As the Saying Goes. . .

There is a well-known joke, told at Atlanta’s expense, about how, even when traveling to the afterlife, you’ll need to make connections through Atlanta. It’s the sort of thing that comes with the territory when one manages the world’s most traveled airport. Given the amount of traffic that passes through Hartsfield-Jackson on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that, when it comes to transportation, Atlanta’s reputation precedes itself. You may, however, be surprised to learn that there’s nothing new about this. Long before air-travel became a thing, Atlanta had the reputation of being a place to make connections no matter what the destination, as we learn in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

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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    John Paul Thrasher says:

    Thank you for your “Stories of Atlanta” series. As you might expect, I especially enjoyed your story about Cousin John Thrasher. I grew up hearing stories about Cousin John from my father, Col. Warren Thrasher, and at family reunions. I remember well a gathering in Thrasher Park in Norcross where Franklin Garrett was the featured speaker. Mr. Garrett regaled the “cousins” with stories about John James Thrasher and the railroad work camp that was known as Thrasherville. He also pointed out that many of those stories about Cousin John were in his definitive 2-volume work “Atlanta and Environs.” Garrett added that Cousin John was one of his favorite characters in the early days of Atlanta.Report

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