It was New Year’s 1973. The ski club gathered at the lake on December 31st and partook of warming beverages and friendship. At the stroke of midnight five hardy souls celebrated the New Year with a short ski ride. The skiers included Bo Warren, Gram Esdale, Jimmy McCormick, Susan Speaks and Mike Smith. With great boat driving by Bill Randle, the skiers were pulled with a dry start from the McCormick’s pier in Cargile Creek. Wearing only bathing suits and ski belts - no wet suits were allowed - the skiers took a short run toward the end of Cargile, turned around and returned to land dry at the Randle beach – or at least some made it in dry. Poor Susan fell and Bo made a heroic effort to save her from the freezing water. It was cold - the air temperature was in the low 40s. Of course water skiing at night is illegal, but with the help of the water patrolman Bill Attaway, the ski club obtained a permit from the state to make the run. Ed Warren (Bo's father) wrote a verse about the outing that was published in the Birmingham News and in the American Water Ski Association magazine. After that night, several of the group decided to ski every month of that year, which they did. February was cold!
There were not many inboards on the lake in the 70s and early 80s, but each had its own sound. You learned whose boat was out on the water just by the sound. Mike Smith's Correct Craft was likely the loudest since the factory used copper tube rather than rubber hose for the exhaust out of the boat, which acts like a megaphone. It is even louder inside the boat.