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Hussain and Weaver ask, “Izzy Gay?”

How a tiny gay activist group defied the odds to push the Olympics out of Cobb County

I was told by many friends not to get involved in this because there was no way we could possibly win. This was a global entity. It would be like kicking a giant in the toe. That response mystified me. I said, "I didn’t know we chose our battles according to the ones we knew we could win."
Silverbacks

Atlanta is a soccer town 50 years in the making

Atlanta's soccer scene has evolved over 50 years, starting with Braves executive Dick Cecil lobbying for professional soccer in the city.
1996 Atlanta Olympic pins

Atlanta History Center’s archive is a treasure trove of Olympics memorabilia

Architectural models of Olympic venues. A lacquered flower bouquet like those presented to gold medalists. Licensed Olympic merchandise, from dolls and key chains to motor oil and wine. Oh, and pins—lots and lots of pins.
1996 Atlanta Olympics Izzy merchandise

These 26 pieces of Izzy memorabilia were actually created

We recently took a trip to the Izzy archives, where we found memorabilia that in some cases was as strange than the mascot itself.
1996 Atlanta Olympics Izzy

What is it? An oral history of Izzy, the mascot marketing snafu of Olympic proportions

John Ryan settled on a character that was neither human nor animal. It resembled a blue tear, with hands sprouting three fingers and a thumb, lightning eyebrows, and a big, sheepish grin.

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