- the story of the American Federation of Riders, a motorcycle club my Uncle helped found (1995);
- the story of Cincinnati’s attempt to arrest the graffiti artists who were tagging the city (although most of that occurred in the storm sewers) (1995); and
- the story of the world’s longest outdoor sale, which happens in Appalachia ever year (2001).
The first two were stories I wrote after leaving the newspaper to pursue my freelance writing career. The third story – which I started in 1997 – didn’t see publication until 2001 when I resurrected it from the scrap heap.
It’s important to note: this was reported 2 years into my career, which had mostly been as a freelance writer; it was 2 years after I’d met Hunter S. Thompson in Louisville, Kentucky and decided that I needed to write about the American Dream; which set me off on a quest to read every American Dream author (Hawthorne, the New Journalists, Fitzgerald, ect) and tailor everything I did around that; all of which led me to Berkeley just a year later.
Originally commissioned in 1997 by Axcess magazine out of San Diego, the story never got published as the magazine went out of business. (That happened when I traveled there to meet them. I actually helped them move equipment out of their second story offices.)
You can read the story I wrote in 2001 here: The Lost Highway: A pulp tale of pop culture,an unknown highway, Death Week and the future of Americana, by Brad King. Photos by Monte McCarter.
I’ll publish the notes from my trip later. They need to be cleaned up. But you can enjoy a few of the pictures from our time in Gadsden, Alabama.