Frank Tanton http://www.myspace.com/thebopcatsposted a trailer for the movie SKIPTRACERS http://www.myspace.com/skiptracersmovieon his myspace site.
There's all kinds of Dothan references in the trailer.
One of Barbara Gellerstedt's grandsons is involved in this show.
Barbara gave me my start in show business.
She had a show on in the afternoons on Channel 9 up on TV Road.
In May of 1956, she let me sing and dance SIXTEEN TONS on her show,
& as they say,
THE REST WAS HISTORY.
(Our maid Rosa taught me the dance while she was ironing & Lord,
when Aunt Marie stole her from Mama, it about broke up the family!)
I gotta new idea for an article.
Once we deliver ONE article that captures the attention of your team of editors,
your readers will want more of the same stuff.
7110.2 feet of all the land in Houston County south of Lucy just above Chattahoochee State Park was in Florida until 1854. In fact, in the U.S. Public Lands, all of that land in Houston County, Alabama continues to be defined by the Tallahassee meridian & baseline so that means the place a footstep south of where the St. Stephens baseline hits the Chattahoochee River at the end of that dirt road that goes through the Fitch place is the northern most point on the public lands survey that legally defines the land in Key West and in the Dry Tortugas.
I made this ADDRESS TO THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY SYMPOSIUM in the Mock Trial Court Room in the Mobile County Building there on Government Street in the second week of April, '99.
While I was giving the speech, I commented that the last time Alabama attempted to annex Northwest Florida was in the early Sixties when a Mobile County legislator proposed the legislation but Governor Wallace killed it.
This big guy with black hair in the back of the courtroom raised his hand and yelled, "That was me!"
That man was John Tyson, Sr. and I really enjoyed being around him later on.
What a card!
His son, Jr., is Mobile's D.A.
Anywayzzzzzzzzzzz...Right now we are celebrating more than simply the Bicentennial of the first U.S. Southern Boundary. What we are truly commemorating here today are 200 years of U.S. rule in what is now Alabama.
As part of this 200th anniversary of the planting of the American Flag on Alabama soil, many people in this room have worked for years to relocate the "Mound Line"
(Ellicott's True Line") on the ground. Despite the progress we have made so far, we must face the fact that no one on the face of this earth presently knows where the mound line lies on the ground.
Therefore, the legal definition of the Florida Line between the Perdido and the Chattahoochee is presently unknown, and what now serves on the ground as the 165-mile east-west boundary between Alabama and Florida is illegal.
Which brings up a very important question for many of us in this room:
"Does that mean Panama City Beach is now ours?"
Well, I promised George Ewert I wouldn't get up here and talk about going to the panhandle and taking back what was ours in the first place.
So, as a compromise, I have included in the text of my speech a chronology of fifteen major events between 1819 and 1963 which summarize Alabama's effort to annex Northwest Florida.
Instead of proposing annexation, what I would like to propose will be a brief outline of a Southern Boundary pilgrimage. With this information, any one of us can plan an expedition leading to the discovery of how this old boundary line allows the researcher to establish a 200 year old baseline from which he may measure the alterations produced by two centuries of American civilization.
This journey will showcase the formative period of an often ignored region that is home to people who enjoy a rich cultural heritage shaped by the rivers and creeks, swamps and lime sinks, cypress domes and bluffs, cord grass marshes,
and shallow bays upon which this old line rests.
BURR OAKS- located on the campus of Jefferson College in Washington, Mississippi, these oaks are said to be the site of Aaron Burr's arraignment for treason in February of 1807
A good place to begin this excursion would be Washington, Mississippi, located five miles east of Natchez and the home of historic Jefferson College.
Ellicott chose this site as a more healthy camp ground than the hilltop his men had occupied on the east bank of the Mississippi in Natchez. While waiting for the Spanish to evacuate, Ellicott surveyed and laid out the streets of the town of Washington and the spring where his men got their water now bears his name.
In Natchez, one of the oldest buildings in town is the House on Ellicott Hill.
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This impressive home was the first ever to be renovated by the Natchez Garden Club when they decided to begin their famous spring pilgrimage.
The house stands today on the site where Ellicott located the American camp and first unfurled Old Glory.
Mo' later gator-tater...