While driving from Orange Beach, Alabama to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, my wife and I were able to see a number of monuments to those that have gone before us. There were several civil war memorials, and a beautiful tribute to 9-11 in a small town along the way. Those are fine, and important, but what I want to recognize in my blog today is an unsung hero, a veritable living legend, a man who is dedicated to preserving a key and important part of our culture. Yes, that is right, this blog is dedicated to Gene Morris, the greatest living spear hunter in the world.
Colonel Gene Morris, Ret. is a man dedicated to preserving spear hunting, a lost art that once was so crucial to the survival of mankind. To preserve this art, Col. Morris has built an amazing spear hunting museum in Summerdale, Alabama.
Not only does this museum have an LED sign, it also has some of the trophies that the self-named spear chunker (he calls himself this in spite of the fact that it is actually a racial slur) has claimed using nothing but a spear.
In case you don’t get a chance to go there in person, I have attached a few photos. The museum has two artist-quality murals of the man himself.
In this mural, you can see the ferocity and the dedication of the greatest living spear hunter in the world. If I were one of his prey, I would be stunned into submission by his leering gaze alone.
If you are lucky, you might get the spear-hunting icon to give you a demonstration from his custom-built spear hunting platform which is out back behind the museum.
For the amazingly inexpensive price of $3.00 US, you can get a self-guided tour of the museum. For a paltry five dollars more, you can get a guided tour. Children under 5 years of age are free, which is due to the fact that they don’t have the intellectual capacity to understand the greatness of the living legend’s abilities with a spear, nor are they capable of retaining any of the pearls of wisdom that an older person would gain from touring the museum.
Also, it is an added plus that the famed spear-hunter looks a lot like Gene Hackman.
Gene Morris is happy. Gene Hackman is not.