Saturday, July 05, 2008

You can listen to Wilbur perform 24 HOURS OF LONELINESS
on YouTube

Wilbur's record begins two minutes and 38 seconds into this clip of NORTHERN SOUL music from the Manchester area north of London.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Hey y'all~

It is most definitely my privilege to announce to

that you have always been Negroes.

Whatever your birthdate is, that's when you became a Negro.

During the 2010 census we expect all citizens of
to check Negro/Black/AFiKan-American
on theyzzzzzzzzzz
ethnicity box.

At the present time the population of ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA
is not
but we getting there &
, in fact, we are so
that the United Nations has proposed to send us
to aid the development of programs to assist OUR
at risk/ inner city/ urban youth
residing here on the skreets of ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA.

In the interests of this monumental task of making
the entire DEEP SOUTH
we here at ZERO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA invite
our old homeboy from Oxford~

our dear beloved brother
from another
uv a simular color~
William Faulkner
to give us the last word on this issue.

reprinted from the Thursday, June 15, 1978 THE CRIMSON WHITE:

Southern author's 1956 letter


[EDITOR'S NOTE: During the Autherine Lucy riots of 1956, a University student, David Kirk, wrote Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner, asking him what Southern students could do in order to best meet the de-segregation problem. Faulkner's answer to that letter follows.
It was first published June 9, 1963 by The Crimson White.]

Oxford, Miss.
8 March, 1956

Dear Mr. Kirk:

Your letter of March 1st is at hand several days.
I wanted to think first before I tried to answer.

I won't try to tell you what to do in order to meet the problems you will face.
The reason is, these problems will be individual ones, peculiar to the time & the place they will occur in. I mean, rise into sight, when they will have to be coped with.

I have found that the greatest help in meeting any stand.
That is, to have in words what you believe and problem with decency and self-respect and whatever courage is demanded, is to know where you yourself are acting from.

I HAVE TRIED to simplify my own standards by and from which I act, as follows, which I pass on to you.

1. Segregation is going, whether we like it or not. We no longer have any choice between segregation or unsegregation.
The only choice we have is, how, by any means.
That is, shall segregation be abolished by force, from outside our country, despite everything we can do; or shall it be abolished by choice, by us in the South who will have to bear the burden of it, before it is forced on us.

I vote that we ourselves choose to abolish it, if for not other reason that, by volutarily giving the Negro the chance for whatever equality he is capable of, we will stay on top; he will owe us gratitude; where, if his equality is forced on us by law, compulsion from the outside, he will be on top from being the victor, the winner against opposition.
And no tyrant is more ruthless than he who was only yesterday the oppressed, the slave.

That is the simple expediency of this matter, apart from the morality of it.
Apart from the world situation in which we are steadily losing ground against the powers which decree that individual freedom must perish.
We must have as many people as possible on the side of us who believe in individual freedom.
There are seventeen million Negroes.
Let us have them on our side, rather than on that of Russia.

That is the problem, as I see it.

Why don't you get in touch with the Student Council of the TAR HEEL Editorial Board at North Carolina, Chapel Hill?
They have handled this question splendidly.
I can think of nothing which would do more to hold intact integrity and decency and sanity in this matter, that a sort of inter-state University organization for simple decency and rationality among Southern college men and women. A confederation of older men like me would not carry half the weight. I can imagine nothing which would carry more weight than a sane, sober union of student representatives from all the Southern schools, standing for the simple things which democracy means and which we have got to show the world that we do mean if we are to survive, the simple principles of due process of the majority will and desire based on decency and fairness to all as ratified by law.

This may by difficult at first.
It is a sad commentary of human nature that is is much easier, much simpler, more fun and excitement, to be against something you can see,
like a black skin,
than to be for something you can only believe as a principle,
like justice and fairness and (in the long view) the continuation of individual freedom and liberty.

too, when you have to meet these individual problems: you will be dealing with cowards.

Most segregationists are afraid of something, possibly Negroes.;
I don't know.
But they seem to function only as mobs,
and mobs are always afraid of something, of something they doubt their ability to cope with singly and in daylight.

Consult your friends, if you like, send a copy of your letter to me, with a copy of this, under a covering letter, to the editor of the N.C. TARHEEL,
and see what comes of it.
And let me know.

Yours Sincerely,
William Faulkner

THE TUSCALOOSA HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS from the front page of the April 16, 1964 GRAPHIC


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The following article was published in the Monday, June 18, 1973 issue of THE CRIMSON : WHITE:
(ed. note: this entire issue of the CW deals with Dr. Thomas' decision to ban rock concerts at Woods Quad. This followed Marshall Tucker, Atlanta Rhythm Section & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band playing a free concert at Woods Quad)

The original ten-time loser

SHORTY PRICE: On the road to Buck's Pocket

by Rick McCammon

Shorty Price attends almost every Tide football game he can because it is his duty.

