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The night from hell

The night from hell

Hey Friends!

It was the worse storm I have ever been in . . .  and I have been inside two tornadoes  (August 1971 and April 2009)

I don’t have a roof now.  The rafters are are still there but the plywood sheaving, insulation and roof are gone.  A lot of trees came down at the same time, so I guess it was a small tornado.

It is pitch dark right now, so I will have to wait until morning to see how bad the damage is.   Having no roof is bad enough.

I might be out of contact for awhile because the rain came down into the house for about 2 hours after the damage.   I will not be able to moderate comments during that period . . . so please be patient.

I have a good renters insurance policy, but I don’t know what the owner of the house is going to do.

Richard Thornton, Editor




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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Oh no! Most important: be safe. Sending hugs and prayers. So sorry!

  2. Reillyranch@aol.con'

    Dang, hope you are OK. Post in the morning if you need anything. Ed


    Are the dogs ok? Please let me know if there is anyway that I can be of help – without actually coming to you place to help clean up (I’m grounded here);


    So sorry to read about the loss of the roof, Richard, and glad that you’re not hurt.
    After going through the hurricane last fall on the coast, I can relate.
    Praying for you. 🙁


    Richard, where did this all happen?

    By the way, I find your posts interesting as I’m familiar with several of the people you talk about. Like you, I also worked on the Cobb Archaeological Survey. I used to drive “Doc Kelly” from Atlanta back to his house near Athens after lunch and a couple of pints of Guiness at the Great Southeast Music Hall. I treasure those conversations with him. I took classes taught by Charles Hudson and David Halley at UGA. I was friends with the Penningtons. You’re unearthing some great memories from my ancient past.


    Richard, saying prayers for you and others who have major problems. Stay strong, it is a problem dealing with the insurance company and banks, good luck.


    Prayers, Richard. We’ve been through a few of those too. Please let us know if there’s any way we can help out.


    So sorry about your misfortune, Richard. I hope and pray the light of day will bring good news and a quick resolution.


    We are here for you, always willing to accept a refugee … Laurie & Mark


    Wow, is this the same cabin in the woods Chris and I came by to visit you at? How are your dogs? I will be free after April 5th if you need help with cleanup or moving.


    Hey Richard–you know we live close, and we have room, space for the dogs too…let me know if we can help


    Glad you are okay.. you can not be replaced!

    • Thank you! I think I will be able to merely clean the muck off my belongings, with no permanent damage done. Of course, the cabin will need to have a roof. LOL


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