Saturday, September 24, 2016

Parts of the Big Picture (Atlanta)

At an establishment in Kennesaw yesterday I sat mesmerized in front of a huge photo Mural of Atlanta, south, looking north. I think I recognized many of the buildings, such as the Federal Annex where I worked and the Richard Russell and Southern Railroad buildings next door.
I whipped out my iphone and snapped a few detailed studies, such as below:

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Grady Hospital

The block Scrooge McDuck vault looking building  in the foreground used to be the state archives.  I used to research genealogy  there.

On the horizon, right to left: Federal Annex (where I worked), Richard B. Russell Federal Building (where Atlanta Terminal was and where I was mugged once), and Southern Railway Building (where I was also mugged one time)..


Friday, September 23, 2016

Roy Faulkner died

Roy Faulkner, the man who is credited with carving  Stone Mountain, has died at age 84.

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Garth's Arm around Herman, a rare scene

Left to right:  Garth Cain, Herman Wrigley, Herman's wife Marilyn , and I think either the station manager or acting Marietta Postmaster.  This picture is inside the Sprayberry Post Office ten years or so ago to say thanks to Herman for his devotion to the Postal Service.  He had just retired.
Ironically Garth Cain, the ex-postmaster has his hand on Herman, like he is petting him.  Garth died a several years ago.  

Herman and Garth had a love-hate relationship, sort of.

I remember one time Garth gave Herman some good advice, paraphrased:  "Only be concerned with what you can control, it is bad for your health to worry about things you can't change."


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Aunt and Uncle 50th Anniversary 21 Years ago

Rarely I have the exact dates on photographs I took, but this time I do: June 19, 1995.  It is the 50th Wedding Anniversary of my uncle and aunt, Leonard Petty (1924-2001) and Jeannette Phillips Petty (1925-2004) over 21 years ago.
Leonard was an optician.  He worked for Dr. Cutherson then went into own business.  In Marietta Petty Optician shared a building with Woody's Barbershop.  After Leonard had died I learned that he and the proprietor of Woody's Barber Shop was most likely distant cousins from our roots in Fanning County.
Leonard also owned horse boarding stables in Powder Springs that I think he partnered with his daughter LaVern.

Jeannette was born in Detroit.  Leonard met her when he was in the Navy.  They had three daughters and a son and a black and white long haired dog named Sooner.

Their children and children', and children's children and spouses.

Leonard Francis Petty 1930

Anthony Rollins (son of Opal Petty)

Billy Petty (son of Leonard and Jeannette) and grandson

Center two: Billy Petty, son of Billy, and LaVern, Leonard and Jeannette's youngest daughter

Cheryl and her father Wallace Petty

Janie Petty Hunter and her daughters Frances and Bonnie

Surprised!  LaVern and mother Jeannette


Leonard and daughter LaVonne

Susan Petty Kirkendal (Leonard and Jeannette's daughter) serving.

Sarah Petty McLemore and friend

Mary Joe Johns Petty (widow of Tom Petty) and LaVonne

Monroe Reece (grew up on neighboring farm), friend of the Pettys 

Brothers Leonard and Wallace Petty

Surviving Petty Siblings and Jeannette in 1995 Janie died about eight months later.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Farts Facts

I like to collect useless interesting information.  It makes me look so wise!

They are not conversation pieces.  Once you stated the little interesting fact there is not much left to be said about the subject.
On all the Uncle John's Bathroom Almanacs I have read through the years, on each page at the bottom they have one interesting fact or statistic, just like the kinds I thrive on.

For example: 

An average of two people per year die from flatulence.


It takes 30 to 45 minutes for gas in your intestines to become a fart.

You start the conversation and end the conversation, all in one sentence.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Phaye and Fyllis Murner

Sisters Faye and Phyllis Murner at a Bell Reunion.  As children they used to live on Chester Street and if their parents took the Atlanta Journal I probably were there paper boy, briefly.  About a year of delivering newspapers was about all I could afford.
Faye is a volunteer for the Cobb County Humane Society.  Phyllis lives out of town in Vidalia, Georgia.
When our classmate and friend Sam Carsley died a few years ago, Faye,Anna, and I were the only ones of his friends/classmates that attended the funeral.
Which reminds me, this is the truth,  today my ipad dinged and I opened it up to see if I had a message or something - and there was a message alright, a strange message:  "Samuel Carsley is unable to talk on Facetime at the moment."  What is strange is after he died I deleted his email address.

Talk about an eerie feeling.

Castle Lake, Was

I have this named "Castle Lake".  When I took this picture I don't remember a sign was up saying Castle Lake or what.  It was, if I remember correctly, a rock quarry, in a raised crater, sort of a look like  volcano, in the middle of a trailer park at the Connector/Barrett Parkway and The 4-Lane in Kennesaw.  Now, from the road it looks like it has been bulldozed away, along with the trailer park residents,  to make way for a new shopping center,  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Benjamin's First Haircut

September 17, 2016
Photos by Mom  Sabrina Sexton


SUNDAY FUNNIES!! MAD Magazine's 50s TV Commercials

This is MAD magazine flocking TV commercials of the 1950s.

MAD issue#25, Art by Will Elder.

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Alexander and Son

Frank Alexander and son.  Frank is a distant Hunter cousin.  His father Tommy Alexander hosted the Descendants of John Hunter Reunion every year at Track Rock Campgrounds near Blairsville.  Tommy died and Frank took over.  I guess he is the boss now.  And yes, the reunion is still held there.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Exorcists in Bucks County

c1964.  Dick Day and I exorcising evil spirits from a pot in front of an antique store in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  Have you ever read the book "Devil in Bucks County" by Edmund Schiddel?  I think I have but not sure.  New Hope is in Bucks County.  It is just down the road from Valley Forge, where Washington and his troops spent one winter during the Revolutionary War.
When we visited New Hope in the mid 1960s a few times we found it to be like what just about every little rural quaint American  town has destined to be:  An antique mecca.

After the Navy Dick went on to be a news announcer for NBC Radio.  You have probably heard his voice.   He is probably retired now if he is still alive.

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