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Popeye is an Alabama Native

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    Did you know the cartoon character Popeye was an Alabama native? ... The Coosa River can claim the world s most famous sailor as one of her own. The story
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      Did you know the cartoon character "Popeye" was an Alabama native?
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      The Coosa River can claim the world's most famous sailor as one of her
      own. The story goes back to 1913. The lock and dam at Mayo's Bar had
      been completed by the Corps of Engineers and the level of the Coosa had
      been raised to make navigation over the treacherous Horseleg Shoals
      much easier. The dam successfully raised the water level about 10 feet.
      Now the day to day task of keeping the channel clear fell to the Corps.
      They purchased the " Annie M" and renamed her "Leota". Her Captain was
      an Ohatchee, Alabama resident by the name of Sims. His son, Tom Sims,
      began drawing the comic strip "Thimble Theater" when it's creator Elzie
      Segar died in 1938.
      The strip's story line dealt with the Oyl family that owned a shipping
      business. Commodore Oyl had a son, Castor, and a daughter, Olive. One
      of the sailors that worked for the Commodore was a "wise cracking,
      spinach eating, chap" named Popeye. Tom Sims took that character, spun
      him off and gave him his own strip thus creating "Popeye the
      Sailorman".
      Tom Sims is quoted saying, "Fantastic as Popeye is, the whole story is
      based on facts. As a boy I was raised on the Coosa River. When I began
      writing the script for Popeye I put my characters back on the old
      "Leota" that I knew as a boy, transformed it into a ship and made the
      Coosa River a salty sea."
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