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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 8-14 July & Bonus Material

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  • Amos J Wright
    Listings since July 2002 are also at http://www.anes.uab.edu/alahistnews0.htm as well as in the archives of alabamahistory at Yahoo:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 14, 2006
      Listings since July 2002 are also at

      as well as in the archives of alabamahistory at Yahoo:

      Listings prior to that date are in the archives.

      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in
      reverse chronological order within each section.

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      **Saturn V event features Apollo veterans [July 15]
      Astronauts will be special guests at ground-breaking
      Huntsville Times 13 July 2006

      **Alabama Experience: Thunder in Huntsville
      Times this episode will air on APT:
      Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 12:30PM
      Explore the Alabama connection to the Apollo moon landing. The program
      focuses on the thousands of engineers and technicians who worked at the
      Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, where the powerful Saturn V
      launch vehicle was designed.

      **Holy Smoke
      Times this episode will air on APT:
      Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 7:00PM
      Holy Smoke over Birmingham follows BBQ in nine Birmingham area
      restaurants including Bob Sykes, Carlile's, Costa's, Full Moon, Johnny
      Ray's, Miss Myra's, Original Golden Rule, Tin Roof, and the Top Hat BBQ.
      Program web site: http://www.alabamatv.org/news/bbq_night.htm


      **City Federal work starts at the top [restoration of 1913 building]
      Birmingham News 14 July 2006

      **Fountain [built in 1964] at Lauderdale courthouse to be replaced
      Florence Times Daily 14 July 2006

      **1983 murder trial [of Randy Turpin Bell] in small town had large
      [Turpin died on Alabama's death row earlier this week]
      Montgomery Advertiser 14 July 2006

      **Decatur Negro High, Lakeside graduates remember past, look to future
      Decatur Daily 14 July 2006

      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1856, 1906, etc.]
      Mobile Press-Register 14 July 2006

      **The dead less likely to let us down [in naming buildings, parks, etc.]
      Birmingham News 13 July 2006

      **Architect to revive Famous theater in historic black area for office,
      lofts [built as movie theater 79 years ago]
      Birmingham News 13 July 2006

      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1856, 1906, etc.]
      Mobile Press-Register 13 July 2006

      **Mayor [of Mountain Brook] leads effort to restore Woodlawn High's WPA
      Birmingham News 12 July 2006

      **Local teen's courthouse curiosity results fun trips
      James Robert Dearman visited every one in state
      Huntsville Times 12 July 2006

      **Huntsville book on Cold War era still on launch pad
      Pulitzer winner [Diane] McWhorter says new work tougher
      Huntsville Times 12 July 2006

      **WPA mural [at Woodlawn H.S.] needs help; alumni go to rescue
      Birmingham News 12 July 2006

      **Trussville Baptist Church commemorates 185 years
      Birmingham News 12 July 2006

      **Blake school demolition to make way for housing
      [elementary school closed in early 1990s]
      Florence Times Daily 12 July 2006

      **1849 July 12: Sir William Osler, Canadian physician, teacher, author
      [is born. Among the many published works of the great physician is the
      essay "An Alabama Student" about the antebellum Huntsville physician
      John Y. Bassett; the essay can be read here:
      http://www.medicalarchives.jhmi.edu/osler/alabacontents.htm ]
      FROM: Poor Gabriel's Almanac poorgabriel@...

      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1856, 1906, etc.]
      Mobile Press-Register 12 July 2006

      **Petrified tree found Saturday in Clio
      A huge petrified tree was dug out of the ground Saturday morning on
      Bernard Easterling's property in southern Barbour County just outside
      Eufaula Tribune 11 July 2006

      **Norwood church bridges years, races for worship
      Birmingham News 11 July 2006

      **Alabamians dig up petrified tree
      Decatur Daily 11 July 2006

      **New attraction [missle] added to Veterans Park
      Florence Times Daily 11 July 2006

      **Bid to rename city park sparks debate [Bham Caldwell Park]
      Montgomery Advertiser 11 July 2006

      **1951 July 14- The George W. Carver National Monument is dedicated in
      Joplin, Missouri. This is the first national monument to honor an

      1968 July 14- Hank Aaron hit his 500th career home run in Atlanta,
      Georgia leading the Braves to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
      (In April of 1974, Hammerin' Hank will eclipse the old home run mark of
      714 held by Babe Ruth.)

