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Grady High School graduate Elliott Levitas in his Class of 1948 yearbook photo, top, and today.

Grady High School Celebrates 70th Anniversary

By Clare S. Richie In 1947, two years after World War II ended, Henry W. Grady High School opened its doors in Midtown to welcome students from its precursor schools, Boys High and Tech High, and became co-ed. “This 70th anniversary is a chance for Grady to celebrate itself and its deep legacy of achievement and service to its graduates and the city of Atlanta,” said John Brandhorst, vice chair of the Grady High School Foundation. “This is a fresh opportunity to develop an active network among all constituents to better recognize our history and to support and celebrate our future.” Elliott Levitas (Class of ’48) still remembers his transition from Boy’s High to attending Grady. Levitas, the first editor the school’s newspaper, The Southerner, and a Rhodes Scholar, went on to represent Georgia’s 4th District in U.S. House of Representatives, where he helped create the Chattahoochee River National Park after serving 10 years in the Georgia House of Representatives. He continues practicing law today. “In many of the activities, we created co-positions boy/girl. We felt like the founding parents of a new country, because everything was being done for the first time and decisions were being made about school colors, mascot and nicknames. All of these decisions were group decisions,” Levitas said. “I remember one very moving moment was when we were at the printers and the first edition of The Southerner newspaper came off the presses. After all those days and weeks of working on it with new people and the new idea for a school newspaper—there it was. We held it in our hands and looked at it. It was a very important event,” Levitas remembered. His senior year taught him that “change is not a threat it can be an opportunity.” That spirit of opportunity and achievement continued in the decades that followed. In 1961, Grady was the first high school in Georgia to racially integrate its student body and made national headlines for a peaceful transition. Current students may discover they have more in common with past alumni than they thought. For instance, many generations attended classes in portables. “For several years after Grady opened, a lot of the classes were held in wooden buildings called portables adjacent to structure that’s there now, which had no central heating,” Levitas recalled. “The only heat was supplied by a potbelly stove in one corner of the room that was burning coal.” Perhaps other alumni met their future spouse or partner through Grady, as Levitas did. His wife Barbara was a senior class officer several years after Levitas graduated.

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CYCLES Of LIFE By Gary Goettling life. Bicycling changed Sue Nagel’s one day in 1987 She was riding with a group really cute guy” — pulled when a fellow cyclist — “a approvingly, “Nice up alongside her and remarked off guard, she smiled and bike.” Momentarily caught have a nice bike, too.” returned the compliment: “You Bob Neurath tied the Three years later, Sue and residents have been matrimonial knot. The Tucker together — for the married — and riding bicycles 27 years ever since.

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is more. The phrase We hear it all the time: less adults who are facing rings especially true for older to enjoy the second half empty nests and are ready north metro Atlanta offer of their lives. Intown and for them. many comfortable options much of their lives “Baby boomers have spent wealth for retirement,” working and building their Alston Realtors. Dorsey said Dawn Anderson, Realtor, of a reality, they begin to “As retirement becomes more Ease of life, proximity plan their transition to downsize. the downsizing common and affordability are certainly boomers.” goals of most adult communities The trend of 55+ active said. “Baby boomers are Anderson grow, to continues exactly what they are well qualified buyers and know looking for.” that her townhome in Kim Isaacs, aged 58, said her and her husband Avalon in Alpharetta gives had lived in our previous everything they want. “We years. When our last child home in Johns Creek for 19 that we wanted a change left for college, we decided house for just the two and really didn’t need a large of us,” she said. Continued on page 4

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Local Vets Reflect on their Military Service

Jim Tucker holds a painting of himself when he was in service.

