Ponce & Peachtree - June 2018

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 28, No. 6 • JUNE 2018 Rubik’s Cube Inventor Makes Rare Appearance, at Tech With a wry smile, genius brandishes his famous Cube. The ATL is truly a happening place, so it’s not a total surprise that when the legendary Erno Rubik gave one of his nearly never public talks, it would be in our city. Most appropriately, he chose as his venue Georgia Tech in Midtown, specifically at Clough Auditorium, 266 Fourth Street, on April 11. Rubik, who doesn’t seek publicity and loves bright students, gave a low-key, free, public speak- ing appearance with engaging conversation. The topics: design, architecture, curiosity and his life experiences over 4 decades with his iconic namesake Rubik’s Cube. Erno Rubik, a brilliant Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, became a latter 20th century legend with his colorful 3-D combination handheld puzzle. Rubik’s Cube, the 1974 invention, became a 1980s icon after licensing and phenomenal sales by the Ideal Toy Corporation. More than 350 million Cubes have been sold in hometowns across the world, and as I remember there were a fair share in our Metro. The colorful, fascinating Rubik’s Cube to this day remains compelling. On its 6 faces there are 9 panels of 6 colors: white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow. An internal pivot mechanism allows each face to turn inde- pendently, which continually mixes up the colors. Solving the puzzle means each of the 6 faces must be adjusted to have only one color. Therein was the conundrum for me. Continued on page 3 Big Show at Ponce de Leon Park The massive Ponce City Market and the new Beltline have made their part of Ponce de Leon a “pleasure spot” once again. Before industrialization arrived with the Ford Factory and the Sears Distribution Center, the land in this area of Atlanta had a long history as an entertainment center. In fact, it began life in the post-Civil War years as the famous Ponce de Leon Springs resort conveniently reached by horsecar lines. It was long a bucolic retreat for Atlantans escaping the heat, noise and grime of a fast growing New South city. In the early years of the twentieth century, the baseball stadium was added but the privately owned Ponce de Leon Park remained a popular destination. It was also a place where traveling shows or “expositions” set up their tents and temporary buildings in carnival-like atmospheres. Continued on page 6