      1864 July 12- George Washington Carver, African American botanist is
      born in Diamond Grove, Missouri. He will receive a B.S. from the Iowa
      Agricultural College in 1894 and a M.S. in 1896. He will become a member
      of the faculty of Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanics in
      charge of the school's bacterial laboratory work in the Systematic
      Botany department. His work with agricultural products develops
      industrial applications from farm products, called chemurgy in technical
      literature in the early 1900s. His research will develop 325 products
      from peanuts, 108 applications for sweet potatoes, and 75 products
      derived from pecans. He will move to Tuskegee, Alabama in 1896 to accept
      a position as an instructor at the Tuskegee Institute of Technology and
      remain on the faculty until his death in 1943. His work in developing
      industrial applications from agricultural products will derive 118
      products, including a rubber substitute and over 500 dyes and pigments
      from 28 different plants. He will receive the Spingarn Medal from the
      NAACP in 1923. He will be responsible for the invention in 1927 of a
      process for producing paints and stains from soybeans, for which three
      separate patents were issued. George Washington Carver will be bestowed
      with an honorary doctorate from Simpson College in 1928. He will be made
      a member of the Royal Society of Arts in London, England. Dr. Carver
      will be honored by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on July 14,
      1943 when $30,000 is committed for a national monument to be dedicated
      to his accomplishments. The area of Carver's childhood near Diamond
      Grove, Missouri
      will be preserved as a park, with a bust of the agricultural researcher,
      instructor, and chemical investigator. This park will be the first
      national monument dedicated to an African American in the United States.

      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 Royals.
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1856, 1906, etc.]
      Mobile Press-Register 11 July 2006

      **Bid to rename Birmingham [Caldwell] park raises debate over history
      Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 10 July 2006

      **Lifestyles: Making time for history
      Brewton Standard 10 July 2006

      **Petrified tree dug up at Clio believed rare in Wiregrass area
      Tuscaloosa News 10 July 2006

      **Muscle Shoals [school] district plans 50-year celebration
      Florence Times Daily 8 July 2006


      **Fairhope street artist [Bill Harrison] got 'hooked' on painting at a
      young age
      Mobile Press-Register 14 July 2006

      **[Huntsville] Art museum growth plan gets boost from Shelby
      $10M to $12M expansion includes gallery, auditorium
      Huntsville Times 13 July 2006

      **Pure country
      Former Hartselle resident Brett Greer stays true to his roots with his
      Decatur Daily 13 July 2006

      **Locally made full-length film ["When I Find the Ocean"] finds
      Florence Times Daily 13 July 2006

      **Limestone goat cheese goes global
      Montgomery Advertiser 12 July 2006

      **Rock 'n' roll realization
      Persistence pays off for '93 Austin grad who will perform Friday on
      Tonight Show [Philip Shouse, lead guitarist of rock band Morningwood]
      Decatur Daily 12 July 2006

      **Calhoun safe amid firing: Chancellor dismissal shouldn't stop downtown
      fine arts plan, board member says
      Decatur Daily 12 July 2006

      **July 11, 2006: Actress and UA graduate Sela Ward turns 50.

      **John Sayles to direct next film in south Alabama
      ["Honeydripper", Butler County]
      Montgomery Advertiser 10 July 2006

      **Childhood trips, memories spark volunteer work at [Children's
      Hands-On] museum
      Tuscaloosa News 11 July 2006


      **Milan B. Williams, 58, Commodores Keyboardist, Dies
      New York Times 13 July 2006

      **Civic leader [Harlan C.] Meredith was best known for YMCA work
      Tuscaloosa News 13 July 2006

      **Cecil Langford, former Notasulga mayor, dies at 70
      Montgomery Advertiser 12 July 2006

      **Man in precedent-setting case dies [Randy Turpin Bell]
      Montgomery Advertiser 12 July 2006

      **Convicted killer Bell dies natural death on Death Row
      [Believed to be first person in Ala. ever convicted of murder when body
      wasn't found]
      Birmingham News 12 July 2006

      **Original Commodores member [Milan B. Williams] dies at 58
      Montgomery Advertiser 11 July 2006

      **Wallace Potts [Ala. native], 59, Nureyev Film Archivist, Is Dead
      New York Times 11 July 2006


      **Saturn V Restoration Project
      U.S. Space and Rocket Center


      **Robert McCammon at MySpace

      **URL: http://www.dollsgen.com/maconobits.htm
      TITLE: Macon County Alabama Obituary Project
      DESCRIPTION: Obituaries for those with roots in Macon County, AL.


      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
      Associate Professor
      Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia

      Department of Anesthesiology Library
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      619 19th Street South, JT965
      Birmingham AL 35249-6810

      (205) 975-0158
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