Friday, March 10, 2006

You need to at least try to listen to Tiger Jack tomorrow morning.
His show is on TBC from 9 until 12.

He'll also be interviewed on the show with you & Wally & Dave on Wednesday morning.
The computer feed is from and you need RealOneplayer. Maybe it'll work. Please try!

From :
Carlton Schultz
Sent :
Friday, March 10, 2006 3:25 PM
To :
"robert register"
Subject :
Re: Gloria Colita

Thanks for the reply.I'm trying to get info and pictures of what happened to the Gloria C. after she was found for a new maritime museum in Bequia where she was built.
----- Original Message -----
From: robert register
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 9:16 PM
Subject: RE: Gloria Colita
Sorry that I'm not gonna help you that much but I appreciate you finding my blog.
That post was in my early days of blogging when I studied the maritime history of Mobile each day. I did not paste the site address where I copied that stuff so I'm no help.
I believe it was located on a site that examined mysterious abandoned ships found on the high seas.
Hey, if you find out anything, let me know.
Robert Register

From: "Carlton Schultz"
To: Subject: Gloria Colita
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 17:22:54 -0600
I am trying to get info and pictures on this vessel. I could not get the pictures to come up from your website.
Do you know what happened to her after she arrived there?
Carlton Schultz

Council says it will revise plan and won’t sell land to private developers

By Stephanie Taylor
Staff Writer
March 10. 2006

About 150 people stood in the shadow of Tuscaloosa City Hall as storms approached Thursday afternoon to hear gubernatorial candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speak out against government use of eminent domain.

The rally was held to oppose Tuscaloosa’s urban renewal plan that calls for the city to purchase private property and resell it to private developers.

But just hours later, the council passed a resolution saying the city will not do that, and that the plan will be revised.

“We want to make our position clear to the citizens of Tuscaloosa that the council won’t take private property for private development," Mayor Walt Maddox said.

Council members expect a state law to pass within the month that would prohibit the use of eminent domain for any purpose other than public use.

Organizers of the rally were aware of the city’s plans to take a stance against eminent domain, but decided to go forward with the rally anyway.

Several people either affected by eminent domain or who opposed it spoke, with Moore concluding the hour-long rally.

Moore said that the current state law addressing eminent domain is weak because it allows it when an area has been determined “blighted." He said the state needs a constitutional amendment that does not provide an exception for blighted properties, urban renewal projects and contains an explicit definition of “public use."

“The city’s plan should be condemned," he said. “It’s blighted. Government is not there to give you rights, government is there to secure those rights. As the Declaration of Independence says, any government that does not do that should be abolished."

Tuscaloosa’s $80 million downtown urban renewal plan calls for private development on about three blocks of current private property.

The city had plans to buy property on those blocks and resell it to developers who would build offices, retail stores and town homes. Though not as strong as an ordinance, the resolution establishes a policy for the council to follow.

Its good to get our intentions on the record, said Councilman Lee Garrison.

“There is about to be a state law, and there are other forces around the country that make us think this is the best route to go ourselves."

City Attorney Bob Ennis said that matters of internal policy, such as the one passed Thursday, are passed as resolutions. Matters such as speed limits or permanent laws are passed as ordinances.

Alliance For Citizens Rights, a property rights advocacy group, organized the rally.

People crowded on the sidewalk in front of Tuscaloosa Furniture, a business that has been family-owned since the late 1930s and sits on a block that the renewal plan had slated for private office and retail space. Cars and SUVs with out-of-county license tags and Moore bumper stickers surrounded the block.

Children held signs reading “Do You Want a Revolution?" and “No to Tuscaloosa’s Nobility" while adults nodded their heads and shouted, “Hear, hear!"

City attorneys and planners who have worked for years on the downtown urban renewal plan watched from the City Hall parking lot.

Lieutenant governor candidate Mo Brooks, a conservative Republican, said the state law allowing eminent domain in the case of blight is flawed to the point of being moot.

“The definition of blight is so large, it is a loophole that swallows the law," Brooks said.“This is a dog and pony show, where [government] acts like they’re doing the right thing, but they’re doing the wrong thing," he said.

“Our forefathers fought a war, and that war was over property rights."

Tuscaloosa resident Robert Register took off work Thursday to attend the rally. He said that he is a good friend of Andy Lavender, owner of A & L Garage, whose property will be used for a plaza as part of the federal courthouse project.

“They’ve been treated with complete disrespect," he said.

“I see a whole lot of arrogance in this little palace behind me," he said, gesturing at City Hall.

Organizers asked speakers who were political candidates to not use the speaking opportunity to campaign.Moore had planned to hold a press conference after the rally, but most members of the media had filtered out by then.

