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  • Richard L. Eldredge

    Editorial Contributor

    Rich Eldredge has been happily chronicling the scene in Atlanta since 1990. He began his writing career here with multiple bylines in Atlanta magazine. For sixteen years he contributed to the AJC's popular Peach Buzz column, serving as head writer from 1996 to 2009. In 2001, he edited Celestine Sibley, Reporter, a collection of his beloved AJC colleague's best reporting from her sixty-year career. Over the years, he's covered everything from the 1996 Summer Olympics to Coretta Scott King's seven-hour televised funeral attended by four presidents and the star-studded grand opening of director Tyler Perry's film and television studios in southwest Atlanta, where he offered to hold Oprah Winfrey's eyelashes. He is a graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn. He resides in Midtown and is the proud owner of a lava floor lamp.

 

Caught Up: 40 years later, Millie Jackson recalls creating a classic

"The people in the projects understood me. I told you like it was."

The album cover consisted of a sticky spider web entangling two dazed women and their confused man. The salacious image told listeners everything they needed to know about Caught Up, R&B singer Millie Jackson’s epic 1974 “soul opera.” The only thing more shocking than dropping the needle on Side One to hear a collection of songs from the perspective of the "other woman": Flipping the 12-inch piece of vinyl to discover Side Two and songs from "the wife." Read More

Taking a spin at the Polaris

After a decade out of circulation, the iconic revolving restaurant re-opens next week.

The reimagined Polaris opens to the public June 10. The iconic revolving restaurant that first opened in 1967 now houses two living room spaces, a bar, and a small restaurant. There's a definite emphasis on cocktails and socializing over dining. Read More

The Plaza, Fox Theatre catfight over The Women

In an unintentional homage to Joan Crawford, the 1939 classic has inspired a new war of words

The claws have come out between the Plaza Theatre and the Fox Theatre over who gets to show the 1939 classic The Women this summer—and the fingernail polish is decidedly Jungle Red. Read More

Art Rocks Athens honors its musical history this weekend

Members of Pylon, B-52's, The Squall and The Fans will hit the stage at The 40 Watt and Georgia Theatre

Fans will get a two-night crash course in the history of the Athens music scene this weekend, thanks to two icon-studded bills as part of Art Rocks Athens: The Music. Tonight at the 40 Watt in Athens, the music of The B-52’s, Pylon, The Side Effects, R.E.M., Is/Ought Gap, Club Gaga, The Fans, and Kevin Dunn will be celebrated. On Saturday night at the Georgia Theatre, music vets and newbies on the Athens set will pay tribute to Method Actors, Squalls, Kilkenny Cats, Dreams So Real, Oh-OK, Bar-B-Q Killers, and others. Read More

Celebrating Celestine Sibley's centennial

On her 100th birthday, the beloved AJC columnist's secret life as a murder queen is revealed!

“Child, what are you up to?” Instantly recognizing the voice behind me, I froze midway into shoving the crumpled dollar bill into the brown interoffice memo envelope. It was the morning of October 3, 1995. In Los Angeles, the verdict was about to be read in the O.J. Simpson trial. And on the eighth floor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Features Department, I was collecting up the office pool. As the department’s unofficial class clown/kid brother and a writer for the paper’s Peach Buzz column (the copy desk lovingly referred to me as Buzz Boy), this was in my job description. The voice behind me belonged to Celestine Sibley, a newspapering icon and state treasure. Red-faced, I explained to “ma’am” what in the hell I was doing (I never, ever called her Celestine. I had grown up reading her, after all). She toddled off and I assumed she was on her way upstairs to demand that the publisher fire me and then tie me to printing presses in the basement and use my blood to pump out the afternoon’s Extra edition. A minute later, Celestine handed me a dollar and said, “Put me down for a guilty.” Read More