Monday, September 29, 2014


00:00:00 Tape opens at the Farm in the Summer of 1990. Sharon and Christopher are fishing in the upper pond. Richard Mims came from Tuscaloosa with us.

00:01:17  Close-up of Sharon and her small bass

00:01:50 Big bream

00:02:45 small gator

00:03:44 Sharon hooks gator.


00:05:00 Gator bites Sharon's cork.

00:05:42 Sharon catches another small bass.

00:05:56 Richard Mims with a bass. Robertoreg has a message for Buddy.

00:07:04 Front porch of the Farm

00:07:16 Christopher with long hair

00:07:55 Wenonah High library

00:08:30 Tamika recites an essay in the library with a portrait of George Washington Carver in the background.

00:10:30 Tamika read a poem and then Robertoreg asks her,"Tamika, let me ask you something. If you could just give us some of your observations at Wenonah... What are some of the big problems you see in the classroom with the behavior of your fellow classmates?"

Tamika replies,"They don't pay attention. For those who do plan to learn something, it distracts from those who really plan to do anything and want to learn something. Those who are not paying attention are not moving ahead; not trying to. It distracts. It slows down those ready to learn; those that are really interested."

00:11:30 Tamika recites another poem with a portrait of Booker T. Washington in the background.

00:12:30 Ms. Camp, the Wenonah librarian

00:13:12 Robertoreg talks to his students in the library.

00:13:50 "Trayveon Shotwell!"

00:14:45 Christopher's second birthday party at our apartment at Apartment Park on River Road.
Ellen, Shelly, Rod, Trice, Richard, Janice. Christopher has his long hair. He gets a tool set as a present.

00:17:00 Robertoreg sez, "Promise me one thing: Don't become a VW mechanic."
 "What this tool's gonna teach you is you don't ever want a 'tool job.' "

00:19:45 Christopher hitting a plastic nail with a plastic hammer. Robertoreg sez,"Whoa, Boy! You 'bout to bust something!"

00:20:44 Close-up of Sharon

00:21:14 Christopher using a screwdriver.

00:21:57 Christopher unwraps an A-B-C book as THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS play on the stereo.

00:23:20 Major screaming by Christopher

00:24:05 Robertoreg sez, "We gonna have some real Christian people watch this. You can't be saying that."

00:24:50 Christpher playing with his Grover bumper car on the kitchen floor.

00:25:58 Christopher dancing to THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS.

00:27:21 A conversation with Richard Mims as PINK FLOYD plays in the background.

00:28:20 Christopher's first haircut in the barber shop on 6th St. that was across the street from the Chukker.

00:28:50 Christopher quits crying.

00:29:35 The haircut is finished.

00:30:08 Barber trims Christopher's bangs.

00:31:28 "Big Skip", the bass drummer from Wenonah who I was forced to pass so we could get rid of him by graduating him. Robertoreg sez, "Eat a bugger for me, Brian." I'd caught Brian eating boogers in class.

00:32:00 Inside the Wenonah gym

00:32:12 Trumpet section of the Wenanah Marching Band starts to strut into the gym.

00:33:18 Controlled Wenonah mayhem

00:33:33 Wenonah's football team walks into the gym.

00:34:27 Wenonah Dance Line performs to absolutely horrible recorded music.

00:35:54 Wenonah Drum Section performs as the Dance Line leaves the gym.

00:36:30 Gym is rockin' out as the classes begin to call each other out.

00:36:45 Wenonah band plays the Wenonah Alma Mater. "I'm so glad I go to Wenonah High..."

00:38:03 Wenonah Cheerleaders come into the gym.

00:38:50 Stupid-ass-affictified & ugly Mr. Robinson popping gum and grading papers during the pep rally.

00:39:30 Spirit cheer competition between the classes begins.



00:42:04 Robinson still poppin' gum and grading papers.

00:42:20 Full band playing as the whole house is shaking.


00:43:08 Old Wenonah High student portraits in the hallway

00:43:46 Robertoreg's classroom

00:44:38 Christopher's birthday party at the Swindle's house after his haircut

00:45:30 Christopher gets a cowboy hat and blocks for a present.

00:46:25 Camera pans the food Ms. Swindle prepared.

00:46:55 Ms. Swindle sings while wearing Christopher's new cowboy hat.

00:47:28 Ms. Swindle does her Minnie Pearl impression.

00:47:57 The cake comes out and everybody sings the HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG.