Reach Stephanie Taylor at or (205) 722-0210.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I cleaned out a cabinet yesterday and came across the Chukker Menu from @1968. This is an original in its original case. I have scanned it for your archives. Feel free to use it, just credit me as the source. I can't remember if I stole it or if Hoagy stole it. I must admit that in 1968 I was only 19, but I think that the statute of limitations is over for my under age drinking in the Chukker. I was tougher than Chukker Bill about enforcing the age limit.

Buddy Buie wrote:
We're having lunch with Johnny on 15th. He confirmed. I'm happy with both interviews on WTBC !!!!!!

On Mar 8, 2006, at 6:26 PM, robert register wrote:> No hay problemo, Senor!>

> Ron Quarles wrote:
Tiger Jack wants to tape an interview with Buddy after the morning show interview. Probably around 9:15am. Will take about 30 minutes. Ask Buddy to stay til about 10am or so.
>> RQ>

From :
robert register
Sent :
Friday, March 10, 2006 2:58 AM
To :
Buddy Buie
Subject :
Re: Buddy B.

Maybe we could ride around town after lunch and go out to Lee's Lake in the afternoon then come back to the office for Happy Hour with the gang at 5:30.
Whatever, your day in T-town is now planned as far as I'm concerned.
I'll do my best to have some answers by then.
double aura

Oh yeah. Harry Hammonds, the great Bama ball player[ '61 Most Valuable Player in the Alabama ALL-STAR Boys Basketball Game, star of Tuscaloosa High's 34-0 '61 State Championship team, present holder of the fourth highest Alabama high school single game scoring record of 70 points] has had his bar shut down for two weeks by ABC.

Since he's gonna have some time on his hands,he's helping me with his memories of growing up on University Boulevard back in the Fifties playing spears & swords with Eddie Hinton. He still has the scars.
You'd get a kick out of meeting him.
He told me they played some Yankee team in the Gator Bowl & the Alabama Legislature had to vote to allow them to play an opposing team fielding a nigrah. He and a black player from the opposing team went out to the dog track in Jacksonville and a photo of them drinking beer together was featured in a full page article with a headline that ran something like "DESPITE RACIAL CONTROVERSY, PLAYERS ENJOY THEMSELVES!"

He also said that while he was in high school and being recruited by Bryant, he was invited for a weekend at Bryant's hunting camp down in Greene County. Shug was also a guest that weekend and everybody got drunk and Shug started yelling,"How in the hell am I gonna compete with this shit. Bear's already given him the run of his place and got him drunk to boot!"

While Harry was an athlete at Bama, my boss, Lee Pake, provided him with an apartment free of charge.



Sent : Thursday, March 9, 2006 1:54 PM
To :
CC :
Subject : RE: [ChampagneJam] Re: Hiya Everyone


You can find out a lot about Buddie's writing involvement by going to
There are several postings archived by Buddie, Robert Register, and others about his music career.

Andy C

From: "Bob Blevins"
Subject: [ChampagneJam] Re: Hiya Everyone
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2006 13:08:25 -0000

Right on, Right on, Right on, uh-huh, and ebuthane, I node at's
rite! Dude ain't say'n nuttin but da werd! PLAY DAT FUNKY MUSIC
WHITE BOY! ARS definitely did some awesome song writing &
performing. I'm just curious though, Buddie Buie.... Now did he
actually have that much "musical" input into the songs, or was it
more like, "Hey, give me a little more umph right here and a little
more zappa-da-pow-pow on the turn around." Just how involved was
Buddy in the song writing process? Or did he insist on having a
share of the pie because he was the Producer? I've always wondered
about that one. No offense, but I always thought a lot of the songs
were written by one or more of the band members and they had to run
it past Buddy, then he got it and made some minor (or major) tweaks
here and there. I really have no idea how that all went for the ARS
and would love to know more about why Buie is on just about all of
the songs as a writer.
Peace, out,

Buddy was the master songwriter for ARS and many many others.Not just a name on the credits, I can assure you. I was one of the few lucky "non-songwriters" invited to some of these all night writing sessions at his old trailer house on the lake. There are a couple of old cassette tapes around here where the magic was recorded with an acoustic guitar or two, maybe an electric piano and Buddy writing and singing into an old $19 Panasonic tape recorder on the
more great memories for WB.Maybe we can talk to Buddy through this Blog and get the real info on the lost album and other things...Robert Nix is there a lot too.

