Friday, February 25, 2011


Called Finebaum this afternoon & asked him if he ever thinks that Harvey Updyke will produce his alleged newspaper clipping about Auburn students rolling Toomer's Corner when Coach Bryant passed away. Paul said he didn't think Harvey would ever produce this phantom clipping. In Courtney's column he wrote,"Anyone fool enough to have applauded aloud Paul Bryant's demise in 1983 would have been killed outright. Maybe even with herbicide."


Circa '78 Steve Hope image of Coach Bryant

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This really warmed the cockles of my heart. Courtney Haden used my transcript of Phil Paramore's 2006 WOOF interview with Buddy Buie in his column this week.
His bite was worse than its bark

The curious case of Harvey Updyke raises pertinent points. For one thing, he’s said to be an Alabama fan, but going on Paul Finebaum’s show to announce your crime on the radio suggests you may have done your undergraduate work at Bryce. For another, if Updyke did indeed commit dendrocide, justice might be better served by pulling the courts off the case and letting Yella Fella extract frontier justice.

Then there’s the bizarre motive for the crime.

The alleged perpetrator is said to have carried a grudge against Auburn since 1983, based on his notion that Toomer’s Corner got rolled to celebrate the death of Bear Bryant. However, Robert Register, on his excellent blog, Zero Northwest Florida, contradicts that via a transcript of a 2006 radio interview with Buddy Buie, composer of the song, “The Day Bear Bryant Died.”

Interviewer Phil Paramore from WOOF was a sports columnist for The Auburn Plainsman in ’83 and remembers well the mood of The Loveliest Village: “On that day it was almost as if a pall fell over even the Auburn campus…[Coach Pat Dye] sort of imparted the message to the Auburn family, ‘Look, there’s nothing good about this. We have lost a true legend and a guy who has been a major influence on me and I, in turn, have tried to impart that wisdom on this program and building

a foundation off what I learned from him, so let’s all be aware.’” Perhaps the alleged tree assailant was confusing Bear Bryant’s passing with that of John F. Kennedy twenty years before, for which there was indeed cheering and celebration in certain benighted parts of the state. Anyone fool enough to have applauded aloud Paul Bryant’s demise in 1983 would have been killed outright. Maybe even with herbicide.

The felony-weight peckerwood who thought killing a tree would be cool did more than poison the root system of historic oaks. Besides his family’s good name, he managed to poison his state’s reputation as well. At a time when the rest of the nation could look to Alabama as the first state with back-to-back national football championships from two different schools, the poison in this guy’s soul now persuades the rest of the nation to look at us as the place where sociopaths unable to differentiate between a football game and real life conduct blood feuds with vegetation.

It’s enough to make one want to curl up in a La-Z-Boy with a liter of Mountain Dew… Courtney Haden is a Birmingham Weekly columnist. Write to

Coach Bryant & Mary Harmon @ an A Day supper, Friday night, April 22, 1978. Coach was 64.

Lee acquired Tarrant singer/pianist Alleen Goodwin's artist's scrapbook from '48 to '61. It is one of the clearest windows you have ever seen into pre-rock'n'roll B'ham. I'm goin' crazy tryin' to find a BROTHER DAVE GARDNER ad in all this stuff!

Here's the Boss' latest yard sale acquisition WHICH HE ABSOLUTELY LOVEZZZZZZ! (wonder where the hell this has been in OLD TUSKEELOOSSEE!?????)

Flo McCorkle That is beautiful! Such innocent abandon in dance: throw your hands in the air like you just don't care!

Whatever happened to Pat Seymour? She taught me Freshman English in Morgan and then I got her for Composition in Woods. GREAT TEACHER!

Richard Burke Prof Seymour was the bomb with the toutalage of all Bama Footballdom. Later in my career working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Pro I met up with her at Bk'fast during one of her motivational speeches in Tusk Town. She was kind enough to remember me. We have stood on the shoulders of Giants!

THE SNAKE in a June '78 TUSCALOOSA NEWS photo. Kenny had a 28-3-2 record from '65-'67.

I know she'll never believe it but I've learned more from this woman than ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE CARTEL!

