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You could argue that no leaders are as critical as the ones working to save our planet. For this year's Groundbreakers, celebrate a few of these innovators who have found novel ways to champion our environment.
On May 10, 1977, Ted Turner—the budding media mogul and owner of the sad-sack Atlanta Braves—told manager Dave Bristol to take 10 days off after losing 16 games straight. Too bad Turner had no clue what he was doing.
Entourage star Adrian Grenier, who was honored in Atlanta last week at the annual Captain Planet Foundation Gala, believes stainless steel straws could be a 21st-century status symbol—a far healthier version of the 1950s sterling silver cigarette holders which were glamorized in movies.
This month, the Hawks begin their 50th season in Atlanta. Yes, we’re still waiting on an NBA championship, but the franchise’s record over that half-century is nothing to scoff at: 33 playoff seasons; four NBA Coaches of the Year; and a cadre of Hall of Fame legends. We celebrate with a photo essay featuring the work of Scott Cunningham, the team's official photographer of 41 years.
Jane Fonda has a lot to talk about. She’s hosting the annual Empower Party fundraiser Thursday for for G-CAPP, her nonprofit that works to prevent teen pregnancy and promote adolescent health. Friday, she'll host the nonprofit’s first-ever YES: Youth Empowerment Summit. She also discussed Ted Turner’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia and her new HBO doc, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.
For the first time in four decades, Atlantans will have to navigate the news cycle without veteran broadcast reporter Denis O’Hayer’s treasure trove of Atlanta institutional knowledge. He shares with us his memories of reporting on Richard Jewell, the 2005 Fulton County Courthouse shooting, and more.
Back in Atlanta and standing in front of a packed ballroom, Jane Fonda inimitably distilled one of the benefits of turning 80: “People don’t want to grope you!”
When I walked into Larry Patrick’s giant jumble of a house in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, back in early April, summer was already palpable: the summers of 1969 all the way through 1980. Images of those twelve summers, the best of Larry’s life, filled the walls of the house that had been in his family since the 1920s, on land settled back in the 18th century, long before anyone could have conceived of such a strange and wonderful thing as a raft race.
This summer, a stretch of Spring Street was renamed in honor of Ted Turner. Maybe you heard. Keeping up with our constant street name changes is a challenge, and not a new one: In 1903 the Atlanta Constitution reported that more than 225 city streets had changed names at least once—some as many as seven times.