--- In, "scooterandthemonkeyman"
> I don't post much, but I get a daily list of the message board, so
> see what's going on. Just want to say hello & say that I've been
> ARS fan since '77 when Billy Gibbons ruled the guitar world (or at
> least mine..there were so many excellent players in 70's rock). He
> was my favorite & what I aspired to be. Until ARS opened up at
> Hall in Detroit & Barry Bailey let me know in no uncertain terms
> the solo on 'Sky High' that "Thangs wuz gonta be diff'nt 'round he-
> from now own." And they were. (No sarcasm intended, just factual
> blues-speak. All meant in the highest regard of blues artists &
> way they play, sing & talk.)
> I live in Nashville now & have been a professional musician more
> my life than not & am proud to say, I still have my gold top Les
> that I had to have ASAP back then as a direct result of seeing
> Bailey play that night. He's still one of my favorite guitarists &
> one of the top 2 or 3 I turn to when I find my well running dry &
> need some inspiration. I hope to meet him one day.
> I've have had the pleasure of meeting Robert Nix, Buddie Buie &
> Cobb. I appreciate those guys because they are/were the writers of
> all the great ARS tunes. Barry is like a Jack Nicholson, he's
> absolutely brilliant, but the song has to be there like a script
> play to or else you have a genius playin' licks and delivering
> over mediocrity. Like buildin' a house from the ground up. It's
> got to be there in the right order & unfolding as it shows itself
> the listener. ARS was subtle in their esscence. Much more subtle
> most rock bands of their day. I thought they were one of the
> cleverest lyric writing teams out there.
> On the juke box of the little corner bar we used to hang out at,
> sure our repetitive playing alone of "Everybody Gotta Go Sometime"
> the B-side of "So Into You" surely bought someone a new car. We
> had ARS tunes on the home made 8-track tapes we carried in our
> They were a big deal after that show in Feb '77 as ZZ Top's
> One of my band mates used to call them "The South's answer to The
> Beatles." "Ernestine" to "All In Your Mind" to "Can't Stand It No
> More" to "Wrong" to "Conversation" to "Redneck"..then on to "Blues
> Maude's Flat", "Close The Door" (behavior groups would have an
> with that one, ya think? it's about anger & betrayal, not beating
> someone up)to "Who You Gonna Run To"..then onto Dog Days, Red
> RnR Alt..& later on Champagne Jam the understated Bailey solo
> in "Evileen".. you get the idea. I know, I know, I'm preachin' to
> choir. These guys were blues based, but wrote & executed different
> styles. "Cuban Crisis", "Neon Nights"..all with down to earth
> that weren't all arty-farty. No synthy mushy keyboards: piano &
> organ. And great guitars (JR Cobb included)all straight to the
> Lyric, song, playin' & delivery: Straight to the point. kick-
> I love the writing, ARS & in general, I love good songs. I find
> things like this important in life. I make a good part of my
> producing young songwriters. There's many reasons & people that
> inspired me to persue my career in music (as off the radar as it
> but there's rarely a week goes by that I don't use some musical
> sensibility I heard & learned on an ARS record as an inspiration.
> I might be preachin' to the choir, but I also know I'm tellin' a
> stories to folks that get it. I was always surprised at people
> didn't get it. They pissed me off. How could anyone NOT get
> on 'Red Tape' for example. I didn't get that. I Still don't.
> Ok, all for now, me & my soap-box. Thanks for reading & letting
> vent. Be careful out there.

From: "JM Dobies"
Subject: Florida Rocks Again!: The Complete I-4 Corridor Battle of the Bands


A special "encore presentation" (otherwise known as a rerun) of Florida Rocks Again! is now up at
Host Mal Thursday takes you on a monophonic journey down Interstate 4, a rockin’ route that runs from Daytona Beach to the Tampa Bay, as a slew of mid-’60s garage bands do battle for your listening and dancing pleasure. Among the participants are We The People, the Berkley Five, and the Split Ends. Produced by Mal and JeffMiami.

These two episodes originally podcast in reverse order back in September and October 2005, and are presented here in their correct sequence.

ROYAL GUARDSMEN (Ocala): Gimme Some Lovin'
ALLMAN JOYS (Daytona Beach): Gotta Get Away
NIGHTCRAWLERS (Daytona Beach): Runnin' Wild
DEADBEATS (Deland): Can't Go on This Way
WRONG NUMBERS (Mt. Dora): The Way I Feel
WE THE PEOPLE (Winter Park/Leesburg): Proceed with Caution
BERKLEY FIVE (Umatilla): You're Gonna Cry
SPADES (Winter Haven): I'm Alright
CANADIAN ROGUES (Lakeland): Keep in Touch
RON & THE STARFIRES (Auburndale): Why Did You Cry
ROEMANS (New Port Richey): Listen to Me
LOST GENERATION (Sarasota): I'd Gladly Pay
NOAH'S ARK (Tampa): Please Don't Talk About Yesterday
SURPRIZE (Tampa): I Will Make History
TROPICS (Tampa): Time
SPLIT ENDS (New Port Richey): The Endless Sea
BERKLEY FIVE (Umatilla): You're Gonna Cry
SPADES (Winter Haven): I'm Alright
CANADIAN ROGUES (Lakeland): Keep in Touch
RON & THE STARFIRES (Auburndale): Why Did You Cry
ROEMANS (New Port Richey): Listen to Me
LOST GENERATION (Sarasota): I'd Gladly Pay
NOAH'S ARK (Tampa): Please Don't Talk About Yesterday
SURPRIZE (Tampa): I Will Make History
TROPICS (Tampa): Time
SPLIT ENDS (New Port Richey): The Endless Sea

