letter from the editor
Southern Charm & Big Business The film & television industries bring billions to Georgia
ere in the South, we brand everything with that certain Southern charm and finesse that is uniquely ours! It’s seductive and powerful and has gained the attention of one of the most glamorous and profitable industries in
the country. Personally, I have always been very proud of the immense success of Ted Turner’s creation of CNN, and specifically the fact that this international news network was headquartered here in Atlanta! Each time our city and state have achieved a nationwide “best,” such as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the biggest airport in the country, or a Georgia governor being elected president of the United States, I have enjoyed our Southern success. Having grown up in Atlanta, a small, sleepy Southern city, I never imagined the growth or international significance our fair little town would achieve. Before CNN, the Georgia Film Commission was formed, attracting major Hollywood stars to Georgia, beginning with the “Smokey and the Bandit” films. This was exciting news back in the late 1970s, but I never guessed that this was the beginning of a trend to film in Georgia, which would literally over the next few decades bring hundreds of billions of dollars into our state’s economy! We’re not a sleepy little Southern town any more! Grady Health Foundation proudly presents the third annual White Coat Grady Gala on March 16 at the Georgia Aquarium. Come out and show your support for this evening of celebration that honors some of Atlanta’s outstanding physicians and philanthropists. The legendary Tony Conway has transformed a 200-yearold antebellum home into a world-class events facility called The Estate. Sitting pretty in the heart of Buckhead, the mansion and grounds capture the grandeur of the Old South
and is a source of pride to the city! This is a stellar venue for social events, weddings and moments in between. The charm and melodic history of another iconic Southern city is featured as we visit Nashville, Tennessee. Known as the birthplace of country music, it is now a vacation-worthy venue, rich with entertaining history. On the subject of dogs, we cover the gamut – from training them with the guru of puppies, Uncle Mikey, to saying goodbye when we lose them. Dr. Karin Smithson offers comfort, compassion and wisdom on the loss of a furry loved one. Topping off this edition are Monica Pearson’s thoughts on spring fever, fabulous fashions and the most delectable dining guide in the South. So join us and enjoy the spring 2013 issue.
Wishing you a beautiful spring,
Eileen Gordon Publisher & Editor 14
Published on Mar 8, 2013