Friday, February 3, 2017

Notable People from Atlanta

Every year during the Super Bowl I try to learn more about the area or the people of the home town where the teams playing in the Super Bowl are located.

Often fascinated by connections 

Margaret Mitchell author, was born in Atlanta she won the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel of 1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 for Gone with the Wind.  Her father was a lawyer and her mother a suffragist. Margaret was 19 when women earned the right to vote. When she was young her mother took her on a buggy ride though the ruins and the remains of property after Sherman's March explaining how those people had lived such a secure life and it just exploded and warned Margaret that some day her world will explode and she would need a weapon to defend and support herself.  That weapon was her writing.  You can almost image the scene the burning of Atlanta coming directly from this experience.She learned the stories of the Civil War from family members. The apartment building where she lived with her second husband from 1925 to 1932 is now the location of the Margaret Mitchell Museum. The address is  990 Peachtree Street in Midtown.  Apartment 1 is here where she wrote the bulk of Gone with the Wind. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Wikipedia says, MLK sang with his church choir at the 1939 Atlanta premiere of the movie Gone with the Wind.

Julia Roberts Wikipedia references, Roberts's parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces. They later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, off Juniper Street in Midtown. They ran a children's acting school in Decatur, Georgia, while they were expecting Julia. The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attended the school; Walter Roberts was their daughter Yolanda Denise King's acting coach.

Spike Lee was born in Atlanta did graduate work at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in film and television.

Elton John lives part-time in Atlanta. He can probably afford to live anywhere in the United States and he chose Atlanta.  There must be something very special about Atlanta.

Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live and Fat Albert fame was born in Atlanta.

Author Pat Conroy, "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides" was born in Atlanta.

Brenda Lee " Rockin Around the Christmas Tree was born in Atlanta.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy worked for five years in mainframe computer maintenance at IBM (where his father also worked) prior to going into comedy.  Anyone who has worked in the computer field knows you need a sense of humor.

Cam Newton became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and rush for 10 in the same season (35 passing, 10 rushing).  In the 2015 season he received MVP  and was in Superbowl 50 playing for the Panthers. He was the 2010 Heisman Trophy Award winner.

Trivia question:  Who scored the all time highest amount of points to win the Heisman Trophy.
Hint:  it was 1968 and he was attending USC.

A previous blog during the 2015 Superbowl

Arthur Blank co-founder of Home Depot is the owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

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