It may be Jo Nell’s table, but it is often Don Pool’s opinion that is heard the loudest. Who is Don Pool, you ask? Well, let me introduce you. Don Pool was born in Louisville in the year of 1938. Don moved to Miami, Fla. when he was 7 years old and spent the next 49 years there. However, growing up, Don spent many of his summers in Trigg County visiting his cousins Tommy P’Pool and Dale Henderson. Don is also a cousin of Todd King.
A little more on the history of Don, if I may. Don served in the Navy reserves and spent two years in the Navy. Fortunately, Don served in good times, as he called it, and never had to enter conflict. He did leave the Navy with an eagle tattooed on his arm, however. That was back in the day when you didn’t see 90 percent of the population inked up. The eagle is just a little blurred today as it (the eagle tattoo) recently turned 57, give or take a few years.
After his stint in the service, Don went to work for Miami Power and Light. He started at the very bottom of the company and worked his way up for 16 years. After that, Don spent his last 20 years there working in management. Eventually, he ascended to the position of superintendent. Upon retiring from Miami Power and Light, Don moved to Trigg County. Don, as we discussed, had relatives here. He was also a partner in a couple of farms with Tommy P’Pool.
Don didn’t come to Trigg County alone when he retired. Technically, he did as far as people go, but the man brought a truck load of good stories with him. I thought I would share a couple with you today.
The first story is about a married couple that Don knew in Florida. The couple was older than Don. They actually lived in Ocala, Fla. The elderly couple had a trip scheduled to the northeast. They were going to drive up, see some family and then return home to Florida. The wife was going to do most of the driving since her husband was not in real good health. Boy, was that ever an understatement. The couple made the trip to the northeast, spent a few days and then began the long trek home. The lady had already booked a hotel room at the halfway point to home. At one point along the journey, the lady looked over at her husband and realized he was dead. He had expired, passed on, died, kicked the bucket. What did his wife do you might wonder? Well, she continued on to the city where she had booked the hotel. Then, she stayed overnight while her deceased husband sat in the car. Like he had a choice! The next morning, the fine lady drove all the way home to Florida with her deceased husband still in the passenger seat. WOW! Apparently, she then contacted the authorities. Wonder how that conversation went?
My favorite Donism, however, is when he talks about his ex-wives. You see, Don has been married twice. As a matter of fact, Don is fond of bragging on his ex-wives. He says both of them were excellent housekeepers. When I asked him what he meant by that, Don replied, “Both of my wives were great housekeepers. Each time I was divorced, they kept the house!”
So if you happen into the Cadiz Restaurant from 7-8 in the morning, you may run into Don. He will be the guy in the t-shirt at the round table in the middle section. Whether it be sports, farming, politics, the weather, the economy or global warming, you can bet yourself one thing. Ole Don will have an opinion!
There is more to Don than just a good story and opinion, however. Don also has a big heart. You just have to get through that thick layer of skin and blurred eagle tattoo to find it, but it is there. Don has been a quiet supporter of Trigg County athletics and our community in general for some time.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.