Brookhaven Buzz - June 2019

BrookhavenBuzz Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 6 • JUNE 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! One of the most familiar aural or sound images we hear nearly every day in hometowns throughout the ATL are train horns. I grew up in the Metro and my earliest memories of train horns date back to when I was about age 5 or so. I could hear the sounds permeate the air waves of Brookhaven and Cham- blee when the old Southern Railroad, freight or passenger, used to come roll- ing through on what railroad people call the Main Line, that one parallel to Peachtree Road. Train horns were a kind of soundtrack to my youth. When I was up close to the tracks, if I was on Peachtree at Brookhaven when it was a quaint village in the early 1960s, or hanging out in Old Chamblee, the sound was blaring, at first too loud. But that was cool because the blast matched the visual, rushing image of the locomotive and the train cars, making the total sight and sound package fascinating to me. Long before today’s Amtrack, the passenger line I saw was the old Southern Crescent. (My mom explained to me the crescent described an arc: New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington D.C., connecting to NYC, and then returning in opposite sequence, routes Amtrack now takes.) Those Train Horns We Hear in the Metro Continued on page 10 Oglethorpe Alumni Weekend this past April was especially meaningful this year, and it was fun reconnecting with members of the university com- munity, with whom I haven’t kept up so much as in years past. And so it was news to me when it surfaced—quiet- ly, implied—that Oglethorpe President Larry Schall would soon be formal- ly announcing his 2020 retirement. It shouldn’t have been that much of a sur- prise because Larry had led Oglethorpe University with enormous energy and accomplishment since 2005. During that lengthy tenure Schall has stabilized and energized Oglethorpe so much that it has become hard to imagine Brookhaven’s only university without him at the helm. Continued on page 4 Oglethorpe President Larry Schall Announces 2020 Retirement Norfolk Southern rolling into the Metro before taking the north-south tracks parallel to Peachtree. Dr. Schall gives media interview in his office on second floor, Lupton Hall bell and clock tower, Peachtree Road. (Image courtesy of June 16th