Like Plains, Young Harris illustrates that a town doesn’t have to be big to produce big leaguers. Zell Miller might not be quite as famous as Jimmy Carter, but he’s plenty famous – and, to a lot of Democrats, now infamous. He served as Georgia’s Democratic Lt. Governor, Governor, and United States Senator. But, even though never resigning from the Democratic Party, he took up with the Republicans, even speaking at the Republican National Convention that nominated George W. Bush for president.
Just as Young Harris is famous because of people like Zell Miller, Young Harris College is also famous, because people like Zell were students there. And, I’ll bet you didn’t know that, according to Wikipedia, these famous folks also went to Young Harris College: “entertainers Oliver Hardy
, Wayland Flowers and Amanda Bearse, country music singers Ronnie Milsap and Trisha Yearwood, Major League Baseball player Nick Markakis, and Waffle House founder Tom Forkner. Poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece was a student and teacher at YHC.”
Wonder if Zell is going to endorse a Democrat or Republican for governor this year? You just never know what he will do. But, we do know that he did one very important thing for Georgia. He was instrumental in establishing the state lottery, which funds the HOPE Scholarship program. Furnishing college tuition and textbooks is a big deal.