Duane Allman Crash From The Truck Drivers Wife

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  1. captainbraindamage

    captainbraindamage V.I.P. Member

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    Well, I've never read the book and like I said I never really knew any of the facts surrounding the crash. All I really knew was that he had been killed in a motorcycle crash. Even though I've been a fan since I first heard an Allman Brothers record in 1972. I had to go to college and get out of my small town to hear them back then. Now everyone knows of the Allmans.
    So, I've found this information to be very interesting. Again, I would like to thank you for sharing your side of the story and the information that you know.
    Someday I would like to go to Macon and see things myself. Heck, I've been to Graceland and I'm not even a big Elvis fan.
     
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    :)
    Where-a-bouts are you at ?

    THE Very Hardest part, about getting to the places in Macon, that you wanna see,.....is getting through/around, the monstrosity, known as 'Atlanta'

    Macon itself, has changed VERY little in the last 35/40 years.
    It's greatest change/growth, has been at it's furthest outskirts,...that, mostly West, and South.

    The place where Duane was killed, is relatively easy to find, with the help of a 'City' map, which you can get for about $5 at most convenience stores.
    I bought mine, just off of I-475, (Exit 5 ) the by-pass on the west side of the city.
    Turned out, I was only, a couple of miles, from the accident site (at our motel, at Exit 3). With the help of the map, we had NO trouble, finding it.

    Nothing much has changed there.
    The Lumber yard is still there, on the corner.
    But the company Chuck worked for, moved to a new location, in the years between Duane's accident, and Chuck's. We went, where it USED to be, but there wasn't enough remaining, of the site, to positively, identify, when the Construction shop and buildings, Had been,...new buildings had replaced them, and I don't think we were able to find the old RR track that had run along that way,...just a side track, no-longer in use, when Chuck was alive.

    The Fire Hydrant, is still on the corner.
    The area is still residential, and the speed limit, is still the same.
    The neighborhood was never fancy, and That's still true.
    But we were there on a bright Sunday afternoon, and I didn't feel Too uncomfortable, walking around, taking pix/asking questions.
    A man, visiting the area, would feel, even less so.

    I never had known the address of the Big House, so when we had gone cruising in the right area, I hadn't been able, to positively, identify it.

    With the info from the ABB board, and my map, I could most likely find it, next time.
    That general area, is still in a form of 'time warp'

    The only thing 'missing' is the 'long-haired-hippies' that were seen to stroll the areas sidewalks. (Like the sleight-built long-haired blond guy, that Chuck had blown the car horn at, thinking it was a girl,...only to be mortified, when the guy turned around, to reveal a mustache,.....Someone, has since pointed out to me, that it was more likely to be, Greg, than Duane. Since I don't recall if this happened, before, or after the Oct. '71 accident, it, more likely, Had been Greg, as there would have been more time for it, and i was told that Greg had blonder hair,...Duane's had been more reddish/strawberry-blond.

    But if you can make it to the area, in the next few years, I'm sure you'll discover it, little changed, from what it had been, in 1971.

    I made a similar discovery, in June, when we took a roadtrip up to the Cape Cod area of Mass, looking for my own childhood haunts.
    It had been a full, 50 years, since I'd lived in the area,....but, most of it, was caught in a time warp. After ALL this time, I was actually, able, to find, the trailer park, I'd lived in, when I was 5/6,...my old gradeschool,...AND, my First Grade, Teacher !!!! (and I found the shop, my mother always stopped at, to buy, salt-water toffee,...it's still there, and selling the SAME kind of toffee,...I brought her back a pound,..:)
     
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    For the last 25 years I've been in the middle of Kansas, in a small town of about 1000 people. Haven't done much traveling in the last several years, wife was not well but doing better now and we always liked to go places. Hopefully we'll be able to travel some in the future.
    But yea I've been to Atlanta before and ended up in the wrong part of town. Whoops
     
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    (almost, forgot,....Haven't been to Graceland,....but, when traveling near Tupelo,Miss. my guy, insisted, on stopping, to hunt for 'Elvis' 'home'
    $5 to take a peak into a tiny 2-rrom frame house,...in one door, and out the back, to walk up a sidewalk,...to a big gift shop. The place was so Phony, I couldn't help laughing at it's taking itself, so serious. My guy got nervous, when some male fan, gave me a dirty look, and (my guy) drug me out of the place. Needless to say, we didn't spend any money, in the gift shop.

