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O'Neill Outdoors

Saturday 4AM-6AM

O'Neill Williams

O’Neill Outdoors

68 years old, born in Atlanta, Georgia under a falling barometer and wind out of the west. I’m 5’ 7” tall on a good dry day, shorter when it’s raining. Weigh in at 208 pounds... again, more when it’s wet. I know, I know, I’m fat but hide it well don’t you think? I’m also bald headed and have been since age 23. I’m used to it. Having hair on my head would seem like a lot of trouble to me.

Married to Gail Olivia Williams (yes, her name was Williams before we married). We went to high school together near Atlanta and were acquainted but not close friends. She sat across from me in home room for 4 years. I looked at her. She didn’t look at me. Believe me, Gail Williams was the prettiest girl in high school bar none, was designated and awarded as such by her peers and, if you’ve seen her on the webpage, you know she still is the prettiest woman wherever she goes. 

We met again when I was a freshman at Emory and a fraternity brother had asked me to ask her for a blind date. He had seen a photo in my yearbook. She said that she didn’t go out on blind dates but had wanted to date me for many years. Yea, sure, I just caught her in a weak moment. For our very first date, we went to a baseball game in which I played shortstop going 0 for 3, flied out to right three times on pitches low and outside. That guy had a great curve. After 45 years, since our first date that night, I’m still performing and being coached from the sidelines. I asked her to marry me a few weeks later, obviously another weak moment on her part. We did so three years later in June of 1965, the same week I graduated from Emory. We’ve been married for 47 years. Evidently I still have my act going strong. 

In high school, I wrestled and played football (until the typical knee injury and operation ended all that), and was an All-State baseball player as a senior setting a record in the Georgia High School Baseball Association with a batting average of .567. That average is the second highest ever recorded for a high school player in the history of the State and lasted for 23 years. I was proud. In mid season of that remarkable year, I was batting a cool .818. OK, a few bloop doubles fell in and some ‘seeing-eye’ singles got through. I graduated from Emory University with a BA degree in Economics. I am a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. At Emory I wrestled, played football (wasn’t supposed to), was a diver on the swim team, a sprinter in track (starting first and finishing last in the finals every meet) and the soccer goalie. In my senior season, I was unscored on. I was an average student at best but boy did I have a good time. WOW. Immediately after college, I worked in sales management in the food industry until finding that Television and Radio was more my style. Making up and telling stories about hunting and fishing is more interesting than those about hot dogs. 

In the Spring of 1987, at 43 years old, I finished 3rd in the Atlanta Body Building Championship. Don’t get excited, it was in the Masters’ Division and didn’t have much competition, more than 2 but not many. I’ll put the photos on the site one day when Gail will let me. I lost 43 pounds for that night on stage and never want to do that again. I damn near starved. I like to eat. It’s one of my remaining passions. 

Gail and I have two daughters that live nearby. Our oldest is married, helps me run the company and has two children; Travis is 19 and says he’s going to take over the TV and Radio show and Lorrie is 17 and will be an outstanding mother, the grandest and most rewarding profession on this earth. Our youngest daughter is married, is a beautician, and occasionally cuts the remaining hair I own. Gail and I spend part of our time at the “Lean-to Lodge”, a small cabin in the North Georgia Mountains often broadcasting “O’Neill Outside” radio from there. Maybe you’ve heard us doing that. I’m usually in my shorts. It’s a disgusting visual. Don’t try it. 

Gail and I work every day. You think all this is easy? Every week on average, 52 weeks a year, over 1.4 million outdoorsmen and women either watch the television show, listen to the radio show, read articles by O’Neill in magazines or visit www.oneilloutside.com. 

In 2013, the television show will witness its 32nd season. It began as “The Metro-Channel Sports Fishing Report”, a Thursday night 15-minute interview program on local Atlanta cable. The show expanded and changed from “Fishing in Georgia”, to “Southern Fishing”, “Reel Adventures”, “Adventures Afield” and finally “O’Neill Outside”. The program is on NBC Sports, Sport South, and Sun Sports Networks 52 weeks a year, reaches 80,000,000 households and has a weekly audience of more than 750,000 deeply disturbed outdoorsmen and women. 

“O’Neill Outside” radio airs on from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday mornings on Atlanta’s WSB Radio and can be heard over 38 Southern and East Coast States. I’m told the weekly audience for our 20 plus year old radio program is over 400,000. I don’t believe it! Anyway Gail and I arise on Saturday mornings at 2:30 a.m. and drive to WSB in downtown Atlanta finishing at 6 a.m. Hope you listen and appreciate it. 

