Hartsfield Jackson poster

Hartsfield-Jackson: two men, one vision; let’s name domestic terminal in Hartsfield’s honor

Finally there’s a branding campaign to give equal billing to two great Atlanta mayors who helped ensure the city’s status as an aviation hub.

Wall-sized posters with large portraits of Atlanta Mayor William B. Hartsfield and Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson Jr. greet arriving passengers at Atlanta’s airport.

The headline says: “Two Men, One Vision: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.”

Grady High Archway

Boys’ High legacy lives on through $800,000 gift to Grady High

By Guest Columnist LEON S. EPLAN, 1946 graduate of Boys’ High of Atlanta and former planning commissioner for the City of Atlanta

Boys’ High closed in 1947 after providing more than 7,000 students with an excellent college preparatory education. Since then, the Atlanta Boys’ High School Alumni Association has been making significant contributions to Grady High School – the site of Boys’ High.

Recently, the Boys’ High Alumni Association (ABHSAA) signed an agreement with Timothy Guiney, Grady’s principal, to hand over the entire assets of its foundation – currently worth more than $800,000.

President Lyndon Johnson signing the legislation that created NEH and NEA, in 1965

50 years of the most ambitious piece of cultural legislation in U.S. history

After the aborted Bay of Pigs operation. . . . After the nuclear brinkmanship that followed the discovery of nuclear missiles in Cuba. . . . After President John F. Kennedy fell before an assassin’s bullet, rattling the nation to its core. . . . President Lyndon B. Johnson reminded America of something it had never lost and never would: its imagination, its humanness, and its capacity to aspire to the heights of learning.


The value of a mentor

One of the more interesting aspects of looking into Atlanta’s history is finding out about links that Atlanta has to events and people that are larger than the city itself. On a personal note, it’s those kinds of surprising connections that I find most interesting about living in a city the size of Atlanta. This […]

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‘Black Mass’ – a mob tale starring Johnny Depp in need of a better script

There’s a black hole in the middle of “Black Mass.”

And it isn’t Johnny Depp. He’s actually quite good as Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who held sway over the city for three decades.

Rather, the hole is the script. Quite simply, the filmmakers have told the wrong story. Sure, Whitey is the flash and Depp is the cash. But the only character faced with moral choices is John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the FBI guy.

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City’s sale of Underground Atlanta delayed

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on October 2, 2015.

The sale of Underground Atlanta has been delayed until Jan. 15 as the city of Atlanta works through what Mayor Kasim Reed described as a “solvable problem.” The city of Atlanta’s sale of Underground Atlanta to WRS Inc., a real estate company based in Mount Pleasant, S.C., for $25.75 million included a parking facility that is owned by the state of Georgia.

As part of the Underground deal, the city and the state were supposed to have swapped property so that the parking facility could be included in the sale.