About Me


I am a white man, born in Atlanta Georgia. I currently reside just outside Atlanta. I am 6’5″, 230#, light beard, smooth body,and gray hair. I attended Cross Keys High School, and the University of Georgia. Neither place did much for me.

My father was from Rowland, North Carolina. My mother was from Memphis, Tennessee. They are both deceased. I have one younger brother, whom I currently stay with.

I have attitudes and opinions about religion, race, and politics. They are none of your business. If you read some of the posts here, you might get an idea about how I feel. I am single, have been for most of my life, and probably will be for a while.

I am detoxed from all drugs except tasteless humor. This has not always been the case.

I have some hobbies. These include digital photography, blogging, reading, yard sales, poetry, and trying to remember my other hobbies.
If you would like to contact me, write me at

The fun lovers at obsidian wings had a special edition yesterday. All of the commenters (regular and constipated) were invited to introduce themselves. PG did not see this until late in the afternoon, when fifty people were already on record. He started to read the intros, and kept a running list of points to mention for himself.

It is tough to put something like this together. There is so much you could mention. Many people are mongrels, both in the family/ethnic sense and the intellectual sense. The labels used to describe groups of people become ridiculous when you get to an individual who thinks.

In keeping with point 7 on the list below, here is the introduction for Chamblee54.

1- I was directed here by Andrew Sullivan. Whatever his flaws, his staff reads a lot of stuff, and will point you in some good directions.

2- I write my own blog… This blog is usually written in third person, and does not use the word “I”. Chamblee54 features multi colored fonts, and lots of pictures. The pictures often have nothing to do with the text.
The slogan is “pretty pictures and ugly opinions.” The slogan used to be a quote by Hunter S. Thompson, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro“. I used this for a while until someone pointed out that I was misspelling weird. Talk about nit picky…I was quoting Hunter S. Thompson about weird! However , I learned my lesson…you can’t have weird without we.

3-I come to ObWi looking for ideas to write about. I always give credit. ObWi has lots of links.

4- Chamblee54 is a pseudonym, which is different from anonymous. I was born in 1954, and live just outside Chamblee, GA. This is off Peachtree Road 2 miles outside the Atlanta city limits. If you look at the pictures on my bio page, you get more clues to my “real” name. If you see me on facebook, you see this drivers license identity.

5- I am a native Georgian. My mother grew up in Atlanta, my father was from North Carolina. Both families have been in the United States long enough to lose all claim to ethnic identity. I am Caucasian, single, college educated, and looking for a job.

6- I started Chamblee54 in 2005. It was on blogspot at first, then something happened, and I could not access google. By this time I was posting lots of photo shopped pictures, and writing in fonts other than black. In February of 2008 I moved to WordPress, which is a superior product to blogspot/google. I toy with the idea of getting my own domain, but am too slack to make much progress in that direction.

7- I recycle material shamelessly. This will probably be a post, and maybe a page later. I haven’t decided what pictures to put up with it, but it will have nothing to do with me.

8- One of my hobbies is photo editing, using an open source program called GIMP.(Thank you Scent)
I have three main sources…my own photographs, “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” and The Library of Congress. If I live to be 100, and work full time at photo doobering, I could not exhaust these resources. (This is an ongoing process, with changes all the time. I just added the word “The” to the link for the GSU archives.)
9- Politically, I am skeptical of all moving lips. My religion is none of your business. The Wars in Babylon and Stan land are total disasters. These Wars are part of a triple whammy…the other parts are the banking meltdown, and the deepwater horizon…from which America may never fully recover.

10- I am a retired drunk. I decided in 1988 that it was the easiest way to live. That just might be the reason I am alive today. I detoxed from reefer in 2005, and don’t miss it that. I resent the laws against the benign weed. The war on drugs, except alcohol, is one of the core problems with America today. As for pills and powders, I never did develop a taste for them. This is due as much to social retardation, and cheapness, as virtue, but it has the same effect.

11- It was once said that if a man is not liberal when he is twenty, he does not have a heart. If he is not conservative by forty, then he does not have a brain. That was said a while back, before the meanings of the L and C words got to be so distorted. Maybe I don’t have a brain or a heart, but I do have a gut. When a skinny man gains weight in mid life, that is where the pounds go.

