Date/Time: Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Place: Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium - Alabama Archives

Topic: “Frank Boykin: Everything is Made for Love”

Speaker: Sam Hodges

“Frank Boykin: Everything is Made for Love” will be presented by Sam Hodges at the ArchiTreats: Food For Thought program on Thursday, May 15th at 12:05 PM in the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium.

In 1935, when Frank Boykin went from Mobile to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D. C., he proclaimed “Everything’s made for love.” For the next 28 years, as congressman for southwest Alabama, he amazed constituents and official Washington. Boykin was a timber baron, oil man, turkey hunter, influence-peddler, womanizer, and writer of some of the longest and strangest letters in the history of congressional correspondence. He helped himself, and he helped his district. He remains a legend among older southwest Alabamians, most of whom regard him as the most unforgettable man they ever met. Sam Hodges wrote a 40,000 word retrospective about Boykin for the Mobile Register. Hodges draws on that series to give an overview of Boykin’s life and tell some of the better Boykin stories.

Sam Hodges is a longtime reporter for the Mobile Register. Before joining the Register, he worked for the News-Daily of Jonesboro, Georgia, the Shreveport Journal, the Birmingham Post-Herald, United Press International and the Orlando Sentinel. He is the author of the novel B-Four (University of Alabama Press) and co-editor of Letters to Amanda (Mercer University Press, Macon Georgia), a collection of his great-great grandfather’s Civil War letters. He is a graduate of Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, and was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan.

The noontime (12:05 PM) program is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

For more information call (334) 242-4363, ext. 235.

Created: April 22, 2003
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435