Just minutes ago this Lunar Rover recreated by Polaris rolled through the streets of Huntsville beginning from the front porch of the Von Braun Civic Center and heading for the court house square !!!
When it dawned on me after a little while – it has been 18 years after all – that I not only have photos of John Glenn, but had also published the the two columns, I had to go looking in the off-line archives to find the material.
The problem that intelligent and well-informed people face in Alabama, is that there are still plenty of rural places tucked away up in the holler where Johnny still hasn’t traveled farther from home than he has to go to fetch a bucket of water from the well. Even though this observation is quite literally true, it is just as unfortunate that it is also metaphorically true, and so extends to what otherwise appears to be “normal” people living in places like Huntsville. The fact is, the South ain’t gonna “rise again” in the sense that seems to motivate the cretins – that South simply don’t exist, that South was an entirely different animal whose politics and plantations are extinct.
Mr. Morris the school principle, as it turns out, is the apparent father of Huntsville’s current police chief, Lewis J. Morris Jr. I have previously noted in this series that I first published the Exposé on January 1, 1998, and the epicenter was Madison Pike Elementary from the very beginning. Which is to say, in 1998 I had no idea that there was a Lewis J. Morris Jr., much less that he was a police officer, or that he would be headed for the office of Police Chief.
As it happens, it is also the day of the St. Patrick’s day parade in downtown Huntsville. However, as it looked like rain today, I chose not to go downtown to get St. Patrick’s day photos. Instead, I chose this file from the archives because the colors remind me of Pie. I’m not sure which. It’s either a big lushes cherry pie, or it’s a great big ass pepperoni pizza pie.
Mostly, I think some folks just need a reason to party! This photo taken just a few minutes ago is Huntsville’s first Mardi Gras parade.