By Gary Goettling When Jeffrey Burnett signed up for a hitch in the U.S. Army, he was following a family tradition of military service. Hs grandfather and an uncle were Army veterans and his father served in the U.S. Navy. Burnett enlisted in 1997, when he was 18. He started as an infantryman, but took a job

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as a military policeman as part of his plan to pursue a career in law enforcement. He spent seven years in the Army, including stints in Afghanistan and Iraq, where his group provided perimeter security at the time of the capture of Saddam Hussain. This month, as Veterans Day returns, we celebrate the thousands of men and women who dedicated portions of their lives and careers to military service to their—and our—country. “I don't think about me or my service,” said Burnett, who now lives in Tucker. “I think about the other guys—the World War II and Korea veterans who endured so much and accomplished so much and the Vietnam vets who came home to an awful situation. “When you think about them and what they went through, and you gain a lot of respect for these other veterans. That's what Veterans Day means to me." Veterans of the major conflicts of the 20th Century—World War II, the Korean War and the War in Vietnam—are aging and disappearing. But they and their service are not being forgotten. For Veterans Day, here are snapshots of three who served.

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James M. Tucker Jr. Georgia Tech student Jim Tucker was spending the early Sunday afternoon of Dec. 7, 1941 at the Techwood theater on the edge of campus. Abruptly, the film was interrupted by the announcement that Pearl Harbor had been attacked by Japanese aircraft. "We knew we were going to get called up at some point, remembers the 94-year-old Stone Mountain resident, "but we didn't know when." At the time, every Tech student at the then all-male school was required to participate in ROTC in their freshman and sophomore years. "We could then sign up for advanced ROTC, which would require us to attend Officer Candidate School and serve in the U.S. Army for four years after graduation," Tucker said. "However, although we expected to complete our studies first, we were called to active duty on April 6, 1943, at Fort McPherson, and after induction sent to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for basic and cadre training. We were then sent back to Georgia Tech to complete another quarter of college because

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of a backlog at the Ordnance Officer Candidate School." Tucker graduated from Ordnance Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 27, 1944. He then decided to work in bomb disposal and signed up for the rigorous training course in deactivating fuses on bombs and other explosive devices "I like to hunt, but I don't like to hunt humans," he said of his decision. "I didn't want to be involved in killing anybody, so this seemed like a great thing. I could be a part of the war effort and help, but in a way that was more productive to me." In 1944 he was sent to the Philippines, where he was assigned to the American Division during their retaking of Cebu in the Visayan Central Islands. The majority of the munitions that needed deactivating were U.S.-dropped parafrag bombs, anti-personnel fragmentation bombs with small parachutes attached that were designed to explode on contact with the ground and spread shrapnel in all directions. The problem was that the parachutes would get snagged

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up in the bamboo and the field artillery couldn't advance or fire heavy weapons with these live explosives hanging everywhere. "During the first 30 days after we landed, I had to remove the fuses from over 100 parafrags a day," he said. "I had so many fuses to dispose of, I found a bombedout concrete building in Cebu City where I could toss the fuses over a wall and they'd blow up on the other side. Unfortunately, I became tired or careless, and the last one I tossed one day dropped on my side and took off part of my cheek. I came close occasionally, but that was the only major harm that I suffered." Tucker also disarmed booby traps and bombs the Japanese had re-purposed as land mines, and "anything else that the commanding general wanted us to take care of." When the war ended in August 1945, Tucker was sent to occupied Japan to clear out munitions on the peninsula across the bay from Tokyo. "Big, heavy shells were loaded onto ships and dumped at sea," he said. "For loose munitions— powder and so forth—we'd locate some field or airport nearby and burn them. We burned tons and tons and tons of the stuff." Tucker was discharged from active duty with the rank of captain on September 10, 1946, in time to go back to Tech for the fall quarter and resume his studies for a chemical engineering degree. The student body included a large number of returning veterans. "We didn't particularly care to worry or talk about or reminisce about what we'd just gone through," Tucker recalled. "We wanted to get through our studies and get on with life." He graduated from Tech in December 1947 and embarked on a long and productive career in pulp and paper processing before retiring in 1991. While proud of his military service, Tucker didn't often think about it until 1996, when a few classmates proposed that Tech coop alumni who entered Georgia Tech during 1939-1940, but had never had a class reunion because they graduated in different years,

have a special muster. Following the muster, several alumni living in or near Atlanta decided to meet for lunch every other month. More than two dozen veterans attended the first musters, but the number has slowly decreased over time. Today there is only Tucker and one other, Jim Ivey. "Fortunately, Marilyn Somers, director of Tech’s Living History, supports and joins us for lunch," he said.

