Tribute Poem to Herb Bridges
A great man will be laid to rest Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 14 West Broad St, Newnan. Here is my tribute poem to Herb Bridges.
Herb Bridges, Family Man and Friend
In 1929 the stock market crashed, and the country was all forlorn,
But a light came to Edward & Janie’s world, as their son E. Herbert was born.
He attended the Georgia Military Academy but his future was a mystery,
Until he graduated from the University of Georia with a degree in History.
As a young man he worked at Loews and saw the movie posters in the lobby
Who could know that years later that love would turn into a hobby.
He served in the Army, two years in Korea, and experienced many things
Came back, and taught several years in Thomaston and Warm Springs.
His enthusiasm and friendliness never in doubt
He worked in Sharpsburg with a mail carrier route
He helped start the Newnan Cowetta History Group
To help keep the residents in the history loop.
The Central Baptist Church was a big part of his life
And he was devoted to Eleanor, his beloved wife.
His children and grandchildren were a special pride
And he loved walking on his grounds by the pond, outside.
He was a father, husband, grandfather and friend
But there was a whole other side to him: Gone With The Wind.
In the 1960’s when the country was getting “hip” and “groovy”
Herb Bridges was collecting memorabilia from the 1939 movie.
He loved the book published in 1936
And his collection included one from every language in the mix.
Also in the ‘60’s when Atlanta attracted conventions to town
He came up with a way to show the wives around.
The men would come for meetings and their wives would want a look
At the Tara and Old South they’d read about in Margaret Mitchell’s book.
And soon it grew from just entertaining spouses at a convention
To Herb being the GWTW expert and center of attention.
He wrote many books on the movie he loved so well
And he had friends all over the country from all we could tell.
His collection pieces were in the Road to Tara Museum
Because he wanted to share them, wanted people to see ‘em.
We’ll never forget Herb, wonderful family member and friend
And we’ll think of him fondly when watching Gone With The Wind.