1. Berry Oakley played guitar in the Roemans, not bass.
2. Robert Nix of the Candymen is also from Florida (Jacksonville).
3. The Split Ends were from New Port Richey, not St. Pete.
4. I mispronounced "Umatilla." It's pronounced "YOU-MA-TILLA."
5. The Crypt website is at

If you would like to subscribe to the podcasts on (Florida Rocks Again!, Savage Kick, Snake Alley, etc.) via iTunes, go to

Rock On,

J.M. Dobies
Florida Rocks Again!
Industrious Communications Inc.
P.O. Box 1975
St. Augustine, FL 32085

It’s not a criticism, it’s an observation.
Looking for a hideout

Mike Cox

Harry Hammonds was an All–State basketball player at Tuscaloosa High School in the 50s. He also starred locally for the Crimson Tide. When the big guy left college, he was well known around the West Alabama area. When he decided to take an old service station and turn it into a bar, he became a legend.

Some believe Harry spent so much of his youth in bars, he knew what creating a drinking establishment required before he was of legal age. Whatever the reason, Harry’s was popular from day one.

Sitting vacant on a busy street in a low rent neighborhood was an old style, concrete gas station. Harry turned the bathrooms inside out, enclosed the repair bay, and decorated the walls with Alabama mementos and beer signs. He put video games among old, mismatched tables, and filled the juke box with classic rock and outlaw country.

Resisting the urge to make his place trendy, Harry kept things simple. The result is a timeless establishment that serves as a perfect example of what people, especially men, are looking for when they want to escape life for a little while.

From the time we begin walking, finding a reliable hiding place is important. The search begins with blankets thrown over dining chairs, continues with large cardboard boxes, and evolves into tree houses and forts scattered around neighborhoods.

As little boys grow into adults, at least chronologically, a replacement becomes necessary. Few of us are willing to endure the ridicule of our spouses and friends by constructing a fort from the box the new refrigerator came in just to have a place to get away from everything.

Men spend their early years being told most of their instinctive behavior is unacceptable. From the time most of us can walk, we are searching for a place where we can belch, scratch, and be loud and rowdy without being chastised. The local neighborhood bar has been that place for a long time. But times are changing.

Real bars today are as scarce as honest politicians. Every place has a theme, a style, or a gimmick. Cute is in, casually male is out. The place where everybody knows your name is fading faster than Dubya’s legacy. And that is a shame, almost a criminal act.

We all need to know there is a place we depend on in emergencies. If I were to travel to Tuscaloosa and visit Harry’s, I would feel at home immediately. I’m sure someone I haven’t seen in years would be there, arguing with a friend, probably over the same unresolved subject from my last visit.

I’m looking for a place like Harry’s in Columbia. I know they still exist. I’ve found a couple that come close, then lose on a technicality. They allow children, they serve pasta dishes, they have live plants inside the place, or ABBA on the jukebox.

If anyone can help, let me know. It’s six hours to Tuscaloosa and last week my tree house blueprints were discovered. I’m getting desperate.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Since I was already on and I kept hearing all this stuff about it on the news, I decided to join my seventeen year old son & his crowd & tune up my blog @

It was so wonderfully simple. I copied an entire page of "Cuba, Alabama" and pasted it on MySpace so I got the word out by knocking out two birds with one stone.

Kewl! huh!

I received a wonderful email from one of our newest and now one of our most superb supporters of what we be tryings to do here at "CUBA, ALABAMA":

Went to the post office yesterday and, just as promised, there was my CD ... thank you so much! I'm hoping to drop a package in the mail to you tomorrow -- nothing nearly as good, but hopefully something you'll enjoy. I'm in the middle of compiling some selections of "Songs Robert Should Like" on a CD -- a little tricky since I have no idea what you like But ... if you don't, just listen to it until you do.

Again, thank you so much for the great CD. Listening to it just sort of gives you that funny, nostalgic feeling in the gut, you know? I'm so glad our paths crossed!

I'm also going to be on the lookout for the requested Biloxi to PC pics ...

Ain't it hell being popular!

Well, y'all check out my MySpace blog. It's a great way to double up on 'em. is way mo' friendlier for composing, then, all you gots to do is copy from blogger and paste on MySpace.
Check it out.

Believe it or not,my entire MySpace blog took less than a minute to put together by using

robo reg