The 7th Season of the Green Box hunt has begun! Starting us off this week is the designer David Yurman. If you didn't already know, David Yurman is one of the nation’s top jewelry designers and Windsor has thousands of pieces in stock in our store. We have sterling and gold jewelry, for women and for men. This week’s box finder will receive two pieces of David Yurman! The lucky finder will receive a Madison® Collection Pearl Chain Necklace in Sterling Silver with Pearl Stud Earrings with a retail total of $3250. Remember, you can come into Windsor, try on a piece of Yurman and get a clue a day in advance. See some of our David Yurman Collection online.
Green Box Status :: Has Been Found!
Our first Green Box of the season has been found! This story was about Forrest "Spec" Towns. Forrest Towns, hailing from Fitzgerald, Georgia, made Augusta his home in 1923 at the age of nine. Residing in the 400 block of Fenwick Street, this towering lad immersed himself in various sports at the nearby park, with a particular passion for baseball, football, running, and above all, jumping. (This box was located were the corner of 4th and Fenwick would have been)
Known affectionately as "Spec" due to his sprinkling of freckles, Towns opted for football during his high school years at ARC, foregoing track participation. While football team members were outfitted with all necessary gear, the track team had to manage with basic shoes. Towns' father, Matthew, a blacksmith with the C&WC Railroad, faced financial strain during the Great Depression, making it a challenge to provide specialized track shoes for his six children.
In 1930, Augusta Herald reporter Tom Wall, a neighbor of the Towns on Fenwick Street, reputedly witnessed young Forrest effortlessly clearing a broomstick raised six feet high (An Augusta sportswriter, Tom Wall, saw his neighbor's son leaping over a pole which rested on top of the heads of Spec's father and his uncles. The meant that the teenage Towns was clearing a height of at least six feet). Impressed, he advocated for a closer look at this budding jumper. This acclaim led UGA coaches to recruit Towns with a football scholarship. At the time there were no scholarships for track and field and Spec did play on the football team.
Enrolling at UGA in 1933, Towns played an instrumental role in helping UGA secure a new Southern record in the inaugural Sugar Bowl Track and Field Meet by 1935. Rather than high jumping, Towns specialized in the high hurdles, winning NCAA and AAU titles in the 120 yard hurdles event in 1935. It was the beginning of a 60 race winning streak, lasting until 1937.
Spec was the first Georgian to achieve the honor of being named to the American Olympic team (and the first to win Olympic gold medal). During the summer of 1936, Towns represented the United States in the Berlin Olympics, shattering the 110-meter hurdles world record. His victory in the finals marked his 22nd consecutive triumph. At a post-Olympic meet in Oslo, Towns was angry with the USOC officials for insisting that he remain in Europe rather than allowing him to return home for football practice; this ire spurred him to a world record of 13.7 that was to remain unbeaten for 14 years.
Accompanying Towns to the Olympics were Herman Stegeman, athletic director and his wife Dorthea. They brought home a gift from Hitler who gave each gold medal winner an oak seedling from Germany's Black Forest. For years, a bench commemorating Spec's Olympic victory and the oak stood behind the north stands of Sanford Stadium. When the stadium was expanded in 1967 the bench and the tree were moved to Stegeman Coliseum (and later died).
Following his European exploits, Towns returned to UGA, continuing to excel in both football and track. After graduating in 1938, he assumed the role of head track coach at UGA. Apart from a three-year stint in the U.S. Army during World War II, he devoted his entire coaching career to Athens. His retirement came in 1975, culminating in well-deserved inductions into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, and the National Track & Field Coaches Hall of Fame.
Annually, promising young track athletes from across the nation converge in Athens at the "Forrest (Spec) Towns Track" for the prestigious "Spec Towns Invitational Track and Field Meet."
#1 Clue, Friday Oct. 27th :: An odd name that was based on appearance.
Towns, nicknamed "Spec" because of his freckles, played football at ARC during high school rather than participate in track.
#2 Clue, Saturday Oct. 28th :: Close to an untouchable hill, I’m right off the sidewalk.
The location of this box was at the corner that was once at the of May Park right in front of the demolished Jail tower. There is currently a huge pile of dirt behind fence right near the box. This would have been the intersection of Fenwick and 4th, near to where Spec lived and was discovered.
#3 Clue (in-store in advance), Sunday Oct. 29th :: A reason to receive an oppressor's living tribute.
Accompanying Towns to the Olympics were Herman Stegeman, athletic director and his wife Dorthea. They brought home a gift from Hitler who gave each gold medal winner an oak seedling from Germany's Black Forest. For years, a bench commemorating Spec's Olympic victory and the oak stood behind the north stands of Sanford Stadium. When the stadium was expanded in 1967 the bench and the tree were moved to Stegeman Coliseum.
Bonus Clue at Gerald Jones Auto Group :: A place carries a name so that all would remember such achievement, yet the box is near where it all began.
Forrest “Spec” Towns is the greatest track and field legend in UGA history, winning SEC, NCAA and Olympic titles, setting a world record and coaching the Georgia track and field squad for over 30 years. The University honored him with the name of the Spec Towns Track and an annual track meet called the Spec Towns Invitational. He died at the age of 77 in Athens, GA.
The Bonus Clue :: From now to the end of this season you'll be able to visit any dealership of the Gerald Jones Auto Group starting on Friday at 10am for a bonus clue for each Green Box (that's one clue for the whole week). This clue will not be emailed, texted, on social or on our websites. In turn, the Auto Group will draw one a winner from this season to receive a new $35,000 car! Learn about the details here.
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