He is still a cheerleader, as he was years ago when he attended the University and came close to taking away a law degree, but now ithe uniform he wears is a suit and a red tie proclaiming
CRIMSON TIDE, and the cheers he leads are a little rusty and forgotten.

"Yeah, I was a cheerleader down here," said Price, his eyes eternally bloodshot.

"I'm 51 years old now, but I'm still leading cheers, and the people love for me to get up at football games and lead them in cheering for the Tide."

Price, now owner of an insurance firm in his hometown of Louisville, Alabama, has been beaten ten times in ten races for political office in the state. He will not run again, he says, because it would be a waste of time.

"I'm writing now," he said, "and the book I've finished, ALABAMA POLITICS- TELL IT LIKE IT IS, will be released by Vantage Press around Christmas. Promoting the book of mine takes a whole lot more time than running for governor, let me tell you."

Price, by his own admission, is a "self-made man" who attempted to ride into office on the coat tails of other, more powerful politicians. Price tried to turn a relationship with George Wallace into gain. "We were roommates down here at the University," he said,"and later, I posed with Wallace, "LITTLE JESUS," as I call him, in this picture." Price produces a picture showing both he and Wallace surrounded by men, women and children. The logo reads:
& Wallace has a noticeably sour expression on his face.

The ad was paid for by Price.

"So you see, we were running together, or that's the way I thought it was," said Price. "Then Wallace gets on television and tells people to vote for George Andrews, my opponent, and there I am sitting out there and people don't even see me on the ballot.

Price was also "stabbed" by "Big Jim" Folsom in an attempt to secure the lieutenant governor's spot. "That was a long time ago," said Price, "and that was a serious attempt at getting into office. Anyway, 'Big Jim' or 'Bigfoot' Folsom, and Wallace endorsed Guy Hardwick (indicted in a New Orleans court for a contract swindle this year) over me. If they hadn't, I'd have knocked him off. That was in 1954. Wallace had his timetable set up to run in 1958. If I'd won the lieutenant-governorship, he knew I'd be running against him."

"I still ran in 1958, anyway," said Price, chewing on a soggy Tampa,"with a total of $11.50. I wound up last of 14 candidates. I traveled over 10,000 miles on donations."

Price, always kept on the outside of the political store by what he terms, "thieves and conmen," has kept his eye on the political scene, singling out Wallace and Folsom as his enemies, while giving them nick-names that will get a laugh out of Jaycee audiences and newspaper interviews.
"Prince Albert" Brewer, for instance, who ran against "Little Jesus" after the death of Lurleen, for whom Price has no funny nickname, presumably out of respect.

"Brewer tried to make a showing against 'Little Jesus', " said Price, "and then all this literature came out against Brewer saying he had a black mistress... all this terrible stuff came out against him. Anyway, 'LITTLE JESUS' ran over Brewer like a steamroller. He squashed him flat."

Price is on his way to a place called Buck's Pocket, a cavern-pocked valley in Jackson County, where "defeated politicians go to holler, get drunk, and write their names all over the rocks up there."

"It's a real place," said Price,

"but I've never been there. You'd think that since I've been defeated ten times I would have been up there at least once, but I haven't.
Now that I'm finished
with this book, I'm going to go up there and see it. I'm not going to get drunk, though. I'm going to sit there and think."

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Bryant was always one to care for others, even if they were not involved with the Alabama athletics program. Though he touched many lives, perhaps the most memorable one to all was that of Kent Waldrep.

Waldrep was a running back for Texas Christian University when the Horned Frogs paid a visit to Legion Field in 1975. While carrying the ball, Waldrep ran into a wall of Alabama defenders and landed headfirst into the ground. He incurred extensive spinal cord damage and was paralyzed from the neck down.

Bryant visited Waldrep the next day. He called every day, dropped him notes through the mail and continued to call him after three months, when he was taken back to Dallas. Waldrep, with Bryant's inspiration, vowed to walk again.

"You have to remember one thing," Waldrep said at Bryant's funeral. "I was an athlete, and athletes are driven by motivation and inspiration. And you have to remember that I wasn't that good of a player, and our team didn't have that good of a record. Yet here was the greatest coach ever calling and asking about me. And they weren't just quick calls either. Some would last 30 minutes or more."