    Elvis had been a good entertainer. I had apprecated his, obvious, talent.
    But I hadn't ever, really been 'a fan' (I'm afraid, in those days, I was a 'fan' of classical Ballet,....:lol::lol:,...yeah,....for real,...Rudolf Nuryeyev had me glued, to Ed Sullivan, to watch him perform,....and I like The Beatles, there, too) Then,,,,years later,...I found out Nureyev, was gay,........oh sigh,....:shock:
     
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    I've never been, to Kansas.
    Except for a weekend run, across the Miss. to Ozark, Ark. (to a folk park, there) I've never been 'west' of the Miss. River.
    In Sept., we were in Norway, for 10 days.
    May of '08 we were in Switzerland/Austria/and Germany, for 2 weeks.
    In '06 we were in Ireland, for 2 weeks.

    My husband (who I jokingly refer to as my 'replacement husband' (to Chuck)
    Lost his job, with a major utility last Dec. (The Sept. trip, had already been arranged, and paid for, so we went,...but we were on short rations)(eatting out of cans, from home, any meals not covered in the trip) But it was fun, just the same......a cool, adventure. (some pix, at my Myspace page, Windsingersmoon)

    I've always heard that Kansas is flat.
    Flat land makes me, nervous,....somehow, it always seems too exposed,...
    You can laugh, but when Chuck and i went up to Illinois,...to visit his family,...being out there, on all those flat expanses of farmland, always had me, looking skyward, for some great giant 'foot' to be descending downward, toward me,......or some great bird-of-prey, looking for Lunch,...

    As for Atlanta,....I can't stand the place. TOO big,...too fast.

    We live out in the country, about an hour from Atlanta's borders.
    When we make our twice yearly, pilgrimage to Macon, we take backroads, that make us, totally, avoid, Atlanta. It's better, that way,....and we drive through some great rural scenery,....besides, our trips to Macon, always fall, on a Friday, and God forbid, one should be caught in Friday 'Get-out-of-Atlanta-traffic', between 3 and 7 p.m !!! (they don't have, a symbol here, for stark horror)
     
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    I've thought about stopping at Tupelo, but always driven past on the highway. In too big of a hurry to get to other places. Now I know it's not worth it so it won't bother me the next time.
    But yes, the part of Kansas I'm in is very flat and it definately took some getting used to. We moved here when I was 13, from western New York state. Before we moved out here I spent 3 summers at my great aunts place outside of Weaverville, N.C. which is near Asheville. So that is my final destination when I head that direction, although I make different side trips to see other places. She's long gone, but I enjoyed it so much when I was there it feels like going home, I get rejuvenated and a trip is long overdue.
    Graduated from High school here and moved away to a few cities. Moved back as an act of self preservation, destructive life style. Since I've been back and gotten older, I think I've learned happiness comes from within, not from booze or drugs. You have to learn to live with yourself. I'll never move back to the city.
     
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    You HONESTLY, didn't 'miss' anything, in Tupelo.
    I didn't even want to stop.
    But my guy says "we GOTTA !!!! we Can't be so Close, and not 'stop !!!!"

    So, I humored him, but thought it was $10 dollars thrown away.
    The house was a tiny, two rooms, as I recall
    Just a front room, and a kitchen room,....Military trailers I lived in, as a kid, were tiny, but had more square footage. The gift shop, up back was HUGE and so phony in it's seriousness, I honestly couldn't believe that Anyone could Really, take it, as such. I don't know, if you could get to it, without paying to pass through the house (Probably, could,...most museums I've been to allow you access to their gift shops, if you know the right door to go through),....BTW,....if you pass this general way, again,...be sure to make a side-trip to the Huge Tennessee Aquarium, in Chattanooga,....WELL worth the side trip. The new, Atlanta Aquarium, is reported to be, larger, but we've, yet, to go to it. i.e. it's in the middle of, Atlanta Explanation, enough.