Wilson "Bill" Dreger III Bill Dreger had wanted to join the U.S. Army ever since he was a little boy growing up in Buckhead, where he'd watch long convoys of troop trucks moving down Peachtree Road during the Second World War. "It was quite a sight," recalled Dreger, 86, who makes his home in Alpharetta. He got his wish in July 1950 when he enlisted in the Army Reserve as a private while still a student and ROTC member at Georgia Tech. "I enlisted in a unit that had been activated for the Korean War, but right after I joined they took it off the activation list," he said. After 4 ½ years of Reserve service, and by now a distinguished military graduate of Georgia Tech and an alumnus of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the regular army. Next stop: Korea, for a 16-month stint as a member in the 21st infantry, 24th division. He served as a platoon leader at a main battle position on the Imjin River, a major waterway near the boundary between the two Koreas. He later served as a company executive officer and a company commander. "The war had just ended when I got there—the shooting had stopped," he said, adding that

technically, "we're still in a state of war over there. They signed an agreement to stop shooting at each other, but that's as far as it went." Upon returning to the U.S., he was detailed to Army Intelligence at Third Army headquarters at Fort McPherson. With the move back to the Atlanta area, he spent more time with his father's apartment development and management company. In 1960 he decided to re-join the Army Reserve and pursue real estate full time, eventually taking ownership of his dad's company. Dreger's notable achievements include construction of the first apartments on Buford Highway. He continued his education by studying mission-oriented training for soldiers at the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kan., and the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. Dreger's steady rise through the ranks culminated with assignments as a staff officer, chief of staff and brigade commander, and in 1983, a promotion to brigadier general as deputy commanding general of the 81st Army Reserve Command. He retired six years later, closing a 39-year military career, about a third of which was spent on active duty. In the reserve, "I commanded all size units from a battalion to a brigade," Dreger reflected, including "a battalion in Macon that had reserve units all over Georgia." He also noted that, "Every one of the units I commanded served in Desert Storm," the early 1991 military action to force Iraqi invaders from Kuwait. Earlier in his retirement when Dreger lived in Cumming, he gave talks at the War Memorial there on Veterans Day and on other occasions, "but I've got to an age now where I don't do much of that anymore." His topics centered on current

I think americans by and large take care of their veterans very well. if a need exists and it's identified, they step in and do something about it. i am very proud to be a soldier.

events related to the military. If he were to deliver such a talk this year, he might speak about medical care provided by the Veterans Administration, which has "gotten totally out of control," according to Dreger. But for the most part, "I think Americans by and large take care of their veterans very well," he said. "If a need exists and it's identified, they step in and do something about it. "I am very proud to be a soldier."

Conrad Boterweg Conrad Boterweg's assignments in Vietnam included a popular and essential service for U.S. troops— he brought the mail. A native of Perry, Ga., Boterweg, 77, joined the Army in 1962 after graduating from North Georgia College's ROTC program and receiving his commission as a second lieutenant. Thirty years later the Alpharetta resident retired as a colonel. In between he served a pair of year-long stints in Vietnam, the first beginning in 1966. "When I first got there, I was stationed in Di An—not so much a town as a little hovel," he said with a chuckle, referring to the American base camp located about 25 miles northeast of Saigon. Boterweg was the personnel officer "in charge of the Army assignments and records that had to do with officers assigned to the 1st Infantry Division"—popularly known as the Big Red One. During his second tour, which lasted from 1972 to 1973, he worked in Saigon as a postal officer. "I was in charge of getting mail to soldiers in my division Continued on page 6

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at least once a day," he said. "Everybody liked to see me." The mail came in on one of the commercial aircraft delivering replacement soldiers. "Occasionally we would receive a package with a cellophane window cut into the top to reveal a homemade cake," he said. "The postal clerks personally hand-carried these special deliveries to each soldier rather than tossing them in the large, locked mail bags." The assignment had him flying to U.S. outposts all over the 3d Corps region to deliver letters and packages to approximately 25,000 men. Also moving through the air was a defoliant called Agent Orange. Due to the thick tree canopy, American forces "couldn't see the Ho Chi Minh Trail," a logistical network thousands of miles long that brought supplies to Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers via bicycle, Boterweg explained. "So

