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Stories of Atlanta

A new way to dine

Lance Russell

When the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street opened as the Regency Hyatt House in 1967, it immediately became one of Atlanta’s biggest tourist attractions. It was, in fact, completely unique in the history of modern hotels and people came from near and far to experience architect John Portman’s newest creation. Part of that experience involved a memorable elevator ride to the Polaris Lounge, the Hyatt’s revolving, rooftop bar and restaurant. And while most would agree that the Polaris was the highlight of their Hyatt experience, for those who daily worked in the glass walled restaurant that floated above the city, the experience was less like joy and more like terror. We talk about it in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

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Lance Russell
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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