Officials in Georgia have decided to move the boyhood home of Little Richard to spare it from a highway construction project.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert made the announcement Friday. WMAZ-TV reports that the 80-year-old singer is receiving an honorary degree on Saturday from Mercer University.
Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard grew up in Macon’s Pleasant Hill community. That’s a neighborhood that was later divided by the construction of Interstate 75.
The “Tutti Frutti” singer’s boyhood home faced possible demolition to make room for a planned expansion of the interchange where I-75 meets Interstate 16 to Savannah.
City officials said the home will be relocated to a lot near the Pleasant Hill community garden. At its new location, the house will be used as a neighborhood resource center.
Charles Ramsey speaks:
“No, no, no. Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed same blood, put our pants on the same way. It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute.”
We hope that everyone affected by Sandy, especially the emergency responders and road crews, remain safe and secure.
This picture was taken in September, but seems relevant and appropriate today.none
From the book review:
“In “Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate,” [Ginger] Strand, the author of “Inventing Niagara,” draws startling parallels between the inexorable advance of the Interstate System and the proliferation of killers who were pathologically stimulated by that long, open road.”
1.) The book sounds as fascinating as the road itself.
2.) Kerouac pre-dates the Interstate. Wonder if he ever wrote about it?
3.) Regarding a song lyric:
“There’s a Killer on the Road / his brain is squirming like a toad”, from Riders on The Storm, by the Doors.
I always thought the killer in the song was a drunk driver. Maybe not.
4.) If I were to read this book, I’d have to play Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album as accompaniment.
The title track tells the Charles Starkweather story:
“Saw her standin’ on her front lawn / just a twirlin’ her baton / Me and her went for a ride, sir / and 10 innocent people died…”none