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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/12/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Phil Georgeff -- Arlington’s legendary announcer who retired in 1992 to Alabama’s Gulf Coast -- escaped the wrath of Hurricane Katrina safely without injury or significant property damage to his home.

“We were very lucky,” said Georgeff Sunday speaking over the phone from his Fairhope, Alabama, home. “All I can do is to feel bad for all the people, those people that lost their lives and those that lived but lost everything they owned.

“And on a personal note, my wife I go down to a hospital for annual checkups at a hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi, and we’re very close to some of the doctors and staff down there,” Georgeff noted. “I haven’t been able to get in touch with any of them as of yet.

“Down here, we are very close to the (Mobile) Bay, but 35 miles north of the Gulf,” Georgeff said. “We had high winds that lasted a long time but our home was built on high ground to withstand hurricane specifications. Other than a few shingles ripped off the roof that I recovered from the bottom of the pool, and a lot of branches down, my wife and I were unaffected this time. Hurricane Ivan (Sept. 1994) was a lot worse.

“This is the sixth major hurricane we’ve had down here since my wife and I moved here 13 years ago,” Georgeff said, who began his Arlington career in 1959. “When I was in Chicago, the only thing I knew about hurricanes was what I saw in the movies.”

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