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Things recently got ugly for United Airlines. J. Bryant Steele thinks the blow could have been softened with respect for others, a burger from McDonald’s and a good oldfashioned apology. We welcome home the wit of one’s of V3 Magazine’s founding fathers, Neal Howard. We are happier than a pot-bellied pig in a kiddie pool to hear from him. Let’s all collectively cross our fingers, find a four leaf clover, turn around and spit. It’s time to help our dear friend, Jim Alred break his unlucky streak.


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“I never want to move again”…I’m pretty sure everyone has uttered those words in their lifetime. In the lifetime of this company, we have done so four times. Once from the corner of Piero Barba’s warehouse, which he was kind enough to lend to us as we got off our feet, to the corner of West 4th Avenue and Broad Street. We looked at a little three-office suite at first, but fell in love with a vacant space with a larger room in the same office that turned out to be more than we needed. So, we eventually moved into that smaller office down the hall and stayed put until March of this year. When we downsized I didn’t think it would last forever, but we wanted to grow responsibly and wait for the right move. After three months of planning and renovations, I can say without a doubt that 417 Broad Street is the right move. Everything we have wanted to offer is now under one roof and, though our former three locations were between the rivers and in the heart of Rome, being on Broad Street certainly has its advantages. The biggest need we addressed with this move was the studio space for photography. We have clients who are in need of product shots, head shots and various other photos that require lighting and backdrops. While we were well equipped to conduct those shots onsite, having a controlled environment makes a huge difference and allows us to offer those services to potential clients outside of the V3 circle. With Cameron Flaisch and his team of talented photographers at the helm—along with our graphic designers—the sky is the limit for what we can achieve visually. The goal is to offer everything our clients need and more under one roof, in a space that breeds creativity. Getting the space ready to harbor that creative atmosphere was a labor of love. It started with the owners of the building, Greg and Diane Lewis, welcoming us with a blank canvass that included a fresh coat of paint. From there we welcomed a slew of professionals through our doors to bring our vision to life. Hi-Tech Signs completed the decal and banner work, Roosterhead installed vintage barn-wood columns and beams, Farrell’s Frame and Design decorated our walls with custom canvases and frames, H.H. Woodworking created our custom sign for the front window, American Pipe Supports created our metal sign for the back wall, V3’s own Chris Forino was our DIY pro on a million projects, Ellie Borromeo and Laura Allshouse designed and implemented graphic themes and Pineapple Place tied it all together with the interior design.



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UNITED AIRLINES got the worst press possible – and ridicule on late-night comedy shows – back in April for dragging a passenger off an overbooked flight. I’ll tell you how United screwed up, public-relations-wise, but first l’ll tell you about my own experience with overbooking (not with United). In 1987, I was checking in at a terminal in Newark for a flight to Cleveland. (You have every reason to wonder why I’d be traveling between

two god-forsaken cities. I’ll get to that in a few sentences.) The nice lady at the desk told me they were overbooked, and asked if I would give up my seat and take a flight three hours later in exchange for a voucher for an “anytime-anywhere” domestic flight. I happily said yes. What I failed to take into account, and what the airline couldn’t have known, was that there was a woman waiting in Cleveland who thought

the sun rose expressly for her. Now, she and I didn’t have event tickets or dinner reservations awaiting in Cleveland, and I called to let her know I’d be on a later flight. But when she met me in Cleveland, she was ready to raise hell with the airline. And she expected me to weigh in. But I was, like, “Whoa, they gave me this voucher that I’m perfectly happy with.” Nonetheless, she dragged me to the customer service desk. My female friend got so loud and ugly, and I was so calm, I think the poor airline clerks were befuddled, to say the least. They finally offered some sort of coupon, and my female friend seemed smugly victorious. I think we got a couple of Big Macs or Quarter Pounders, something like that. But by golly, she had won the fight she picked! All the time I was thinking of when I could use my free tickets to visit another woman in Atlanta, one who didn’t fuss so much. Now, here’s how United Airlines screwed up in explaining why a passenger was dragged off one of its flights: They did say they were sorry, but they never said they screwed up. At first, they placed the blame on the passenger, a doctor, for not getting off the plane. The next day, United apologized for “the overbook situation” but made no reference to the doctor or to a damning video made by another passenger that went viral. Later in the day, United’s chief executive officer, Oscar Munoz, issued a statement calling the episode “an upsetting event.” He apologized to the other passengers on the plane but did not address the abuse of the doctor. Worse for United, the flight wasn’t actually overbooked. Instead, United was trying to accommodate crew members in order to get them to another flight. The U.S. Travel Association said the domination of the industry by a handful of carriers

