Jerrys Journal

Man Trip To Aliceville Museum
Jerry's Journal

Man Trip To Aliceville Museum

By: Jerry Barksdale We were off on another “man trip” (our fifth), this time to the Aliceville Museum in Aliceville,...
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Ol’ Miz Doctor Powers
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Ol’ Miz Doctor Powers

By: Jerry Barksdale Back in the1950s “Ol’ Miz Doctor Powers” (called Pie-eers by locals) was one of Athens’ most colorful...
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Save our Planet – Be a 13 – Jerry’s Journal
Jerry's Journal

Save our Planet – Be a 13 – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale I have a lot to worry about nowadays. A groundhog has homesteaded in my garden and eaten...
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12 Lives of “Crash Baker” Part II – Jerry’s Journal
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12 Lives of “Crash Baker” Part II – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale December 14, 1970, began like most days for chopper pilot, Warrant Officer Hal Baker stationed at Can...
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Twelve Lives of “Crash Baker” Part I – Jerry’s Journal
Jerry's Journal

Twelve Lives of “Crash Baker” Part I – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale If you met Hal Baker walking near his home on East Street in Athens, his unassuming appearance...
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Fun, Fishing And Fear In High Country – Jerry’s Journal
Jerry's Journal

Fun, Fishing And Fear In High Country – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale Early morning coldness lingered in the high mountain valley slowly giving way to the rising sun. Pat...
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Drunk, Passed Out In Public, And Winning In Court
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Drunk, Passed Out In Public, And Winning In Court

By: Jerry R. Barksdale When I was a child and misbehaved, Mama would shake her head and say, “Uh, uh,...
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The Case Of The Fallen Sparrow
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The Case Of The Fallen Sparrow

By: Jerry Barksdale Hobey (not real name) didn’t look like a country clubber nor a deacon in the Baptist Church,...
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New England Halloween Tour – Jerry’s Journal
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New England Halloween Tour – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale Ever since I retired five years ago, Lilly Belle has asked me to take her on a...
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Shorty’s Captivity and Daring Escape
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Shorty’s Captivity and Daring Escape

By: Jerry Barksdale I’m a dog and doggone proud of it. I was held in captivity by humans and against...
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Another Man Trip – Jerry’s Journal
Jerry's Journal

Another Man Trip – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale We were off on another “man trip,” this time to the Hall of Heroes Museum in Talladega,...
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Judge Rosenau – One Of A Kind – Jerry’s Journal
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Judge Rosenau – One Of A Kind – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale Judge David L. Rosenau, Limestone County Superior Court Judge, was an American original. Totally unique. I first...
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Judge Hundley – Looking For The Bluebird Hole
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Judge Hundley – Looking For The Bluebird Hole

By: Jerry Barksdale Judge Richard L. “Dick” Hundley was smart, colorful, and a bit eccentric. He was one of my...
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Pork‘n’Beans Saved Me From Skinwalkers
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Pork‘n’Beans Saved Me From Skinwalkers

By: Jerry Barksdale The summer of 1989 I read Skinwalkers by New Mexico author, Tony Hillerman. In Navajo culture, a...
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He Went In Peace – Part II – Jerry’s Journal
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He Went In Peace – Part II – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale Summer, 1983, Beirut, Lebanon. Captain William E. “Bill” Winter, age 32, had departed his peaceful home in...
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He Went In Peace — Part I – Jerry’s Journal
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He Went In Peace — Part I – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry Barksdale May 7, 1983. Camp LeJeune, N.C. His sea bags were packed. Tomorrow morning – Mother’s Day –...
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In Harm’s Way – Part II
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In Harm’s Way – Part II

By: Jerry Barksdale South Vietnam, 1968. No one had to tell Major Clarence R. Little that Vietnam was a dangerous...
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In Harm’s Way – Part I – Jerry’s Journal
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In Harm’s Way – Part I – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry R. Barksdale February, 1968. Somewhere over the South China Sea, Major Clarence R. Little, age 36, closed his...
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Cotton Bowl Bound In Nana Sue’s Land Yacht – Jerry’s Journal
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Cotton Bowl Bound In Nana Sue’s Land Yacht – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry R. Barksdale The girls were excited. We were going to the 1989 Cotton Bowl in Dallas where the...
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Discovered Letters from Vietnam – Jerry’s Journal
Jerry's Journal

Discovered Letters from Vietnam – Jerry’s Journal

By: Jerry R. Barksdale It was Wednesday, January 11, 1967. Specialist 4 Paul A. Lauziere, age 20, a cryptographer/messenger with...
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