There was a time in Atlanta when Labor Day meant more than a long weekend marking the end of summer. One hundred years ago, the city virtually shut down to honor the skilled and unskilled laborers with parades, barbecues, sporting events, a grand ball and other entertainment.
Various local unions and labor groups staged a huge parade with bands and floats. Trade union mem-bers, 5,000 strong, marched and represented everything from horseshoers to carpenters, textile workers, telegraphers, those in the building trades and metalworkers. The governor, mayor, chief of police and other politicians took part as did various local bands, including the Fifth Regiment Band from Fort McPherson. There were also elaborate floats provided by local retailers. The theme in 1914 was peace, perhaps because of the bitter fighting going on in Europe that summer as what was to be known as World War I began.
“While armies of war clashed in Europe, labor unions, the peace corps of America, united in a peace ju-bilee,” one writer commented.
Although there were certainly serious Read more...
The Atlanta Boy Choir recently returned from Poland and the Czech Republic, where they were in-vited to participate in the honoring of Pope John Paul II’s elevation to Sainthood. The choir sang at his home church in Krakow as well as at the Great Cathedral of St. John in Warsaw.
The choir was established 57 years ago by current director, Fletcher Wolfe and has sung all over the world. It even has name recognition abroad like one of its sponsors, Coca-Cola. The choir resides in beautiful Druid Hills opposite the Olmsted Park where they frequently can be seen playing soccer.
The over 8,000 boys who passed through the choir are now visible in every form of entertainment. Some of these boys who learned their trade in this musical organization include Broadway Tony Award winning actor, Shuler Hensley; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Dwayne Shattuck; producer of the television series Mad Men; Metropolitan Opera Star, Morris Robinson; American Idol First Runner-up, Justin Guarini and movie composer, Drew Silverstein.
Boys come from every background and Read more...
“I just know that a person has to keep moving,” said Chamblee resident Betty Lindy. That sage advice is meant both metaphorically and literally, as Lindy has just completed her 24th Peachtree Road Race — at age 89! Lindy grew up in Minnesota and was swept up in the maelstrom of World War II service fresh out of high school. She learned to do sheet metal work and radio installation on military aircraft. A crash course in Morse code led to a Federal Communications Commission license and a seven-year radio operator gig with Northwest Airlines in Chicago. Marriage and two children brought her to Atlanta in 1958, where she settled into a quarter-century career as an executive secretary at the Lenox Square Rich’s department store.
Flash forward to 1987 when Lindy had just driven her daughter Kerry and son-in-law Gene to the starting point of the Peachtree Road Race.
“I had never seen a road race, but was so inspired watching all the participants,” said Lindy. At age 63, Lindy was hooked. She consulted with her doctor and was given the green light to start train Read more...
When you’ve made a love connection and feel it’s time to introduce your two-legged companion to your four-legged friend, here are a few tips from the nation’s leader in pet adoptions, PetSmart Chari-ties, and the world’s largest dating website, Match.
They have teamed up to reveal the important role that pets play in our dating lives.
START WITH A PHOTO SESSION Before you set up the in-person meeting, share or exchange photographs of your pets. It’s an easy way to give the new person in your life an idea about the role your pet plays in your world.
KEEP THE ENERGY POSITIVE AND MELLOW When you walk in the door, keep moving — put your stuff down, hang your coat, get all the way in the house and free up your hands, then greet your pet.
If your date is with you, he or she should follow this approach, too. It lets the “you’re home” energy fade before anyone interacts with your pet, so she’s calmer. That’s especially important when you’re with a guest.
DON’T FORCE IT It’s natural to be a little nervous. You an Read more...