(the four biggest control almost 69 percent of domestic flying) does not give airlines incentive “to treat their customers with care and respect at every turn.” I couldn’t help but recall the January 1990 collapse of the AT&T network, which had always been a model of reliability. This was when everybody had land lines, and wireless networks were only on the drawing board. On any given day, the network carried 115 million long-distance calls. The network collapse threw the country into chaos for an entire day. Order wasn’t restored until almost midnight when call volumes typically drop. It was estimated AT&T lost $60 million in unconnected calls, and businesses that relied on the network for bookings, etc., lost an incalculable amount. The next day, AT&T’s CEO, Bob Allen, stood before a room packed with reporters, and when asked, “Whose fault was this?” Allen responded, “As far as our customers are concerned, it’s my fault.” The explanation was of course more complicated, full of technical jargon and arcane computer code, but it was a shining example of shouldering responsibility, something Oscar Munoz apparently isn’t familiar with. Even three weeks later, testifying before Congress, Munoz uttered these words: “It’s shameful that an event like the one we had at United has to drive this kind of conversation.” No, Mr. Munoz, here’s what you say: “It’s my fault.”

BizBits The Stone Mountain Tennis Center, where Andrei Agassi and Lindsay Davenport won gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics, is scheduled for

demolition. And what’s left of the site will be sold to a private developer, probably on the cheap, for whoknowswhat? But that’s Atlanta for you, where heirlooms are ignored like cobwebs. Neglect leads to predatory investors, who have done worse to Atlanta than the Union Army did back in 1864. Who can forget that the Fox Theater and the Margaret Mitchell House came close to demolition? I’m just glad the place where I was born still stands … sort of. There’s a plaque on the Marriott Marquis that notes it was once St. Joseph’s Hospital. The Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is soaring in these parts. The Atlanta branch of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose territory includes Georgia and the Carolinas, made 4,246 arrests between Jan. 20 and April 29, according to ICE numbers reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That’s a 75 percent increase from a year ago. The nationwide increase was 38 percent. It is now legal for students in the University System of Georgia’s public colleges to tote guns. The so-called “campus carry” bill was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, even though he wouldn’t sign similar legislation just a year ago and even though the notion was opposed by Chancellor Steve Wrigley, campus law enforcement officials, and a majority of Georgia voters. Remember, this is a state that requires no training or other qualification to obtain a gun license. On the bright side, there’s now one more gift idea on your shopping list for graduating high school seniors. J. Bryant Steele has won awards for business reporting, feature writing and opinion columns, and is based in Rome. *The views expressed in this column are those of the writer, and do not represent the opinions of V3 Magazine.

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Delusions of Grandeur with Neal Howard

Of Swine and Men How raising a willful, pot-bellied mini pig taught me a lot about living and a little about Trump.

1. Pork Fiction "EEEEEEK!" Vannah squealed with delight, flitting back and forth between our kitchen back door and the backseat of her rented Dodge Stratus, which was positively stuffed to the gills with mini-piglet gear. She was fresh in from a Mississippi Thanksgiving, and was riding higher than Willie Nelson’s tour bus driver on the sort of oxytocin rush that only the new mother of a four-week-old, four-pound pig can fully appreciate. “Isn’t she frickin’ precious?!” she said, pointing at her tiny pink prize. The Pig, meanwhile, was nosing around her new lawn for the very first time. “Oh, she’s a trip alright,” I nodded, still sizing up this urban-barnyard situation for the long term. “Am I witnessing what a typical bout of mini-pig mania looks like, or are you geeking on meth for the first time?” 14

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“Look how pink she is, Neal!” Vannah cut in, deftly dodging any hint of ambivalence. No one was gonna rain on her pig parade. “And with those little black spots all over!” I was leaning chin rested against the retainer wall that sits eye level with our back lawn, gearing up to crack another diffusive one-liner when, with surprising pomp and composure, The Pig sauntered into my purview. She stopped, side facing, directly in front of my nose, then glared me up and down with all the sass and self-assuredness of a 300-pound woman in a tube top. Pssssh. Boy, please, her expression seemed to read. You know you want these cookies. “Well, well, so you’re the little pink pig that caused such a stir at the Tupelo Flea Market this Thanksgiving?” I said. “Quite frankly, I can’t say I see what the big deal is,” I lied. Damn, was she ever cute. I mean really, really cute. And her outrageous moxy only added to the appeal. “Ummmph. Oaf-oaf,” The Pig replied.

“Yes, you’re quite welcome for helping you escape Mississippi,” I said. “Weeeeeee! Oaaaf!” “You’re right, it is a lot like North Korea there.” “Nonk, nonk. Weeeee!” There’s something really riveting about having a quasi-exotic animal take up residence in your home. Perhaps because you’re subconsciously aware that the situation could shift from calm to harrowing at any moment, and you wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to quash it on instinct. For a die-hard animal lover, it’s a fascinating challenge. Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to placate the little beast by sharing my true feelings— intrigue, instant obsession, a heart turned