Check out veterans day celebrations on pg. 20 the Army and Air Force sprayed this agent all over toward the trail to cut down the tree cover." The dioxin-bearing chemical agent was dropped extensively over farms and jungles in Vietnam from 1961 until 1972. His last military assignment was to Fort McPherson, where he served as the Forces Command adjutant general. After retiring in 1992, he and his wife, Pat, opened a picture-framing franchise, The Great Frame Up, on the south side of Peachtree City that proved successful enough that they opened a second location on the north side. Toward the end of the decade, Boterweg began having seemingly unrelated neuro-muscular physical symptoms. A diagnosis eluded doctors for several years until 2001, when it was determined he was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, brought about by his repeated

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exposure to Agent Orange. "It was pretty much all through the air, and those of us who were susceptible—which was quite a few of us—got Parkinson's disease in addition to other life-threatening diseases related to exposure to Agent Orange," he said. As the symptoms increasingly limited his ability to work, he was forced to sell both of his framing stores. These days, he gets around in a wheelchair. The Parkinson’s continues to worsen his ability

to eat, swallow, speak and write, and he has frequent falls because of poor gait and balance. On the occasion of Veterans Day, Boterweg said that he especially remembers "the soldiers who worked for me in Vietnam who gave their lives for their country." "I'm very proud of my service, too," he added. "Under the circumstances of the time, the use of Agent Orange was the necessary thing to do. It was effective. I don't blame anybody for using it."

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Marvin Myers heads an alliance of Vietnam veterans that provides help to veterans in need.

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JOHN PAULSON Above right, John Paulson today. n takes a break w hile serving in Vi etnam in 1969.

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By Joe Earle John Paulson remembers what it was like back then. When he returned from Vietnam in the late 1960s after his time as a rifleman with the U.S. Marines, he just didn’t seem to fit in with the old-timers at his local Veterans of Foreign Wars post back in Chicago. “It was filled with World War II vets,” Paulson said. “I was 22 years old. I didn’t relate to them at all.” Paulson didn’t go back. In fact, he stayed away for decades. Then, a few years ago, he started attending gatherings of the American Legion Post 140, which is based in Buckhead. “This was my peer group,” he said. “I feel more comfortable and more engaged with the guys that are there.” Now Paulson, who’s also a city councilmember in Sandy Springs, is service officer with the post and works to help other vets. He also is working with a new VFW chapter that’s organizing in Buckhead. Other Vietnam vets say they faced similar situations when they returned from their war. Feeling they didn’t fit in with existing groups, some started their own organizations to pull fellow Vietnam vets together to talk about their experiences and to try to help others. Decades later, groups of Vietnam vets still meet to give their members places to come together. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are certainly the largest veterans’ organizations, but here are a few local groups organized or supported by Vietnam veterans that remain active.

Army Aviation Heritage Foundation armyav.org The Hampton-based organization maintains and flies vintage military helicopters. Members fly foundation helicopters to schools, air shows and veterans meetings to display the machines and give rides. Its fleet includes four flyable Vietnam-era “Hueys,” said president and CEO Fred Edwards, and many of the people who fly and maintain them are Vietnam veterans. The organization, which has chapters scattered across the country, claims about 800 active members and Edwards estimates that half or more are Vietnam vets.

gvva.org The alliance traces its roots to a group of Vietnam vets who regularly got together in the 1980s for coffee at a VFW post in Marietta, founder Marvin Myers said. It has grown to a service organization that offers help JOE EARLE to vets in need. Office of Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Formally organized in the 1990s and now headquartered in Doraville, the group claims about 300 members and has chapters in several Georgia communities, he said. It raises money and provides financial support for any vets who need help with rent, utilities, food, transportation, counseling, alcohol or drug abuse. At one point, it operated its own shelter, Myers said. The group also offers scholarships. “The main purpose is to assist veterans with their problems,” he said, “and to pull Vietnam vets together.”

