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A Trip Down Memory (Peachtree) Lane – Part 2

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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 DeLeon 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-Suwannee 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.
• Maloof’s.
• Cow barn of 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.
• Milo Hamilton.
• 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 Spiff 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 – 9:00 in the morning and 5:00 to 6:00 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.