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Ala. History/Culture in the News: 16-20 July & Bonus Material

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  • Amos J Wright
    NOTE: Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are presumably
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 20, 2009





      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are presumably working at the time I send this email. Many of the articles listed are printed in other Alabama newspapers; in general, I do not attempt to list all appearances of an article. Some dates given are those when the item was posted to the newspaper or magazine web site. Some items are listed without links because I either could not find online versions or could not find a free one.



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      WARNING: Many articles on newspaper and magazine web sites are accompanied by nasty, anonymous comments about individuals and subjects in the posted articles. Some articles in these listings will unfortunately include such commentary.







      Additional articles can often be found at Google, Topix or Yahoo news sites:










      Please note that many articles continue beyond the single web page I have linked here. Web sites related to some articles often appear in the "Bonus Material" section.










      ** Prattville to Celebrate Founder's Birthday [July 20; Daniel Pratt's 120th]


      Montgomery Advertiser 17 July 2009


      **Exhibit represents wide range of artists [through Aug. 21; Tennessee Valley Museum of Art]


      Florence Times-Daily 19 July 2009


      **Exhibit in Mobile features art with a light twist [through Sept. 6]


      Florence Times-Daily 19 July 2009

      ** Ala. woman’s artwork explored [ Carnegie Visual Arts Center , Decatur ]
      [Adelaide Mahan, who died in 1959]
      Montgomery Advertiser 20 July 2009






      **Four cemeteries added to historic register
      [ Church Street , Magnolia, Spring Hill, Casher Community]
      Mobile Press-Register 20 July 2009

      **Looking Back [50, 25, etc., years ago this week]
      Tuscaloosa News 20 July 2009


      **New documentary puts [Wernher] von Braun center stage


      Huntsville Times 19 July 2009


      **Anticipation for circus turns to scene of tragedy [in Alabama City in early 1900s]


      Gadsden Times 19 July 2009


      **Famous rabbi buried in Tuscaloosa

      He was best known for marrying Anne Frank’s parents, but Rabbi Davin Schoenberger also had ties to Alabama that few knew


      Tuscaloosa News 19 July 2009


      **A survivor's journey [Rabbi Davin Schoenberger]


      Tuscaloosa News 19 July 2009

      **The Family That Rejected Jim Crow

      [Review of W. Ralph Eubanks, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of An Interracial Family in the American South, a memoir set in Washington Co. town of Prestwick]
      Washington Post 19 July 2009


      **SOUTHERN LIGHTS: Photos bring father’s life into focus

      [Ben Windham's column; this one about his father, who died when he was six]


      Tuscaloosa News 19 July 2009


      ** Birmingham has connections to Gone With the Wind [film]


      Birmingham News 18 July 2009


      **Local residents offer memories of man's first landing on the moon


      Gadsden Times 18 July 2009


      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1859, 1909, etc.]
      July 20: http://tinyurl.com/nu27l6

      July 19: http://tinyurl.com/m3xw6q   

      July 18: http://tinyurl.com/l8ltjn

      Mobile Press-Register

      1974 July 20- Baseball great, Hank Aaron, breaks Ty Cobb's record, as

                he appears in game number 3,034 of his career.  Aaron,

                age 40, is playing in his 20th season of major-league



      1973 July 19- Willie Mays is named to the National League all star team

                for the 24th time, tying Stan Musial for the record number

                of appearances.


      1941 July 19- The first Army flying school for African Americans is

                dedicated in Tuskegee , Alabama .


      1941 July 18- Martha Reeves is born in Eufaula , Alabama .  Her family will

                move to Detroit , Michigan before her first birthday. As a

                child, she will sing in her grandfather's church and in

                school, and continue her vocal training through high school.

