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, 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.”