Category Archives: Head’s Early Years

Two Friends Study Colloquialisms

Summer reading for Ansel Head and Wilbur included Mark Twain. His loveable character, Huck Finn, referred to the runaway slave, Jim, who was soon to be his travelling companion and friend, as a nigger. To the baby boom boys, this … Continue reading

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The Friend’s Threesome Breaks Up

Being the middle child, Ansel Head was used to being in the middle. Since he knew no other arrangement, he tried to make the most of it. That was the situation in which he found himself with his two friends … Continue reading

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The Three Friends Sing-Along

Birmingham University School was too full of too few aristocrats’ boys to field winning teams. Outreach for private schools had not yet been invented. Inclusion was against the law in Alabama. Affirmative Action was still over the horizon. Winning, a … Continue reading

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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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Ollie’s World’s Best Bar-B-Que, Birmingham, AL

  Ollie’s was the Hill family favorite. Ollie McClung started the small place in the 1920’s on the Southside of Birmingham not far from where the Hill brothers would build their grocery warehouse. When Ansel Head’s father joined the family, … Continue reading

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Baseball

Ansel Head had tried to like baseball but with little in the way of education to be found in it, he soon tired of the game. His curiosity was first peaked after receiving a clock radio. During the school year … Continue reading

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A Dove Shoot

The dove shoot offered practical learning to boomer Ansel Head and respite from the tedious theory presented at the Birmingham University School. Doves feed in recently harvested grain fields in the early afternoon. Before the action starts, hunters spread out … Continue reading

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