00:48:16 We try to get Christopher to blow out the candles but Ms. Swindle does it for him.

00:48:52 Ice cream and cake

00:49:16 1990 Bama versus Florida football game on our TV in a Oleander Motel in Gulf Shores.

00:50:28 September 16, 1990 building sand castles on the beach at Gulf Shores.

00:51:41 Sharon to Robert who is wearing a Bugs Bunny float on his head, "And how many Bloody Marys have you had this morning?"

00:52:20 Christopher makes Gulf Shores a nude beach.

00:53:50 The 1990 CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER in Demopolis

00:54:45 Christopher sitting on a step stool watching TURNER AND HOOCH on TV.

00:58:57 Good shots of the Apartment Park living room

00:59:10 Leaving Fort Morgan on the Dauphin Island Ferry

01:02:00 The weather station at the end of the dock when coming into Billy Goat Hole @ Dauphin Island

01:03:45 The old radar station still damaged after Hurricane Frederic and the site of the future Estuarium.

01:04:26 Shrimp boats docked at the Ferry landing on Dauphin Island

01:05:20 Little River Road in Bayou la Batre

01:05:55 The Culberson house near City Park in Mobile. Veronica, Adam and Gina ~ the Culberson kids.

01:07:06 Robertoreg sez, "Oh a rabbit hash and polecat mash with a raccoon mutt in a jaybird suit & a peck of good gravy!"

01:08:22 Nicole Culberson picking up toys. Veronica Culberson tries her hand as camera operator.
Gina sez, "I don't know what the future holds."

01:09:59 Christopher and Sharon on Shades Mountain

01:11:01 Grizzly bear @ The Birmingham Zoo with Christopher, Ellen and Sharon.

01:11:30 Cougar

01:11:42 Bald eagle

01:11:52 Christopher and Ellen

01:12:04 Over at the Swindles with one of Ms. Swindle's sisters.

01:12:35 At a strip mine near Jasper in Walker County.

01:14:13 Outside Oakman at the closed Cane Creek Grocery with Richard Mims

01:14:47 Christopher climbing into the trunk of the Mercury.

01:15:55 Christopher walking in Bankhead National Forest and finding acorns on the ground.

01:18:17 Bordon Creek is dried up.

01:19:28 Christopher walking the trails by himself

01:22:24 Christopher finds a fire pit and says,"HOME!"

01:23:12 Christopher playing in the ashes as Robertoreg sez, "Better get out of there. Mama's gonna get mad."

01:23:53 Got a fire going.

01:24:41 Christopher playing with the fire on October 28, 1990.

01:25:22 Christopher puts wood on the fire.

01:26:15 Richard Mims talks about seeing THE WORLD'S LARGEST HORSE at the Alabama State Fair.

01:29:37 Christopher climbs over a log while holding on to his bottle.
01:32:22 Christopher slides off a log.

01:32:55 the Swindle house

01:33:28 Sharon videotapes Robertoreg and a big catfish at the Farm.

01:33:45 Inside the Farm house

01:35:00 Kitchen at the Farm

01:35:45 Christopher grabs one of Buddy's guns and Sharon freaks.

01:36:45 the back porch at the Farm

01:37:26 the outdoor shower and the tree house

01:37:43 Jeff & Brenda Swindle's kids over at the Swindle house for Christmas 1990. Christopher has a place at the table with the full spread of ham, smoked turkey and dressing.

01:38:47 Sarah Swindle in a high chair

01:39:15 Jeff Swindle has his video camera out.

01:40:20 Christmas presents in the living room

01:41:22 Sarah and Brenda open presents.

01:41:36 John opens presents.

01:41:50 Christopher opens presents

01:42:18 Christopher unwraps building blocks.

01:43:30 Everyone opens presents.

01:43:50 Christopher opens a big gift while Jeff videotapes in the background.

01:44:33 Christopher plays the xylophone.

01:46:06 Close-up of John

01:46:28 Watching a videotape of Ms. Swindle in Christopher's wagon on the Swindle's TV.

01:46:45 Christopher goes to see Santa at McFarland Mall.

01:48:08 Christopher sits on Santa's lap.

01:49:00 Christopher in the mall with animated Christmas elves.

01:49:46 Christopher unties his shoes.

01:50:45 Sharon puts Christopher inside the fence with the animated Christmas elves.

01:51:15 Christmas lights in a Tuscaloosa neighborhood

01:51:45 Christopher and Robertoreg go out to the tent in the backyard at Apartment Park.