    But the Tennesse one, is relatively easy to get to.
    Ask for a brochure at the Tenn. Welcome Center.
    They told us, to "Park at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo" (indoor parking, a couple of blocks, from the Aquarium)
    and go to the corner, and "catch the trolley" conveyance (free) and ride it, to the aquarium,....also to the MAX theater.

    Combined tickets, for both, are a real bargain. (They're, more or less, next door to each other) When we went, the IMAX, was showing a 3-D movie, of the Great Barrier Reef,....that was THE Most, Awesome, experience !!!! Not the silly red and green lensed cardboard glasses,....these were headset things,....the illusion, was SO complete, that people, out-of-reflex-habit threw up hands, to 'avoid' things/fish coming toward their faces, and put out hands, before them/us to try and 'touch' things, because, it seemed, like we Could !!!!,...there was even the temptation, to swivel your head, to follow things/fish, that seemed to move past the sides of your head,..

    COOL !!!!!!

    The trolley thing, will take you around and eventually, back to where you left, your car. (it just makes a circut)
     
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    Never been to the aquarium or IMAX in Chattanooga. I'll have to next time. When I hit Cherokee N.C. on the way back the next stop is Chattanooga.
     
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    Y'all should enjoy it.
    We've been 2 or 3 times when we've gone up to re-inactment events, near Chattanooga. Always, on Sunday, coming home, from the events.

    I don't know how heavy the traffic is, any other time, but it's not bad, on Sunday, in that area.
    Actually, the area immedately where the Aquarium/Imax are is rather pleasant,....fairly quiet and a very comfortable feel to it, that doesn't 'feel' like areas in Atlanta. I've been through Chattanooga,...and it's so spread out, it has none of Atl's Monster/Futuristic feel. Finding the area is relatively easy,...but it's a bit, more difficult, finding your way, back to the Interstate.

    We've gotten a GPS system, since we were last, there, so, next time, should be, easier
     
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    This is a great thread, thanks so much for sharing this stuff with us Windsinger......oh and hello, welcome aboard!!
     
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    I'm just poking my nose in here.
    Just to see what's happenin.
    We went to Alabama last weekend to a big Arts & Sciences competition weekend, and I seriously raked in the prizes. (includeing the Best one, for, 'best' overall score of all the entrants)

    That's the Good news.

    The 'bad' is that I had a number of entries, and wound up over-looking (as i packed up, later) a tiny, hand-carved, (2-inch, non-functional) Mahogany and black walnut, Violin, intended to be used as a hair pin, to gather up the Long locks, that so many of us, have in the historical community.

    I have two, adopted-of-the-heart, 'daughters' in their 20s, who BOTH, happen, to play the violin,...the hairpin was intended as an eventual BD gift (She wasn't there, so never saw it, but the other one did, and drooled over it,.....wants to work out a 'trade' to get one for her own tawny locks).

    I've been a-trying to find someone in Ala. who knows what became of it.
    My mother figures I might as well write it off, as a loss.
    i.e. I almost never sell any of my work.
    Hense,....it's much sought after and this small treasure was small enough to easily disappear.

    THAT'll teach me, to make a list. (ok,....I HAD 'a list',....I shoulda LOOKED at it, as I was packing up) The prizes were cool,....but I'd trade um all, for my treasure's return.
    sigh......

    Any-ole-way I'm back in GA. after an other-wise fun weekend.
    (and Freezing half to death !!!! It went down to the low 20s last night, and we have no heat, and the new house isn't finished being insulated, etc.) The last couple of dry days have been spent draining rain-water barrels we use for warm weather bathing and general clean-up. If the barrels aren't drained, come the first of Dec, we risk loosing them to freezing and busting, and the kind we have are really hard to find.

