Illustrator/author David Slonim recently spent some time with fourth- and fifth-graders at Tenth Street Elementary School in Anderson. He shared stories about his experiences and grabbed the students’ attention with artwork from his children’s books.
Slonim is an extraordinary talent, and he lives right here. The Tenth Street kids won’t soon forget his visit, not just because it was a lot of fun but also because he’s a local man who has experienced success on a national scale.
Anderson and Madison County have a lot to offer residents, but it can be easy to lose sight of that fact, particularly when the economy is bad. Cold weather and lots of snow can add to a general feeling of malaise.
But it’s inspiring to know that local residents have come from this environment to enjoy success in a wide variety of fields, and we have to remind ourselves of it — and make sure that our kids know. These people show that it can be done, and that Madison County can be a launching pad for careers of excellence.
Here is a brief list of some Madison County folks who have gained national notoriety:
Jermaine Allensworth. Doug Anderson. Arlon Bayliss. George Daugherty. Carl Erskine. Bill and Gloria Gaither. Brad Garrett. Adam Lind. David Liverett. Joey Martin. Jon McLaughlin. John Mengelt. Holly Miller. Sandi Patty. John Pistole. James Rebhorn. Brian Reichart. Ken Ryden. Ray Tolbert. Bobby Wilkerson. Johnny Wilson. The list goes on ...
These folks and others with Madison County roots have excelled on a national level and serve as examples of what can be accomplished with talent, ambition and commitment.
Many of them still live in the Anderson area or frequently come home for visits. Most would be pleased to meet with school groups to share their stories and offer inspiration.
It’s one thing for a youngster to admire a talented artist, athlete or business icon from afar. It’s quite another to see one up close and personal and to realize they came from where you are.
Slonim’s recent visit to Tenth Street School was fun for the kids and left them dreaming about what they might accomplish. And if kids can dream it, they can do it.
In summary It's inspiring to know that Madison County folks have enjoyed success in a wide variety of fields. We have to remind ourselves of it -- and make sure that our kids know.