to pure strawberry Jell-O—minus a proper verbal hazing. “So what, you’re cute,” I conceded. “You know who else was cute? Helen of Troy. And that didn’t turn out too swell, did it?” “Nonk.” “Point being, Pig: The first sign I see that you’re throwing off the equilibrium in this house—the first deuce I find dropped in my Nikes, for example, which causes me to yell and cast a dark cloud—you and I are gonna have words.” “Umph.” Ever since Vannah had phoned from Tupelo to relay the news, I had been positively possessed with visions of pig poop peppered throughout the house. Pig poop on the rugs. Pig poop by the tub. Pig poop in my chair. Pig turds everywhere. All I could hear playing over and again in my mind for several minutes was a snippet from the final scene of Pulp Fiction, during which crime buddies Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are glimpsed having breakfast at an L.A. diner, debating the merits of why Jules doesn’t eat bacon. JULES: (Because) pigs sleep and root in sh_t. That’s a filthy animal. I ain’t eatin’ nothing that ain’t got sense enough to disregard its own feces. VINCENT: How about a dog? A dog eats its own feces. JULES: I don’t eat dog either. VINCENT: Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal? JULES: I wouldn’t go so far as to call a dog filthy, but they’re definitely dirty. But a dog’s got personality. Personality goes a long way. VINCENT: So by that rationality, if a pig had a better personality, it’d cease to be a filthy animal. Is that true? JULES: Well, we’d have to be talking about one charming motherf____n’ pig… Yeah, Jules. Yeah, we would be. And not simply to enjoy as a complement to my scrambled eggs, but to live alongside as an indoor pet for up to 15 years.

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OVER THE NEXT several weeks, Aibileen and I fell madly, deeply in love. That’s what we named her, Aibileen, after Viola Davis’s character in The Help. And she was, by God, “one charming motherf____n’ pig.” There was plenty of poop to be found throughout, no doubt. But pigs bring to the table such a passion for life that accidents are easy to overlook. Not to mention they’re crazy bright, easily trained, and so damned cute in everything they do that even the hardest of hearts are quickly made putty in their hooves. For instance, Aiby had a baby pool for a few months that was shaped like a cartoonish, big-mouthed fish. We’d fill it full to the lip with the same plastic balls you’d find in a kids’ ball pit at Mickey D’s, then we’d sprinkle in giant fistfuls of Cheerios for her to root up while simultaneously bouncing in the balls. Bring me a man who doesn’t melt while watching that double-dip of preciousness and I’ll show you a man whose soul needs a tune-up. Most fascinating of all about pet pigs, however, is the intellect factor. As I mentioned before, they’re scary smart, and only slightly more relentless than a T-2000 when it comes to scoring whatever it is they want. If the target is an apple sitting on the kitchen countertop, let’s say, they’ll plead, persist and pirhouette with a choreography so impressive that it’d be criminal not to hand that apple over on the spot. Their range of vocal sounds is unreal as well, and they speak to their owners nonstop in a perpetual ploy to have us do their bidding. If you still can’t seem to reconcile how a Trump presidency happens—as I surely couldn’t prior to Aibileen’s arrival—I suggest you hurry out and purchase yourself a mini pig. Pundits love to over-parse the numbers surrounding our elections, but they view it through far too academic a prism. Trump’s win was more a matter of animal psychology than accuracy in polling. Pigs are audacious, see. Comically audacious. They’re also complete A-holes. And Americans have long had a love affair with audacious A-holes. The Donald may be dumber than a sack of rocks at a Scientology audit, but he is A-1 positive that he’s the smartest cat in any room. And for millions of voters, that kind of John-Wayne-without-a-GED swagger really gives them the vapors. Pigs, conversely, are brilliant. But, similarly, they present themselves with a misplaced arrogance that can only be described as Trumpian. Actual results or on-thejob performance be damned, there’s just something magnetic about such a clumsily built creature who so firmly believes she is the hottest thing this side of Beyoncé in a catsuit— even with those silly little cloven stilts for legs, supporting that massive barrel of a body. She has no concept of how ridiculous she looks to the rest of us. She couldn’t care less. She’s all about her business, Boo.

3. Exile On Easy Street ONCE WIND of The Pig’s charm blew clear across the neighborhood, her fame soared to Marilyn Monroe status in a matter of days. On the NextDoor app she was an instant socialmedia starlet, with frequently posted pig sightings dominating the daily message board. These comments were followed by a steady flood of requests to meet her in person. Drivers would nearly crash their cars doing doubletakes if she happened to be rooting around the front yard on a given afternoon. Aiby was an enigma wrapped in bacon fat, wrapped in pork sausage, wrapped in a revelation on the power of sheer hutzpah. But the brightest stars burn out quickest, sadly. By the age of 5 months, she had exploded into a 65-pound animal, already well surpassing the 40-pound max quoted to Vannah by a less-than-truthful pig breeder from Pontotac. She began gorging on every last bite of plant matter she could get her snout on, and soon her tastes evolved to divine the buds of our sweetest neighbors’ rosebush as her garden entrée of choice, which she’d all too often wash down with our meanest neighbors’ impeccably groomed monkeygrass. Unspoken tensions began to simmer. Her cuteness’ capital devalued rapidly, no longer sufficient to placate the victims of her insatiable hunger. The Aibileen brand was fast-approaching the precipice of freefall. To continue down this path would have been to salt the good name of pet pigs worldwide, and we simply couldn’t let that happen. Just six months after arriving home from a Mississippi Thanksgiving, Aiby was resettled on her grandparents’ six-acre parcel in Silver Creek, a densely wooded space packed with edible fauna as far as the eye can see. She has her own mud pit and now sleeps on a queen mattress. And it is here that, in true Trumpian fashion, she gets the last laugh on us all. You see, by doing that—and only that— she ever wanted to at any given moment in her life, by behaving like a narcissist boob on a neverending crusade of self-aggrandizement and glut, by flipping a stiff middle finger to all consequence and strategic planning, The Pig somehow ended up in an even better position than before. She still found herself in the driver’s seat despite mowing down every last cone. I don’t respect her pig politics whatsoever, but I can’t help digging her gall. VVV Neal Howard is an award-winning writer, music producer, and former V3 editor-inchief. v3 magazine