So far it’s been quite a ride. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. After all, I’ve got a great partner. Gotta hold up my end of the deal.

News

  • Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said. >> Read more trending news Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other possible cell members, Reuters reported.  As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police would be withdrawn from Britain's streets at midnight on Monday. 'A significant amount of police activity has taken place over the last 24 hours and there are now 11 suspects in custody,' May said. May cautioned, however, that the lesser threat is still a dangerous one. 'The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely,” she said. “The country should remain vigilant.' The threat assessment has returned to the level it was at prior to the Manchester attack. In Manchester, events planned around the spring bank holiday will go ahead with additional security, including a significant number of armed officers, police said. British officers do not usually carry guns, CNN reported. Events include the Manchester Games, the Great Manchester Run, and a stadium show by bands including The Courteeners, all of which are likely to attract big crowds. This weekend also marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, CNN reported.    
  • A Cobb County mother was jailed after her 5-year-old son said she beat him with a belt and a broom, hit him in the head and stomped on his stomach. Nakeisha Lashay Logan of Mableton faces first-degree child cruelty, battery and family violence charges in connection with an alleged May 17 attack. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile victim, said during a forensic interview that he tried to hide under the bed to avoid the “terrible” beating but Logan beat him with a broom and threw a box of toys at him, a magistrate court warrant states. RELATED: ‘I’m going to rape you’ man allegedly tells mother in front of kid Mom, friend jailed after child suffers broken bones, electrical burns Babysitter charged after 5-month-old breaks 4 bones After the box of toys hit the child in the shoulder, Logan grabbed his head and smashed it repeatedly on the floor, according to the warrant.  The warrant adds that Logan stomped on the child's stomach, making him feel nauseous.  The warrant doesn’t state who called police, but by the time an officer arrived the boy’s bleeding cheek had scabbed. His face was still red and swollen, Officer Sydney Tschappat wrote. Police took the boy to a nearby hospital and arrested Logan. She was being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. In other news:
  • Police say a metro Atlanta couple locked the woman's 86-year-old mother in her room and used furniture to block the door closed. Katie Son and her husband are both charged with cruelty to an elderly person. Officers say 86-year-old Bong Le managed to escape out a front window. She was found a couple of blocks away, wrapped in a blanket and sitting under a tree. Investigators say she smelled like urine and feces. Her daughter and son-in-law, who are now out on bond, told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that they were just trying to protect her from herself. 'Did you lock your mom up?' Thomas asked. 'No. No sir,' Son replied. Gwinnett police say they found tables, chairs and other items stacked high against the door of the downstairs bedroom in the home. 'It looked quite unusual,' Cpl. Michele Pihera said. But Son said it was all to keep her mother safe. She said when she and her husband went to work each day at a Hall County nail salon, her mother couldn't be trusted alone in the house. 'They told our officers that the reason they had stacked up the furniture was to prevent the mother from going into the kitchen to access the stove or access any kitchen utensils,' Pihera said. TRENDING STORIES: Police search for teens accused of setting off fireworks inside grocery store Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Deputies still have questions. 'It's very possible they were trying to prevent her from getting into the food or any kind of items to eat,' Pihera said. She says the state of the room was disturbing. 'They found human feces and what looked like human urine that looked like it had been smeared into the carpet or never even cleaned up,' she said. She said that, combined with the furniture, led to the arrests. 'You combine the lack of access to food and water and the living conditions and that's what led our detectives to take out warrants for their arrests,' Pihera said. Neighbors didn't want to talk about what happened, but said they recognized Le as the woman who didn't really have a memory and would get lost easily. She's now in the hospital. Her daughter and son-in-law have been ordered not to go near her.
  • Saturday may be off to a dry and beautiful start, but Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said that will likely change. Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the timing of storms for your area on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. Scattered storms are in the forecast Saturday afternoon north of I-20, with the best opportunity in the north Georgia mountains. [Download the Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area] Storms that develop in the mountains could be strong with gusty winds, lightning and large hail as the primary threats. Walls said Sunday also holds a chance for scattered rain. 'While I am not expecting a washout Saturday or Sunday, parts of the metro will be impacted and neighbors with outdoor activities planned should have an indoor contingency plan just in case,' Walls said. What viewers can only get on Channel 2 Action News: Updated hour-by-hour forecast showing rain moving in for the holiday weekend. Updated hour-by-hour temperature forecast showing temperatures warming to near 90 degrees for part of the holiday weekend. It is becoming more likely that Georgia will see widespread showers and storms on Memorial Day. At this time, Walls said there is a risk for strong and severe storms in the metro on Monday. The best chance for storms this afternoon/evening is in the mountains w/ a 30% chance along and North of I-20 #gawx pic.twitter.com/vZa3FqiccF-- Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) May 27, 2017
