Saturday, January 17, 2004

From : Richard Burke
Sent : Saturday, January 17, 2004 5:49 PM
To : Robert Register
Subject : God almighty!

God almighty Reg,
Christopher looks like you spit him out. I can't believe the resemblance to the young Roberto.

Congrats, I know you're proud.


From: "Thomas B. Wheatley" Add to Address Book
To: "robert register"
Subject: Re: My Boy Made Waterfront Staff!
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 12:29:23 -0500

I sent Christopher a congrats. note, with a copy to you. I then looked at his picture, and damn, he looks just like you at that age (except for his long hair).

Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 09:51:42 -0800 (PST)
From: "Nedra Innerarity" Add to Address Book
Subject: Congratulations

Hi Christopher

Your Dad told us about your Summer job and I am so excited for you!!!!!

I worked as a assistant life guard at our naborhood pool the summer I turned 15 and it was the best summer of my life. (Photo Attached) Boy, what a tan I got!!! I know you will enjoy your job. Keep us posted.

Love ya
Nedra Innerarity

From: "Thomas B. Wheatley" Add to Address Book
CC: "robert register"
Subject: Waterfront Staff
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 12:25:04 -0500

Dear Christopher,

Congratulations on being hired for the aquatics staff at B.S.A. Camp Horne. This is where only the best are hired. I know you see because I was on what we then called the waterfront staff at the Boy Scout Reservation of the Southeast Alabama Northwest Florida Council for several years from your age through High School.

I know you don't know me, but your father and I grew up together in Dothan from Cloverdale Elementary School through High School and also were Boy Scout buddies. I am not totally sure on this, but my memory is that we went to Philmont and/or the National Jamboree in Valley Forge together, so you are following in our footsteps.

Keep up your good work, but don't follow me to the frozen North. It is lovely in Maine in the Summer, but too cold now. Besides, the opportunities are better in Dixie.

Thomas Wheatley


Lee Senile, director of Alabama's Bureau of Tourism and Travel, has compiled some of the locations where Tim Burton shot "Big Fish" so both are residents and tourists can see them.

Here are some of the major settings used in the film:

The town of Ashton was generally shot in Wetumpka. East Bridge Street and Court Street was the site of the parade, and looking up the hill at 402 East Bridge St., you will see the Bloom family home. The Ashton Courthouse in the film is actually the Elmore County Courthouse at 100 Commerce St. You also will find the site of the Horizon Savings & Loan bank robbery in Wetumpka. That was filmed at the Old First National Bank Building, across from Little Sam's CafÈ on Company Street.

Karl the giant's cave is on the banks of the Tallapoosa River at the Lower Boat Ramp behind 2171 Highway 229 in Tallassee.

Auburn University was shot with a stand-in. Montgomery's Huntingdon College, on East Fairview Avenue, fills in for the Auburn campus.

Many of Edward Bloom's sports highlights were filmed on the baseball and football fields at Capitol Heights Junior High School at 206 Federal Drive in Montgomery.

The church scenes were at the Lowndesboro Presbyterian Church at 25 N. Broad St. in Lowndesboro

“Big Fish” is about leaving a legacy. Do you think about your work living on?
DANNY DEVITO: I think this film is going to live on forever and ever and ever, and we’re so lucky to be in it. We’re just blessed to be part of this magical experience that’s going to be thought of as one of the classic films ever made, I think.

HELENA BONHAM CARTER: – Everyone agrees with you, Danny. I do. I think it’s a wonderful film.

DANNY DEVITO: I was in “Cuckoo’s Nest,” I felt that way. “Terms of Endearment” was like a lasting motion picture. This film will be thought of in many, many years to come as one of the great Tim Burton movies.

From : Witt, Robert
Sent : Tuesday, January 20, 2004 2:28 PM
To : "robert register"
Subject : RE: A Guide To The Woodland Campus of the University of Alabama

Robert, You were right about "Big Fish"

Bob Witt

Hey, baby, do ya like daffodils too?