Mr. Sunshine, on a Cloudy Day For the Love of the Game with Jim Alred 16

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THE SAYING GOES that there are few guarantees in life other than death and taxes. I have another to add to the list. The Rome Braves lose if I’m in attendance. I am cursed. Well, maybe not cursed, but I do have a certain aura of unluckiness following me. A couple of summers ago, Jim Jones, assistant general manager for the Rome Braves, walked past me in the press box with a big grin on his face and patted me on the back. “The streak is over,” he said. Ben Poplin, the play-by-play announcer at the time, said something similar during the next break between innings. The duo knew about a certain unlucky streak I had with the Rome Braves. At the time, the Braves were a less than stellar 0-33 with me in the stadium. For those unfamiliar with those numbers, that means in the 33 games I had visited State Mutual Stadium as both a fan and a journalist, the Braves had lost not a few times, not most of the time but every, single time. Zero wins. Thirty-three losses. The law of averages says this shouldn’t happen and on this beautiful, warm spring day the Braves carried a four-run lead into the eighth inning. No doubt the streak was over. I’m a superstitious guy. Two years ago, the YMCA handed out awesome Adidas polo shirts for soccer coaches and assistants. It’s a great shirt. It looks good. It’s breathable. And I refuse to wear it, because when I’ve worn it our team is 0-7. Seven losses, no wins. The shirt has nothing to do with us losing, but I’m still not going to wear it when we play. I got the reputation as the playoff killer during my time at the Naples Daily News. Five different times I covered a local high school team ranked in the top five of the state entering the playoffs. Five times the sports editor assigned me to cover a game we knew the local team would win. Five times the heavily favored and highly ranked team from our area lost. Needless to say, some local coaches began cringing when they saw me on the sidelines. And while I don’t truly believe I’m cursed or curse the teams I cover, I am superstitious. My next-door neighbors have an old couch, now located in their basement. If I sit on that couch and watch one of the teams I pull for, my team wins. Auburn’s football team is 10-0 when I watch on the couch, including the national championship win over Oregon. The U.S. Women’s soccer team has never lost when I’ve watched them on that couch. Friends and family wonder why I watch my teams anywhere but on that couch, but I’m afraid my neighbors might make me pay rent if I stick around too long. When I returned to Rome to work at the Tribune I couldn’t wait to cover all the state champion-

ship-winning teams. During my 10 years at the Tribune, I did get to see some cheerleading, golf and a cross-country state title from local high schools, but I often wondered if I brought my bad luck when I stood on the sidelines of state quarterfinal, semifinals and finals where local teams fell just shy of the top prize. A couple of years ago I, along with many others, marveled as the Georgia Highlands’ men’s basketball program made a stellar run thorough the National Tournament. While I wasn’t able to venture to Kansas to cover the games in person, I sat glued to the computer watching the live streams. When the Chargers took a large lead late in their semifinal game, I shouted out loud in the newsroom about how they were going to be playing in the finals. I then watched in abject horror as the opposing team rallied and won. I told Highlands’ coach Phil Gaffney a few days later that his team’s loss was my fault. My wife often says my unluckiness and cursed aura stems from being too negative. She even had me change my ways for a few football games last fall. Instead of criticizing the team for play-calling, miscues, etc… she encouraged me to be Mr. Sunshine and look for the positive. I did just that. My team won a few games with me changing my persona, however my team also

saw four key offensive players go down with bad injuries and literally limped to the finish line of the season. The funniest aspect of my cheerful, optimistic persona was my kids’ reaction. Both of my daughters shot weird looks at me. My oldest even shook her head and walked away, proclaiming, “That’s not right. That’s just weird.” Back to that spring day and the four-run lead. As Jones and Poplin each talked about the streak ending, I warned them the game wasn’t over. Remember, this predated my more optimistic Mr. Sunshine days. The Braves lost the lead in the ninth inning. They took a lead in extra innings. The opposing team came back and won. Jones sighed and left the press box. Poplin walked past shaking his head. No words were needed. Call it cursed, call it unlucky, call it a lack of Mr. Sunshine. Maybe just maybe I’ll see the Rome Braves win in State Mutual one day. But for now there are three certainties in life, death, taxes and a Rome Braves loss if I’m in the stadium. *The views expressed in this column are those of the writer, and do not represent the opinions of V3 Magazine.

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eep in the lush, green heart of College Heights, nestled upon one of Rome’s seven hills, lies an eclectic home fit for a fairy tale. Occupying almost 4000 square feet of space on one level, this gorgeous home was originally a ranch style built in 1938. In the time elapsed it has effectively become an amalgamation of dreams, and yet has not suffered for its various owners’ visions of perfection. Sprawling across the hillside, this fanciful home has both the charm of an antique and the allure of a modern home, fit with all its conveniences. Located at 15 Rockridge Rd, Rome, this home rests upon over an acre of old growth forest and creeping ivies. Sporting three bed rooms and three full baths, this home is well equipped to handle even the largest of families

and all their varying needs. The magnificent family room is a stunning space with vaulted ceilings, skylights, picture windows and a wood burning fireplace. A mother-in-law sweet is attached to the original home with its own drive way and entrance, in effect turning two homes into one. The broad array of nearly floor to ceiling windows along the connecting hallway and sunroom allow an abundance of natural light into the home. The master suite boasts its own attached study and bathroom, and the older side of the home is complete with a butler’s pantry and corner cabinets in the dining room and kitchen. Hardwood floors span from the small, but functional, kitchen all the way to the connecting hallway, which is floored in a classic black and


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Pack in the pick-up trucks, or stuff into the sedans. It’s movie night at the drive-in. TEXT Emory Chaffin PHOTOGRAPHY Caleb Timmerman

The first thing you notice as you pull up to the 411 Drive-In Theater (300 Country Road 265, Centre, Ala.) is the back of the big screen, looming up from behind the trees. The faded old marquis informs you what’s playing tonight as you get closer to the drive, and finally you see a small ticket both situated between the lanes that lead to each screen. The cinema offerings tonight are listed again at the gate, with an arrow informing visitors which line leads to the desired picture. At the ticket booth the attendants are friendly and smiling. The price per carload is $15, if you have at least two people going to catch

the show; this price is a welcome relief to the pocketbook, and is well justified for the unique experience of a drive-in movie. However, it is cash only at the gate. Inside the grounds there are paved paths leading to the screens on either side of the snack bar, which is situated atop a small rise overlooking both parking areas. When you reach the lot, it’s as easy as choosing a spot to enjoy your movie. The spaces are well marked with white poles denoting each parking space, and the lot is terraced to ensure everyone has a good view of the screen. Some back their pickups into their spaces and pop out camp chairs in the bed; one group of patrons even brings the dog along. Gone are the old speakers that would attach to the windows, now replaced by a digital audio broadcasting system. Simply tune your stereo to the channel listed on the snack bar menu handed out as you

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enter. They have a channel for each screen, and the audio comes through loud and clear. Also, say good-bye to the old 35mm projectors and reels. They have been replaced with high quality digital projectors, installed at the start of 2014’s summer season. In fact, not much is left of the old 411 Drive-In that some of you may remember; it’s been fully updated and the snack bar is new as well, though it’s closer to a full-blown restaurant than a hub for popcorn and coke. After hearing a lot of talk about how good the food was, it is absolutely necessary to give it a try. The extensive menu on their website provided a good idea of what to expect. It’s immediately overwhelming with choices for every taste. They serve everything, from hand-patted burgers and hot dogs, to BBQ sandwiches and plates, nachos, pizza and bread sticks, hot wings, all kind of finger foods, and the movie-going staple, popcorn. All of the food is made fresh to order. The Nathan’s hot dog is smothered in a mouthwatering, zesty homemade relish and a side of freshly cooked crinkle fries. It is a delicious choice, and there are nothing but good things to say about the hefty, freshly made burger ordered as well.

Some customers reportedly enjoy the food so much they pay admission just to get to the restaurant and skip the movie. The only menu item costing more than $9 was the extra-large 16-inch pizza, which includes the choice of three toppings. A regular soda is only $1.50, a massive bucket of popcorn is $6, and they even have ice cream by the pint. With prices like these, it makes it easy to take the whole family, or a car full of friends, out for a movie and dinner. The restaurant is adorned with beautiful heart-pine paneling and a classic burger joint feel that will make you think you’ve stepped back in time a few decades. With a central counter and a bar top either side, the counter is set up to handle movie goers from both screens. The snack bar staff members are just as friendly as those who man the gate, joking and chatting with the folks waiting for their food. It is definitely a family atmosphere at this drive-in. Rex Johnson, owner of this Alabama movie mainstay, offers some history of the 411 Drive-In. 28

