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Author Richard L. Eldredge

  • 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.

 

The Polaris Comes Full Circle

From the moment you push the oval Polaris button inside the glass elevator of the Hyatt Regency, the stomach-flipping wonder returns. In nineteen seconds, you’re rocketed up the atrium’s hanging ivy–accented twenty-two stories, through the roof, and out into the Downtown sky. Then you ascend into the space-pod lounge, hovering 312 feet above the lobby of the forty-seven-year-old hotel. Read more

Anchor Woman

Monica Kaufman had just turned off the I-85 South exit for Newnan when the blue lights flashed in her rearview mirror. It was the fall of 1975, and the twenty-seven-year-old University of Louisville graduate was just months into her new position at WSB-TV. Read more

Deion Sanders

The over-the-top athlete lived up to his two nicknames, “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion,” while playing cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons and outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. Simultaneously. Read more

RuPaul

Long before becoming host of the LogoTV reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race the drag performer strutted the stage at Atlanta nightclubs 688, Tokyo Beach, Colorbox, and Weekends throughout the 1980s. Read more