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St. Simons Island resident Gene Mangrun and son Kevin, 3, who were stranded for more than three hours at sea in 1992, tell their story to The News.

The Brunswick News/File

25 Years

(Oct. 8, 1992)

A St. Simons Island man, his 3-year-old son and a friend found themselves at the whim of the waves after his 8-foot boat capsized. The engine on Gene Mangrun’s boat died at about the same time as winds whipped up and waves of 2 to 4 feet crashed into and inundated the vessel before it flipped over.

Mangrun related the story to The News two weeks later.

“I’m not sure if I have ever been so scared in my whole life,” Mangrun said.

Kayakers offered the group water and fired a flare, but Mangrun was able to restart the motor the first time. The second time the motor died, the party found themselves in the water, with Mangrun frantically searching for his son, Kevin, who was trapped under the hull. Fortunately, he felt his son’s arm and grabbed onto it in time.

What followed was a three-hour ordeal in which Mangrun and his neighbor swam with the boat roughly a mile into shore.

50 Years

(Oct. 10, 1967)

U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge, D-Ga., produced items that were basically the combination of a column and an ad, which ran weekly in The News. This week, he expressed frustration with the State Department’s handling of Rhodesia, governed by a white minority led by Prime Minister Ian Smith, both of which international detractors considered racist and pursuing an illegal power-grab from the colonial British authorities. Smith also during that time presided over a period of state censorship of Rhodesian news media.

Talmadge wrote that the U.S. government should not be involved in the internal issues between Rhodesia and the United Kingdom, and should treat the emerging African nation like any other country.

“I was interested by a press report recently that the State Department doesn’t want to let Prime Minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia come to the United States to address students at the University of Virginia,” Talmadge wrote. “According to the State Department, inasmuch as the United States does not recognize the present government in Rhodesia, a passport issued by that government would not be a valid travel document for Mr. Smith to come to this country.

“The State Department said it has waived requirements for some Rhodesian students to come to America, but indicated it wouldn’t do so for Mr. Smith. In other words, run-of-the-mill people of Rhodesia can travel in the United States, but not responsible high officials. Communists and rabble-rousers can speak on American campuses, but not the prime minister of Rhodesia.”

Talmadge concluded by saying it appeared American foreign policy led to better treatment of the nation’s enemies than its friends.

Over on Sea Island, a group of folks constituted a special fan base for the Boston Red Sox, which was facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, because Sox star Carl Yastrzemski honeymooned there in 1960, shortly after signing with the club. He was a Notre Dame classmate of Sea Island resident John Smith, who worked at the Cloister at the time.

100 Years

(Oct. 9-11, 1917)

Some folks like to speak at public meetings, and but few get the time awarded to W.C. Anderson at a meeting of the Brunswick City Council.

“At this stage of the meeting the privilege of the floor was granted to W.C. Anderson and for more than an hour Mr. Anderson complained of pretty near everything imaginable,” according to The News report. “He claims that he has been made a target of by the police department and cited all sorts of incidents to sustain the charges. He lectured and criticized and for very near an hour told of the hardships which he claims have been heaped upon his shoulders.

“It seems that his main grievance is due to the fact that on several occasions he has been arrested, charged with violating the traffic laws of the city.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Marshal J. Ben Wilson seized 20 cases of canned tomatoes in the city.

“The libel charges that the tomatoes, shipped by the Schall Packing Company of Baltimore, canners, are adulterated because they contain a large amount of added water, a violation of the food and drugs act.”

The case was set for a hearing Oct. 24 in U.S. District Court in Brunswick.