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The outdoor theater was built in 1953 by Emory Johnson and featured a single screen and car side stereo speakers. Rex along with his brother Carl, worked there over the years until the 411 closed in the early ‘70s. Video cassettes and the VCR had arrived and drive-ins were taking a big hit all across the country. The 411 was reopened briefly in the ‘80s but it sadly didn’t last. Fast forward 20 years and drive-in theaters seemed like a bygone relic of another time, but it didn’t stop Rex and Carl

from reopening the 411 for their father who had retired from farming. In 2001 the 411 made its triumphant return with new digital projectors and sound that is piped straight to the vehicles’ speakers. Heartbreakingly, Emory passed away in 2004 after witnessing three more years of his legacy’s return to operation; however, the brothers kept the theater open to honor his memory. Rex says he never expected it to last long, maybe a couple more years, as times had definitely changed. He definitely didn’t expect it to be a big

“According to Rex’s social media manager, some weekend show time postings have reached as many as 62,000 people, and many patrons’ vehicles are displaying Georgia tags in the lot.”

money maker; but in 2008 they rebuilt the old screen, installed a second, and built the current restaurant on the site of the old snack shack. Despite the seasonal nature of the business he says it’s paying the bills. Business has been on

the rise lately, though. After starting a Facebook page last year which now boasts around 13,000 fans, they’ve seen a significant boost in movie goers. According to Rex’s social media manager, some weekend show time postings have reached as many as 62,000 people, and many patrons’ vehicles are displaying Georgia tags in the lot. Even with the drive and late night return trips, people are travelling from all over the area to come catch a movie at the 411. Rex even goes so far as to say on some nights, when the lots are full, the pre-movie food rush can be almost overwhelming for the kitchen. Experienced 411 visitors will often show up early and call in their

orders from their cars, or head straight for the restaurant on arrival to beat the crowds. Now, it is time to settle in for the feature presentation. The view of the screen is fantastic, relaxing in the comfort of the truck with the windows cracked. The sounds of action and adventure waft through the speakers. Audio is delivered in perfect quality and the image was clear and crisp, even from near the back of the lot. For first time drive-in patrons it’s an experience that will surely be repeated. Currently, the 411 Drive-In is open Friday through Sunday evenings, with gates opening at 6 p.m. central time and the show starting at 7 p.m. Each screen runs a double feature for the single price of admission so you can see two films if you’re up for the late night. Summers are the season for blockbusters, and the 411 ramps up with nightly showings all week long starting Memorial Day and continuing into August. If you’re interested in catching a flick at the 411 stop by their website, 411drivein. com or look them up on Facebook to find out what’s playing and browse the full menu before you go. For a list of what feature films are playing you can also call the movie line at 256-927-2855.

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TEXT Greg Howard PHOTOGRAPHY Cameron Flaisch

In the summer of 2016, within the virtual cosmos of YouTube, a young man named Michael Senatore, a student of Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, became famous with a single flip of a disposable water bottle. This performance of what seemed to be a true feat of human talent, recorded by one of Senatore’s friends during their high school’s annual talent show, was then uploaded online to be viewed and shared by hundreds, then thousands, then millions of viewers worldwide who marveled at this students “remarkable” talent. Today, original videos of Senatore’s bottle flip have reached over 50 million views. It became known as the “Water Bottle Challenge”, in which soon millions of kids and teens would accept and upload their own videos of bottle tricks online. A community of bottle-flippers was formed throughout the American youth.

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Jack Cowan and Father, Dr. John Cowan

As a result of this new-found fad, the hallways and lunchrooms of schools nationwide were plagued by the incessant flipping of bottles, catching the attention of the teachers and principals. Many schools banned bottle flipping, or disposable water bottles all together, on school grounds. Kent, head teacher of Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, England, said that the disposable water bottle ban was in order to “avoid problems created by litter, messing about in lessons, and pupils indulging in the current craze of flipping bottles with all the intended and unintended consequences it produces.” This prompted the rule-abiding youth of the US to take their bottle flipping outside of the schoolyard. They brought their newfound skills to the streets, parks and homes which, in short, 34

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threatened the mental well-being of parents and government officials alike. The sanity of parents were put to the test daily by the thump, thump, smack, of flipped water bottles on hardwood floors, including parents Dr. John and Annie Cowan of Rome, Georgia. “My wife and I recognized the activity as being a problem, the kids not-so-much,” explains neuro surgeon, Dr. John Cowan. “The kids were flipping bottles everywhere and driving parents and adults crazy, and I knew we had to do something to solve the problem.” However, John asked himself, do we have to stop this active, non-electronic fun? During that same time the Cowan’s kids, Jack (12) Tommy (11), Grace (9) and young Charlie (6), explained to their father, that they wanted to be inventors like him. Dr. Cowan, who has a history with medical inventions himself, saw this “nuisance” as a perfect opportunity to teach his kids a valuable lesson. So, he sat his children down and shared with them a lesson that he has always relied on himself. As every successful inventor would agree, Dr. Cowan told his kids that the way to become an inventor was to find a problem and then come up with a unique way to solve it. So, the Cowan kids took on this challenge, and decided to tackle the problem of unwarranted and unrestricted bottle flipping. The kids decided

