A little slice of Milledgeville at the Super Bowl


Milledgeville past and present was represented at last weekend's Super Bowl, which topped out at around 119 million viewers.

During the national anthem, the telecast cut to the USS Carl Vinson, the supersized aircraft carrier stationed in the Pacific Ocean. The USS Carl Vinson, which kids around here learn in school growing up, was named after Carl Vinson, the late Milledgeville man who was one of the most influential Congressmen of the 20th century. Vinson represented Baldwin County in Congress for more than 50 years, and few ever dared to run against him. 

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He's perhaps most known for helping to modernize the United States Navy, which is how he earned the monicker "The Father of the Two Ocean Navy." Vinson lived on a sprawling 600-acre farm in south Baldwin County, not far from the drivers license place and the intersection of the Vinson Highway and the Fall Line Freeway.

The Super Bowl clip of the USS Carl Vinson, which is where the body of Osama bin Laden was flown following his death and subsequently dumped in the ocean, can be seen in the video below at roughly the 1:20 mark.

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Meanwhile, Alecea Housworth, Georgia College & State University Class of 2021, was one of the white-clad dancers during Sunday's halftime performance.

Houseworth, who was born roughly 120 years after Vinson, was a rhetoric major and dance minor at GCSU, according to the university's Facebook page. Added the post: "As a student, she worked in the Learning Center and also choreographed and produced a dance video titled 'Now is the Time,' which brought to light hard topics in society such as race and inequality."

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