Alabama History/Culture in the News: 6-8, 19 June; 4-11 July & Bo nus Link
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**Willie T. Etheridge Sr., founder of barber chain, dies at age 71
Birmingham News 11 July 2003
**Good Boll Weevil News [editorial]
New York Times 9 July 2003 [requires free registration]
[ See also Boll Weevil Eradication http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1321881 a National Public Radio story which ran 7 July about the coming eradication of this pest. Nothing specific to Alabama in either of these items, though]
**Noted broadcaster Charles 'Mad Hatter' Merritt dies
Area radio personality's influence stretched beyond booth
Mobile Register 8 July 2003
**Monte Sano 'tavern' has surprises
Efforts to fix structure reveal artifacts, history of old meeting place
Huntsville Times 7 July 2003
**Inventor, musician James Clyde Mahan dies after wreck
Birmingham News 7 July 2003 3B
**Former Washington County schools chief Pearson dies
Mobile Register 7 July 2003
**The late Mel Allen: Alabama's Voice of the Yankees
Mobile Register 6 July 2003
**This Land is Our Land: Free State of Winston revisited in historical outdoor musical
Whoever said that history could be boring never heard about Looney's Tavern.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in North Alabama is Looney's Tavern Entertainment Park in Double Springs. It's mainstay is the musical drama called "The Incident at Looney's Tavern," based on a Civil War-era incident in Winston County. The production is in its 16th season.
Decatur Daily 6 July 2003
**Christ's Mission: Century-old church empty, future unclear
A little white clapboard and brick church sits vacant but not abandoned. Two women come to polish its pews, dust its pulpit, vacuum the floors and look after the grounds.
Once, children from nearby Decatur neighborhoods went there to sing "Jesus Loves Me" and to get lessons, hugs and sometimes food or clothing from a woman who reached out faithfully to them.
Christ's Mission, on Fourth Avenue at Sherman Street Southeast, gets a cleaning every couple of months or so from Donna Raker and her sister.
Decatur Daily 5 July 2003
**Former UAB president Hill dead at 80; oversaw major expansion
Birmingham News 5 July 2003
**1916 July 5- Very destructive early season hurricane strikes Mobile and Pensacola
area. 7 deaths result. Winds reached 82 mph. Tides were 11.6 feet above
normal. Pressure at Fort Morgan AL measured at 28.38 inches.
FROM: The Weather Notebook
**Vulcan's 1930s Kiwanis iron gates coming home
Birmingham News 4 July 2003
**Longtime Mobile city attorney Frederick Collins dies at 79
Longtime Mobile resident was a founding partner of Collins, Galloway and Murphy
Mobile Register 4 July 2003
**Anderson, Wallace ties strong
Late auto dealer was 'go-to guy' in local political arena
Huntsville Times 4 July 2003
**1987 July 11- Bo Jackson signs a $7.4 million contract to play football for the
Los Angeles Raiders for five years. Jackson becomes a two-sport
player as he continues to play baseball with the Kansas City
1906 July 7- Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, baseball pitcher, (Negro League and
American League) is born in Mobile, Alabama. (His birth year is
an estimate) In 1965, 59 years after Paige's supposed birthday,
he took the mound for the last time, throwing three shut-out
innings for the Kansas City Athletics. He will be inducted into
the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1971.
1948 July 7- The Cleveland Indians sign Leroy "Satchel" Paige at the age of
42. He will be the American League 'Rookie of the Year'.
1915 July 7- Margaret Walker is born in Birmingham, Alabama. Encouraged by
Langston Hughes and others, Walker will become a writer best
known for her volume of poetry 'For My People,' her novel
'Jubilee,' and a biography of novelist Richard Wright.
1990 July 6- Jesse Owens is honored on a stamp issued by the U.S. Postal
Service. Owens was a four-time Olympic gold medal winner in the
1936 Summer Games in Berlin.
1881 July 4- Tuskegee Institute opens in Tuskegee, Alabama, with Booker T.
Washington as its first president.
1892 July 4- Arthur George Gaston is born in a log cabin, built by his
grandparents, former slaves, in Marengo County, Alabama, near
Demopolis. He will drop out of school after the tenth grade and
will become one of the most successful proponents of Booker T.
Washington's brand of capitalism. A Washington disciple as a child,
Gaston became a self-made millionaire and one of the richest
African American men in America in the 1950s. His many businesses
thrived on the social separateness legislated by the Jim Crow laws
in segregated Alabama. Gaston will make it his personal mission
to urge African Americans to seek "green power," a term he
remembered Washington using. His quiet role in the civil right
movement was also noted, saying once that African Americans needed
a Martin Luther King, Jr. of economics to fire them up the way King
had about integration. Gaston made the following statement that
summed up his position on economic empowerment for people of color -
- "It doesn't do any good to arrive at first-class citizenship, if
you arrive broke." He will live to the age of 103.
1936 June 19- Joe Louis is knocked out by Max Schmeling in the 12th round of their
heavyweight boxing match. The German boxer earns his victory at
Yankee Stadium in New York.
1946 June 19- Joe Louis fights Billy Conn, in New York City, in the first
championship prize fight to be televised.
1864 June 19- In a famous duel between the USS Kearsage and the CSS Alabama off
Cherbourg, France, a brave African American sailor, Joachim Pease,
displays "marked coolness" and will win a Congressional Medal of
Honor. The CSS Alabama will be sunk.
1982 June 8- Leroy "Satchel" Paige, a pitcher in the Negro Leagues and the first
African American pitcher in the American League, joins the
ancestors in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 75. Paige is
heralded as one of the greatest early African American baseball
players in a career that spanned more than 40 years and was
enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame in 1971. [Paige was a Mobile native.]
1943 June 8- Willie Davenport is born in Troy, Alabama. He will become a star in
track and field events, whose career will span five Olympic Games
from 1964 to 1980, during which he won a gold and bronze medal. He
will be one of only eight U.S. Olympic athletes to have competed in
both the summer and winter games. Davenport will win the gold
medal in the 110-meter hurdles in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics,
and the bronze in the same event in Montreal, Quebec in 1976. After
four Olympic appearances in the hurdles, Davenport will compete as
the first African American member of the U.S. four-man bobsled team
in 1980. Davenport will coach the 1993 and 1994 U.S. Army Track
Team to victory in the Armed Forces Track & Field Championships.
He will be the head coach of the United States Army Track & Field
Team for the 1996 Olympics.
1987 June 7- Mae Jemison, becomes the first African American woman astronaut.
Jemison entered Stanford University as a 16-year-old National
Achievement Scholarship student. She majored in Chemical
Engineering and Afro-American Studies, graduating in 1977. She
then went on to Cornell University to get a M.D. in 1981. She
worked as a medical intern in Los Angeles, California in 1981.
Later, she served as a staff doctor with Peace Corps in West
Africa 1983-1985. Then she worked as a general practitioner
for CIGNA Health Plans of California in Los Angeles from 1985
to 1987. After her internship, she joined the Peace Corps for
two years in West Africa giving medical attention to Peace Corps
volunteers and State Department employees in Sierra Leone and
Liberia. Finally, she became an astronaut for the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston, Texas
in 1987. [Dr. Jemison was born in Decatur in 1956.]
1935 June 6- Jesse Owens is elected Captain of the 1936 track team at Ohio State
University. He is the first African American to hold such position
on any Ohio State Team.
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