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A Little About Me

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My name is J.D. Weeks. I have a Son, Stephen, and two Daughters, Jennifer and Catherine. I live in Gardendale, Alabama (outside Birmingham). I have nine Grandsons and one Granddaughter. Their names, in order of birth, are:

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I recently published a "Hang Out" calendar using old postcard views of Long Beach and the Hang Out for the cover and each month. Check it out HERE.

I would like to include your favorite memory of Panama City, plus any pictures, for my new book-"Panama City Memories". For more information click HERE

I retired in 1994 after working thirty years with the Jefferson County Department of Health. I am very active in the Association of Retired Health Workers of Jefferson County and the Association of Retired State Employees of Alabama. My old reliable monthly pension check comes from the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) which built and own the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails in Alabama.

My North Birmingham School Class of 1951 had our 50 Year Reunion in October 2001 in Gardendale, Alabama. We had a great time and enjoyed the weekend very much. Plans are already under way for the next one. We may not wait five years to have it this time. More on that later. Also, look at a History of North Birmingham including some great old pictures. North Birmingham was a separate town that was formed shortly after the North Birmingham Land Company was incorporated on October 1, 1886.

I attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama. I have a BA and an MPA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and an ABD in the Doctor of Public Administration Program at the University of Alabama. More about that can be found in my abbreviated resume. You can look here if you're interested in University of Alabama Football or Bear Bryant.

In 1999 my first book, Birmingham A Postcard Tour was published. It contains 200 of my early postcard views from my collection. It was reprinted in 2001 and again in 2003 with a new cover and a new title, "Birmingham In Vintage Postcards". Then there was a fourth printing in 2005 and and a fifth in 2006. Next I had another postcard book featuring Panama City, Florida using 219 of my old postcard views. The title of that one is Panama City and it is available in bookstores in Panama City, Florida and the Birmingham area. Then another Arcadia book was released April 16, 2007, again featuring Birmingham, in their Then & Now series. The title is Birmingham-Then & Now.

All of my books can be purchased at the same time at any of the following links:

Books-A-Million
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

If you are ever in Birmingham, Alabama in May, the place to be is City Stages, a three day music festival downtown. There are over 250 acts, on 15 stages, covering over 20 blocks. It's unbelievable! Some acts that have appeared the last few years are Johnny Cash, the Neville Brothers, Randy Newman, Arlo Guthrie, Diamond Reo, Gladys Knight, The Village People, Kool & the Gang, Little Feat, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, The Temptations, Trisha Yearwood, John Prine, Big Ass Truck, Three On a String, and many many more.

Other headliners have been The Neville Brothers, Rosanne Cash, The Doobie Brothers, Phil Collins, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Leon Russell, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, Ty Herndon, Isaac Hayes, Bonnie Raitt, Nancy Griffith, James Brown, The Supremes, Jethro Tull, Sawyer Brown, Chicago, and Alabama.

Speaking of music, check the site of Fame Records-The Muscle Shoals Sound. You will be surprised at the artists that have recorded there in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, like ZZ Top, Aretha Franklin, Reba McIntire, Pam Tillis, Little Texas, Floyd Cramer, Rolling Stones, Lionel Richey, and many many more. Some songs recorded there include: I'm Your Puppet, Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me, Stand By Your Man, Patches, The Bird, What Kind of Fool, Steal Away, and so many more. A great place to visit.

A Birmingham native and legendary prolific songwriter, Baker Knight, died in October at his home in Birmigham. He started his career here as the leader of Baker Knight and the Knightmares and wrote more than 1,000 songs from the 1950's to the 1970's. He wrote about 20 songs for Rick Nelson, including "Lonesome Town", which was also recorded by Paul McCartney. Other artists who did his songs were Elvis Presley (The Wonder of You), Frank Sinatra, Eddy Arnold, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin (11 songs), Connie Smith, Mickey Gilley, Hank Williams Jr., Bobby Vinton, Eddy Arnold, Frankie Laine, Emmy Lou Harris, Frankie Avalon, Hank Snow, Pat Boone, and Perry Como.

In fact, you should consider coming to Alabama for your next vacation. Check here for attractions in Alabama.

Alabama has mountains in the north, complete with snow sking in the winter at Mentone. Nearby you can visit the Fan Club Headquarters of the group Alabama in Ft. Payne, where they live. In Huntsville is NASA's Marshall Space and Rocket Center with the largest space museum on Earth. You might want to attend the Space Camp there for a week, if you're up to it. Chelsea Clinton did.

