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Alabama Detour: Birmingham Photographer Larry O. Gay

Photography is more than a hobby for Larry O. Gay. It’s a passion; the way he celebrates life. He works in a Birmingham, Alabama steel mill but in his spare time he hits the streets in search of interesting images. His lens captures the beauty in ordinary things that people pass by every day without noticing.

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Alabama Detour: The Historic Gaineswood Mansion in Demopolis, AL

A National Historic Landmark, Gaineswood was built by Nathan Bryan Whitfield. A cotton planter and Renaissance man of his time, Whitfield moved from North Carolina to Marengo County in 1834. The house and grounds are currently operated by the Alabama Historical Commission as a historic house museum.

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The Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County, AL

The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is located in Colbert County in northwest Alabama. The location had been a hunting camp for coon hunters before Key Underwood buried his beloved dog Troop there in 1937. Other hunters started doing the same when their favorite coon dogs died. Today more than 185 coon dogs from… Read more »

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Will Guin – Microwaving Nanotubes

University of Alabama Engineering graduate student Will Guin works with nanotubes which he cooks in a microwave to create a stronger skin for aircraft. His research and presentation won him first place in the 3 Minute Thesis competition at UA in 2013. Video produced by Max Shores. Cinematography by Preston Sullivan. Editing by Catherine May.

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Earl “Guitar” Williams – Blues Man

Earl “Guitar” Williams is a blues man seen here playing at Gip’s Place, a juke joint in Bessemer, Alabama. Williams learned to play guitar as a youngster, hanging out at Gip’s Place and the homes of friends who owned guitars in order to practice. He has played in singer Johnnie Taylor’s band and managed the… Read more »

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Joe Fiore – Model Railroad Collector

Joe Fiore’s Southern Keystone Railroad is one of the largest model railroad collections in the world. Other collections this large have been built by groups of collectors but all of the work here was done by Joe over a long period of time. He is a retired pharmacist from Birmingham, Alabama and his collection began… Read more »