01:52:58 Inside the tent

01:54:14 Robertoreg tells Christopher, "Go get my beer."

01:55:00 Christopher pretends to be fishing out of the back of the tent.

01:55:36 Video of the apartments from up the hill behind the buildings.

01:57:52 Close-up of fire ants

01:58:02 Christmas party at Mike Campbell's house with Donna Deason, Frank Struss, Brian Hendrix, Johnny Thigpen and Joe Kerry. Thigpen's daughter plays the piano.

02:00:24 Stephen Rogers in Mike Campbell's kitchen.

02:00:43 Everyone sings RUDOLF THE REDNOSE REINDEER.

02:01:55 Brian Hendrix and Frank Struss

02:02:22 Mike Campbell

02:02:31 Phillip Cooper, Jackie, Cammie , Page Holman and Joe Kerry in Mike's kitchen

Friday, September 19, 2014

(5 minutes into this tape you see Christmas scenes from another family for about two and a half minutes. This was the tape that was in the machine when we got it. The sequence of the scenes is also messed up because we taped over old scenes as we were rewinding the tape and learning how to use the camera.)

OPENING SCENE: Uncle Joe and Aunt Pearl's house for a holiday meal. Mark and his son are playing with Angela as the background conversation revolves around how the terms "1st and 2nd cousins" get their names. Included in this scene are Uncle Joe, Mr. Swindle, Mark, Christopher and Mrs. Swindle.

00:04:05 - Dining Room of Mike Campbell's House (After we went broke in Destin, we moved back to Tuscaloosa, then cleaned up Mike's house and moved in with him so we wouldn't have to stay with the Swindles.)
"This video's entitled UP FROM SLAVERY."~ Robertoreg
Includes Jackie, Christopher and Angela
"The future President of All Authority on Earth. This is where he got started with a broke mom and dad."~ Robertoreg

00:05:09 - the unknown family having their Christmas

00:07:38 - Inside Mike's living room at night with Christopher in a diaper.

00:08:50 - Mike's front porch in the morning

00:09:16 - Back in Dining Room of Mike Campbell's House
Christopher is in his high chair and Sharon is telling Angela that she wants her to change her name to "Christina Register." This is when Sharon was dreaming about adopting Angela because her mother Laura was in trouble with the law.

00:12:41 - Sharon records Robertoreg

00:13:05 - Camera operator asks, "Tell us you deepest darkest secret fantasy."
Sharon replies, "My deepest secret is Robert." Scene in the living room of Mike's house where you can hear the voice of Cammie Lockhart (1958-2001).

00:13:46 - Mike Tucker appears.

00:13:55 - Rod Walker appears. This was when he and Marilyn were married.

00:14:01 - Gary (the dude Shelly met while he was in prison and then married) operates the camera. View of the street in front of Mike's house from his front porch. Bryan Hendrix is petting a cat. Bryan killed a deer that morning and Robertoreg examines a lower leg.

00:15:48 - short shot of Rod Walker

00:15:50 - Continuation of the first scene on Tape #1 of a holiday meal at Uncle Joe and Aunt Pearl's house in Adamsville.

00:18:07 - Christopher and his bottle

00:18:58 - Marilyn in Mike Campbell's living room

00:19:21 - Halloween 1989 on Sorority Row. Christopher is dressed as THE JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS BABY & Angela is dressed as a gypsy.

00:20:35 - Christopher & Robertoreg on Colonial Drive.

00:21:49 - Angela entering a haunted house @ a sorority house

00:22:35 - "Oops, somebody kidnapped my child." ~ Sharon

00:22:58 - Face painting @ the Alpha Delta Pi house. Very dark but you can see an Amazonic monkey bag from Ecuador in the background. Robertoreg is wearing one of his many plaid Pendleton sports jackets.

00:25:29 - Back on the sidewalk of Colonial Drive

00:26:15 - Inside a sorority house

00:28:00 - Christopher falls down walking into a sorority house.

00:28:25 - Trick or treat knocking on the door of Ellen Wehausen's (deceased) apartment.

00:29:06 - Angela and Christopher playing in Mike Campbell's front yard

00:30:19 - Christopher baby talking while playing with rocks in the drive way. Angela is playing with a pull toy.

00:31:05 - Mike walking into his cluttered and filthy front bedroom.

