Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dothan High coach Rip Hewes from the '33 Corolla.

Coach Hewes is holding a rabbit that's about to be in a race before a big game.
The other cats in the picture have their sticks to poke the rabbits exposed but Coach Hewes didn't SHOW a stick.
Betcha Coach Hewes had a stick.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A belated FELIZ CUMPLEANOS, BON ANNIVERSAIRE & HAPPY BIRFDAY to my ONE YEAR OLD lovely niece, Ally Hines,from Memphis. Ally was born August 25, 2010.

I'm starting to post images @ ZERO, NORTHWEST, FLORIDA but most of my shots of ARS from the Dothan show are on my Facebook wall right now.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Good Ole U.S. of A.!

Hopefully you sent Pat all she needs to know
However, here some mo'...

The link for googling "robertoreg"

The first 2 pages are MEGASTRONG but it starts breaking up on Page 3 but with "A DISCERNING EYE" you can find MEGAKEWL sites up off ALL out into & amongst the over 4000 links for "robertoreg"


Some heavy blues captured my imagination tonight.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

All nine August 27ths in CUBA,ALABAMA/ZERO,NORTHWEST FLORIDA from 2003 until 2011:

Wednesday,August 27, 2003

Friday, August 27, 2004

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Monday, August 27, 2007

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Friday, August 27, 2010

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Robert Register

courtesy of the TUSCALOOSA NEWS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On the maps, the line between Alabama and Florida appears as a bold black line. There are signs on the highways marking the spots where cars cross from one state into the other.

But for many years, the original state line was lost. Now, a Tuscaloosa man working with Auburn University has helped rediscover it.

"Ever since I've come to Tuscaloosa, I've heard people talk about the mound line," said Milton Denny, a surveyor who works part time with Auburn. "The line was probably the least defined line between the states because nobody knew where the mounds were."

Discovery of the original line doesn't change the official state line. Alabama and Florida have settled on 31 degrees latitude as the border, which can be easily located with modern technology. But most land surveys on either side of the border are based on the original line.

"We're hoping to come up with a map that will show good locations where the mounds are," Denny said. "And record that map in courthouses on both sides of the line."

The mound line, known as Ellicott's Line, was established by Andrew Ellicott, a prominent surveyor for the government in the republic's early years. He also worked on the Mason-Dixon line and the original survey of Washington, D.C.

To establish the boundary between Spanish Florida and the United States at the 31-degree line, Ellicott surveyed a line from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean. The line would eventually become the Alabama-Florida state line east of Baldwin County to the Georgia state line, Denny said.

In Alabama, the best known marker for the line is Ellicott's Stone, a stone monument at the Mobile River.

"It's probably one of the oldest monuments in Alabama," Denny said. "Anything before 1800 in Alabama is pretty old."

To mark the rest of the line, the survey crew erected mounds about 4 feet tall about every mile. Over the years, farming and logging operations and ordinary erosion took their toll. Wooded areas grew up, the landscape changed and the mounds disappeared from sight.

By last year, only two were actually known, one near the Conecuh River and one near the Chattahoochee River. That gave Denny something to work with.

The line had been resurveyed in 1854 and a map created of the mounds. A historical researcher discovered the map of the resurvey and passed it on to Denny.

Using the map, the two known mounds and technology including Google Earth, Global Information System and Global Positioning System, Denny devised a formula to determine where the mounds are. He tested the theory by using the formula to locate the two known mounds and was dead on.

But going out and physically finding the mounds was a different matter. The area where they are is filled with swamps, marshes and beaver ponds.

Part of Denny's work with Auburn includes conducting workshops in the field for surveyors who need to renew their certification or get extra training. He decided to make finding the mounds the exercise for the Dec. 3-4 workshop.

Forty surveyors signed up for the project. Using Denny's formula, they searched the swamps and woods of South Alabama and North Florida for the mounds.

"We were excited because we were finding them where I thought they would be," Denny said. "We were finding them to a 10th of a second of where we thought they would be. And they were surveyors and when they found them, they could recognize what they were."

Warren Brown, a registered professional engineer from Tuscaloosa, took part in the project. His crew started out slowly. The first few sites they searched were agricultural fields or pine plantations, and it was obvious that the mounds would no longer be there.

Then they went to another site that hadn't seen as much human disturbance. They used hand-held GPS units to find the coordinates that Denny had provided and then began a circular search pattern around the coordinates.

