In 1917, Clyde Anderson, 14, opened a newspaper stand on a street corner in Florence (pop. 36,264) to help support his family. His humble stand, built from used piano crates, was the beginning of Books-a-Million Inc., the third largest book retailer in the nation. The company is headquartered in Birmingham.
Odd Jobs, On the Road, People, TriviaBy American Profile on July 26, 2009