Friday, January 16, 2004

Hey Gang:
Forgive the proud papa, but I am really happy for my son, Christopher. Today he got his first real job serving on the aquatics staff at B.S.A. Camp Horne this summer. Many of ya'll know Christopher and many of ya'll don't, however, I would encourage all of you to email your congratulations to Christopher at his address
I know he would appreciate hearing from any of you. He is 15 years old and attends the ninth grade at Tuscaloosa County High in Northport. His photograph and card are attached.
You can see his workplace at

He'll be working around the Lower Lake, Horne Lake, Boating Area and Swimming Pool.

This promises to be a superb summer for my son.
Robert Register
If any of ya'll could post his photo on the Web, I'd appreciate it so I can start putting stuff about Christopher on my blog, "Cuba, Alabama"


How 'bout forwarding this to Ed and Viking and let 'em know you can get volunteers in the Mobile and Pensacola areas for a book signing this summer and if ya'll wanna get off the beaten path there are opportunities for events in Tuscaloosa, Auburn, B'ham, Tallahassee, etc.
Check out my blog "Cuba, Alabama" at

Tuesday, January 13, 2004



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Big Fish a definite Oscar pick
Matt on Movies
By Matt Scalici
Film Critic
January 12, 2004

Rating: * * * * (out of four)

There's nothing I love more than seeing great talent finally find its place. After a very promising early career with imaginative and clever films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and the marvelous Ed Wood, Tim Burton took a sudden downturn in the quality of his work. His films became a little darker, more cynical and less fun. Who wants to watch every single character in a movie die in a disgusting way, like in Mars Attacks, or a big-budget remake of a film that is only a classic because it has almost no budget (Planet of the Apes)?

Finally, though, Burton's twisted imagination has found the perfect partner for making a movie, Alabama native Daniel Wallace. Wallace has since become a bit of a hero for Alabama film lovers after helping convince the studio to film the movie in Alabama, and at last year's Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham he talked of making Alabama the nation's second Hollywood. All that is yet to be seen, but Wallace has at least put us on the Hollywood map with this extraordinary film.

The film stars Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor as the older and younger versions, respectively, of Edward Bloom, a small town hero with a lifetime full of colorful characters and stories, even if most of them are made up.

When Ed discovers that he is dying, his estranged son (Billy Crudup) comes to see him to try to sort through the myth and find out the truth of his father's life.

The best scenes of the film are those that are illustrating the clearly exaggerated stories of Ed Bloom's life. They are filled with fantastic images and special effects, all of which are grossly underplayed, sort of like The Wizard of Oz. Rather than cueing up dramatic music every time we see something fantastic, Burton plays it like it's all totally believable.

Crudup resents his father for lying to him all these years and never telling him the full truth, but as the stories go on and his father's condition gets worse, he begins to learn that mythology may be more important than reality sometimes. This theme is shown especially well in the love story between Ed and his future wife Sandra played in the present by Jessica Lange and in the past by Alison Lohman. The two actresses look remarkably alike and both are absolutely wonderful in their roles here. The story of Ed and Sandra is the kind of story anyone would dream of living but it's clear that the two probably just met in college. What's important, we discover, is not whether or not any of it really happened but whether or not it helps us understand just how much these two people love each other.
In the end, Ed says, the stories of our lives are what define us. When we're dead and gone, our stories will be the only part of us that survives, so shouldn't they be great stories? Big Fish is perhaps the only legitimate Oscar contender to have such a clear-cut message, and it's certainly an unusually uplifting one considering that Burton was behind the camera for the whole thing.

If there are any faults with the film, it's that it might spend a little too much time in the story sequences, where special effects and flashy visuals take center stage, rather than in the real world where the true heart of the film lies.

Ultimately, though, this fault is redeemed in the amazing final scene of the film, which I will of course not talk about here. Suffice it to say that it wraps the film up ever so appropriately and puts the perfect cap on a wonderful, classic American film.

Big Fish is without a doubt one of the year's best films, and I can't imagine it will walk away empty-handed come Oscar night. Seeing as how it's probably the biggest film ever to be born and bred in Alabama, you can bet I'll be pulling for it.