Nelson H. Head was born to money in Birmingham, AL, attended private elementary schools, boarded at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA with a BS in Commerce. He joined the Navy where he earned his wings and flew F-4 Phantoms from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. After serving, he returned to Birmingham and joined his father’s data processing company. When his grandfather died, he took over his real estate holding company and started the Costa and Head partnerships which attempted to redevelop the historic downtown area in Birmingham. When that failed, he moved his then broke family to Washington, DC and continued in the real estate development and brokerage business. In 1991 he finally saw the light, decided he was weary of losing money in real estate, and entered the barbeque business. As he often says, “At least then he could eat.” On his third restaurant attempt and with the frugal hand of his new partner, Kris Wolfe, they founded Dixie Bones which to his family’s relief (and surprise) has become a success. Head also publishes his photographs at Nelson Head Photography
Kristine L Wolfe has many and varied interests – ranging from politics (top priority), to business, to primitive art. She attributes her ‘eclectic’ taste to having attended the University of Wisconsin during the sixties, a long exposure to Washington, DC and Chicago politics, and a practical grounding in Midwest attitudes. She has an avid interest in the this country and has developed an extensive understanding of southern food and heritage. Ms. Wolfe is working on her sense of humor.
Robert H. Koch helped found this Dixie Bones Post. He contributed several stories of his youth and his life in Lexington, NC. His most cherished works were stories about his journey through kidney cancer. Our good friend died in June 2012. He wrote the following biography when we started this Dixie Bones Post.
“He arrrived on this earth in the small town of Oshkosh, WI. Having donned his overalls at an early age, he attended a semi private elementary school attached to the Wisconsin State Teachers College at Oshkosh from kindergarten through ninth grade. There he and eighteen other classmates honed their skills at sizing up and breaking student teachers who were relentlessly thrown at them two semesters at a time for nine years. Following a three year stint at Oshkosh High (or the Magnet Bar and Pool Hall - he can’t remember which) he graduated with less than sterling results and joined his fellow non-combatants avoiding the draft and Viet Nam by entering college. Here a funny thing happened – he woke up and learned how to study. Graduating from the George Washington University and still avoiding the draft he entered graduate school where he earned his master degree in Urban and Regional Planning. From there began a long and winding career or several careers spanning some forty years until one Sunday afternoon when stuck in an airport for the umpteenth time and facing another long delay he had had enough. He gathered his toys and belongings and set off to the lake to join his wife who had been living in the new abode blissfully for five years. Now the most important thing is life is making sure that he comes out of the wood shop with the same ten fingers still attached.”