tidbits, fragments, and ephemera 24

tidbits, fragments, and ephemera is a usually weekly but not always, sometimes substantial but not making any promises glimpse at some information and news related to Generation X in the Deep South.


A teachers strike in Mississippi, 1985

excerpt: “Walkouts of teachers closed all schools in Petal and Purvis Counties and many schools in Covington County, all in rural areas of south Mississippi. Some 250 of 370 teachers in the Hattiesburg Municipal School District also picketed schools, but classrooms were kept open by use of substitutes and even bus drivers.”

SR-71 plane towed down the highway in Warner Robins, Georgia, 1990

excerpt: “According to HABU.org, the SR-71 seen in the photo – serial number 17958 – was retired in early 1990 and flown to Robins Air Force Base to be decommissioned and placed in the base’s Museum of Aviation. To get it from the hangar to the museum, however, it had to be towed, apparently down U.S. 129, the only four-lane highway we see in the area.”

Deep South Wrestling, 1987

Monsters of Rock in Memphis, Tennessee, 1988

In the summer of 1988, Metallica, Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, and Kingdom Come came to play in Memphis.

Sid Vicious in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1978

When you think of Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the late ’70s, I seriously doubt if you picture Sid Vicious, bassist for the Sex Pistols, reading a MAD magazine. But here it is.


level:deepsouth is an online anthology about growing up Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. The anthology is open to submissions of creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, and reviews) and images (photos and flyers), as well as to contributions for the lists.

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