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avvba.org and Facebook page This association started in 1985 whe n five Atlanta area businessmen gathered on Veterans Day. “Their focus was to promote a positive image of Vietnam veterans. We all thought Vietnam veterans got a bad shake coming out of Vietnam,” association board member and former president Max Torrence said. The group now claims more than 300 members and meets the first Tuesday of each month to socialize and hear speakers. The nonprofit group also puts up memorials to metro Atlantans who died during the Vietnam War, works with other local groups such as the USO and has deployed volunteers to help during disasters, Torrence said. “We’re all in our late 60s or early 70s,” Torrence PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAX TORRENCE said. “But we still have Max Torrence poses with a helicopter during his something on the ball and can help.” stint in Vietnam from May 1970 to May 1971.

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Frank Boggs has been around church music all his life. He remembers tagging along to choir practice with his mother and father at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Tex., back when he was too little to be left at home. “I’d go with them and I’d listen to them sing and then I’d curl up in the pew and go to sleep,” he recalled. “Music was just kind of there my whole life.” And Boggs has lived quite a lifetime in music. He’s organized and built choirs, taught music and recorded two dozen albums. He’s appeared on radio and TV, performed around the U.S. and abroad, and sung in concerts, at religious revival meetings and during church services. He even co-wrote the fight song played to cheer the Baylor University Bears, the football team at his alma mater. The song he and his roommate wrote while they were students at Baylor back in the 1940s replaced an earlier fight song written by Fred and Tom Waring of big band fame. Boggs thought that song was too hard to sing. Now, “every time they score a touchdown, they play our song,” he said with a smile. “Music is my life,” he said during a recent chat in his 21st-story apartment in Lenbrook, a Buckhead high rise. “I love to make beautiful music, and teaching people to love beautiful music.” At age 90, he’s still at it. He leads the Georgia Festival Chorus, a singing group he has directed since its founding more than three decades ago. The chorus performs concerts in the spring and fall and is scheduled to perform Nov. 19, Nov. 30 and Dec. 12. “Through the years—this is our 31st year—we have built a very loyal audience,” Bogg said. “They turn out to hear us.” David Scott, associate director of the chorus, said Boggs has been “tremendously important” to the group’s success. “He’s been a great advocate for the music,” Scott said. “He knows what he wants. …His choice of material is very good. He’s fun to work with. …He’s a nice guy to get to know.” That matters. “These things are very personality driven,” Scott said. “People vote with their feet. If you don’t have integrity, if you don’t have a pleasant personality, people don’t come back. …Personality is the most important aspect of it.” At the same time, Boggs is a natural showman, Scott said. “In performance, a natural showman will be at ease,” Scott said. “Frank has a way—in a performance he speaks to the crowd naturally. Most folks, if you start putting them in front of a crowd of 100 or 1,000 or

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2,000 people, they get stressed. But Frank is very comfortable.” Boggs took over the festival chorus about the time he retired from teaching music at The Westminster Schools. He taught there for 23 years. A friend, a minster at a Cobb County church, told Boggs that he’d be miserable without a choir to direct. Boggs thought there might be something to that, so he put an ad in a Marietta newspaper soliciting singers. The Cobb Festival Chorus started with 18 members. Their first performance, Boggs said, was of Handel’s “Messiah,” a piece usually associated with much larger groups. “When people heard what we did that first year, I started auditioning more singers.” Now, there are 111 singers with the festival chorus, he said. “Over the years, we’ve built a wonderful choir,” he said. He’s used to building choirs. When he started teaching at Westminster, he said, the choir was composed of just 18 girls and three boys. “It was the most pitiful thing I’d ever heard,” he recalled. “I came home and told [my wife] I may have made the biggest mistake of my life.” Instead of giving up, he set to work. He started going to football practices to recruit singers. He told the boys they could meet girls by singing. “I said, ‘I guarantee you, if you join choir, I’m going to get every good-looking girl at Westminster to join the choir.’” Once the football players signed up, he said, girl singers followed and the choir grew. Boggs comfortably recalls other successful ventures he’s played a part in. When he was a student at Baylor, he organized the music for a series of student-led tent revivals. They started out small, but eventually attracted hundreds of people from surrounding communities. “This thing just took off,” he said. “The Holy Spirit just blessed us. A thousand people would be spread out on the grass. …Instead of going for one week like we planned, it went for three weeks.” These days, Boggs is sorting through his old recordings to make CDs of his music to give to his grandchildren. He’s pulled songs from albums with titles such as “In God We Trust” and “Yes, God Is Real.” One recent

