Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Gathering Storm

The days were growing longer that May of 1954. Ansel Head and his sister were in the back seat of their father’s Super 88 Oldsmobile on the way to join Simple Simon at Howard Johnson’s on the Atlanta Highway; Head’s … Continue reading

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Three Friends Start Out Together

Miss Ward had done the best she could with Ansel Head. By the time he was nine, her forbearance was exhausted; he would have to move on to another school. Four years was all she could endure any one boy. … Continue reading

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Three Friends Avoid Exceptionalism

The three friends – Ansel Head, Henry, and Wilbur, all princes from the Tiny Kingdom – started together at the Birmingham University School in the fifth grade, lived as whites in a segregated society, and like most young males regardless … Continue reading

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First Kiss

“Whatcha doin?” Ansel Head asked his friend Wilbur. They were at Wilbur’s parent’s house at Smyer Lake. Head often spent the weekends with Wilbur and his family; it was much closer to Birmingham than Lake Martin and because it was … Continue reading

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Sex Education

“Thou shalt not commit adultery” was no where to be found in any etchings over any doors at McCallie but it’s dictum was pervasive. The school’s founder, a still breathing, still saving, still dominating but increasingly senile fundamental Presbyterian of … Continue reading

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The Misfit King

Like all successful Achievers, Cadet Ansel Head was known to all teachers. Misfits were also known but did not draw the kind of attention that Achievers craved and Middle Classers avoided. Misfits were easily recognizable – ill kept rooms, dirty … Continue reading

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