that if only there was a specified and approved place to bottle flip, along with a more organized game that flippers could challenge themselves with, bottle flipping might finally lose its stigma and become accepted in homes worldwide. This was the birth of the FlipTable. Dr. Cowan and the Cowan family decided to create a wooden board onto which a bottle could be flipped, a board with holes of varying sizes, serving as targets for bottles to land on. And they developed several games to go with the idea like a modified tic-tac-toe they deemed “flip-tac-toe, other games involving matching your opponent’s trick shots, and timed rounds for solo play. After a month of design and testing, the Cowan family developed the first FlipTable prototypes. They have also developed a pocket-sized version they named the “Atlantic”, a larger 4 holed board they named the “Pacific”, and an even larger table with 9 holes perfect for a round of “FlipTacToe.” The family created videos and web-pages devoted to bottle-flip tricks and demonstrations of their game, along with rule guidelines found to maintain the purity of what was to be known as the FlipTable. The work of the Cowan Family has payed off. FlipTable made their first sale on January 24th of this year, and have since been selling online via their company website (,

“The kids were flipping bottles everywhere and driving parents and adults crazy, and I knew we had to do something to solve the problem”

on Amazon, Ebay, and local stores and markets. The Cowan kids have learned firsthand what it is like to run their own small business, and how to manage the challenges and opportunities that come from such a venture. All family members contribute to the overall development and success of their new game.

“I love selling, it’s my favorite part,” explains Jack. Like Jack, each of the Cowan kids takes time out of their busy athletic and musical careers to perform the necessary business function that keep FlipTable growing as a business. However, the goal of FlipTable was not merely to turn a popular nuisance into a loved family game, or to teach the Cowan children the value of a good work ethic; the business was also created in order to give back. “One mission is to help raise money for organizations that help to clean bodies of water,” explains Dr. Cowan. “We’ve also raised money to help a missionary who is currently serving in Togo, and an organization called End Slavery Georgia, who we’ve raised money for as well.” For those new to bottle flipping, or those who may never have even attempted to flip their mostly drained Dasani to land with such precision as to keep it upright, here are some pointers. According to Tommy Cowan himself, joint CEO and bottle-flipping-professional of FlipTable, science holds all the answers. In his study on “the physics of water bottle flipping”, in which he so carefully and masterfully conducted for his school science fair, soon to be released in scientific journals worldwide, he has personally cracked the code.

“Ok, so first the volume of the bottle must be filled exactly one-third of the way up a standard 12-ounce bottle,” explains Tommy. Tommy also found after numerous trials that, “you actually have a better chance of landing a bottle when flipped, instead of dropping it.” He explains, in mostly scientific jargon, that this is all due to shifting of the center of mass in the bottle as it falls, which causes it to stick as it descends from its flip. Dropping it will only cause it to bounce. Simply stated, the key to the perfect bottle flip is seen only in the flick of the wrist found among true bottle-flipping aficionados. What’s next, you may ask? One cannot help but wonder what will come from the entrepreneurial venture of Cowan Family. Trusted and confidential sources speak of yet another game, currently being prototyped in the family back yard. This game will be called “Yard-Polo”, which will be released after the game receives official and unanimous approval from the Cowan Family Board of Directors. To show your support for the Cowan Family, and to experience the flipping accomplishment that can only be felt through a civilized game of FlipTable, visit and place your order now.

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Why just think about an idea, when Rome has a place designed to make it a reality. TEXT Lauren Jones-Hillman PHOTOGRAPHY Cameron Flaisch

STARTS WITH the flicker of an idea. All it takes is that nanosecond, that infinitesimal spark between the synapses that accumulates layers and gains a purpose that latches onto logic. This tiny idea expands, increases momentum and explodes into something much larger. It gains traction, and if it’s a good idea, it’s challenged, pushed back upon and edited. The idea is rethought and remade better than it was at the moment of its conception. It gives birth to subideas, collects followers and soon, a community is built around it. Now, it’s more than an idea; it’s a legitimate thing. It’s a product, it’s a small business, it’s an app, it’s a program. It’s something that was made during years of late nights, failures and successes, using baby steps, then great strides and finally, achievement that lends itself to constant improvement. The amazing phenomenon of an idea becoming reality is happening right here in Rome, Georgia, within the vast four walls of Makervillage. Simply put, Makervillage (252 North 5th Avenue, Rome) is the place where ideas from creative minds collide and eventually become reality. It’s a co-work space and startup creative community thriving in an expertly renovated warehouse in the heart of the Fifth Avenue River District in historic Downtown Rome. “Makervillage is a multi-purpose creative space able to accommodate a variety of uses simultaneously, all aimed at encouraging and nurturing creatives and entrepreneurs - and recognizing that those two things may take lots of different forms,” says Tricia Steele, founder and president of Makervillage. Steele, known for her business SAI Digital, became enveloped in the idea of Makervillage

