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For Dear FlowerChild

Hello Flower Child... passing through checking messages, and wanted to shout and wave...  (Sunday Jul 6 | post #24119)

Columbus, GA

Firm Roberts Cafe

The building is still there on Cusetta Road just right of the Brennan Road intersection, now a church.  (Sunday Jul 6 | post #4)

Columbus, GA

Old book on Phenix City

Hardly anyone reads there, most folks from both sides of the river just read and post here on this Forum.  (Wednesday Jun 25 | post #4)

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Poetry & comments group

There has been some of that and other computer generated poetry.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #3)

Columbus, GA

Old book on Phenix City

Excerpt from: Phenix City: The Wickedest City in America]] by Edwin Strickland and Gene Wortsman Chapter One: On The Banks of the Chattahoochee RiverEdit Phenix City, Alabama, is unlike any other city in the United States. Chicago, Illinois has its Loop. New Orleans has its French Quarter. Kansas City, New York, New York, El Paso, Texas, Miami, Florida, San Francisco, California and Biloxi all have their areas of evil.In Phenix City there was, until recently, no border between the good and the bad. It was all bad. The downtown area was an unending series of night clubs, honky tonks, clip joints, B-girl bars, whorehouses, and gambling casinos. Every highway leading into the city was lined with the institutions, and they were scattered through-out he residential districts. You could climb a tall tree, spit [[Phenix City: The Wickedest City in America|Pc1 Phenix City in the 1950s. ]] in any direction, and where the wind wafted the splutter, there you would find organized crime, corruption, sex and utter depravity. No attempt was made to conceal illegal activities. The brightly lighted neons beckoned twenty-four hours a day, across from the Courthouse and a block from City Hall. Nobody, said fat-faced, quiet-talking Sheriff H. Ralph Matthews, Jr., complained to him. Lacking such objections, I In- iM)od the sheriff was unable to see that the law was being broken. He claimed to see no wrong in permitting the top commander of the gambling hierarchy, John Hoyt Shepherd, to conduct his widespread businesses from the sheriff's own office. Shepherd used the office as though it belonged to him, dispatching orders to his flunkies throughout Russell County, of which Phenix City is the county seat. This close comradeship between the law-breakers and the men sworn to uphold the law was both brazen and bold. In other cities where payoffs flourish, the police maintain a front of righteous indignation when accused of protecting the racketeers. In Phenix City, lawmen, while denying payoffs, openly fraternized with the gangs. Chief Deputy Sheriff Albert Fuller was hospitalized in July,1954- One of his first visitors was Tommv (Dynamite) Capps, a lower echelon thug. Circuit Judge John B, Hicks was known to sun himself on the Courthouse steps, surrounded by members of the underworld regime. Connections, like the tentacles of a giant octupus, reached into other counties as well as into the marbled halls of state office buildings in Montgomery, Alabama site of the capitol. Nowhere was the relationship of gambler to public official closer than between Shepherd and the city clerk, Jimmie Putnam a former plumber. The two owned a building in which the Steak House Cafe operated. Putnam sold his one-half interest in The Pines, a motel and restaurant near Opelika, Alabama, to Shepherd, for $1 and other worth-while considerations. Federal tax stamps indicated that these "other worrhwhile considerations " amounted to $14,000. Here was a town where, in November, 1954, only one notice appeared on the outside bulletin board at the Coun- house. It was dated October 29, 1951, and signed by William E. Davis, then Collector of Internal Revenue for the State of Alabama. According to the notice, the Revenue Act of 1951 had changed some taxes and added others. The latter included: "Wagering taxes— 10% excise and an occupational tax on wagering." Of 238 federal gambling stamps issued in Alabama the first year after the enactment of this tax, all but fifteen were purchased by persons in Phenix City. A thread of cruelty and brutality which kept the citizens in a state of intimidation twined through the entire picnire. Houses were burned or bombed, people were assaultcd, gang warfare blazed on the streets. Individuals, once in the clutches of the iaw could expect no mercy.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #1)

Columbus, GA

Nice Columbus Observations

That all seems to be the case.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #19)

Columbus, GA

Mayor Tomlinson: A new Walmart will be built on Victory D...

Yeah, I told the check-out girl what had happened.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #14)

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Poetry & comments group

Still not doing the Topix thing very much, spending a lot of time over at my long-standing poetry newsgroup, just about every day now, if yo want to catch my current thoughts, and poetry, and add your own of same or anything, the group is open for all communications... https://groups.goo gle.com/forum/?fro mgroups=#!forum/al t.arts.poetry.comm ents All poetry and/or comments are welcome.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #1)

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For Dear FlowerChild

Hello Flower, still not doing the Topix thing very much, spending a lot of time over at my long-standing poetry newsgroup, just about every day now, if yo want to catch my current thoughts, and poetry, and add your own of same or anything, the group is open for all communications... https://groups.goo gle.com/forum/?fro mgroups=#!forum/al t.arts.poetry.comm ents All poetry and/or comments are welcome.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #24061)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

I was out of town but heard some good reports on Cut Bait.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #3328)

Columbus, GA

70's Rock Nightclub

Glad to help, Dennis.  (Monday Jun 16 | post #7)

Columbus, GA

70's Rock Nightclub

As I've stated here repeatedly, I don't do any "sock" stuff... I only post here under this Profile under my real identity. How about you?  (Monday Jun 16 | post #6)

Columbus, GA

Mayor Tomlinson: A new Walmart will be built on Victory D...

Wal Mart is rampant with blatant shoplifting... last night there was a guy in the Men's Room changing into a brand new set of clothes, down to his shoes and socks, and throwing his old stuff away. That was fairly amazing.  (Tuesday Jun 10 | post #12)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

I've seen some median shows in the last couple of weeks on Broadway, such as Classic addict one night.  (Tuesday Jun 10 | post #3326)

Columbus, GA

Is Columbus a good place to live?

To sum up this thread, I think we can all agree there are good and bad points to living everywhere, and Columbus is a great example of that.  (Tuesday Jun 10 | post #3199)

Q & A with Will Dockery

Headline:

Shadowville All-Stars

Hometown:

Columbus, GA

Neighborhood:

The Edge of the Forest

Local Favorites:

Fountain City Coffee, Del Ranch, SoHo Bar

I Belong To:

Shadowville All-Stars

When I'm Not on Topix:

Facebook & Google Groups

Read My Forum Posts Because:

"Have a laugh on me... I can help." -Elvis

I'm Listening To:

Everything by The Kinks

Read This Book:

Anything by Halan Ellison

Favorite Things:

Art, music & poetry

On My Mind:

"I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me..." -Humphrey Bogart

Blog / Website / Homepage:

http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery

I Believe In:

Church of the Antelope