“So much goes into doing a transplant operation. All the way from preparing the patient, to procuring the donor. It’s like being an astronaut. The astronaut gets all the credit, he gets the trip to the moon, but he had nothing to do with the creation of the rocket, or navigating the ship. He’s the privileged one who gets to drive to the moon. I feel that way in some of these more difficult operations, like the heart transplant.”

— Dr. Denton A. Cooley, American surgeon, and a pioneer in heart-transplants; also the first to implant an artificial heart in a human;

born Aug. 22, 1920

By Candace Cooksey Fulton

Brownwood Bulletin

Hoo, boy, it’s that last Saturday before school starts and the pressure is on to squeeze about as much “good old summer time livin’” as possible into the weekend.

Oh, for goodness sakes, it won’t be too bad. Why we’ll have warm (OK, hot) weather surely through the rest of September, and school will hardly be started before the Labor Day holiday Sept. 7. And anyway, every season has its change, and every season brings its blessing.

The point is, if you’re a kid in school, or the parent of a kid in school, life as you’ve known it since the end of May is about to change, and you’d best focus and be ready for it.

Like that great American writer Ray Bradbury once said (and today’s Ray’s birthday by the way), “Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” We’re not saying or suggesting anyone jump off a cliff, just that maybe, it might be a good idea to plan on a way to land and regroup if you’ve launched off the comfort zone pad.

Now, as for what’s doing today, there’s several directions.

It may be ‘tax free’

The annual “tax-free weekend” authorized by the Texas Legislature will continue through today. Purchases for eligible items will be exempt from state and local sales taxes.

The number of eligible items has grown this year because many school supplies are now exempt in addition to clothing and related items.

As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers more than $8 on every $100 they spend in cities that collect the maximum tax, such as Brownwood, Early and Bangs.

A car wash for Josh

Friends of Josh Hernandez are holding a car wash and fill-the-boot fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The car wash will be set up at Firestone, 509 W. Commerce, and the boot-fillers will be stationed at the traffic “T,” and the intersections at Main and Austin and Commerce and Austin. Josh, who was paralyzed below the waist in a car accident in May, returned home on Thursday, but will require daily visits to a rehab center.

Friends are working to modify the Hernandez home to make it all, wheelchair accessible.

Back-to-School Bash

Get ready to rally, folks. For the eighth year in a row, the Bangs Black History Committee, along with Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Greater Faith Community Church and New Testament Church, are hosting a “Back-to-School Bash” from 6-8 p.m. at Salvation Army, 403 Lakeway Dr. There’s going to be games, bounce houses and fun activities, prizes, school supply giveaways; a light meal, snow cones and refreshments; and to cap it off, Jason Nicholas will have a short program on getting ready and being ready to learn. It’s free, and fun — so, everybody, come.

And by the way

• A fund-raiser to help Rebecca Mills raise money to move her father’s grave from Pleasanton to Brown County will be begin at 8 a.m. at 2305 Ave. E.

• A “recess rally” for change in Washington is being held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bank of America parking lot in Brownwood, corner of Main and Baker streets.

• The Brownwood Area Farmers Market is open this season from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., or until sell-out, each Wednesday and Saturday. The market is located in the shade under the Bill Monroe Overpass (Austin Avenue) at Avenues A and Brady.

•The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.

•The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

• Back-to-school rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Brownwood First United Methodist Church.