Ever since the days when Freaks roamed Atlanta, whenever fellow travelers gather, tales have been told. We talked always of collecting them. Suddenly the death of The Chief, a Red-Black-White man (Apache raised in Alabama as Black till enlisting in the army made him white -crazy race laws), a journalist who had championed the cause of telling the hip tales lest they be forgot, and the gifting of a painting of The Strip, put Pat and Patti into action to collect what they could and share it through a website, The Strip Project, which went online in 2006.
We had been scavenging items of historic interest and searching microfiche to find items in Atlanta papers. Plus making contact with photographers and notable people from The Great Speckled Bird. Our first public show was on The Strip at the Margaret Mitchell House in conjunction with The Atlanta History Center.
Here is a video from the 2007 Gathering.
We had so much fun we did it again in 2008!
Also in 2008 was The Bird Bash.
The Great Speckled Bird gathered the tribe and readers, too for a big party outside Atlanta.
The Bird Bash documented
The Strip project and The Bird created The Turbulent Sixties in Atlanta, 1968-1976 at the DeKalb Historical Society Exhibit in Decatur, Ga. It opened on May 18, 2011 and closed April 20, 2012. The Bird has kept their part as a mobile exhibit moving around the Southeast.
- Underground Comics
Atlanta Hippies loved Underground Comics! Mr. Natural was Keepin’ on Truckin’ everywhere. The Celestial Omnibus sported Mr. Natural. Atlanta also had its own underground comics. Here are the few I have. Anyone have more to share?
- Chattahoochee River Raft Race Read more >>
- Dave Hoffman
Dave Hoffman writes-
(I’d love ... Read more >>
- “…he not busy being born is busy dying…”
The Great Speckled Bird 5/12/69 vol 2 #9 p11
“I will secretly accept you,
And together we’ll fly South.”
“Leave your stepping stones behind
There’s something that calls for you.
Forget the dead you left, they will ... Read more >>
- Diamond Lil
RIP Diamond Lil 8/10/2016 @ 80 ( a secret no longer kept)
Coming into Atlanta from small town South Georgia in 1968 I had never met an openly gay person before and was a bit shocked at first. Lil regularly hung out at her ... Read more >>
- Jimi Hendrix Blows Atlanta’s mind
Soft Machine, Amboy Dukes, Vanilla Fudge and Jimi Hendrix Experience’s two shows at Atlanta’s Municipal Auditorium blew away Atlanta’s collective mind on Saturday August 17, 1968. Have you ever been Experienced? Now we could answer in the affirmative. Musicians in particular talk about this show ... Read more >>
- Harry Demille
Patti and Judith move from Florence, Alabama to Atlanta
Moving into the 12th ... Read more >>
- Duane Allman obituary Issue of The Great Speckled Bird
Great Speckled Bird v. 4 no. 45 (November 8, 1971) available as a pdf from Georgia State University Library here.
- Steve Wise interview
(This was shot on the very northern edge of Piedmont Park across from office at 240 Westminster ... Read more >>
- Wolfe interviewed by Bill Horrisberger for StoryCorps
Kudos to Bill Horrisberger for his earlier StoryCorp interview.
Clifton Night Ministry
Bill Horrisberger- conscientious objector
Little Five Points fences
the Ex-Prez Way
Bill Horrisberger on shelters
Wolfe is a good man!