It was the country’s first but it didn’t last

Today, a visit from the President of the United States often means traffic jams and inconvenience. But, in the early days of the City of Atlanta, a visit from the Commander in Chief was an occasion for great fanfare. Probably because such visits were few and far between and the opportunity to see, first-hand and up-close, the leader of our nation was one that not many could pass up.

Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Atlanta on more than one occasion, probably because he spent so much time in Georgia at Warm Springs. In 1935, FDR came to Atlanta to dedicate something near and dear to his heart. Something that, ironically, ended up becoming what it was created to replace, which is why it was torn down. It is the subject of 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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