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With family and friends arriving in Atlanta for tonight's Feel the Love Elise benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown, Atlanta publicist Elise Roth Tedeschi didn't get much sleep overnight. In fact, response has been so overwhelming for the organizers of the fundraiser for the Tedeschi family the event will now be streamed live on the benefit's website for folks who can't make it into Atlanta to be there in person.
This week the Atlanta Press Club announced its 2012 Hall of Fame inductees, including beloved University of Georgia journalism professor Conrad Fink, who died in January at age 80. Atlanta Journal-Constitution owner Anne Cox Chambers, her late sister Barbara Cox Anthony and their father Governor James M. Cox will also be honored at the October 10 ceremony at the InterContinental hotel in Buckhead. Pulitzer Prize winners Atlanta Constitution publisher Ralph McGill and reporter George Goodwin will also be honored at this year's event.
For months, Elise Roth Tedeschi's nearly 2,000 Facebook friends have been closely monitoring her status updates as the beloved Atlanta publicist battles pancreatic cancer. But this month, the details of Tedeschi's scary prognosis — she was diagnosed with Stage Three pancreatic cancer in January — were made public for the first time as friends organize a June 29 benefit, Feel The Love Elise, at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown.
One of the things I love about AJC columnist Jay Bookman's work is that it's insightful without being inciteful. Take it from a former opinion columnist, that's not easy.
On Sunday, the AJC provided an in-depth look at how the proposed transportation sales tax will affect commute times. This being the Twitter age, it's safe to assume many readers delved only as far as the article's downer of a lede:
I was drawn to this 11 Alive online story by the appalling headline "Transvestite prostitutes becoming more violent in Midtown." For Pete's and Patricia's sake, the headline isn't just offensive because it uses a term many consider an epithet. It's also constructed in a way that a) implies transgendered prostitutes are an organized unit perpetrating violence b) assumes the people allegedly involved in a particular alleged attack were, in fact, prostitutes and c) conjures a delicious mental image of a planning meeting where a group of men dressed as women plan a raid on Mary Mac's.
As Ted Turner arrived at the Captain Planet Foundation gala private reception for major donors Friday night at the Georgia Aquarium, he made one final tweak to the fundraiser's decor. He ordered the environmental non-profit's trademark green carpet taken up and re-rolled in order to fix a potentially dangerous buckling issue on the floor. It's little wonder then when CNN's Nadia Bilchik introduced the smog-fighting cartoon character's dad to attendees at the sold-out dinner in the Oceans Ballroom, she described Turner as "media mogul, philanthropist and a guy who still picks up trash on the sidewalk."
When the finale to your hilarious, avert your eyes music video features you frolicking in a fountain while displaying some open-mouth PDAs, casting can be everything. No one has ever accused singer-songwriter Graham Colton of being stupid. "We cast my wife," says Colton of the video for his single, "Pacific Coast Eyes." The singer, who first shot to fame with his 2008 hit single "Best Days" (used on both "American Idol" and "Oprah"), comes to Vinyl at Centerstage in Atlanta Wednesday night to introduce fans to songs from his latest project, "Pacific Coast Eyes, Volume 2." "The director told us, 'I have this idea for an elaborate, sarcastic make-out scene in the middle of a fountain.' The chance for hitting a rough patch in your relationship is greatly reduced when the beautiful woman you're making out with is your wife." The video features Colton running and singing. For three minutes. So, is he a runner in real life? "Oh, hell no!" he concedes chuckling. "I haven't run like that since I played football in high school. I just said to the director, 'I don't want to be the guy with the guitar, lip-syncing for the camera again.' We had some fun with it."
After a long day spent introducing Atlantans to her "O You!" tour/brandwashing campaign last weekend with her devoted friends/employees at the Georgia World Congress Center downtown, Oprah Winfrey must have been positively famished. Winfrey was spotted breezing through the front doors of the Intercontinental hotel Saturday night with OWN TV buds Gayle King and Nate Berkus as they congratulated the talk show queen's former personal chef Art Smith at his brand-new namesake restaurant Southern Art (we hear Oprah openly avoided the usual sneaky celeb backdoor entrance and exit approach and had only one member of her security team with her). FOO [Friend of Oprah] and Atlanta film and television studio mogul Tyler Perry later joined Winfrey and King for a private dinner around 9 p.m. at Canoe. We're told Lady O ordered a well-deserved vodka and soda with just a splash of cranberry and enjoyed the beet salad and a single fried green tomato. King, meanwhile, sampled the kitchen's African squash soup and artisan cheese salad.