"That first mound that we found, it was extremely exciting," Brown said. "We had literally just about given up and were heading back to the vehicles. I just kept my eyes on the ground and I saw it. I didn't know it was the mound. But I got up and stood on top of it and looked around 360 degrees and said, 'I think this is it.' "

The entire party began looking at the ground and Tuscaloosa resident Ike Espy pointed to the center of the mound.

"Right under my feet was a stake or what surveyors call a hub," Brown said. "It was a hand-hewn fat pine stake that some surveyor had put in the ground. Chances are it was pretty old. This was obviously the work of a surveyor from many, many years ago."

Brown's crew located two mounds with certainty and two more that appeared likely. They were usually within 50 feet of Denny's coordinates, but were well camouflaged by their surroundings.

"They don't pop out at you," Brown said. "You kind of look for a uniform depression in the ground that forms a 10- to 12-foot circle. Once you found the depression, the mound kind of pops out at you. The giveaway was the depression around the mound."

When the original survey crew made the mounds, it appeared that they stood in a circle and dug a trench around the point they were marking and used the dirt to make a mound. Not only would there be a mound, there would also be a depression around it. More dirt was added to them during the 1854 survey.

"It was like a doughnut when they finished," Denny said.

Later surveyors often drove stakes into the mounds as markers, making them easier to identify. But time took its toll on the mounds and changed their appearance.

"It's been a long time," Denny said. "There were a few of them where a surveyor had put a cedar post in them. That made it pretty easy. Most of them now are between 1 foot and 2.5 feet tall. They are generally round."

In some places, farming and logging obliterated the mounds. The more remote the location, the more likely the mounds were to still be there.

"The place that you find most of them is the most undesirable, undisturbed ground, the swamps," Denny said. "If it's been timbered and they're running all the machines over them, it probably ruins them."

Originally, there were 120 mounds. Denny expects to eventually be able to document 35 to 40.

"We have 24 of the mounds that we are absolutely certain of, and we put concrete markers on them," Denny said. "We have 10 locations that, because of flooding and problems with property owners, we haven't searched yet."

Denny is also working with a division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that is responsible for state boundaries. They are trying to locate the spots where mounds have disappeared as well.

"Eventually, we would like to put a monument back in, even though the mound is gone," Denny said.

Working to find the mounds adds to Denny's appreciation for Ellicott's work. He had to sift his way through politics as well as swamps.

Ellicott discovered that Natchez, Miss., was above 31 degrees. When the Spanish found that they had ceded an important river port, they were angry. The two countries almost came to blows over it.

The wrangling with the Spanish delayed his work for a couple years. When he did start, he found the swampy terrain difficult to cover, Denny said. Ellicott got a schooner so that he could sail down the coast, run up rivers and use it for a base to survey from.

And trying to survey the line was technically difficult.

"The line is not technically a straight line," Denny said. "It's a latitude and it goes around the earth. The earth is a sphere and it's a curving line. He's in the field in 1799 sitting in a tent and he's using spherical trigonometry to calculate the difference between a straight line and a latitude. That's amazing."

Friday, August 26, 2011

Kewlist thang 'bout Sattiddee nite WUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ findin' out 'bout Wetumpka's Nancy Lee Andrews.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I guess the only images I have of Archie's place are photographs that aren't scanned so it'll have to be a surprise but it's a nice place.You'll love it!
Right now we've got the world on our side so let's do our best & GIVE 'EM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT!
Here's the only image I have from Archie's place.

Taken on Archie's Deck on Pequeno St. in Dauphin Island on Monday,December 27,2010

I love you, Jacquetta.


Spanish Defenses from 1797 @ Ft. Barrancas on PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION. This is the best place you could find to see the entrance of Pensacola Bay. This is where Ellicott encountered the Spanish Navy when his ship entered Pensacola Bay in the summer of 1799.

Friday, August 19, 2011

'Bout the stupidest s&*t I've seen lately was posted today:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The University opened a world class art museum near the corner of 6th St. & 23rd.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Next Saturday will be a major milestone for my blog ROCK PILGRIMAGE.

Jesus Way Homeless Shelter ~ 2600 block of 24th St.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I remember Jim Vickery was the drummer in BILL FARMER'S BAND @ the Elk's but the first band he played with was called the "Arabian Knights" and their theme song was "The Sheik" members included Harry Bedsole, Robert Morris, D.G. Farmer, Buddy Riley and Willie Coleman.
One of Bill Farmer's original gigs was THE BLUE ROOM @ THE BEE LINE CLUB.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The big thing about Aug. 8, 1861, during the Civil War was that the U.S. Sec. of War told Gen. Benjamin Butler to adhere to fugitive slave laws in Union territory but to never return escaped slaves to their Confederate owners.