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morning, he put a CD into a boombox and listened to his younger self singing. He leaned his head back and gazed into the distance. What’s his favorite song? That changes, he said. He thought a moment and then said a song called “The Majesty and Glory of His Name” was one of his favorites for the choir. “Every time we sing it,” he said, “something magical happens.”

Georgia Festival Chorus performances 2017 Fall Concerts ■ Sunday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.—“Carols by Candlelight Concert,” McEachern Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Rd., Powder Springs 30127 ■ Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.—Christmas Concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta 30068 ■ Tuesday Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.—Lenbrook, 3747 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30319

2018 Spring Concerts ■ Sunday, Mar. 11, 6 p.m.—Grace Life Church, 1083 Allgood Rd., Marietta 30062 ■ Sunday, Mar. 18, 6 p.m.—Holy Cross Anglican Church, 3836 Oak Grove Rd., Loganville 30052 ■ Sunday, Apr. 8, 6 p.m.—Smyrna First Baptist Church, 1275 Church St., Smyrna 30080 ■ Sunday, Apr. 15, 4 p.m.—Hillside United Methodist Church, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 30189 ■ Sunday, Apr. 22, 6 p.m.—Kennesaw United Methodist Church, 1801 Ben King Rd., Kennesaw 30144 ■ Sunday Apr. 29, 6 p.m.—Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 995 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta 30068 Source: Georgia Festival Chorus

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Hartsfield-Jackson also expected that the Atlanta International proportion of older Airport is large and travelers choosing to fly busy, a hub for travelers will increase as a result who are going across of increased affluence the country or around and education levels.” the world. For some These retirees are a far older adults, it can cry from the outdated be intimidating to image of old folks sitting navigate the bustling on the front porch. Judith L. Kanne, terminals, especially The report also RN, BSN, BA during the holiday states: “Many younger is a registered nurse and season. seniors are more freelance writer who lives After all, any airport in Atlanta. capable of dealing with that serves an average the new technology of 285,000 passengers a day can be than their older counterparts.” much like a small city. And in many Travelers who are familiar with ways, it is. technology find it easier to “I know the airport can be navigate transportation hubs. scary and imposing because of Maps, flight updates and more the sheer size of it,” said Director info can be found on Hartsfieldof Guest Relations Steve Mayers. Jackson’s website, atl.com. The But, Mayers says, it can also be Atlanta airport also has an easycozy, because of its multiple smaller to-use app, iFlyATL, available for concourses and many areas that Android and iPhone. include works of art and museumMayers offers several like exhibits. At every juncture, suggestions for Hartsfieldthere are plenty of restaurants and Jackson planning, based on any shops with friendly staff eager to traveler’s general health and serve patrons. wellness. For example, “Don’t It turns out that thinking wait until you arrive at the about seniors and their ability busiest airport in the world to to maneuver the busiest airport ask for a wheelchair,” he said. in the world is far from a new “For wheelchairs or other concept. For Mayers, it’s his job. help, we ask that you plan ahead, Three years ago, the Transport contact the airline and let them Research Board released a study know you’ll need a wheelchair or on the Impacts of Aging Travelers some type of assistance to get from on Airports. A main reason for point A to point B,” said Mayers. the study was the increase in the “Please do that when number of travelers over age 65. purchasing your ticket,” he added. The post WWII ‘baby boomer’ “Showing up at the airport and generation had started to retire, then requesting help may be and they definitely like to travel. challenging.” There’ll always be a What’s more, boomers are not wheelchair, but it might arrive too your typical seniors. late to catch the intended flight. According to the report, “It is Like so many things

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in life, planning ahead will help alleviate most miscommunication glitches. “Also, if there are seniors with opinions, we’re interested in knowing how we can improve travel plans,” said Mayers. “Anyone

can call me and ask if we’ve considered researching such and such. If we can help, we will.” In fact, he says it was Atlanta community input that helped arrange for an adult changing station at Concourse

F. Mayers said they had the room to implement such a plan and knew it would help those getting ready for an extended international flight. The facility is also applicable for adults and children with disabilities.

