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Atlanta, GA

Piedmont Road, 1980s

This is an update, of sorts: by ron hudspeth George McKerrow, part-time barkeep at Carlos McGee’s and former Victoria Station regional manager, opened LongHorn Steakhouse at 2151 Peachtree Road on August 10, 1981, just doors away from busy Benihana Japanese Steakhouse and the legendary Harrison’s on Peachtree. The newly renovated restaurant had once housed the most profitable yellow-front x-rated bookstore of the Mike Thevis empire. There were black-lit booths (for watching 25¢ skin flicks) and a zebra-skin floor. McKerrow’s renovation was delightfully tacky with red-checkered tablecloths, a jukebox blaring Hank Williams Jr. and Randy Travis, walls covered with assorted paraphernalia, business cards and bumper stickers. McKerrow recalled, “at the end of the first month, we were averaging four lunches a day and maybe 14 dinners at night. I cooked, I waited tables, I washed dishes.” And as the story goes, he was within two weeks of folding the restaurant for good when Mother Nature delivered a divine stroke. It began to snow. Then it snowed harder. And harder. Suddenly, thousands of Atlantans attempting to get home were caught in a massive traffic jam and began to abandon their cars. Say hello to Atlanta’s infamous Snow Jam 1981. McKerrow began serving $1 drinks and cooking steaks for the stranded thirsty and hungry. The place was mobbed and as McKerrow recalls, “it was a turning point.” ------------------ ------------------ ------------------ ------------------ - And so it went...  (4 hrs ago | post #20)

Atlanta, GA

Piedmont Road, 1980s

Yes, I had two friends, Ramon and Tito Wals, who lived in those apartments, and on the other side of Broadview Plaza, entrance on Lindberg Drive, was more apartments, somewhat still there but refurbished, where the Ken's Tavern bartender John Kaglebaum lived.  (4 hrs ago | post #19)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Great video of Sandy Madaris, also, capturing her everyday gorgeous genius, just sitting on her front porch swing in Lakebottom, picking on her daddy's old guitar. A true natural, and original local talent... from right here, way down in Columbus Georgia. :)  (5 hrs ago | post #4488)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Clyde was the true Southern Rock Animal, like a redneck Iggy Pop. :)  (5 hrs ago | post #4487)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Absolutely, love that smooth sultry Southern style that Sandy Madaris projects here. Hypnotic and gorgeous. :)  (5 hrs ago | post #4486)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Oh yeah... She has that perfect, sultry Southern style. :)  (5 hrs ago | post #4485)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Quite true, and well put. :)  (5 hrs ago | post #4484)

Columbus, GA

Herea s a timeline of Carson McCullersa life

Filmed in downtown Selma Alabama, for some reason Columbus was bumped.  (5 hrs ago | post #10)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Well, Elvis Presley did do a cover of this song, along with a dozen other artists before and after him. Great song, though, of course. :)  (6 hrs ago | post #4483)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Thanks, my friend. :)  (6 hrs ago | post #4482)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

The Columbus State University radio station, based downtown, is giving local talent a lot of play. Great radio has returned to our area. :)  (6 hrs ago | post #4481)

Columbus, GA

Online poll reveals most popular choice for Columbus arts...

Exactly... I love the Phenix City Cable-TV studio, it is like walking into the 1970s or 80s. The Retro feel is a great inspiration. :)  (6 hrs ago | post #11)

Columbus, GA

Word Association

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Columbus, GA

*keep a word- drop a word* Game

Political Party  (6 hrs ago | post #1060)

Columbus, GA

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Also from early in the thread, and there is, again, the actual evidence in the videos Rusty Wood filmed of the creative talent here on the local scene. At that time he had 600 videos, and probably double that by now.  (19 hrs ago | post #4437)

Q & A with Will Dockery

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New poetry book coming soon

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Columbus, GA

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The Edge of the Forest

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Fountain City Coffee, Del Ranch, SoHo Bar

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Anything by Halan Ellison

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Art, music & poetry

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