Waldrep eventually became president of the American Paralysis Association. He has not been able to walk yet, but technological advances have made him able to have children. He and his family live in Plano, Texas, and have dedicated their lives to create a brighter future for hundreds of thousands around the globe who are affected by paralysis from spinal cord injury.

"Coach Bryant was always positive when he was in the room with [Waldrep]," Rutledge said. "But his mother and daddy told [Waldrep] later that when [Bryant] would come out of the room, he'd have tears in his eyes talking to his mama and daddy. Kent said that coach Bryant and the University of Alabama did more for him than his own school did."

Another name that comes to mind is former Tide quarterback Pat Trammell, who was the starting quarterback on the 1961 national championship team, Bryant's first at Alabama. Trammell went on to medical school, became a doctor and married his college sweetheart. Then his life came crashing down, as he was diagnosed with lymphoid cancer.

"Coach Bryant flew to New York with him to get another opinion," Gryska said. "It's safe in saying that he was one of coach Bryant's favorite players."

Trammell died a year later at the age of 28.
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MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Man, I rilly need to put something together for this class reunion.

I'm thinking about pitching Buddy & Becky about having a jam session Sunday afternoon, July 27 at their place on Fowler Road.

How much KA$H would it take to get some cats together for something like that.



Monday, June 30, 2008

Hey y'all~

Ain't it strange how many levels of consciousness one experiences during any one 24 hour period.

I am continually amazed.



AWS Organization

1. AWS means:
A. Associated Women Students
B. All women students
C. Women's Student Government Association

2. YOU become a member of AWS:
A. After paying your AWS dues in October
B. Upon completion of registration
C. At the end of your sophomore year
D. At the beginning of your second semester in school

3. Your AWS has three main branches of government. They are:
A. Board of Directors, dorm. judiciaries, and an advisory committee
B. Judiciary Council, dorm. judiciaries, and sorority judiciaries
C. Board of Directors, House of Representatives, Judiciary Council

REGULATIONS [ed. note: there is no #4 question on the University of Alabama Co-ed test]

5. The 3 major rules concern:
A. Drinking, visiting men's apartments, visiting in hotels and motels
B. Visiting in men's apartments, signing out for week-ends, late permission
C. Drinking, late permission, signing "Off Campus".

6. Women students are required to sign out when leaving the house after:
A. 9:00 p.m.
B. 6:00 p.m.
C. 8:00 p.m.
D. 2:00 p.m.

7. The above signing out is required when:
A. Going out on a date
B. Going to library
C. Going to concert
D. At all times

8. At what time may a student sign out for the evening to be out after 8:oo ______________?
(on campus)
A. 3:00
B. 4:00
C. Noon
D. 2:00

9. One weekend restriction for every total of ____ of tardiness.
A. 5
B. 15
C. 10
D. 30

10.Women students may be granted late permission for concerts or theatre attendance in Birmingham by requesting the same of:
A. House Director
B. Dean of Women
C. Parents

11. A woman student may not leave campus for out-of-town destination in an automobile after 7:00 except with:
A. Boy friend
B. Family
C. Upperclass boy
D. Graduate student

12. For freshmen women, absence from the campus after 9:00 is considered taking a free (date) night.
A. False
B. True

13. For freshman women, absence from the campus after 9:00 is considereed taking a free (date) night.
A. False
B. True

14. A second semester freshman who has a B average may have __________ free evenings a week.
A. 4
B. 3
C. the same as first semester
D. 5

15. Men callers are permitted in upperclass residence halls between the hours of:
A. Noon until closing time
B. 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
C. 9:00 a.m. until closing time

16. A freshman girl receiving a guest after 9:00 p.m. on week nights must count this as one of her date nights.
A. False
B. True

17. Girls attending approved costume parties are NOT required to wear a raincoat when leaving dorm.
A. False
B. True

18. Women students must return from picnic before:
A.7:00 p.m.
B. 6:00 p.m.
C. 8:00 p.m.
D. 11:00 p.m.

19. Students going beyond a ___________ mile radius must follow the usual proceeding of signing "OFF CAMPUS".
A. 15
B. 5
C. 10
D. 50

20. Quiet hours extend:
A. 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 noon and 2 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
B. 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
c. 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 and 3 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

21. A student is permitted ___________ free nights for visitors each semester.
A. 10
B. 5
C. 3
D. 15

22. A violation for the rules on the part of a guest automatically means:
A. The hostess must serve the penalty
B. The guest is severely reprimanded
C. No penalty is issued

23. When a woman student is visiting in town, besides permission, the hostess must give an invitation by telephone to the House Director.
A. False
B. True

24. A woman not satisfied with the decision of AWS Judiciary Council on her appeal may then appeal to:
A. House Director
B. Dean of Women
C. House Judiciary

