When it was time for their deportation hearings, the children solemnly filed into the downtown Atlanta Immigration Court, slid into their seats and craned their necks so they could hear the translator …
Q:How did you go about rebranding Turner networks, such as TNT (“We know drama”) and TBS (“Very funny”)?
A:In 1999, cable was exploding. The networks had to become brands. We did a tremendous amount of psychographic research that I learned at Coke. What’s in people hearts and minds? What are their attitudes? We did 2,300 interviews with viewers around the country. It gave us a great road map. I came to Turner with a simple business philosophy. We were going to do the “3 Ps” — position the networks, program to the positioning, and then promote the hell out of the programming and positioning. I told employees if they’re doing anything else, please stop. We will find you something to do within these lanes.
June 25, 1983 - Central City Park (now Woodruff Park) provided a great place for people to watch fireworks light up Atlanta’s skyline during the ‘Light Up Atlanta Festival.’ In the early ’80s, the Light Up Atlanta festival drew as many as 300,000 people downtown one weekend each June for a nighttime party of dancing, drinking and dining.
In the early ’80s, the Light Up Atlanta festival drew as many as 300,000 people downtown each June for a nighttime weekend party of dancing, drinking and dining. First held in June 1983 as a way to draw suburban residents back to downtown Atlanta after dark, Light Up Atlanta eventually became a victim of its early success and violence ended the party after only three festivals. Here’s our look back through the lenses of our AJC photographers at the days when downtown turned on the lights — and the charm — for one weekend each June. Go to myajc.com to see more images.