                After graduating in 1959, she will join a girl group called

                the Fascinations, and the following year co-founds the

                Del-Phis, whose membership will include the future

                Vandellas. In 1961, she will win a talent contest as a solo

                act and get a nightclub engagement performing as Martha

                LaVaille. There she will be noticed by Motown executive

                William "Mickey" Stevenson, who will invite her to stop by

                the label's offices. She will not land an audition right

                away, but will parlay her visit into a secretarial job in

                the A&R department. She will catch a lucky break when backup

                singers are needed for a recording session, and the Del-Phis

                will wind up supporting Marvin Gaye on his first hit, 1962's

                "Stubborn Kind of Fellow." Stevenson will be impressed

                enough to record a Del-Phis (renamed the Vels) single,

                "You'll Never Cherish a Love So True ('Til You Lose It),"

                and release it on Motown's Mel-O-Dy subsidiary. One day,

                Mary Wells fails to show up for a recording session, and

                musicians' union rules demand that a lead vocalist be

                present on the microphone -- so she will be hastily tapped

                to sing "I'll Have to Let Him Go." That song will become

                the first single credited to the newly renamed Martha & the

                Vandellas in 1963. Their second single, the ballad "Come

                and Get These Memories," will reach the Rhythm & Blues Top

                Five. Martha & the Vandellas will rack up an impressive

                slate of Motown classics that will include the Top Five

                smashes "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" and "Dancing in the

                Street," plus "Nowhere to Run," "I'm Ready for Love,"

                "Jimmy Mack," and "Honey Chile ," all of which will make the

                Rhythm & Blues Top Five. Martha & the Vandellas' run of

                success will continue through 1967. They will continue to

                perform and record for several more years, but will never

                match their past success and will disband in December 1972

                after a farewell concert in Detroit . She will eventually

                leave Motown and record for other labels with minimal

                success. In 1989, she will reunite with original Vandellas

                Annette Sterling and Rosalind Holmes and cut the single

                "Step Into My Shoes" for British producer Ian Levine's

                Motor City label. However, she will continue to make her

                primary living on the nostalgia circuit. She will be

                inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. 


      1970 July 18- Willie Mays gets his 3,000th base hit.


      1988 July 16- [ Ala. native] Carl Lewis runs 100 meters in 9.78 seconds.

      1894 July 16- A group of African-American miners in Alabama is killed by

                striking white miners.
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **b. 07-16-1916 - Lionel Baxter - d. 11-11-2000

      sportscaster: WAPI Birmingham , Alabama
      old.time.radio Digest V2009 Issue #133






      ** Huntsville soprano Susanna Phillips selected for Julliard recital
      Huntsville Times blog 20 July 2009


      **Man's battle with cancer inspires booklet [Marty Gray]

      [Has stories of other church members also]


      Florence Times-Daily 19 July 2009


      **Butterfly artists inspired by people, history, local icons [in Decatur ]


      Florence Times-Daily 18 July 2009


      ** Andalusia hosts 34th annual world domino games


      Montgomery Advertiser 18 July 2009


      **Aspiring actor lands TV role of a Lifetime [Nick Willis]


      Florence Times-Daily 18 July 2009


      **Tough times mean brisk business for used bookstore [Book Rack in Tuscaloosa ]


      Tuscaloosa News 17 July 2009







      **Choctaw political kingmaker dies [William L. Utsey]


      Mobile Press-Register 19 July 2009







      ** Warner-Westervelt Museum of Art [ Tuscaloosa ]







      ** Alabama History Community Calendar



      **Traditional Cultural Events in Alabama



      **Literary Events in Alabama [via Alabama Writers Forum]






      ** Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies & Records Repositories



      ** Alabama Historical Association Marker Index



      ** Alabama History Resources on the Internet



      ** Birmingham Rewound



      **Project to Document the Birmingham District

      [Includes the BhamWiki and the Magic City Flickr group]



      **activeculture.info [cultural events calendar for central Alabama ]



      **activeculture.info History Events



      **activeculture.info Literature Events





      **alabamahistory related links



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      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.

      Associate Professor

      Director, History of Anesthesia Section 


      Department of Anesthesiology Library

      University of Alabama at Birmingham

      619 19th Street South, JT965

      Birmingham AL 35249-6810

      (205) 975-0158

      (205) 975-5963 [fax]




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