FROM THE PAST!
the October 18, 2008-Winnie Trivia page in the
Archives to see the answers to the trivia questions.
earned bragging rights!
DAMNED FROG I’VE EVER SEEN !!
by Tom James
It was the summer of 1966 between
our junior senior years. Greg Symmes and I were spending a
weekend at my parents’ place on Adams Lake north of
Kendallville. My parents weren’t there that weekend so we were
left to our own devices.
On Saturday, after a full day of
swimming, boating and skiing, we were trying to decide what to
do next for entertainment. Since dusk was approaching, I asked
Greg if he had ever been giggin’ for frogs. His reply was “they
taste like chicken don’t they?” I told him “I’m not sure about
that but they sure are fun to catch.” He said, “ Let’s go for
it”, so we set about getting the things together that we would
need. Flashlights, a three pronged spear and a long handled net
(only had one spear).
Now, anyone who has ever gone
frog giggin’ knows just what thirsty work it can be. So we had
to make a quick trip Sturgis Michigan (legal age 18 and they
didn’t card you) to pick up a couple of cases of brew. When we
got back we sampled a few and iced the rest in a cooler
preparing for our frog giggin’ adventure.
By this time it was getting
pretty dark so we loaded our gear in the row boat, made sure our
flash lights worked and continued to lighten our cooler. I
suggested we go to an area where several cottages bordered the
lake and it was shallow enough for wading.
When we got there we anchored the
boat near shore and began wading in the shallows along the
bank. Being a moonless night, it was totally dark and the loud
croaking noises made for a creepy scene. We were searching the
shoreline with our flashlights, when all of a sudden Greg
stopped dead still and I heard him gulp loudly. I played my
flashlight over to where his was shining and there it was on
shore about 15 feet away!
Not moving, staring at us with
coal black unblinking malevolent eyes, there was this huge
monster of a frog! I swear it at least 2 feet long and stood
about 18 inches high, just sittin’ there looking back at us.
Once I recovered from the initial shock, I said “Greg get that
sucker!” He said “are you crazy? You get him, you’re the one
with the spear!”
At just under 7 feet, I quickly
decided the spear was not near long enough for me to challenge
this nightmare amphibian. So we slowly backed off deciding
nothing short of a 12 gauge would be needed for this freak of
We scrambled back into the boat
more than slightly shaken so we attacked the cooler and then
quickly rowed back to our cottage to contemplate what we had
just seen. Once there, still working on the cooler, we began to
conjecture that maybe it was an optical illusion caused by the
flashlights and the frog just looked bigger than it was.
I even suggested that it might
have been a hallucination caused by the Bud but, since neither
of us had ever heard of that happing, we quickly dismissed that
explanation. Greg speculated that it might be a throwback from
the Jurassic period that had survived until now. He asked me if
any people or pets had gone missing around the lake in recent
years. I told him I could just see the headline: “Winchester
High School Students Discover Adams Lake Frog Monster!” And
so it went until we ran out of beer and fell asleep.
The next morning we decided to
revisit the scene in the “sober” light of day. We took the row
boat and went back to the same shoreline where the whole
surrealistic event happened. As we neared the bank, all of a
sudden there it was! Sittin’ near the water in the yard of one
of the cottages was........THE BIGGEST DAMNED (CERAMIC LAWN
ORNAMENT) FROG WE HAD EVER SEEN!!!