Google+

Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient

 

Dennis “Spanky” Hill Named the 2016 Recipient

of the Perpetual Gulf Legends Award

 

Child actor Spanky McFarland brought laughter, energy, compassion and devoted friendship to the beloved Our Gang comedy films in the 1930s. Now, 80 years later, another Spanky is being honored for the same wonderful traits, with marinas and tournament weigh scales replacing Hollywood sets.

 

IMG_5023In a special ceremony at the captain’s meeting for this year’s Blue Marlin Grand Championship, Dennis “Spanky” Hill was named the recipient of the 2016 perpetual Gulf Legends Award Wednesday evening. The award was created to recognize those who have made a significant long-term impact on sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, whether they are boat owners, sponsors, captains, crew, tournament volunteers or others. Hill has worked in the marine and sport-fishing industry his entire life. He currently serves as the tournament liaison and public relations representative for Galati Yacht Sales, based in Destin, Florida.

 

“I can’t think of a better recipient for this year’s award than Spanky,” said BMGC Tournament Director Scott Burt. “He’s always there whenever anyone needs help, whether that’s tracking down a critical part, rigging baits, hanging banners or muscling fish to the scales. He always has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. But he never seeks out the spotlight; he’s as humble and hard-working as they come. Spanky is the epitome of all that is good and wonderful about this great sport.”

 

Spanky was born in Somerville, New Jersey and moved to Bradenton, Florida with his family as a teenager. His initiation in the marine industry began while working for his father at the family owned Trailer Estates Marina in Bradenton. From painting boat bottoms to selling parts, gas, bait, setting up events or delivering boats, Spanky did whatever was needed. That broad experience and “can-do” attitude was the springboard for his next career phase.

 

Joe Galati, who was the managing partner at the Galati Perico Harbor Marina, hired Spanky to work in the rigging department in the early 1990s. As Galati Yacht Sales grew, he continued to demonstrate his versatility and commitment, moving from Anna Maria to St. Petersburg before finally settling at the Destin office in 2003 in his current position.  

 

Spanky loves to fish and has competed in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic with A Work of Art and Controlled Chaos in previous events. While fishing with Capt. Chris Galati aboard the Team Galati Viking during the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament in 2006, he landed his first blue marlin, a 383-pounder. To celebrate one of the happiest days of his life, Spanky had an image of the Marlin tattooed on his leg. 

 

When he’s not fishing or working tournaments and boat shows, Spanky enjoys riding his Harley Davidson with his wife of 36 years, Beth, cooking BBQ for family and friends or walking his faithful dog, Cody.

 

The Gulf Legends commemorative piece, an original custom painting from marine artist Larry Rackley, represents an uplifting of the sport by the individuals who have worked so hard over the years to make it successful. The award is presented annually during the Blue Marlin Grand Championship and will be on permanent display at The Wharf Marina Outfitters Store, located at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Entertainment

For movies opening August 18, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening August 18, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS The Hitman's Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about an ace bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who grudgingly helps a notorious assassin (Samuel … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good For You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo

  The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo by Amy Lignor   Each and every year the Wildlife Conservation Expo is held to address situations out there that are harming our world and its animal inhabitants. This time around, WCN’s annual Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo in October, will be focusing on … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

  How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar  by Edwin Evers When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?” The short answer is, “I don’t.”   You might think that a guy who makes his living with a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness … [Read More its Good for You...]