Mayers says that at HartsfieldJackson, he and his team look forward to community input from everyone, and especially from senior travelers. To reach Mayers directly, email GuestRelations@ ATL.com or call 404-383-2280.

Matters of Security Travelers are expected to provide TSA (Transportation Security Administration) with medical documentation to describe specific conditions, such as an implanted metal device. Questions or concerns about traveling with an implant or certain disabilities may be handled by contacting TSA Cares: 855-787-2227. Many seniors may not realize the TSA Cares helpline is there to provide guidance to travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances. They can help with additional assistance during security screenings. Remember to call 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. If not, a TSA officer or supervisor can offer on-the-spot assistance, but remember—it’s likely to take extra time. This is especially important if traveling with oxygen or certain prescription medications. All fliers must undergo screening at the checkpoint either by technology or what is referred to as a “pat down.” An exception includes those with “pre-check” status. In addition, TSA officers may swab hands, mobility aids, equipment and other external medical devices. Passengers 75 and older can leave on their shoes and light jackets when going through security. However, TSA also has the right to ask any flier to undergo additional screening including visual or physical footwear inspection, including a trace detection testing of explosives concealed in footwear. In the case of grown children attempting to help an elderly or frail parent to the gate, passes may be available, says Steve Mayers, Director of Guest Relations. Passes are issued at the discretion of the airlines. Airline agents have full responsibility as to who can (or cannot) be escorted. Decisions are based on risk and passes can be denied,” explained Mayers. “There are no guarantees.”

Traveling with Pets While every airline has different specific regulations, generally speaking, pets weighing less than 20 pounds—carrier included—and whose carrier fits securely under the seat can often fly as a carry-on, according to tripswithpets.com. Service animals fall under a different set of rules and regulations. However, it’s a good idea to check with your airline prior to arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson, as rules can (and have) changed periodically. Service dog on the “plane train” at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. In August of this year, Atlanta’s airport announced the completion of their seventh Service Animal Relief Area. According to Hartsfield-Jackson’s public relations office, Atlanta has the most animal relief areas of any airport in the U.S.—one in every terminal. Each spacious Service Animal Relief Area is equipped with pet supplies and concrete and grassy turf areas as well as a groundlevel drinking fountain. In some cases, there’s even an artificial fire hydrant. All equipment is ADA accessible, including an automated entry door. In addition, two outdoor dog parks at Hartsfield-Jackson offer relief and relaxation. In fact, Poochie Park is a 1,000-square-foot dog park at Domestic Terminal South. Headed overseas? An additional pet relief area is located on the arrivals level of the International Terminal, right outside door A1.

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Atlanta Veterans Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free and open to the public, the downtown parade starts at SunTrust Plaza, 241 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30303. The reviewing stand is on Baker St., between the World of Coca Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Route and more info at georgiaveteransday.org, click on Parade Info.

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Rick Allen: Drums for Peace Saturday, Nov. 11. Perimeter Mall, 1-3 p.m.; Phipps Plaza, 5-8 p.m. The famed artist and drummer of rock band Def Leppard will be making two special Veterans Day appearances at Wentworth Galleries in two Atlanta area malls to present his collection, “Rick Allen: Drums for Peace,” including originals, limited editions and wearable art. All art is available for acquisition. RSVPs are strongly suggested. RSVP’s are strongly suggested. RSVP for Wentworth Gallery, Perimeter Mall at 770-913-0641 or perimeter@wentworthgallery. com; for Wentworth Gallery, Phipps Plaza at 404-233-0903 or phipps@ wentworthgallery.com. Visit wentworth-art.com to learn more.

Senior Day at the MJCCA Book Festival Monday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Active seniors are invited to take part in three activities, ranging from cooking to candle-making. The keynote program is the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival presentation featuring Pamela and Henry Gallant. Lunch is provided. Transportation is available upon request. Open to Continued on page 22

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the community and MJCCA members. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event. MJCCA Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Go to atlantajcc.org for more info, or contact Earl Finley at 678-812-4070, earl.finley@atlantajcc.org.

