Folks here have always known Henry Lawrence has a great voice.
The Oakland Raiders, for whom he played right offensive tackle for 13 years while winning three Super Bowls, knew that, too.
So when the NFL team honored late owner Al Davis at their Oct. 16 home game against the Cleveland Browns, they invited Henry, who still looks like he can strap on the pads at 60, to sing our national anthem at Oakland Coliseum.
Before flying out for the game, Henry got an assist from Del Couch at Palmetto’s Howling Dog Studios, who came up with the arrangement for a poignant performance.
n Say it ain’t so! Bob Delaney is about to hit the Big 6-0! The milestone lands on the retired NBA referee on Tuesday.
n And Rachel Brown, a double-threat senior in hoops and softball for Bradenton Christian, is 18 Saturday. Big ups from parents Gina and Gene and brother Ryan.
n Looking to grab something good to eat before tonight’s Manatee-Palmetto game at Harllee Stadium?
There’s the annual Palmetto Rotary Steak Dinner 4-7 p.m. in the Palmetto High cafeteria.
You’ll get a 14-oz. ribeye with all the fixins for $20 per plate.
Proceeds go to Tiger athletics.
Steakmeister Dave Bailey is doing the honors.
n Uh, oh! Robinson Preserve volunteer Charles Taylor hit the Big 7-0!
n It’s the final stretch for those handsome 11 Manatee High seniors raising funds to win the title of Mr. Sugar Cane, which returns 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 to Manatee’s new Davis Building Performing Arts Theater.
They are Rider Bilter, Hershel Caywood, Ryan Harris, Wyatt Hoffman, Tate Jernegan, Jacob Jordan, Chase Sandberg, Jacob Sperko, Matt Stevens, Nick Tankersly and Ricky Terrell.
Krystal Weaver, a USF senior and former Sugar ‘Cane, will emcee.
Call Sugar ‘Cane director Vicky Duquette for tickets and information at 941-232-4731.
n On, no! Capt. Rick Wood is about to hit the Big 5-0! The milestone lands on the North River Fire District Station 4 veteran on Saturday.
n And LeRoy Bostic, enjoying the retired life, is 55.
Cheers from wife Beverly, parents William and Viola, siblings Ira, Hollis and Darlene and children Speedy, Tiarra, Troy, Markisha, Kiki and Jaylend.
n For good sounds and suds, Goodbyeddie will rock 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the inaugural International Beer Festival between McAllister’s and Ed’s Tavern on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.
That’s Jimi Camastro, Ted Eastmoore, Duncan Edgar, Doug Henderson and Russ Vega.
n Former Hernando Desoto Frank Eldridge is 73. Cheers from kids Jessica Lee and JEB Stuart Eldridge.
n The Manatee County Tax Collector saluted 25 employees with perfect attendance for 2010-11. They are Heather Alicky, Richard Bates, Michelle Bauman, LaToya Benton, Robin Boone, Aimee Brewer, Michael Buske, Joyce Cruz, Manuel Delgado, Angie Ford, Helen Gregor, Fred Hodges, Frankie James, Michelle Leeson, Angela McCoy, Carmen McIlwaine, Gary Parsons, Pamela Pontious, Lillie Robinson, Debra Scott, Sue Sinquefield, Jarell Stinton, Erin Tucker, Ta’Keisha Washington and Karen Weiser.
n Marty Szott celebrated reaching the Big 6-0 in style. The retired Palma Sola postman spent it down the road at the fishing village of Matlacha.
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055, or firstname.lastname@example.org.