Reggie Young, Troup County Sheriff Turner, Bobby Emmons, Ima Whithers ~ Chips Moman's secretary at American Studios in Memphis, Tenn., and now executive assistant to the president of BMI, Reggie Young's wife- Jenny Hollowell, Lee Morris

So kewl to see my friend, Reggie Young, pickin' on ALABAMA's new video.

JOHNNY SHINES image courtesy of the '72 COROLLA

Johnny was a great Tuscaloosa Countian and a great artist. More and more of his stuff is coming on line @ youtube.

from ROBERTOREG on Sattiddee, Feburrerry 26, 2011~
We gotta come with some cash so we can get Eddie Kirkland back in his old hometown of Dothan.

image courtesy of the '65 COROLLA

The Boss loves this circa 1943 image. Not many books printed on good paper that year.

Steve Hope image from the southeast corner of the intersection of 23rd & Univ. Blvd. circa 1978 Keith Richards on vocals

Hey y'all~
FEBURRERRY have been something & now spring is here so we made it through a nudder un.



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Right now, here's my favorite quote from TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.
"The problem, Mitch, is that we don't believe we are as much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we... might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we the way we care about our own.

"But believe me, when you are dying, you see it is true. We all have the same beginning-birth-and we all have the same end-death.So how different can we be?

"Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Not only did I enjoy your museum,
but reading that 1965 Georgia Review article by Helen Blackshear
y'all had on the wall has consumed some of my time. I have some friends in Selma & I thought I saw a Selma connection in Helen's story about Minnie, Zelda's Mama.

There are some serious errors in Helen's article about Mama Sayre.

On Sunday after I met you, I attended a funeral here in Tuscaloosa & saw one of Helen's daughters. I mentioned the Georgia Review article & Lynn recalled going over to Mama Sayre's house when she was a little girl and playing with one of her great grand daughters.

Zelda's main Selma connection is that her paternal grandmother, Musidora Morgan, was the older sister of John Tyler Morgan of Selma. U.S. Senator Morgan was also friends with Zelda's maternal grandfather, Willis B. Machen, U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

Enjoyed your museum & let me know if I can help you in any way.

Robert Register


Tell George Klein to set us up in Tunica for a weekend because I'm ready to come see y'all!

Here's the R. Crumb drawing of Mrs. Keith Dockery. Send me Alison's paper on the Dockery Plantation!

Here's the link to the entire R. Crumb CHARLIE PATTON Comic Book!



A buddy of mine emailed me a circa 1915 image of Temple Emanu-El that still stands across from our office on University Boulevard so, hopefully, I'll be able to download "then & now" pictures. This is the second time this has happened. I found the Maxwell House which is behind us on 6th St. on a turn of the century postcard. So neat to live in a neighborhood unchanged in over 100 years.

The steps going up to old location of Temple Emanu-El on the north side of the 2600 block of Univ. may be the same but I think what we have today is a different building. I'll get Lee to find out if their congregation has ever written a history.

Today, My BOSS bought a '67 Oracle, the yearbook of himzzzzzzzzzz high screwool, DEAR LANIER, @ a garage sale.


Wouldn't ya think Stacey was huntin' trouble when she named her infant/preschool daycare STACEY'S SWINGERS?


Think That Preacher in Paxton knowZZZZZZZZZZZZ OLD SCRATCH got a hold on them NORTH WALTON BABES!

We busted out the hula hoops for THE STRANGERS Sattiddee nite @ THE BEACH HOUSE in Laguna Beach!

Shelley Ingram You look soooo devious...oh yea, that's right you are!!!

Couldn't keep my mitts off of APHRODITE THE MERMAID Sunday morning on the shore of St. Andrews Bay.

Forgot to include to photo of PANAMA CITY BEACH ON SUNDAY FEB. 13, 2011!!!!!!!!!

THE TRI-STATES/WIREGRASS first Facebook Driven MUSIC Event occurred @ COWBOYS on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. THE PARKING LOT WAS FULL!

Roland Thompson
Robert, I have a lots of friends that I still miss to this Day wrote on that Memorial, Maybe we won't lose any this Year but we don't never Know. At least we all got to see one another and spend a few hours together.And yes John decided he had not Passed