years ago when she was involved with Seven Hills Makerspace, an experience which paved the road that lead to Makervillage. “I was very interested in what happens when you bring people with various backgrounds and interests and encourage collision,” Steele recalls. “But as an entrepreneur, I had had a pretty lonely road. I felt like it had been hard to find a community of people where we had things in common as far as our everyday work experiences. I was searching for higher growth-intentioned companies, technology-driven companies, like all companies should be.” Steele explains that her first conception of Makervillage was the notion of taking the Maker Movement and fusing it with the idea of a shared workspace for creative minds. The first iteration of Makervillage was on Clocktower Hill where she and Greg Richardson together purchased five different properties to create a co-work environment. Although Steele and Richardson had purchased all that space for creating, she says the fact that they were spread throughout five different properties lended itself to creative separation. “What I discovered was that when you are creating something, whether it’s a piece of art or a business, time and location really do matter. We were right next to each other, but we often did not have the kinds of collisions that I had been hoping for.” Steele was on a quest to find the location of her dreams that would allow Makervillage to function the way she knew it could. Throughout the span of time she was scouting, the Makervillage team held countless workshops, had lots of meet-ups and asked key questions to artists and entrepreneurs. They actively sought to figv3 magazine


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ure out the kinds of features the Makervillage building needed to help creatives reach their fullest potentials. “We wanted to make sure we were solving real problems, not just what we wanted to solve.” Steele wanted a space to nurture a Romebased computer science program, artists and entrepreneurs. In order for that culture to grow and thrive, the Makervillage community needed


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a place to hang its hat. After a lengthy search, Steele found the perfect location. “I will acknowledge that I had sort of the feeling that people have when they talk about falling in love at first sight,” Steele recalls. “The building was so dusty and broken in some ways. This vision just sort of swelled up in me that it could really be something phenomenal.” Steele enlisted the help of an architect with

a similar vision of Makervillage and they drafted some sketches for the building’s interior. “I started socializing those sketches with entrepreneurs and artists to kind of find out, ‘Have we got it wrong? Have we got it right?’” Steele says she understood that her job was to empower artists, creatives and entrepreneurs to empower themselves.

“I want to empower them to make a plan, figure out how to fund it and execute it alongside everything else that’s already going. There’s nothing that isn’t permitted here.” Each minute detail about the building was planned to make it an amazing space that fosters creativity, business and growth. The front lobby is a community art gallery which Steele says will be curated with help from the Rome Area Council for the Arts and Chiaha as well as other arts organizations. The work spaces available for subscribers allow for focus and the cross-pollination of ideas between groups. Everything from the kitchen to the work areas have all been designed for individual and group endeavors, whether someone needs focus quietly or bounce ideas around with others. Many of the surfaces in Makervillage are write-able, so no matter where people are collaborating, they are able to jot down thoughts without having to search for something to write on. A Free Idea wall is just beyond the entryway, for those thoughts that are up-for-grabs. “We want to emphasize that if you have a great idea and you’re not going to do anything with it, throw it up for the rest of the community

in case there’s someone itching for inspiration who may want to tackle something with you or on their own,” Steele says. “We want to encourage that sharing of ideas.” The kitchen countertops and table, Steele said, are a custom-built creation invented by local pastor Charles Looney who uses a wood and concrete technique. Even the stairway utilizes a unique design, with fiber optic cables accenting the structure. “It sort of pays tribute to the idea of connectedness,” Steele says. “We believe the internet allows any number of businesses to flourish. We’re internet nerds, so it’s built into the structure of the building.”

The upstairs space, Steele says, will house more office pods and an area for coding classes. The downstairs has space for workshops, talks and presentations. There’s a fully-stocked marketing lab with cameras and equipment for those who need to quickly market their products. There’s a shipping station for entrepreneurs and artists to be able to ship and send out their products to buyers. “Our shipping center is really the result of listening to artists about some of the barriers that may keep an artist from pursuing their craft as more of a full-time gig,” Steele says. “The post office or other shipping centers may not provide everything they need for shipping,

or they can make shipping difficult. Here, folks can just buy the access to the shipping center if that’s all they need, and they can get access to all the cardboard and peanuts and tape they would need in order to get stuff shipped.” For artists, creative-thinkers, entrepreneurs and anyone wanting to be a part of the energy of Makervillage, the registration process is simple and can be completed online at Fees start at the minimum of $50 per month, but Steele says there are Open Access times for those just getting started. “We recognize artisans, craft entrepreneurs and certainly software startups in the really early phase need there to be no barriers in order to work on some of those ideas. Open-access time is first come, first serve, and we still ask that folks go through our registration process and make sure we know who’s in the building and have emergency contact info.” In the space of Makervillage exists the fervent belief that anything is possible, and here artists and entrepreneurs in Rome will have a home to grow and create. “Everything that you look at can be looked at a new way,” says Steele. “We’re challenging the way people look at the world around them, and encouraging them to be creative.” For more information about Makervillage find them on Facebook or call at 706-4132802. v3 magazine



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