Geographer, teacher, college professor of geography. Born– June 21, 1940, Winston-Salem, N.C. Parents–Elias Hiatt Lineback and Mary Gambill Lineback.  Married–Katie Ann Stanley, August 16, 1964.  Children–two.  Education– East Carolina University, B.A., 1963; University of Tennessee, M.S., 1967, Ph.D., 1970. Taught in Henry County, Va., schools, 1963-1965; University of Alabama, 1969-1986 (Chair of Department of Geography, 1981-86); Appalachian State University, Chair of Department of Geography and Planning and later Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1987-2005.  Author of column/blog “Geography in the News,” on relation of geography to current events.  Helped to found and support the World Geography Bowl, a national college student geography competition. Member Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers; Association for American Geographic Research; National Council for Geographic Education. Received the Travelocity Award for Excellence in Geography, 2003; the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee; and other professional awards.


American Men and Women of Science, 1976.


Charley Craft:  The Life and Times of a North Carolinian turned Oklahoma Homesteader.  Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers, 2005.

Illinois Forestland and Non-forestland. (Map/Atlas). Illinois Division of Forestry.

North Carolina’s Sensible Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies.  Boone:  Appalachian State University Department of Geography and Planning, 2000.

State of Illinois. (Map/Atlas). Illinois Department of Conservation, 1977.


Atlas of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1973.

A Geographic Analysis of the Trade Area of Butler, Alabama. University, Ala.; s.n., 1977.

Geographic Perspectives of North Carolina.  Appalachian State Geographic Information Systems Lab, 1993.

Laboratory Manual in Physical Geography. Dubuque, Iowa; Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co., 1975.

Land Suitability Analysis of the Bankhead Forest and Smith Lake Area of Alabama. University, Ala.; s.n., 1979.

Land use/mineral rights ownership map series.  University of Alabama School of Mines and Energy Development, 1980-8

The Map Abstract of Alabama; Water Resources. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Development Office and Alabama Geographical Survey, 1974.

Map Abstract of Population and Housing, Alabama, 1970.

Market Analysis of the Original City Area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama Development Office, 1980.

Snapshots of the Carolinas: Landscapes and Cultures.  Washington DC: AAG, 1996.


The Search for Mabilia, The Decisive Battle between Hernando de Soto and Chief Tascalusa.  Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 2009.