A Thousand Words
By Jock Lauterer
Time was, it wouldnâ€™t be football season at Chapel Hill High School unless George â€œCat Babyâ€ Cannada led the team onto the field at Carrboroâ€™s Lions Park behind the present-day Carrboro Town Hall. The unofficial mascot and much-beloved number-one Wildcat fan (think of the movie Radio), â€œCat Babyâ€ got his name from the greeting he gave as he delivered newspapers around town, hailing one and all â€“ President Friday down to the meekest freshman â€“ with the same exuberant drawn-out, â€œWha-say Caaaaaat!â€ He finally graduated from high school at 21 without ever cracking a book, according to local historians Richard Ellington and Dave Otto. To this day, CHHSâ€™ers of a certain age can still be heard hailing each other with â€œCaaaaaat!â€ This photograph is from Eddie Williamsâ€™ Time Out restaurant, where Cat Baby joins a host of other famous local characters and sports heroes striking the iconic pose.
A THOUSAND WORDS
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