The Gift of the Magi Runs Nov. 16 to Dec. 3. Set in 1950s Atlanta, the play is based on O. Henry’s short story. Adapted and directed by Emil Thomas. Tickets are $10 to $30. Theatre on the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta 30064. Visit theatreinthesquare.net for tickets and details.

John Prine Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. John Prine, Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, appears with special guest Kacey Musgraves, winner of "New Artist of the Year" at the 2013 CMA Awards. Tickets run $63 to $103. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. Get tickets and more info at FoxTheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499.

A Christmas Story Runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 17. A holiday classic, based on the Jean Shepherd film, about a boy and his desire for the ultimate Christmas gift—a genuine Red Ryder rifle. Tickets run $10 to $23. OnStage Atlanta, Company, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. For show times, info and tickets, click on onstageatlanta.com.

Sanders Family Christmas Runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 10. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse presents this sequel to the successful bluegrass gospel musical “Smoke on the Mountain.” On Christmas Eve, 1941, the Sanders Family Singers are preparing to send one of their own off to war. The show is filled with hilarious and touching stories, as well as 25 favorite Southern Gospel Christmas songs. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming 30040. Call 770-781-9178 or visit playhousecumming.com for details and tickets.

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Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Songwriter Radney Foster has written for some of the biggest names in Nashville and Texas. He’s releasing a CD and book, both titled “For You to See the Stars.” Tickets range $20-25. Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12-2 p.m. Start your holiday season with a festive and fun-filled afternoon with live music from About Time 4Jazz. You’ll also enjoy a delicious meal of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings from Ambrose Culinary Caterers. This is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center.

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Care. Free. Registration required. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth 30101. For details, call 770-975-7740 or visit cobbcounty.org.

Friends of the Roswell Library Book Sale

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Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 16-19. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 2-5:30 p.m. No scanners on Thursday, please. A large quantity of good quality hard cover and paperback fiction and non-fiction books are offered, organized by category. DVDs, CDs and children's books also available, as well as an excellent selection of art and coffee table books. Cash or checks accepted. All proceeds go directly to the Roswell Library for materials and community programs. Roswell Public Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell 30075. To find out more, call 770-640-3075 or email roswellgafriends@gmail.com.

15th Annual Gobble Jog Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23, races start as early as 7:30 a.m. MUST Ministries’ largest fundraiser includes timed and untimed 5Ks and 10Ks, as well as a Tot Trot. Marietta Square, 39-75 E. Park Sq., Marietta 30060. See a map and get sign-up info at gobblejog.org.

23rd Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Eight beautiful properties will be featured in this annual walking tour of one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods. Favorite local restaurants will provide tastings in John Howell Park and at each of the tour homes. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 until the weekend of the tour, when they bump up to $30. Get tickets and details at vahitourofhomes.org.

The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Several types of tours are available. The Day Tour features six homes and a number of historic public buildings; tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. The Candlelight Tour, 7-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, showcases three of the six homes, with tickets at $20 in advance, $20 on tour day. A combination ticket is also available for $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour. Find out more at mariettapilgrimage.com.

37th Annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

Learn Something Veterans Round Table Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m., and the second Wednesday of every month. Meet with experts on veterans’ resources. Get help filing VA claims as well as information on medical care, housing and job resources. Gwinnett County Public Library, Buford Branch, 2100 Buford Hwy., Buford 30518. For more information, email cwalker@ging.org.

Veterans’ Hidden Benefits

Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10, 6-10 p.m. Grant Park is home to one of Atlanta’s best and most eclectic holiday home tours. In addition to the tour, there’s also an Artists’ Market, 4-9 p.m. on Saturday and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street, Atlanta 30312. Tour tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on tour weekend. Click on CandelightTourofHomes.com for tickets and more information.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-2 p.m. Do you know what veterans' benefits you may be eligible for? During this informative session, you’ll be educated on the hidden secrets of veteran benefits by Anissa Pellhum with Nelson Elder

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