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Junior School Officers at Columbia Military AcademyThose of us that live in the Atlanta Metro area are all pretty familiar with Buckhead.  And I have lived here for a little over 22 years... but I have a connection that goes back WAY before that. 

I lost my father in 1997, and he never lived here... but he did visit Buckhead... LONG ago.  He visited me several times after I moved to Atlanta in 1989, but when he was still a kid, he was passing through Buckhead with a few teammates.  He was a student at the Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, TN, and on the Rifle Team.  They had just completed a competition in South GA, and were passing through on the way back to school.  It would have been around 1946... and my father would have been around the tender age of 14. 

Atlanta in the 1940sThe driver of the car stopped in Buckhead for a short break.  While he was out of the car, my father made a quick run into one of the local bars (yes, there were bars there then, too...) and bought a beer.  He was in his Military Academy uniform, and the bartender probably assumed that he was a soldier...

So my dad had his first beer in Buckhead

True to his nature, we drove down to Buckhead one day... probably around 1995 or so... and he was able to show me the exact place that they were parked, as well as the bar where he got the beer.  It wasn't a bar then, and now it doesn't even exist as a building, but we found an old picture... and he was right on point. 

Oddly, my dad was never really a beer drinker.  He joked that if he'd bought a 6-pack at that time, it might have been a lifetime supply. 

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Maria Morton
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Good story, Lane! Which one, in the photo, is your father?

Oct 04, 2011 04:34 PM #1
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Ted J. Macy
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Lane, What a great story. I also live in Metro Atlanta, transplanted here in 1977, brought family in Spring of 1978. Love those old pictures, Buckhead, however, is no more, at least how we might remember it.

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Oct 04, 2011 04:37 PM #2
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Mary Macy
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Great pictures of Buckhead, looks crowded like today in Buckhead, just neater old cars that were made of steel and not plastic.

Oct 04, 2011 04:40 PM #3
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Love the black and white photos Lane. The beer story was cute, the six-pack may have gone bad after all that time.  :)

Oct 04, 2011 07:02 PM #4
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Lane Bailey
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Maria - I cheated...  I have some pics of my Dad that are very similar, but they aren't scanned. 

Ted - Yep... Buckhead has changed.  We'll be the ones tat "remember when..."

Mary - I like the old cars... but there are some pretty slick new ones, too. 

Tom - Probably wouldn't have mattered.  I had a drink once or twice with my dad, but never saw him with a beer.  And his liquor cabinet only seemed to be consumed when he was hosting "teacher parties".  He was a teacher and VERY involved in  politics.  For those that read my blog a lot, they might be surprised if they knew more about him. 

Oct 05, 2011 02:17 AM #5
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Gene Riemenschneider
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I am not much of a beer drinker either, but on occasion, like a hot day in Georgia, one can be great.

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