>> I live in Virginia, right outside of DC. I went to grad. school at UAB
>> (two years) in Birmingham, and I found that I had picked up an interest in
>> the state. I got lucky in that I became friends with someone who also was
>> interested in state history, and we ended up exploring the state from
>> Muscle Shoals to the forts of Dauphin Island. Whenever I get back (about
>> once a year or so) I try to make a trip to Cahawba/Cahaba to see how the
>> restoration is going, and random side trips to places like Horseshoe Bend.
>> To try and keep my chops in shape, at the moment I am mowing through
>> "Alabama--The History of a Deep South State".
>OK Dean from the looks of this list. I think that we're the only ones in
>the United States. I always thought that I was just weird that I was
>studying states on my own and now I find all you cool peopel on here and
>I don't feel so weird anymore. So what interesting facts has everybody
>found out about Alabama.
...That many people had a hissy-fit when "Alabama--History of a Deep South
State" came out since it had more references to Werner von Braun than Bear
Bryant? Again with the football...
Actually, I remember when I first traveled to Birmingham when I started
grad. school, I was constantly surprised that Birmingham was a real city,
and not just a collection of shotgun shacks with Bubbas out on the porch
wearing overalls with no shoes, drinking from a jug of hootch. Nice city.
Which reminds me <Question for the group>: If George Wallace hadn't blocked
Interstate highway funding in and around Birmingham, do you think that
Birmingham could have challenged Atlanta for supremacy in the Southeast?