It all began with the idea to make an hour long documentary, getting folks in from all walks of life, who have helped change their community, either politically or spiritually.
It doesn’t matter if they are conservative or liberal; what matters is that they didn’t just sit on their hands and let others do the heavy lifting when it came time to make their chosen community a better pace to live.
The reason the project is called “Fayetteville: An Alternative History” is because so many folks have used alternative methods to reach out to folks over the years, whether it be through alternative newspapers, talk radio, public access television, or using the Internet.
And another, major reason for embarking on the project is this - people in positions of power often lie.
They engage in revisionist history to suit their own purposes, or to mold how they wish newcomers to view historical events.
How do you combat it? You get the folks directly involved with events from the past to tell their stories.
The idea of doing a single documentary changed, however, when I had a chance a few months ago to sit down and closely watch the full interview we did with long-time activist Al Vick.
Vick was far too eloquent and engaging, and told too many interesting stories to just edit him mercilessly and use only snippets of what he gave us. As a result, the direction changed, and the Al Vick program became simply the first of what I hope will be several programs with past and present Fayetteville activists.
If you’d care to see the Al Vick segment, just go to:
It is my hope in the near future to do a short documentary on the Women’s Library, which served Fayetteville for so many years, among other topics.
It is important that folks know of the rich history of our community, or else we are all at the mercy of those who reinterpret the past for their own purposes.
Quote of the Day
Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel just as good as ever. - Don Marquis