Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happy Belated Birthday, Alabama!

Yesterday was the anniversary of Alabama being admitted to our United States of America. Unfortunately, I was overwhelmed with work and Christmas related stuff and something I like to call "sleep" so I was unable to finish editing this post in time. I'm sorry, Alabama!! 
Date of Admittance:December 14, 1819
Parentage: The word "alibamu" is one of the tribes of the Creek Indian Confederacy. Which means that before the genteel Southern gentleman lived there, he had to clean out the "natives" because let's face it, you don't really think of Alabama as a bastion of Native Americans. 

Place in the Family 
Number 22
Alabama was the Darling of 1819, 
as it came one year after 
Illinois   (Dec 1818) and 
four months before Maine (March 1820)

We Dare Defend Our Rights
Given the history of Alabama, this could sound a bit darker than it should. 
It was suggested in 1923 and officially recognized in 1939.
"Heart of Dixie"
Oh, so "Dixie" is in Alabama? I hadn't realized that. 

On the License Plate 
"The stars fell on Alabama...." was changed just recently. 
Now it says "Sweet Home Alabama" 
I dunno....I kind of like "The stars...." one!

State Flag 
A plain white banner with a big red X across it. 
(It's actually the cross of St. Andrews)
I don't think too much of this flag. It looks too negative! 

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Alabama" 
Actual State Capital:Montgomery
State Size (Area) is 30th of 50
Population is closer to 23rd of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Alabama Sports: 

Anybody From Alabama
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
No y'all!

Good vs Evil 
(Civil Rights version)
Rosa Park
activist sat down for equal rights

George Wallace
Governor who stood for "segration forever"

Musical Alabamans
Nat "King" Cole
"Mona Lisa"

Hank Williams

Eddie Kendricks & Paul Williams
from The Temptations

The Commodores
"Brick House"

Lionel Ritchie
"All Night Long"

"Mountain Music" 

Sporty Alabamans
Satchel Paige
Hall of Fame Baseball Player

Bear Bryant
Hall of Fame College Football Coach

Hank Aaron
Hall of Fame Baseball Player

Ozzie Smith
Hall of Fame Baseball Player

Carl Lewis
9-time Olympic Gold Medalist

Charles Barkley
Hall of Fame Basketball Player

Evander Holyfield
World Heavyweight Champion

Bo Jackson
Professional Baseball AND Football Player

Other Well-Known Alabamans
Helen Keller
Icon for Disadvantaged People Everywhere

Harper Lee
author, To Kill A Mockingbird

Fanny Flagg
comedienne, author

Mae Jemison


Mark Waid
writer, "The Flash"

Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State

Celebrities From Alabama 
Jim Nabors
actor, "Gomer Pyle USMC"

Wayne Rogers
actor, "MASH," "House Calls"

Kate Jackson
actress, "Charlie's Angels" 

Louise Fletcher
Academy Award winning actress

Courteney Cox
actress, "Friends," "Cougar Town"

Channing Tatum
Sexiest Man of 2012

A Song For You.... 
"Sweet Home Alabama" 
Written by Ed King, Gary Rossington, 
and Ronnie Van Zant
Sung by Lynard Skynard
(probably the most-famous song about a place
in current pop culture)

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