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Cowboy Flash!

Flash is sitting on his grandfather's old workhorse, Dan.  His cousin Jerry is holding the horse.

Flash is well armed and ready.

This is a picture of my Grandfather's old homeplace near Uvalda, Georgia.  It has fallen and rotted into rubble now.  Part of the chimney is all you can see from the road.  We had some great Family Reunions there every summer.  I came to live there when I was 15 and stayed through high school.  

There was running water in the house but no indoor bathroom.  We had an outhouse out  back in the corn field.  No matter what anybody would think it was wonderful to live that simple life back then.

I had moved from Miami and that was a Jungle. There had been 1200 kids in my class in the school in Miami.   The school where I moved to in Georgia had 63 students in the class.

MIAMI FOOTBALL HERO?

Flash Gordon, Fullback
Opa-Locka Rebels, 1961                   
Florida boy goes wild on the football field.
 

Vacation?   Vietnam, 1968


Thanks to Uncle Sam Flash spent May to December, 1968 in Southeast Asia.
"I had as good of a time as could be expected with a war going on and all."

Flash at the Zoo in Bangkok on R and R feeding the giraffs.  I went to Bangkok, Thailand two different times during my tour of Vietnam.  During one trip I found the racetrack.  There was a horse running named Tudor Flash and he actually won.  I bet five dollars and won about twenty five bucks.Here is Flash at the Zoo in Bangkok on R and R feeding the giraffs.  I went to Bangkok, Thailand two different times during my tour of Vietnam.  During one trip I found the racetrack.  There was a horse running named Tudor Flash and he actually won.  I bet five dollars and won about twenty five bucks.


On December 21, 1968 Flash Gordon came back to the good old USA, and right away he met some guys and started playing country music in the bars of Miami, Florida.  In the next few years he played in clubs from Key West to West Palm Beach.

Flash is in a Miami club with Pete Duval, an old friend.  Pete wrote on the back of one of these pictures, "Ex-Columbia Trapeze Artist and writer of songs that nobody buys presently panhandling in Canada". Pete was on Columbia Records in the late 60's and was produced by the legendary Don Law.  


Pete worked a bunch in the clubs around Miami but also traveled up into Canada and played to the Northern crowds.

Here Flash is relaxing on a 1965 BSA 650 Thunderbolt that was owned by Pete Duval.  I really got a wild feeling when I was sitting on that bike.

Flash with Bernie Duval. Bernie could play any instrument and hit any harmony part he could hear.  Pete and Bernie Duval were not brothers but they used to play together in the Florida Keys.  They took the name from Duval Street in Key West.  Bernie is not with us anymore.

In the early 70's Flash moved up to Nashville and he worked in the bars on Broadway and went out on "the Road" with anyone that offered him a job.  He also worked at Sho-Bud building steel guitars and ampliphiers.  "It was great to hang out with Shot Jackson when I could. He was a great person and great musician.  Shot helped a bunch of musicians over the years including me."

Flash is at Churchill Downs Racetrack with Aleene Jackson, daughter of Shot Jackson.  

Shot owned and operated Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company.  He helped to popularize and populate the world with the versatile steel guitar.

Aleene is a good friend and a friend to country music.  She has worked in many capacities in the music business over the years.


Flying again!

Batter Up!

 
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