The Birmingham metro area has a population of about 1,000,000 people. There you will find Vulcan, the largest cast iron statue in the world (it was recently refurbished). You will find the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Civil Rights Museum, Dog and Horse racing, and in nearby Tuscaloosa you can visit the Bear Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama and the new Mercedes Plant, home of the M-Class Sport Utility Vehicle. Then to the east about 40 miles is the Talladega Speedway, home to the Winston 500 and the Diehard 500. Next door is the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame.

I can take you to a pretty good golf course where you can play 18 holes for $14 , including cart. Of course you can play any of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses scattered around the state.

To the south, Alabama has those beautiful white beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We try to keep it a secret so that most of the "snow birds" will go to Florida. Mobile also has many attractions including the oldest Mardi Gras parade in the country (sorry New Orleans but we were first). The battleship U.S.S. Alabama is there on Mobile Bay, where the Tecumseh (remember "Damn the torpedos, full steam ahead") still rests on the bottom after being sunk during the Civil War. And don't forget Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, two Civil War fortifications on Mobile Bay. Fort Gaines is located on Dauphin Island.


Pink Pony Pub, My Favorite Gulf Shores Drinking Place in Background at Sunset


Another View of the Pink Pony Pub

Also, Alabama is an emerging player in the auto industry. First came Mercedes at Vance, then Honda at Lincoln, and now Hyundai in Montgomery. Toyota V-8 engines and Navistar truck engines are built in Huntsville. Also included are hundreds of auto suppliers and associated businesses.

I can't list everything to do here, so if you're interested send me an email.

Would any retirement be worthwhile without some sort of outlet? Well, one of mine now mine is golf. See also the link for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail of Alabama located above. Of course my other two favorite outlets are collecting postcards and researching my family history.

I now have more time to spend at one of my favorite places which is Gulf Shores, Alabama. Another location on the Alabama Gulf Coast (settled by the WEEKS family) is Weeks Bay.


A Beautiful Sunset on Weeks Bay

The Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is located there and is a great place to visit. This is where I will eventually settle down for my "golden" years. I just can't figure out when that is supposed to be.

In April 1997, I had heart surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. This is a wonderful hospital. My youngest daughter, Catherine, and her four children were born there. When I was admitted to the hospital I began to show a dozen of my early 1900 postcards of St. Vincent's Hospital that I had carried with me. My room in CCU was visited by doctors, nurses, cleaning folks, and administration to look at my postcards. Administration brought someone up who was writing a book about St. Vincents first 100 years. Well, to make a long story short, I went to the book signing on March 15, 1998, got my free copy, and talked to local TV and hospital officials about postcard collecting and its historical significance. My TUCK Oilette, Birmingham, Ala. Series No. 2536 of St. Vincent's Hospital was used as the cover of the book. All my other views of St. Vincent's postcards were used also. You can look here to see the results of my heart surgery. Also, on February 4, 2003 I had Rotator Cuff surgery at St. Vincent's. You can see the results of that surgery here also.

A Reunion has been planned for Boy Scout Troop 208, Birmingham, Alabama in the near future. Troop 208 was first chartered in 1960 at Saint Augustine School. If interested, check here.

I have an interest in the Petroleum Industry. Look here for some petroleum related links.

I also played for the Birmingham 65's, a tournament softball team that plays in tournaments around the southeast. Check the team website for info about our trip to the NSA Senior World Series in July 2002 here.

You can find a little of my original poetry here if you're interested. I'm also providing space if you have an original poem you would like to show the world.

A few years ago I took a Pottery class, for self enrichment you know, and for whatever reason you may have you can look here at some of my very simple and basic Pottery. The Instructor was Larry Allen. Keep a look out for his work at some of the Pottery Shows around the Southeast.

If you really want to know what I look like, click here. Please use extreme caution.

You can find the blue book value of your car here! Very useful if you are planning to buy or sell a car or truck. New and used, wholesale and retail prices.

Look here for beer links. I love beer, but since heart surgery I am limited to one a day. (I already checked, my doctor says I can't go without for three weeks and drink a case)

Find out anything you want to know about 95,000 movies Here! Great site to get info about movies, cast, crew, etc. Look up your favorite movie star and get a list of every movie they ever made. I love to find those real old movies when current "stars" were playing bit parts.

Try my Etcetera Page for my list of Strange, Weird, Bizarre, and Miscellaneous Links. You won't believe some of these! Too much!

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