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    fyi..aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu **She s not bored out of her gourd -- Kathy Echols turns them into whimsical pieces of art
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      **She's not bored out of her gourd -- Kathy Echols turns them into whimsical pieces of art
      http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/livingtoday/011209/gourd.shtml

         Kathy Echols has never had an art lesson, but she hasn't let that stop her from turning gourds into snowmen, angels and Santas.
         One snowman may wear a tophat, another a cowboy hat and bandana, and another a sock hat, but they have one thing in common: they start out as gourds. Then she cleans 'em up, gives them a base coat and paints and decorates them to suit her own taste, often pulling ideas from magazines.
         Her parents, Burl and Carolyn Slaten of Brooksville, started growing some gourds, along with making sorghum syrup. "Daddy wanted some of us to see what we could do with them," said Mrs. Echols.
         "We went to the Alabama gourd show in 2000 to get some ideas, and now the gourds have just sort of taken over." ...
      Decatur Daily 9 Dec 2001

      **Johanna Littleton -- Muslim influence seen in Decatur artist's show
      http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/diversions/011209/muslim.shtml

         The experience of living in Esfahan, Iran, for six months and Java, Indonesia, for two years led to the art exhibit on display this month at Calhoun Community College's Fine Arts Gallery.
         "Living in these predominantly Muslim countries gave me a different perspective than many in Alabama would have, because I see individual faces of people when these countries are mentioned," said Johanna Littleton of Decatur, whose one-woman exhibit is called "Seeing eye to eye . . . is only a beginning."
         She calls this series of acrylic paintings "The Family of Man" and uses faceless people to produce "an enigmatic quality of mystery" in her work, which ranges in size from miniatures to 4-foot paintings with titles such as "Sultan's Garden," "Persian Delight" and "Waiting in the Marketplace." ..
      Decatur Daily 9 Dec 2001

      **1931 Dec 7- Comer Cottrell is born in Mobile, Alabama.  In 1970, he will
              become founder and president of Pro-line Corporation, the
              largest African American-owned business in the southwest, which
              he will start with $ 600 and a borrowed typewriter.  An
              entrepreneur with a wide range of interests, Cottrell will
              also become the first African American to own a part of a
              major league baseball team, the Texas Rangers, in 1989.

      **1985 Dec 7- Bo Jackson of Auburn University wins the Heisman Trophy.

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      **Rights activist honored
      Selma youth advocate wins international award
      http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/10076337111166317.xml
      Birmingham News 6 Dec 2001

      **Book Factory plans signings for authors Booth, Grelen
      Events will take place Saturday in Foley
      http://www.al.com/news/mobileregister/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/10076337341166467.xml
      Mobile Register 6 Dec 2001

      **1886 Dec 6- The Great Appalachian SnowStorm was winding down. 42 inches of snow
      fell during in some locations during the 3-day storm. Asheville NC picked up
      33 inches of snow. Montgomery AL had a record snowfall of 11 inches
      FROM: The Weather Notebook ABC 33/40 <matt@...>

      **Civil rights series ends with praise from crowd
      Lecturer at A&M says Alabama's movement 'produced real change'
      http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/10075810711011090.xml
      Huntsville Times 5 Dec 2001

      **With Ed Zompa's death, Madison loses linchpin
      http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1007579712422114.xml
      Huntsville Times 5 Dec 2001

      **Astronaut Hall of Fame up for sale
      Cash-starved Huntsville foundation looking for ways to pay its bills
      http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/10074933381511153.xml
      Huntsville Times 4 Dec 2001

      **Friends recall how principal enriched the lives of many
      Jim Black's sudden death shocks those in, outside school system
      http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/100749338115111193.xml
      Huntsville Times 4 Dec 2001

      **Jim Black's legacy
      Lincoln's principal, who died Sunday, gave students love - and no excuses for failure
      http://www.al.com/opinion/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/opinion/10074933261511129.xml
      Huntsville Times 4 Dec 2001

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