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Great Speckled Bird

by Jan Schroder

While most of my media career was spent with mainstream daily newspapers, my first exposure was with Atlanta’s hippie newspaper from the 1970s, The Great Speckled Bird.

A few years ago, WPBA produced a documentary on the alternative (not fake!) paper and included my story about selling it for a profit on Westminster’s campus – a capitalistic enterprise that landed me in the office of founding president William Pressly.

I enjoyed reading about the lifestyle I was too young to lead and politics I was too young to support; I was impressed that the school allowed me to keep my profits!

Chris Schroder, SPR Atlanta

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John r naugle January 26, 2017 - 3:53 pm

cHRIS, i’M INSPIRED TO HEAR THESE formative details of your social-action legacy.

You’ve reminded me of this quote by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an official part-time resident of our great city. he stated:

“Atlanta has a great significance… Visionaries such as Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have shown us that successful changes can be brought about nonviolently. I believe that, at the basic human level, most of us wish to be peaceful. Deep down, we desire constructive, fruitful growth and dislike destruction.”


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