Braves player Mark Lemke pushes teammate Jeff Blauser in a shopping cart (normally used for bats) down the flooded club house tunnel from the dugout on May 19, 1991. The day’s game was called due to rain. Nick Arroyo/AJC
Pride School Atlanta is a K-12 institution designed to be an alternative for LGBT students, though the school is open to any student who feels like they’re not getting the support they need for “being different,” says Pride School founder Christian Zsilavetz.
#TBT Ponce de Leon Park: Mind the magnolia, you Crackers
Opened 1907; rebuilt 1924, demolished 1965 – Also known as Spiller Park or Spiller Field from 1924-32, Ponce de Leon Park was the home ballpark of the Southern League’s Atlanta Crackers from 1907-64. The Atlanta Black Crackers of the Negro American League shared the park with the white Crackers team but due to segregation at the time, were not allowed to play at the park when the Crackers had a home game. Flanked by Ponce de Leon Avenue to the south and the Southern Railway tracks to the east, the little ballpark (seating about 20,000) was truly nestled in downtown Atlanta. A magnolia tree in deep center field was its most distinguishing feature, with the tree being in play until 1947. The ballpark was torn down in 1965 when the Braves came to Atlanta. Today the Midtown Place mall is located where throngs of Atlanta baseball fans once cheered on the hometown teams.
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.
The plot thickens in the saga of the Georgia Aquarium and their eighteen wild caught beluga whales. For several years the facility in Atlanta had tried and failed to import belugas from the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia. The animals, which have been stuck in a holding facility since their capture, have been in a limbo of sorts. The aquarium is responsible for them, but the government won’t allow them into the United States. So far, four of the eighteen have died, with one being replaced with another. Activists concerns have been evident, with petitions and protests urging them to release the animals back into the wild. However the park refused to comply with those demands, and instead has begun to find homes for the belugas throughout European and Asian countries. Fifteen of the whales have since been transferred to an unknown facility in Japan. With their futures uncertain, we can only hope that one day they will feel the salt water on their backs and the free expanse of the ocean again.
The Sex Pistols in Atlanta
Johnny Rotten during the Sex Pistols First American Concert at The Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta, GA, January 5, 1978. (LOUIE FAVORITE / STAFF)
On Jan. 5, 1978, the Sex Pistols played their first American concert at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta. Having the controversial British punk outfit open its tour in the South was calculated to drum up controversy, and it did. Less than two weeks later, the best-known incarnation of the band would implode after playing one last gig at San Francisco’s Winterland. 13 months later, in Feb. 1979, Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose. For more flashback fotos go to myajc.com.