Monday, August 08, 2011

As if you needed to know HOW STUPID OUR GOVERNMENT IS, today I spoke to the owner of a hardware store here in town whose family has been in business here since 1909. I axed him to order me some two prong outlets. He replied,"Do they still make 'em? I haven't seen one since the Seventies!" Yes, they do make them & Housing & Urban Development requires them because replacing them with a 3 prong plug causes the HUD tester to register "OPEN GROUND." This is Right Up There with the lead paint law. "ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR DAH ILLYFOAMED & 'FLICTIFIED"!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Already planning my little vacation during the Saturday, Aug. 20th weekend. I've got my backstage pass for the ALS~Lou Gehrig's Disease gig with The Rhythm Section & Joe Billy. I won't both anybody. I'll just be passed out in the back of that Bay Limo with the stripper pole. May end up on Dauphin Island before it's all over with. Of course, the only way I'll be able to accomplish that feat will be to submit to constant adult supervision.

Francesco Quinn who worked with our friend Lance Miccio as both an actor & business partner @ HAPPYTRAILERSHD passed away suddenly Friday in Malibu.
Lance, please express OUR DEEP SOUTH condolences to Francesco's family & friends.

While browsing through THE REGISTER ARCHIVES, I found a pamphlet published in Livingston with that AMERICAN REVOLUTION BICENTENNIAL money the Feds passed out back in '75. It includes some stuff about our great departed brother, GEORGE FLUKER,JR. so I put that part on my blog & republished everything I've done on FLUKER over the years.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Alison Heafner holds up a ROCK 'N ROLL TRADITION started by The Candymen & The Atlanta Rhythm Section.


Alwayzzzz been a serious student of LITTLE CHURCHES.
I decided to start, not only documenting them, but documenting the unoccupied dwellings they generally will most certainly occupy one mo' agin'.

Friday, August 05, 2011

The RT TV Network (a Moscow based state run Russian Communist network formally known as RUSSIA TODAY) ABSOLUTELY LOVED Al Gore's call for Americans "to take it to the skreet."
Here's what the Communists had to say yesterday.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Eat yo' heart out, ALABAMA! See we be so inclusive & tolerant & diverse & sophisticated here in Old Tuskeeloosee that we fly the Moslem flag when we have Grand Openings for our restaurants in our pluralistic & hospitable 21st century community!

Cleaning off my family plot in the City Cemetery over July 4th , got tired & retreated to the coping of a neighboring plot because the shadow of one those weird cedars that grow straight up like columns was where I needed to sit to cool off. I looked down into the marble pebbles in the plot & saw the neck of a bottle. Pull it up & I bet it's one of Grover's. We worked the City Cemetery the summer of '68. I wrote the lyrics to this song about how he killed his girlfriend. Grover killed himself @ the scene of the crime but TANTON put THE BALLAD OF GROVER & BECKY on the INTERNET!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Loved the Jesse McCartney song & so glad you enjoyed the Morton Report. I found that "Death leaves a heartache" expression off the Web & it's mostly attributed to an Irish tombstone but I think it's a translation of the Gallic or whatever their language was.

I'm also so glad that you don't seem to be bothered with the volume of material I've put on the Net or of my many adventures.
Like I said this afternoon, I really think I'VE ALWAYZZZZZZZZZ BEEN THE SAME GUY!

I'll try to call as soon as I feel like THE WHEELS OF PROGRESS are turning.


'74 passport photo

I don't think Dougie Bailey mentioned THE DOTHAN RIOT in DEVIL MAKE A THIRD but I DO THINK that both the riot & Dougie's story of Buck Bannon's rise to power have a lot in common.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


left to right: Bill Gilmore, Robert Nix, Rodney Justo, Dean Daughtry, John Rainey Adkins

You KNOW you gittin' to be AN OLD REDNECK when your biggest thrill all day is getting an email picture from your #1 high school sweetheart of her parent's couch BEFORE THE TURNAYDER!
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Monday, August 01, 2011

In praise of CRAPE MYRTLE, August's flower!
A bonzai Crape Myrtle from Wikipedia!

This afternoon I drove over to B'ham & attended a superb lecture & slide show by renowned photographer, Rowland Scherman.
Rowland Scherman, Shades Valley's Pete Owen, legendary B'ham & Gulf Coast entrepreneur,Mountain Brook's Joe Wallace,owner of Cast Stone of Alabama