, including coal, copper, and gold.
11 Mongolia is known for its traditional music, including throat singing and the horsehead fiddle.
12 The Gobi Desert, one of the largest deserts in the world, is located in Mongolia.
13 Mongolia has a growing tourism industry, particularly focused on eco-tourism and cultural experiences.
14 The country celebrates Naadam, a major festival featuring traditional sports and cultural events.
15 Mongolia has a high literacy rate, with education being highly valued.
16 The country has a significant number of endangered species, including the snow leopard and the wild Bactrian camel.
17 Mongolia is a landlocked country, bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south.


60s, 70s, and 80s memories

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History and Geography Posts

Posted 2024-04-16 10:26:39, Post Count: 120

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1. Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and the third-most populous in Africa, after Nigeria and Ethiopia.

2. The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is the only one to remain largely intact. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.

3. Egyptian civilization is one of the oldest in the world, with recorded history dating back over 5,000 years.

4. The ancient Egyptians invented the 365-days a year calendar to predict the yearly floodings of the Nile River.

5. The world’s oldest dress was found in Egypt: the Tarkhan Dress, which is over 5,000 years old.

6. The ancient Egyptians practiced toothpaste use, using a paste made of salt, pepper, water, and mint leaves.

7. The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the largest and oldest statues in the world but the origins and the history of its construction remain a mystery.

8. Egyptian women had a wide range of rights and freedoms. They could buy and sell property, serve on juries, and enter into legal contracts.

9. The Nile River, the longest river in the world, was considered the source of life by ancient Egyptians due to its important role in agricultural fertility.

10. The Rosetta Stone, discovered in 1799, was the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs. It contained a decree written in three scripts: hieroglyphic, demotic, and Greek.

11. The ancient city of Thebes (now Luxor) was once the religious capital of Egypt and is home to the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.

12. The Library of Alexandria was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world, holding thousands of scrolls of ancient knowledge.

13. Egypt’s Suez Canal is one of the world’s most important waterways, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and reducing the maritime journey between Europe and Asia.

14. Egyptian pharaohs were often overweight, contrary to the fit and youthful images portrayed in art. Their diet was rich in sugar, alcohol, and carbohydrates.

15. Cats were considered sacred in ancient Egypt, revered for controlling pests and being symbols of protection. Killing a cat, even accidentally, was a crime punishable by death.

16. Egyptian hieroglyphs are among the oldest writing systems in the world. The symbols were used for over 3,000 years.

17. The first known labor strike in recorded history took place in Egypt around 1152 BC when the artisans of the Royal Necropolis in Deir el-Medina walked off their jobs because they had not been paid.

18. The ancient Egyptians were pioneers in various fields of medicine, performing surgery and developing treatments for various diseases.

19. Cleopatra VII, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, was actually of Greek origin, descended from Ptolemy I, one of Alexander the Great’s generals.

20. Egypt is a transcontinental country, with the Sinai Peninsula in Asia bridging the gap to the rest of the country in Africa.

21. The Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970, controls flooding, provides increased agricultural production, and generates hydroelectric power but also displaced many and altered historical sites.

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Math and Science

Posted 2023-01-12 13:33:49, Post Count: 185

Eugene ('Gene') Kranz (1933-) was a NASA flight director for the Apollo 11 lunar landing and head of the Tiger Team for the successful return of Apollo 13; he was memorably portrayed, wearing his trademark white waistcoat, in the Tom Hanks film of the ill-fated third moonshot. After receiving a BS in aeronautical engineering from Parks College of Saint Louis University (1954), Kranz was commissioned in the US Air Force and flew high-performance jet fighters. In 1960, he joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley and was assigned as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He served as a flight director for all the Gemini missions, was appointed division chief for flight control in 1968, and continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo and Skylab programs before being assigned as deputy director of flight operations with responsibility for spaceflight planning, training and mission operations, aircraft operations, and flight crew operations. In 1983, Kranz was promoted to director of mission operations with added responsibility for the design, development, maintenance, and operations of all related mission facilities, as well as the design preparation of the Space Shuttle flight software. 

After retiring from NASA in 1994, he was involved with consulting, motivational speaking to youth groups, and lecturing on manned spaceflight. He also served as flight engineer on a B-17 Flying Fortress that performs at air shows throughout the United States. His autobiography, Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, was published in 2000.


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