Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Great Whirlwind Atlanta History Interview

Rusty does the honors when he podcasts/catches up with Boyd Lewis here on The Georgia Podcast Network. Boyd, a former 70's Atlanta media-man-about-town, blew through town from his current crib in L.A. to pimp-out a happening reception for a showing of his 70's Atlanta photos. Previously blogged about on the SGR. (Wish I'd video-d the scene-making crowd of old and young hipsters of all flavors who populated the popular reception. It was really an Atlanta arts, entertainment, media, and politics Who's Who event. I caught only the very tail end of the bash, though. My bad.)

Podcast is here for listening/downloading. Don't miss this one! It's filled with verbal bon motes about Atlanta such as Grant Park when it was a "Victorian slum." Some delicious CL dissing too!

1 comment:

Spinnster said...

This interview is great. It took me back to when I arrived in Atlanta in Jan. 1969, a few months before Boyd. I knew who Boyd was but never met him. In any event, I had been radicalized by the manifold tragic events of 1968 (The Tet Offensive in Viet Nam that confirmed that our military and political leaders had been lying to us; LBJ not running for re-election; assassinations of Kennedy and King; the police riots at the Chicago Dem Convention; the close presidential election that returned Nixon to the White House) including a close cousin who was severely wounded in Viet Nam. I left N. Ga. College in the rural mountains and transferred to Georgia State College so I could get involved in politics after realizing that bad public policy cannot only be costly and disruptive but it can kill you. (With Iraq, it looks like we’re having to relearn this lesson.) Fortunately, I had a high draft number because I would have gone to Canada and not Viet Nam. As a junior at Ga. State, I got involved in Linda Jenness’ mayoral campaign. She was the Socialist candidate for mayor of Atlanta. I organized political campaigns, registered voters and participated in many anti-war and civil rights marches. I worked in Andy Young’s first campaign for Congress in 1970. He lost to Fletcher Thompson, the incumbent Republican, who posted armed guards in military uniforms at black precincts. In 1972 I again worked in Andy’s second race for Congress which he won. Also, I put together a photo and audio documentary of the 1972 Democratic Convention in Miami Beach. (I still have the photos but my tapes were destroyed in a fire.) My political and community activities continued through the 70’s and the 80’s highlighted by a failed run for the Georgia General Assembly in 1978, chair of the Democratic Party in DeKalb County in 1980 and being a delegate to the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco.

And, like Boyd, Dr. King is the standard by which I judge my thoughts and actions.

Sorry for the stream of consciousness but Boyd’s interview brought back a lot of memories