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Stories of Atlanta

A busy store on a busy corner

Any city that attains any sort of momentum attracts interesting visitors…some famous, some not so much. And every visitor to Atlanta comes with a story and this week we were going to tell just such a visitor story…a pretty good one too. But that was all before we discovered Miss Fluffy Raffles.

Fluffy is not a name one just skips past without pausing to at least express, “What the heck?” And to no one’s surprise, there is a bit of a story attached with Miss Raffles. On the surface, it’s a story of a playful woman who for almost two weeks tweaked the collective noses of an entire city and became front-page news in the process.

On a different level, it’s a story about a people at the dawn of the 20th century. That time where the majority of Americans still lived in rural communities, mass communication took days, not minutes and the world did not move at the pace it does today. It’s a time we reminisce about in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”


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  1. Gary McKillips November 29, 2022 10:58 am

    Great, as always. This is my favorite Saporta Report feature!Report

  2. Andrea Cook December 2, 2022 9:47 am

    Great Report. AS a native Atlantan I find the transformations of the streets intriguing!Report


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