00:32:49 - The cameraman is Mike Campbell. Robertoreg is wearing an Indiana University sweatshirt he bought during his sweater selling days.

00:33:29 - PEE WEE HERMAN SHOW is on the TV.

00:33:40 - Mike's front porch in the morning with Christopher trying to climb up the steps and argues with Angela. Mike is looking for his tripod. Angela is in the porch swing and the BLUE VAN is parked out front.

00:36:12 - Christopher cries.

00:36:24 - Christopher plays with cat food.

00:36:35 - Christopher hollers at Angela.

00:36:48 - Later that same morning, Christopher is washed and dressed. Mike is working with his tripod.

00:37:26 - Christopher talks to Mike.

00:38:03 - "Rut Ro!" Christopher falls off the steps.

00:39:10 - Christopher plays on front steps. The white Mercury Marquis is parked out front.

00:40:26 - Christopher beats an Igloo cooler with a stick.

00:42:00 - Christopher playing with cat food.

00:42:30 - Christopher on the curb near the blue Econoline van and the white Mercury.

00:42:54 - Christopher playing on Mike's front walk way.

00:43:19 - Close-up of Christopher crawling up the steps.

00:43:50 - Christopher tries to pick up a gallon jug.

00:44:00 - Christopher plays with a kitty.

00:44:25 - Christopher playing with a cardboard box.

00:45:00 - Christopher playing with cat food.

00:45:40 - Christopher and Angela playing with a Donald Duck electric toy car on the front walk of Mike's house.

00:46:28 - Christopher with toy gun

00:47:00 - Christopher playing with a kitty.

00:47:13 - Christopher crying after falling off the steps.

00:47:38 - Christopher chasing a kitty in Mike's front yard.

00:51:30 - Sharon on Mike's front porch

00:52:21 - Christopher playing on Mike's front porch.

00:52:39 - Sharon shoots everybody with a water pistol.

00:53:06 - Christopher repairing the broken Donald Duck toy car.

00:53:28 - Angela playing with the water pistol.

00:53:50 - Sharon picking flowers in Mike's front yard.

00:54:15 - Rod Walker drinking a Bud on Mike's front porch. Loud crying from Christopher

00:54:55 - Christopher still crying.

00:55:30 - Close-up of Christopher chasing a dog in the street in front of Mike's house.

00:56:05 - Christopher crying.

00:57:35 - You can see the traffic going down Martin Luther King Avenue in the background.

00:58:25 - Christopher chasing a cat in the street.

00:59:30 - Christopher playing with a cap.

00:59:51 - Christopher playing with a car tag.

01:00:21 - Angela playing in the street with Christopher.

01:00:40 - Christopher walking in the middle of the street.

01:02:23 - Christopher baby talks.

01:03:59 - Angela and Christopher playing with rocks in the driveway.

01:05:01 - Christopher putting rocks in his mouth. "NO! NO! NO!"

01:05:50 -  Next scene of a holiday meal @ Uncle Joe and Aunt Pearl's from the opening of this tape.Shows all the dishes of a full spread including dressing and giblet gravy.

01:06:46 - Uncle Joe serving himself

01:07:48 - Mark serving himself lots of green bean casserole and black eyed peas

01:08:00 - Christopher in a high chair

01:09:04 - Aunt Pearl and one of her grandsons

01:09:18 - Ms. Swindle

01:10:07 - Mr. Swindle serving himself

01:11:05 - Ms. Swindle serving herself

01:11:29 - Angela and Sharon

01:11:42 - Christopher in a high chair eating with his hands with Mark's son in a stroller

01:12:15 - Family at the table

01:12:31 - In the living room after the big meal

01:14:11 - Sharon and Christopher with a bottle

01:14:20 - A party at Ellen's (?)

01:15:00 - Mike Tucker and Ron Shirley

01:15:12 - Christopher being held by Ellen

01:15:26 - Janice being recorded by Sharon

01:16:14 - Sharon's 39th (1990) birthday party in Jackie's backyard on Wesley Place.

01:16:49 - Christopher naked in pool

01:17:04 - You can see my old stereo. Bunch of guests who were Jackie's friends who I cannot identify.

01:17:13 - Ellen, Richard Mims and Art Olsen

01:17:50 - Dona Deason shakes her play pretties. "What would a party be without Dona shaking her tits?"

01:19:49 - Christopher with long hair

01:20:10 - Billy Golightly

01:20:59 - Close-up of Ellen bragging on the cake

01:21:30 - Jackie's dog that bit Christopher on the eye.