25. Bermuda Shorts, jeans, pedal pushers may be worn without covering skirts for:
A. Post Office, public places, front yard
B. Directly enroute to picnic, tennis courts, lounges after 5:00

26. Women students may have deliveries made to the house up until:
A. 10:00 p.m.
B. 9:00 p.m.
C. No Limit
D. 11:00 p.m.

27. Where may University girls smoke on campus?
A. Class rooms, front yard, supe store
B. Residences, supe store, and halls
C. Residences, class rooms, front steps

28. The suggested penalty for breaking a major rule is a minimum of:
A. Two week restrictions
B. One week restriction
C. Three week restriction

29. Excuses not attending AWS convocations must be turned in to:
A. House Director
B. Dean of Women
C. Vice-President of house

30. An illness in the dorm must be reported immediately to:
A. President of dorm
B. House Director
C.Vice-President of dorm

31. Bermudas can be worn downstairs int he dorms until:
A. 2:00
B. 7:00
C. 5:o0

32. For a Co-Ed's picture to be published, she must obtain permission from:
A. House Director
B. Dean of Women

33. Has your big sister contacted you in any way?

34. Write the words to the University of Alabama Alma Mater.


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While going through the Pake Realty Archives this weekend I found an article about Thornhill written by Lib Bird, Archie's mother, and published in the July 19, 1964 issue of the Tuscaloosa News. Brock Jones is mentioned in the article so, seeing as how he now owns Thornhill, I called him and in less than ten minutes he was over here to claim this old newspaper for his archives. Brock's wife was born the day before this newspaper was published so she is now in possession of a wonderful window into the world into which she was born. Brock really appreciated me giving him that old newspaper.

Thornhill Plantation in Greene County
Antebellum Home & Land Sold For $102,000
(article is accompanied by a photo by Lib Bird of the auction held on the front steps of the plantation house)

by Lib Bird, News Correspondent

FORKLAND- A great-great-granddaughter of Thornhill is the new owner of the antebellum mansion. Mr. and Mrs. Brockway Jackson acquired the ancestral home Wednesday when the house and furnishings were sold at auction.

Jackson's bid of $102,000 for the mansion and 805 acres of land was the top single bid. Earlier the home and four other parcels of land had been auctioned separately to bring bids totaling
$99, o33.40.

Thornhill, sitting on top of a hill overlooking miles of rolling green pastures was built in the 1830s by James Innes Thornton of Fredericksburg, Va. who came to Alabama as a young man. After the death of his first wife, Thornton returned to Virginia to marry a childhood sweetheart, Ann Amelia Smith. When their daughter was born they were living in Tuscaloosa where he served as Secretary of State at the state capitol. He built Thornhill on land purchased by the Bragg family in the 1830s.

The auction was held according to the will of the late Mrs. Helen Williams Allison Thornton. Her husband, the late James Innes Thornton, II, a grandson of the builder, had no children, although she was survived by sisters and Allison children.

Jackson's purchase of Thornhill followed by more than seven years his bid buying another antebellum mansion, Rosemount, nearby. He later sold that home to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Simpson of Birmingham.

Oddly enough one of his competitive bidders at Rosemount is now Jackson's son-in-law. Watson Jones, of Camden, had not met Ann Jackson then. At this auction, they and little Brockway Jackson Jones were in the background.

At Thornhill hundreds of antique lovers and collectors were present for the auction of furnishings which followed a barbeque lunch on the lawn. Between the two auctions visitors were invited in to see the beautiful home. Most of the furniture was auctioned from the porch but at the end the auctioneer moved inside for the larger pieces which included a bed selling for $975.

The item arousing the most curiosity at its high bid of $112 was a doll house. Two large paintings sold for a total of $600 and the pier mirchases totaling $6000.

There were 440 items sold for a total of $13,070, according to the J. L. Todd Auction Co. A Huntsville resident who was restoring a home made purchases totaling $6000.

Even a kerosene lamp, which would sell in a country store for $1.29 brought $500 in competitive bidding. Everything was sold including mops and brooms. One gun sold for $70.

Several paintings by Mrs. Thornton were purchased with delight by art lovers.

When the visitors tired of the sale for awhile they strolled about on the beautiful lawn and looked down over the hillside where they could see rolling green pastures for miles around.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Check out Austin Hines page

His Daddy is Grainger "Brother" Hines of the SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS
of The Mamas & The Papas.

Also when ya get a little time, spend about 24 minutes looking at all three parts of an AMOS & ANDY episode called KINGFISH SELLS ANDY A LOT.

image courtesy of the Wednesday, August 19, 1964 issue of the Tuscaloosa News

... Left To Right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr


SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- A quiet frenzy hung like fog in the air today as thousands of youngsters prepared to storm the Cow Palace for the Beatles' concert tonight.

