Issued in 1963, this two color engraved design shows us Amelia Earhart in the foreground, and her Lockheed 10E Special "Electra" aircraft in the background. It was the Lockheed Electra in which Earhart disappeared along with her navigator Fred Noonan in 1937. Aviator heros and their aircraft are popular icons for airmail stamps the world over. This stamp combines both. Fittingly, the carmine and maroon colors match the color of the definetive issue of the day of the same denomination.
This Amelia Earhart was the first plate block that I bought. It was acquired when I was visiting my grandparents in Meridian, Mississippi one summer.
Mississippi is the birthplace of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, Jim Henson and James Earl Jones, as well as dozens of other leaders in literature, film, music and sports, but it’s also the place to be if you’re looking for a great slice of caramel cake. On June 25 at Chastain Park in Buckhead, the Mississippi Society of Georgia plans to celebrate the many aspects of the Hospitality State at the group’s third annual Mississippi in the Park. “I think the biggest thing about Mississippi is it’s a big small town,” said event co-chair and Buckhead resident Jenny Gipson. “The first thing always is ‘How are you and how’s your mama and do you know so-and-so?’ No matter if you’re in Mississippi or somewhere else, there’s just a special connection with Mississippi people.” “That’s what this event gives back,” added event chair Clay Peacock. “It’s an opportunity to find your Mississippi connections here.”
The group was inspired to start Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park after seeing similar events sprout in New York and Washington, Gipson said. The group’s efforts have also included fundraising in support of Mississippi tornado victims, and funding $1,000 scholarships for Georgia students planning to study at Mississippi universities. Mississippi in the Park will feature live music from The Homegrown Gospel Band, Sana Blues and The Electromatics. Organizers plan to sell catfish plates for $12 by reservation before June 17 and $15 after, but attendees also will be allowed to bring picnics.
In addition, Sugaree’s Bakery in New Albany, Miss., has donated 36 caramel cakes for the event.No Mississippi connection is required to attend this free event, Peacock said. “If you have nothing to do with Mississippi but just love catfish, you’re welcome, too,” he said.
Awarded for its visionary cinematography, “General Orders No. 9″ breaks from the constraints of the documentary form as it contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South. The stunning culmination of over eleven years’ work from first time writer-director Bob Persons, “General Orders No. 9″ marries experimental filmmaking with an accessible, naturalist sensibility to tell the epic story of the clash between nature and man’s progress, and reaches a bittersweet reconciliation all its own. Told entirely with images, poetry, and music, “General Orders No. 9″ is unlike any film you have ever seen. A story told in maps, dreams, and prayers, it is one last trip down the rabbit hole before it’s paved over.
deer trails become
become county roads
Bob Persons is a first-time writer-director from Middle Georgia. After a short career in magazine publishing in Charleston, South Carolina, he moved back to his hometown where he began planning and writing the script for what would become General Orders No. 9. Five years later, he met an Atlanta filmmaker named Phil Walker, and production began in earnest. After five more years, the film premiered at the 2009 Atlanta film Festival.
Phil Walker is a award-winning producer, editor and documentary filmmaker from Atlanta, GA. He met Bob Persons four years ago and began collaborating on “General Orders No.9” as co-producer, editor and occasional snapping turtle wrangler. Throughout his career, Phil’s work has focused largely on the environment, education and history. Previous projects includes the PBS documentary “D-Day: Down to Earth” and a global media campaign for the United Nations Conference on Population and Development. He is currently producing a documentary that follows a small, diverse group on a contemplative wilderness retreat in the San Juan Islands. The film explores our spiritual connections to the natural world.