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Fab 40: Arthur R. Outlaw and Craig Sheldon

Arthur R. OutlawMayor of MobileArthur Outlaw took Mobile’s reins just after some of the most turbulent times in recent memory, when the city needed a conciliatory figure. Serving...

Fab 40: Fannie Flagg and Kay Hire

Fannie FlaggActress and AuthorBorn Patricia Neal, Flagg became an actress, and, although she struggled with dyslexia, went on to become a writer. She is known...

Fab 40: Mike Dow and Jimmy Faulkner

Mike DowMayor of Mobile and String of Pearls VisionaryDuring his four terms as mayor of Mobile (1989 to 2005), Mike Dow helped implement a series of projects —...

Fab 40: Frederick Palmer Whiddon and E.O. Wilson

Frederick Palmer WhiddonUniversity President and Entrepreneur Fred Whiddon came to Mobile in 1960 and started what was to become the University of South Alabama three years later. Whiddon personally...

Fab 40: Winston Groom, Steve Kittrell and Eddie Stanky

Winston GroomAuthor and Historian Born in Washington, D.C., Groom was raised in Mobile, attended UMS and graduated from the University of Alabama. He served in the...

Fab 40: Lonnie Johnson and Billy Perdue

Lonnie JohnsonInventor and EngineerScientist Lonnie Johnson won international fame and fortune with his invention of the Super Soaker water gun.Born in Mobile in 1949, Johnson’s boyhood science dreams...

Fab 40: The Coopers and Robert Craft

The CoopersLeaders in Waterfront EnterprisesIn 1905, Angus R. Cooper started a stevedoring business in Mobile. Today, Cooper/T. Smith Stevedoring Inc., located on Royal Street, has...

Fab 40: Michael W. Figures and The Hearins

Michael W. FiguresSenator and Civil Rights LawyerThe flamboyant lawyer was a man of many firsts. In 1972 he was one of the first four blacks to graduate from the...

Fab 40: Hank Aaron and Jimmy Buffett

Hank AaronHomerun King and Member of Baseball’s Hall of FameHenry Louis “Hank” Aaron, widely considered one of the world’s greatest baseball players (in 1999, editors at The...

Fab 40: Jay Pollack Altmayer and Regina Benjamin

Jay Pollack AltmayerDeveloper and Philanthropist The late Jay Pollack Altmayer was one of the largest landowners in Mobile County. Known as “J.P., ” Altmayer helped build Bel Air Mall....

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