Time travel. It has been a part of the plot of many a movie over the years and, no doubt, the daydream of almost everyone at one time or another. Who hasn’t thought of what they could do if only time travel were possible? From sparing the world the pain of a future calamity or stopping a despotic dictator before he ever gets started, to the less altruistic motivation of being able to buy a share of Coca-Cola stock on the first day it is issued…time travel has captivated us all.
This week, in a departure from our usual type of story, we take a side trip into the world of “what if.” We’re going to put $5 in your pocket and let you imagine traveling back 50 years to Atlanta in 1965. We offer a few suggestions for how you might stretch that $5 well beyond what it would purchase today and, no doubt, you’ll be able to let your imagination run a little wild remembering the way it used to be.
This is, of course, a pretty simple exercise given the way that money seems to decrease in purchasing power from year to year but 1965 wasn’t chosen on a whim. For those who lived in or near Atlanta in 1965, there was a pretty significant event that year. Some would even call it life-changing…and, it is the subject of this week’s Stories of Atlanta.