As the author of this book, I am asked all of the time, "Why is so and so listed, why isn't so and so listed?" I don't know that I have an answer. It is a challenge, at best to weave a story about the history of such a diverse city. Especially challenging to do that in only 2400 words.
I learned so much about the people behind the city that I tried to use INDIVIDUAL'S VISION as the thread that weaves the events together, while trying to include the reader as the NEXT VISIONARY of our city's future.
I hope that I was able to motivate readers to be the visionary that keeps Birmingham in the limelight, for arts, culture, a cooperative spirit and technology.
We are so blessed with an incredible medical community. I recently wrote about a women with cancer who chose UAB over all of the clinics in the US...she rests in knowing that some of the cutting edge research is occuring in our own back yard.
(The article was published in Southern Beauty Magazine, a Birmingham publication).
I ended that story telling about my step sister, who lived in Washington, DC, and moved here with hope of a cure for a very similar brain tumor. My sister did not survive the third operation, but she was full of life until the day she let go...almost willingly, to our amazement and with a complete peace.
Being the person that she was....she donated her body to science...in the very organization that attempts to find a cure for brain tumors for people such as the person in my story. A circle completed, as one counts on a cure and one gives doctor's hints by sacrificing her body to science.
I tell this story after a letter I received from a reader of the book, who asked that same question..."why was our organization not listed".
In researching, I somehow overlooked the name of this particular organization, but trust me....what you do lives in my heart as I long for my step-sister, whose purpose was to provide insight to those like you who dig deeply for the answers. Thank you for that dedication and for putting Birmingham on the map for cancer research.
Allison Puccetti Adams
I have just recently finished your book "Birmingham-Hoover Sketchbook" which I enjoyed very much and thought it was very well done. However, I can't help but wonder why you failed to include Southern Research Institute anywhere in this book. SRI has played a major role in cancer research, not only in screening for anticancer agents but also in developing new drugs for cancer treatment. It was founded in 1941, had its beginnings in the Morris-Cartwright home on Southside and now employs approx. 500 people. I noticed you included the Quinlan Castle-right next door to SRI, UAB down the street (and incidentally, they now own SRI) and several other sites in the Five Points area. I hope if you should produce another book of this type that you will include SRI in your list of historic sites. In addition to cancer research, they have made a multitude of contributions in other areas of research and are certainly worthy of recognition.