Summer 1999 - A MAGAZINE ONLINE - Vol. 1, No. 2
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Editor's Note
We hope you appreciate the improved look and interesting content we provide in this issue. But as genuinely excited I am about the direction of the magazine, I am also sad as we go to press, because we have lost a friend of the people and a great political reporter. Birmingham Post-Herald political columnist Ted Bryant died June 28. (Turn to Editor's Note).

Reader Forum
Read what readers are saying about The Southerner and send us your comments on the Summer issue or the inaugural issue.

Scrawls Editorial Cartoon

Around the South
Find your favorite Southern cultural events for the rest of the summer and send us your listings.

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Summer Cover


The War on Sprawl
By Glynn Wilson

The world is getting smaller. Our cities become more crowded every day. The new enemy is suburban sprawl. Do "Smart Growth" or "Slow Growth" or the "New Urbanism" provide answers? Find out here in our summer cover story. (Turn to story)

Training To Be An Astronaut
Fiction by Brian Griffin
Illustrated by Christopher Bookout

"When Father left me standing on the roof of the new house, three stories off the ground, I quickly realized that this was another opportunity for some astronaut training," writes Brian Griffin in the introduction to this space-age Southern short story. It's perfect timing too, coming on the 30th anniversary of the day when man first set foot on the moon. You will recognize these characters, and laugh out loud. (Turn to story)
Fiction Art

Secret Vistas
Catch Appalachian mountain views on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Secret Vistas
Jack Neely talks to Roy Blount Jr. on humor, age and talks with mama.
R & R
Ron Sitton explores the status of one of the newest off-beat sports sweeping the South: Disc Golf.
Lab & Field
Appalachian Trials? Ralph Nader hikes the Appalachian Trail with J.D. Lee to help launch a museum for consumer legal rights, including environmental litigation.
Lab &  Field
Bottom Line
AgFIRST offers Tennessee farmers economic hope for falling crop prices. Robert Hess explores the contributions being made at the University of Tennesse, Knoxville.
Bottom Line
Bar & Grill
Steve Harner loves the ribs, but comes away a bit disappointed with the brisket after Banjo Dan's Guitar Throwing Competition in Hot Springs, Ark.
Bar & Grill
Southern Culture
Eric Nyberg interviews Muddy Waters drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith at the W.C. Handy Festival in Memphis, Tenn.
Southern Culture
Southern Sounds
Ron Sitton reviews new releases from Taj Mahal, Tom Petty, The Regulators, and more.
Southern Sounds

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