  • Police in south Fulton County have called in SWAT crews and are in negotiations with a man they says is wanted in connection to the shooting of two College Park police officers Saturday. Officers are working to get the man to surrender peacefully. We'll have the latest developments on this story, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. The officers are expected to be OK. One was shot in the stomach area, but the bullet was blocked by his bulletproof vest. The other officer took a bullet that ended up hitting his police radio. Suspect wanted for shooting 2 College Park officers barricaded inside apartment off Riverdale rd, police say. pic.twitter.com/Mj2oKN5Yjx-- Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) May 27, 2017 Police are currently at an apartment complex off Riverdale Road, where they believe the suspect, Kendarrious Chester, is holed up. The complex is about 3 ½ miles away from where the shooting took place. TRENDING STORIES: Witness: Officer fatally shoots man breaking up fight at Sweet 16 party Georgia soldier killed in overseas crash Child killed, another injured in crash The incident began after the officers were shot in a small shopping plaza at the intersection of Old National Highway and Old National Parkway in College Park, police said. Chester started shooting at the officers inside the Red Snapper restaurant between 2:30 p.m.and 3 p.m., according to witnesses. This SWAT vehicle just arrived on scene to the standoff. pic.twitter.com/huUWVm3zGJ-- Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) May 27, 2017 Witness said police were called because the suspects had been parked inside a car suspiciously since about 10 a.m. Saturday. One other person was detained following the shooting. Things quickly moved to the Sterling Cove Apartments after Chester ran from the scene. Breaking: 2 College Park police officers​ shot. One hit in stomach. Vest saved him. Bullet hit second officer's radio. @wsbtv-- Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) May 27, 2017 Police said he is now barricaded inside one of the apartments there. Witnesses told Channel 2's Matt Johnson they can only watch helplessly as the whole thing unfolds. 2 College Park officers shot on Old National Highway, both expected to survive. Heading to the scene now. 1 suspect on the run, per police.-- Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) May 27, 2017 #BREAKING: Clayton Co. Sheriff's Office is searching for Kendarrious Chester in connection to officers shot: https://t.co/LQKIRGmIna pic.twitter.com/PxcAYxaQaJ-- WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 27, 2017 'Come out. People are trying to come back into their houses. It's a family weekend. It's a holiday weekend. Just come out, give yourself up. Let us back to our house, go back to our daily lives,' resident Trakelia Fannin told Johnson. The entrance to the apartment complex has been lined with police and SWAT vehicles. Officers were using a megaphone to negotiate with Chester.
  • Toni Rosenberg has spent the past week chatting non-stop with her half-sister, Florence Serino, 82. After all, they have decades worth of memories to catch up on. The two met for the first time May 16 at a crowded airport gate in Fort Lauderdale. Rosenberg, a Boca Raton resident who was given away as a newborn in a secretive “black market” adoption, tracked down Serino just last year. “We both have big mouths,” Serino, who lives in Irvine, California, said with a laugh. The two have spent the past week shopping, eating and sharing memories, stories and photos of two families that, despite living on opposite sides of the country, are inextricably connected. Rosenberg even learned that she had biological cousins living just miles from her in Boca Raton, she said. Serino introduced them. “It’s crazy to think I had family right there,” said Rosenberg, the only child of her adoptive parents. >> Read more trending news The sisters have spent hours looking at old family photos, including ones of the pair’s biological mother Ilene Gallagher, which Serino brought with her from California. “If you saw my mother walking down the street, you’d say immediately, ‘She must be related to Toni,’ ” Rosenberg said of her resemblance to Gallagher. The union has brought immeasurable joy to Rosenberg and her family and friends, Rosenberg said. But a sadness still lingers. Serino plans to fly back to California on Tuesday. “All this time has gone by and we could’ve shared children and grandchildren,” Rosenberg said. “We could’ve had more years ahead of us.” The sisters aren’t sure if they’ll meet again in person. A 2,200-mile flight is a financial and health strain on most, let alone on two elderly retirees. “It’s kind of hard to think far ahead,” Rosenberg said, adding that they’re strategically packing half-a-century’s worth of conversations into a two-week visit. “How much time does God give us?”Read more about the sister's journeys to meet one another here.