    My guy lost his job last Dec. Nawww, not hollering about it. LOTTA folks are falling victim to corporate down-sizing, and weeding out the 50-Y.O. guys, who have been with them so long, (since college) that their almost at the point of full retirement with a good pension,.....it's a purely financially based thing. My guy just happened to become one of many. We're making-do, and being careful. We had never lived as well as we Could have. Both too down-to-earth to live large,....we didn't mind living a VERY understated lifestyle, that most folks would have balked at. That was when we HAD a choice,.....so there was no great big shock to our life-style, when the worst happened.

    (But our friends are still stunned, at the level we were living at, even, before)

    We think it's funny as heck, that they're so spoiled to modern bells and whistles in their lives,....

    Life is SUPPOSED to be-an-adventure
    not a series of tragedies
    or living vicariously from a lounge chair in front of cable TV.

    (OK,....we WOULD like,..to have cable TV...and to have a bit of real plumbing and not have to break the ice, on a wash-up pan of water,.....
    BUT
    I am PLANNING, to rig up a way to get some form of primative sink and a hose of rainwater, coming into my someday (sorta-kitchen) room. I JUST got the barrel, and hose, today,....(Swiped it from my mother's,...she's had a stroke, and can't remember what to do with a lotta things anymore,....she told us to go ahead and take home anything, outside, we could maybe, use,....she also gave me her whole set of leather-carving tools,....now I gotta learn how to use them)
    Ya think I'm teasing ?(about the barrel and hose)
    Nawwwww.
    We never got to be 'Hippies'
    During the 60s/70s
    H. was in school, and later went to college, and I was busy starting a family, FAR too young,....and nursing babies. I'd had the long hair, long dresses, and barefoot thing a going on, but I was a domestic little housewife, married (then, to Chuck) to a clean-cut construction foreman,....and no-one (at My house,) smoked 'anything' or drank/partied, Nuttin)
    I wore the hairstyle, because my mother wouldn't let me cut it (Then Chuck wouldn't let me) (Now H. won't let me,...it's ok,...'I' don't wanna, no-way)

    Since he lost his job,...H. hasn't cut, His, either.
    Says there's no sense in wasteing money on a haircut he's no-longer required to have.
    But he's not used to it.
    Doesn't know what (the rockers/bikers) 'use' to tame it, in back.
    I've suggested he look for a black barret.
    (or a cool metal one)
    He squacked.
    For the moment, he's trying a black elastic band.
    His Daddy'd be rolling in his grave,...
    (His dad was a state health inspector, and took Great pride in 'military-neat' presentation)
    H. and I are comfort hounds.
    These days, we're involuntary hippies,....

    (who have a passion for books and museums and old crafts,...he's a blacksmith, I'm a woodcarver,...)

    (his brother is gonna have a duck, when he sees H's hair,...! ...grin....)

    My son, by Chuck, finally got married this past year. He has a Wonderful (middle-aged !) wife,.....They have cable/central heat and air, and plumbing,....WHERE did I go 'wrong' with that boy !!!!

    They save their soft drink cans for us,....and supplied us with a key, to come over, every week for a Good scrubbing (it's become a running joke)

    The cans give us, movie money
    (That too, is a joke,.....we did 'cans' as long as we've been wed ( 19.5 yrs)

    Y'all are gonna have to forgive me, the not fitting in.
    I understand that your Music has power/energy, but I get my own (as do my sons) from a whooping/foot-stompin'/clappin' Bodhran drums, penny whistles and fiddles,Good Irish Band. (and the stuff that makes me mellow and sleepy, is classical or softer Celtic ballads).

    If I can ever get that new Yamaha of mine, tuned,....I'll be trying to pick out some folksy stuff.
    I had a guitar back in the 70s, but never got good enough to listen to,....too many other irons in the fire, to stick to it enough.

    On that note,....I'm gonna plug in a space heater and worship it, til bed-time.
    (After ....I try and get that darned black box to get me a decent channel that doesn't keep breaking up into cute little colors)

    I wanna warm motel room !!!!!!!
     

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