Here is part two of remember what Atlanta was like in years gone by.
You lived in Atlanta a long time ago if you remember____________
*Eating breakfast with Santa at downtown Rich’s Magnolia Room.
*Mad Hatter at Underground.
*The Cracker on Ponce De Leon Park.
*Seeing Willie Nelson at the Great Southeast Music Hall and being asked to stay for the second show because they hadn’t sold all the tickets for it.
*Rio Vista on Memorial Drive.
*The Varsity’s first birthday.
*Harry’s on Spring Street.
*When I-85 north ended at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
*Lewis Grizzard and going to Planet Hollywood when they first opened.
*Sears before it became Ponce City Market, Bobby & June’s, the Peasant restaurants, Woolworth’s lunch counter, The Beer Mug, Mick’s, Pitty Pat’s Porch, Crossroads Seafood at Pershing Point.
*Cow barn off I-75 where the 17th Street bridge is now.
*Channels 2, 5-8, 11, and 17 were all you had to watch on TV and even went off when the national anthem closed the stations down for the evening.
*When Atlanta Airport only had four terminals (A,B,C,D).
*Richway stores, Zayer’s, Treasure Island, and Georgia Baptist Hospital.
*Southeastern Fair at Lakewood Fairgrounds.
*When the Polaris (blue dome restaurant) was the tallest building in Atlanta.
*When Greenbriar Mall was the first mall in Georgia.
*Ice skating at what’s now CNN headquarters.
*When the population was 900,000.
*Mathis Dairy delivered to your door.
*The Braves blowing a 3-run lead in the 9th to be followed by a likely sweep the next day.
*When Ted Turner managed the Braves.
*Tillie the Teller at FirstAtlanta Banks.
*Randy and Spift and concerts at Braves stadium.
*Kolonel Keds flying around Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
*Officer Don’s Popeye Club.
*Guy Sharpe’s weather, Gary McKee’s WQXI and Chief Knockahoma at Fulton County Stadium.
* The Y106 Morning Zoo Crew.
*96 Rock Friday Five O’Clock Whistle.
*Go-Go Dancers actually dancing in a cage outside the Squirrel Cage.
*When rush hour was only from about 7:30-9 in the morning and 5-6 in the afternoon.
*When Phipps Plaza didn’t exist, when you didn’t have to mortgage your house to buy popcorn and a Coke at the Tara Theater, hardly anyone knew what a burrito was, much less a quesadilla, and where you could find pay phones.
Lee St. John, a retired Coweta County high school English teacher, is the author of "SHE'S A KEEPER! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess." She can be reached at email@example.com