Photo Notes The first two are, from left to right, Helen LaFlaur (my aunt), Mattie Vance Moffat (my grandmother), and Jean Dunaway McKinnon (my mother). These pictures were taken in the back yard of our house on Wimberly Road, probably by Chuck LaFlaur. What Gran said is not known. The third picture is Jean Mckinnon. The last picture is Luther McKinnon, Sr. and Jr.

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  1. Aaron Rathburn said, on December 11, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Cam,

    Your artistic photos look outstanding. I also enjoy photography.

    I posted a question to your discussion over at the Daily Scroll, and was wondering if you had any thoughts:

    Hope to see you there,
    Aaron =D

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  3. Sandra Davis said, on March 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Former 2009 Candidate for Mayor of Atlanta Glenda Bernadette Allen
    on March 4, 2010 was stripped naked by two (2) female deputies/officers in front of 3-4 male deputies/officers in the Dekalb county Jail. Also, a second occurrence took place on March 5, 2010.

  4. Aimlow Joe said, on June 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    throw me up on your blowroll.
    Aimlow Joe was here.

  5. Glen said, on April 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you for post about Crazy Owl, I knew him when he was on Flat Shoals, did classes on Chinese Medicine and Accupressure. Had tryed to find out about him many times since he left Atlanta for Short Mountain etc. Still have my notebooks and such.

    Glad you had the photos and appreciate your sharing.

    Thanks…. Glen

  6. Anonymous said, on October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, you are interesting!!!! And the photography is mind-blowing!

  7. Richard said, on February 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Enjoyed your blog and comments. Hope the job situation gets better soon.

  8. Anonymous said, on May 15, 2012 at 2:44 am

    You quoted Sylvan Tompkins. You’re all right by me.

    Wishing you the best…

    Todd in Reno

  9. Anonymous said, on September 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I knew a fellow named Luther Mckinnon, Fine Fellow!

  10. Anonymous said, on January 11, 2013 at 1:40 am

    What th-? Oh yeah!

  11. Lumdog said, on March 29, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I enjoyed reading this. Love the photos and faux stained glass art. I’m a real estate layer who was hit in the crash. Things are starting to pick up.

  12. shawnbrucepruett said, on July 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    It is good to know more about you. Your wit is fabulous and your bio was thoroughly entertaining. I especially loved the hilarious reveal of your religious beliefs! HA! I was going to spend the day in continuation of my story, but I have chosen to spend it with you, instead. I’ll be checking out your “How to Blog” section next. Thanks again for your kindness….I’m smiling, but, you don’t have to. ;)

  13. Linda Vernon said, on September 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Well I learned something new here. I’ll have to check out gimp. I always enjoy your posts.

    • chamblee54 said, on September 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      GIMP is a free download. All you have to invest is your time. I have another page with a few suggestions.

      • gregory w. gustafson said, on September 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        chamblee, i hope this reaches you. do you have any information on the current whereabouts of robin conant or his ex wife roberta? godot.

  14. Patrick Edmondson said, on January 28, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Hey there! Could we link to your page on The Great Southeast Music Emporium?

  15. Anonymous said, on July 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    The unknown blogger? ;-)

  16. wrsjr said, on January 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Stumbled on your blog today while looking for some history on the Music Hall.
    Really enjoyed everyone’s rememberings. Was in Atlanta from 75-82. Had a FritoLay route that ran from the buck head triangle up into SandySprings and up Ptree to the perimeter. Worked all the sandwich shops, bars and clubs. Met a lot of cool people and saw some incredible music.
    In particular remember ‘ol Charlie who ran the proshop at Chastain and had been a jazz musician for decades. DJ Hill who cooked at Heads and Tails out on Ptree industrial and his dad, Papa Joe. DJ went on to become a doctor and I moved back to SW Georgia. Mainly ran with the restaurant crowd.

    Uncle Charlie’s in Buckhead and of course 88.5. Too many other stories to remember or to tell. As for the Music Hall, I think I saw JJ Cale, Ry Cooder, Jesse Colin Young and Robert Palmer for sure. The seventies and early eighties were the golden years for music in Atlanta.Great times and great memories, even the ones I can’t remember.

  17. Stevie P said, on December 10, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Cool blog you have here. As an old time Atlantan you might enjoy my blog on South side Atlanta and Stewart Avenue in particular.

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