From Gloria Jane Buie:
I went by yesterday and caught Wes hard at work on the mural!!
From Melissa T., one of my old bilology students from back in '84:
I know you don't remember me. I had you for 9th grade Biology in 1984. I went by Melissa. I have taught 5th grade for 8 years and can't remember all of my students.
My family is from Slocomb--we had that in common. I honestly thought about you the other day. When I was in your class, I had a BAD habit of biting my nails. I had done it all of my life and had tried everything to stop. You gave me a speech one day about how disgusting it was to bite your nails. As of that moment, I stopped. The other day in class while one of my own students was biting her nails, I said to her, "I wish I could remember the speech my 9th grade Biology teacher gave me about how disgusting that is." Fortunately for me, you taught me to stop biting my nails. Unfortunately, I didn't learn all the class content that I now am teaching to my 5th graders.
Hope you are well.
That's some amazing stuff!
I was an honest to God fan of the James Gang when I was in the K-Otics! I'd go hear them any chance I got. Kim Venable and I drove from Tuskegee all the way to Selma to hear the James Gang play a one nighter. John Mulkey had bought a Fuzz Tone for his guitar and they played Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones, which was a very current tune at the time, and until then I had no clue what made "that sound" on that song. Of course I went right out and bought one. Another brick in the road on the never ending quest for guitar tones!
A few years later in Atlanta, Wilbur assembled a new version of The James Gang with me on guitar and some other guys from down in the Dothan area and one guy from Florida. It was a good band but we struggled pretty hard on the "Chit'lin Circuit". Then miracle of miracles for me, Fred and Jimmy from the original band agreed to come back into the band. I can't say we didn't still struggle to survive, but I was in heaven playing with those guys. Not only were they amazing musicians - truly special - particularly in how solid they were together - but they were just damned cool! You can't teach that and pretty much can't learn it. One usually acquires it through building confidence, which I think in their case, came both from gaining some notoriety and a quiet sense of accomplishment - they were good, they knew they were good because they earned it, but beyond that they just had a presence on stage! It was not like some stupid ego trip - God knows we all saw plenty of that from less talented musicians everywhere - this was the real deal. These guys were humble and down right nice guys, but they had a presence like Rock stars, and it had become part of who they were. Wilbur had it too, but it came out a lot more with Fred and Jimmy back in the band with him, and I'm sure it helped my confidence and presence as well. Playing with Wilbur, Jimmy and Fred ranks with my fondest memories.
"Values are like fingerprints - nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do."
The British Ambassador & Robertoreg Discussing Their Latest Blockade Run To The Havana
Miss Baby & Robertoreg At The Ball
The Deaconess & Robertoreg Enjoying The Evening Before The Battle of Selma