01:22:13 - A party after a 1989 football game at Janice's house on Queen City.
Individuals shown include Brian Hendrix, John Davis and girlfriend Nancy, Kenneth Ortega (very dark shot), Rod Walker

01:23:23 - Sharon as cameraman yells, "Roll Tide Roll!"

01:24:00 - John Van Slavie passed out on bed

01:24:30 - Mike Tucker passed out

01:24:53 - Robertoreg leads Ron Shirley in an Ecuadorian cheer, "VIVA, IMBABURA!"

01:25:26 - Ron Shirley and Rod Walker

01:25:45 - Tucker passed out

01:25:53 - Trice Keen dancing in front of passed out Tucker as Jimbo Sailors looks on. Beatles are playing on the stereo.

01:27:12 - Tucker wakes up.

01:27:54 - Camera pans downtown Berry, Alabama. The Theron, Cameron and Co. sign says, "We Handle Most Everything From a Cradle To A Coffin."

01:29:02 - Sharon's Grandma Johnson's house

01:29:34 - Berry cemetery at Grandma Johnson's grave with the blue Econoline van.

01:30:08 - Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo

01:30:46 - Road construction gravel bursts the radiator in the blue Econoline van.

01:31:05 - Oxford Square

01:31:28 - Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home in Oxford

01:31:40 - Christopher in the Rowan Oak front yard

01:32:00 - Out buildings of Rowan Oak

01:33:00 - Sharon and Christopher walking up on the front porch of Rowan Oak

01:33:18 - 1989 Christmas inside Rowan Oak

01:34:00 - The room in Rowan Oak where Faulkner wrote on the chapter summaries for a novel on the walls

01:35:44 - Christopher in the front yard of Rowan Oak

01:36:55 - Antique cars near Pontotoc, Mississippi

01:37:41 - An old corvette being restored


01:38:23 - Christmas party over at Rod and Marilyn's house which was off Hargrove Road before you get to McFarland. Christopher is hugging Bruce Hopper's child.

01:39:40 - Christopher trying to snap his fingers.

01:40:43 - New Orleans music playing (BROTHER JOHN IS GONE by THE WILD MAGNOLIAS)

01:40:58 - Christopher hugging Joslin Thorn.

01:41:28 - Mark Stevenson and Dart Hayward (1938-2002)

01:41:39 - Scott Gellerstedt (1950-2013)

01:42:06 - Ellen Wehausen (195? - 201?)

01:42:22 - Dart Hayward

01:42:22 - Joslin Thorn

01:42:59 - Bruce Hopper's wife

01:43:00 - Bruce Hopper's son with a bottle

01:43:26 - close-up of Gellerstedt

01:43:57 - Sharon and Christopher sitting on the couch

01:44:32 - Gelly

01:45:10 - Christopher jamming to the music.

01:45:47 - Christopher drinking from a cup

01:46:48 - Ellen's apartment at Christmas Eve. Sharon's looking for her keys.

01:48:01 - Robertoreg to Christopher, "Hey Butthole, get it out of your mouth."

01:49:03 - Christopher finds Ellen's hemostats.

01:49:45 - a champagne toast "Feliz Navidad"

01:50:29 - "IT'S GREAT!", Sharon.

01:50:45 - Christopher in the SYLVESTER THE CAT hat

01:51:29 - Christopher playing with a KERMIT THE FROG car

01:51:44 - Sharon,"Ellen, Tell us. Did you get laid on your birthday."
                  Ellen,"Hell, no!"
                  Sharon,"Christopher, you get grown up and you got all these women here!"

01:51:56 - Christopher's second Christmas morning at our apartment in Apartment Park off River Road. He got an oak rocking chair, plastic boats and plastic trucks.

01:52:42 - Christopher's first time in his rocker

01:53:00 - Santa brought Christopher some crayons.

01:53:10 - and a coloring book

01:54:15 - Sharon puts a bow on top of Christopher's head.

01:54:28 - Christopher gets a push scooter.

01:55:35 - Santa brought Christopher some new clothes.

01:56:08 - Christopher with his colors

01:57:14 - Santa brought a toy microscope.

01:57:50 - and a plastic dump truck

01:59:35 - Christmas at the Swindle house

02:00:30 - Christopher opening presents. He gets a Wizard of Oz cassette tape.

02:03:20 - Christopher unwraps a puzzle.

TAPE #2 - WENONAH 1990