At the Hilton Hotel the British quartet scheduled a day of rest in preparation for the first appearance on the current U.S. tour.

The Beatles arrived Tuesday and were greeted by an estimated 9,000 teen-agers, far below the predicted estimates of between 50,000 and 100,000. About a dozen girls required first aid. None were seriously hurt.

The British group permitted their fans a 40-second audience at the airport before they were whisked off to the downtown hotel. A press conference turned into an autograph session when several young fans slipped into the hotel.

Some fans arrived at the airport Monday night. Others began arriving at 6:30 a.m., more than 12 hours before the Beatles' plane touched down.

Police estimated 2,000 fans greeted the singers when they arrived at the hotel.

Within minutes the four were at the window of their room on the 15th floor. A faithful throng gathered.

Youngsters roared each time one of them appeared in the window.
Shrieks could be heard two blocks away.

In the lobby and main floor corridors hundreds of young girls dressed in slacks, Beatle sweatshirts and sneakers roamed about in hopes of catching a glimpse of their heroes.

At a news conference later the Beatles obligingly identified themselves for reporters and photographers who seemed to have trouble telling them apart.

John Lennon said he wrote something called "SNOW WHITE & THE 70 WARTS," on the flight from England.

"What are some of the British slang words?", asked a teen-aged girl, one of many who managed to slip past guards at the door.

"Oh, Alec Home, Goldwater, Wilson," said John, in a facetious reference, respectively, to the British Prime Minister, the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, and th British Labor Party leader Harold Wilson.

And why did Ringo Starr look so bad at the airport?

"If you had been on the airplane 15 hours, you would look terrible, too," he snapped.

The Beatles had landed briefly in Los Angeles, where James Bacon, Associated Press movie-television writer described them as "The only group which makes a million dollars a year for letting the audience entertain them."

A thousand or more screaming bobby-soxers pounded on the windows of Los Angeles International Airport. Only heroic efforts by a squadron of police kept the crowd from getting out of hand.

Pan American had re-christened its plane carrying the group

A description of THE BEATLES first performance in America from THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST by Tom Wolfe:

-Mountain Girl grins and takes it all in-

Other Pranksters, stoned, are slowly getting up tight, however, including Kesey and Babbs. The vibrations are very bad, a poison madness in the air-

Each group of musicians that goes off the stage- the horde thinks now the Beatles, but the Beatles don't come, some other group appears, and the sea of girls gets more and more intense and impatient and the screaming gets higher, and the thought slips into Norman's flailing flash-frayed brain stem::: the human lung cannot go beyond this:::: and yet when the voice says And now- the Beatles- what else could he say?- and out they come on stage- them - John and George and Ringo and uh the other one- it might as well have been four imported vinyl dolls for all it was going to matter- that sound he thinks cannot get higher, it doubles, his eardrums ring like stamped metal with it and suddenly Ghhhhhhwooooooooowwwwww, it is like the whole thing has snapped, and the whole front section of the arena becomes a writhing, seething mass of little girls waving their arms in the air, this mass of pink arms, it is all you can see, it is like a single colonial animal with a thousand waving pink tentacles- it is a single colonial animal with a thousand waving pink tentacles.

-vibrating poison madness and filling the universe with the teeny agony torn out of them. It dawns on Kesey: it is one being. They have all been transformed into one being.

-Mountain Girl grins and urges them on- its scream does not subside for a moment, during after or between numbers, the Beatles could be miming it for all it matters. But something else...does...matter...and Kesey sees it. One of the Beatles, John, George, Paul, dips his long electric guitar handle in one direction and the whole teeny horde ripples precisely along the line of energy he set off- and then in the other direction, precisely along that line. It causes them to grin, John and Paul and George and Ringo, rippling the poor huge freaked teeny beast this way and that-

Control- it is perfectly obvious- they have brought this whole mass of human beings to the point where they are one, out of their skulls, one psyche, and they have utter control over them- but they don't know what in the hell to do with it, they haven't the first idea, and they will lose it. In Kesey the vibration is an awful anticipation of the snap-


Newly discovered images from the Norman Andrews Memorial at Cowboys:

Buddy Buie, Mike McCarty & Jimmy Dean

David Adkins, Mitch Goodson, Frank Tanton

Jimmy Dean, Gloria Jane Buie, Frank Tanton, Buddy Buie

The gophers have returned to HOUSTON COUNTY IN '08!!!!

image courtesy of WILD MAN Smith