Monthly Archives: March 2011

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

There is a picture that hung in Ansel Head’s grandfather’s camp house in Eutaw of a group of happy deer hunters standing in front of their bountiful kill. The inscription on the photo said “Bull Pen Hunting Club, Nov. 1938.” … Continue reading

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The Butcher’s Union

Ansel Head’s maternal grandfather and his brother moved to Birmingham from Nashville around 1912 and started Hill Grocery Company. By the end of the 1920’s, they had grown to 235 “cash and carry” stores. Times were tough during the depression … Continue reading

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McCallie Society

As was stated previously, baby boomer Ansel Head could not be shaken from enlisting in the Corps of Cadets at McCallie. To an outsider looking in, especially to an uneducated baby boomer, the Corps seemed a happy, homogeneous, and harmonious … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky: Concerto #1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, Van Cliburn

Ansel Head’s mother never minced her words about communists, the Soviet Union, and their bellicose threats against her country. It may explain why she admired Van Cliburn and always kept his recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in the record … Continue reading

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Miss Myra’s

In the later years when he would return to Birmingham, Ansel Head and his father used to eat barbeque at Miss Myra’s. It was unknown to him in his youth, but it was close to his father’s house and convenient.   … Continue reading

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