It's still another few weeks until her birthday on September 1, but today marks a milestone for the blog that I'd like to coincide with a few words about Marie Flickinger.
This is post #400 on a blog that wasn't started until late last October, only ten months ago.
And this blog wouldn't have happened without Marie.
But, then, that's not surprising.
Marie has been an integral part of the growth of the South Belt community for 40 years.
When a complete stranger emailed her out of the blue asking about old photos of the neighborhood, she not only opened the floodgates for supplying them, but also the papers themselves, all the way back to 1975, to preserve some of the history of her home that she's built her life around helping.
On my first visit, she asked, as I was surrounded by boxes of dusty pictures, "What are you going to do with all of this?" and, realizing the magnitude of the collection, said, "I think I have to start a blog."
And here we are, 10 months later, three trips and another in October, still sorting and cataloging hundreds of items that make up the little corner of the world we both cherish.
Thank you, Marie, for always supporting this little endeavor, as well as the South Belt community at large.
A few photos from the piles across the years: