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Tennis anyone? Get out and support our teams
The past several weekends have seen Athens hopping and there is only more to come before school (K-12) is out for the summer and families head to the coast. This spring offered up a jampacked G-Day football weekend, Twilight Criterium, the Stadion Classic at UGA and the fun-filled UGA graduation weekend. We cover some of the happenings during the Stadion Classic at UGA on page 11. Congratulations to one of our own Bulldogs, Hudson Swafford for his exciting win. The hometown crowd erupted with Swafford’s birdie out of the bunker on the 72nd hole. My husband Vance was right there in the celebration to see the joy of Coach Haack, Asst. Coach Douglas and Swafford’s family. Hats off to a great job by everyone involved with hosting the Nationwide Tour event in Athens. It was a blast and top notch. Vance and I have loved attending golf tournaments since our first one, The Players Championship, which we attended while in high school. Luckily our parents thought the TPC was worthy of a skip-
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school day! How fun to cheer on more Bulldogs at this year’s The Players. We watched every thrilling minute of the tournament thanks to tevo. We were proud of the tremendous play of Bulldogs’ Harris English and Brian Harman. One of our St. Simons Island’ neighbors won it. I know, I know, how can I mention that Techie Matt Kuchar in a Bulldog publication but seriously I guess sometimes nice guys go to Georgia Tech. Sunday, while we were working on this issue, Vance got nervous because the Georgia men’s tennis team lost the doubles point so he quickly headed over to the tennis matches and joined up with Jeff Dantzler and Allen Miller to root the Dawgs to a win. Thankfully the team rallied winning four straight singles matches to secure their spot in the upcoming NCAA Championships. The main focus of this issue is on the upcoming tourney that will be hosted here in Athens at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Don’t miss this family friendly event and the chance to see some of the best collegiate student-athletes
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in the country. It is electric. Living in nearby Five Points, you can hear the cheers from my yard. Folks truly tailgate. You can follow the smell of hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque smoke that leads to some of Athens best grillmasters hanging out in the parking lot behind the courts. It is a blast so get over there and cheer on the Dawgs. PS. Happy 70th Birthday to my friend Andrew Downs! Our new intern Katherine Parke enjoyed the chance to meet this fascinating fellow and shares a spotlight on him on page 8. Men’s cover photo (by georgiadogs.com): Front Row (L-R): Sadio Doumbia, Campbell Johnson, Casey Kay, Will Oliver, KU Singh Back Row (L-R): Hernus Pieters, Garrett Brasseaux, Eric Diaz, Wil Spencer, Nathan Pasha, Will Reynolds, Ignacio Taboada Women’s cover photo (georgiadogs.com): (L-R): Maho Kowase, Lauren Herring, Kate Fuller, Alina Jerjomina, Chelsey Gullickson, Rachael Hart, Nadja Gilchrist, Lilly Kimbell, Kelli Jordan
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Bulldawg Illustrated Athens
The camaraderie of Georgia tennis is unparalleled
For the 30th time, the NCAA Tennis Championships are back home in Athens at the Dan Magill Complex. Georgia has the goods to make a run on both the men’s and women’s side, and carve out some more memories and history in this grand event. Following are some of the greatest moments in Georgia tennis history at the NCAAs in Athens, many of which I’ve been oh so fortunate to witness first hand. 1983 – Allen Miller and Ola Malmqvist teamed to capture the NCAA Doubles crown, defeating Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, who would go on to win a slew of Grand Slam and Davis Cup victories and end their careers as one of the most accomplished tandems in the history of the sport. Miller would go on to be Georgia’s first ever four time All-American in any sport, and Malqvist still serves as a director for the United States Tennis Association. 1984 – Georgia’s greatest player ever, the incomparable Michael Pernfors defeated Lawson Duncan of Clemson to win the NCAA Singles Championship. It marked the second straight year that the Bulldogs captured an individual crown. The team had come so close. When Pernfors announced he would return, the stage was set the following year for the Bulldogs to break through. 1985 – After years of knocking on the door, Georgia rolled through the regular season, losing just once, and then dusted the competition to win it all, downing UCLA in the final. Led by the greatest senior class in college tennis history – Pernfors, George Bezecny, Miller and Dean Frye, as well as underclass standouts Philip Johnson and Trey Carter – Georgia delivered the precious title for Magill, the greatest Bulldog ever and winningest coach in tennis history, and his ace assistant Manny Diaz in the year of the University’s bicentennial. In the singles final, it was Bulldog vs. Bulldog with Pernfors topping his roommate to win the national championship for a second straight year and cap an incredible year in which he went 72-3. Pernfors and Miller wound up the year ranked No. 1 in doubles. 1987 – For the second time in three seasons, the Bulldogs won it all. Led by Johnson and Stephen Enochs, Georgia again beat UCLA
in the final to further establish the Bulldogs as one of America’s premier programs. 1993 – In one of the most thrilling and tense matches in school history, Georgia rallied from a 4-2 deficit, sweeping the doubles to beat UCLA 5-4 in the semi’s and advance to the final. Rain forced the match inside, with “The Richmond Rifle” Wade McGuire and Bobby Mariencheck clinching the match for the Bulldogs at No. 1 doubles at 2:30 a.m. in front of a raucous crowd that was fully lubricated at five points watering holes “Steverino’s” and “Son’s of Italy” during the multiple, lengthy rain delays. “Rifle had like 25 aces that night, and it was so loud, coach Diaz had to signal in our strategy, because we couldn’t hear him,” reflected Mariencheck. Georgia would come up just short in a heart-breaking loss to Southern Cal on very short rest the next day. McGuire, who had one of the great tournaments in Bulldog annals, made it to the singles final for a second straight year. 1994 – For the first time ever, the NCAA Women’s Championship made its way to Athens. Jeff Wallace led Georgia to the title, downing Stanford 5-4 in a thrilling final. All-American Angela Lettiere then went on to win the singles championship. 1999 – In sports, the best team doesn’t always win the title in a given year. And your best team might not be the one that wins it all in a certain year. But sometimes the mojo is on your side. In what was Georgia’s least talented team since at least 1983, and after having come so close so many times under the direction of Diaz, America’s premier coach, who had guided Georgia to five finals previously, the Bulldogs somehow, someway broke through and won it all. UCLA was again the victim, as the Bulldogs rallied from five and a half feet under – the Bulldogs faced a match point vs. Washington in the round of 32 and were down 3-1 to the Bruins in the final – to do the improbable. It also marked the start of a dominant run by the Bulldogs. From 1999 through 2008, Georgia would win four national championships and make it to two other finals. 2001 – It was unforgettable couple of weeks in Athens. One of Georgia’s greatest ever teams would blast through the tournament, defeating SEC rival Tennessee to win the school’s fourth national
championship. Matias Boeker went on to win the national championship in singles, and teamed with Travis Parrot to win the doubles title – completing the rare Triple Crown. At adjacent Foley Field, Jeff Keppinger went on a tear, leading the Bulldogs to the College World Series. In a Regional victory over Georgia Southern, Keppinger hit for the cycle. The next day, Keppinger went five-for-five with three homers, including baseball’s “Belue to Scott,” a two-out, two run ninth inning homer that delivered a one-run win over Coastal Carolina. Boeker and Keppinger’s accomplishments in leading Georgia to such great glory in such close proximity is a feat that any school would be hard pressed to match. 2007 – Another of Georgia’s greatest teams ever, led by another of Georgia’s greatest players ever, “Big” John Isner capped an undefeated campaign with a 4-0 victory over Illinois to capture the national championship. Only one team managed to get to two points on the season. 1985, 2001, and 2007, of all of the Bulldogs phenomenal teams, go down as the three best ever at Georgia. Isner would go on to advance to the finals and won more matches than any player in Bulldog history. Two of Georgia’s greatest ever players, Miller and Al Parker were inducted into the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. 2010 – Georgia’s men pulled off an incredible comeback victory over Florida, then topped Oklahoma, coached by mid-1990s standout John Roddick, to make it to the semifinals. It was the 25th year anniversary of that incredible 1985 team, and having the group together was a joyous occasion. On the women’s side, Chelsea Gullickson won the singles championship as a sophomore. With Magill and Diaz the lone two coaches for the men’s program since 1953, and Wallace now in his fourth different decade at the women’s helm, the camaraderie of Georgia tennis is unparalleled. And the NCAA’s bring so many great people, who carved out so many magic moments, back to Athens. It is a grand event, and no place does it like Athens – especially when the Dawgs are sniffin’ a title.
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World class tennis
When it comes down to the best 16 teams in the country in both the men’s and women’s college tennis, these players are top-notch. They come from all parts of the world to be a part of the US college tennis circuit. And when they start battling against each other on the court, the sparks will fly.
If you haven’t ever been to a tennis match in Athens, you don’t know what you’re missing. It might surprise you but matches can get pretty wild in a real short period of time. Fans, players and coaches all get into the matches and the result is a great atmosphere with a palpable amount of intensity. Now, multiply that by ten and you have the atmosphere when all these teams are competing for a national title.
Cheer on the Dawgs!!!
It’s a great fortune that both the Georgia men’s and women’s teams have advanced to the round of 16 and will be competing for the NCAA title over the next several weeks. Without question, the men and women teams will have a massive home court advantage.
National Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame
If you want to jump into a time capsule and learn a little bit about the history of college tennis, head into the College Tennis Hall of Fame right next to the courts and soak it in. It’s a great resource which includes over 1,800 rare photos as well as racquets used by past champions and other memorabilia.
One thing that you can just about guarantee about this tournament is that Dan Magill will be there showing his support. The 91 year-old hall of famer and legend in the college tennis ranks still makes it over to the tennis center as often as he can. He’s a great ambassador for the game and is sure to be there greeting fans as they come through the gates.
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Every Georgia fan is used to the football rivalries with the likes of Florida and Auburn. But with tennis, different rivalries have risen and provide a bit of a change-up for fans. For example, Georgia and Kentucky absolutely hate each other on the tennis court. With both teams on the same side of the bracket, a showdown may be in the works.
Last chance to see the tandem of Gilchrist and Gullickson
The women’s doubles duo of Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson has been one of the best in the country over the past two years and it will be the last time these two will be playing together. How great would it be to send them out with a good run in the doubles tournament?
Say goodbye to Wil and Sadio
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On the men’s side, this will be the last chance for fans to see seniors Wil Spencer and Sadio Doumbia. Both have been nothing but great since landing in Athens and deserve a great send off.
See one of the greats in action
Men’s coach Manny Diaz is undoubtedly the most successful college tennis coach in history. You won’t find a better opportunity to see this man in his element than while coaching in the NCAAs. He’s one of the best and you don’t want to miss this chance to see him at his finest.
Watch the Dawgs compete for a national title
How many of you can say you have seen a UGA sports team win a National Championship in person? I imagine it’s not very many of you. It’s not an opportunity that comes very often and now it comes twice with both the men’s and women’s teams. You’ll never forget being at a national title match, especially if the team winning is wearing the red and black.
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Bulldawg Illustrated Athens
Talking with Georgia women’s tennis player, Nadja Gilchist By Katherine Parke Nadja Gilchrist is a senior on the Women’s Tennis team at the University of Georgia. She is originally from Webster, NY and is currently helping the tennis conquer the NCAA Tournament. Nadja spoke with me about hosting the tournament and the team.
know each other very well and have friends all over the country. At the banquet we do not feel like we all have to stick with our teams. It’s a chance to mingle and catch up with friends. How did you get started playing tennis? When I was in elementary school there were a lot of after school programs and tennis was one of them. The coaches noticed that I liked to hit the ball really hard and said I needed to continue to play tennis. My parents took me to the park to play and from that time my love for tennis grew. I went to my first tennis academy at age 12 and it became my life. Tennis is my sport!
I heard that the team just won, congratulations! How does that feel? We did! We just beat Clemson in the second round on Saturday. We made it to the top 16 teams! That awesome! When and who do you play next? Our next match is May 17th and we are playing against Texas at 4 p.m.. We start practice on Monday preparing! How does it feel to be the hosting team of the NCAA Tournament? It feels really good since it’s my last year on the tennis team. Especially for Chelsey and me. Not having to travel all over the place and spending this time in Athens is very special. All of our fans came and having all the fans here has been great. Did a lot of the fans come support you on Saturday? We had a ton of fans. It was a big match against Clemson. The fans made a huge difference. They got us pumped up to get the win and to get into the tournament. I love that the fans came out to support you and your team. Only the top sixteen teams are entered into the tournament.
You said earlier that this was your last season. What’s next for you? I am planning on graduating in December of this year. I would love to go pro in tennis. I am going to try and feel out the pro circuit. If I am successful it will be great! If not I am photo by georgiadogs.com ensuring plan B! I am finishing school to make sure I have a degree. My major is Childhood and Family Development. I We beat Clemson to get here. All the teams come to Athens love kids! this week. Congratulations on your season and good luck on your What are some of the things that go on behind the next match! Do you have any last thoughts? scenes of the tournament? I want everyone to know that we worked really hard for this. There is a banquet on Wednesday night with all the teams This is the year that we can do a lot in the NCAA tournabefore the tournament starts. It’s great! We get all dressed up ment. We have a lot of faith in each other. This is the year! and there is free food. It’s fun because in the tennis world we Especially since it’s Chelsey’s and I last year. We want it!
Men’s tennis Nathan Pasha has been stellar as a freshman By Travis Ragsdale You won’t often hear college coaches call freshman players “phenomenal” but that’s the exact word that men’s tennis coach Manny Diaz uses to describe Nathan Pasha. Pasha has dominated in his freshman season earning SEC freshman of the week honors four times. Now, Pasha sets his eyes on the NCAA tournament. We took time to sit down with him to talk about the successes of his freshman campaign and what’s to come in his career.
well at in the spring just because the coaches and leaders have done a good job in guiding me. Can you continue the success that you’ve had at the bottom of the lineup, at the top of the lineup? Hopefully. That’s what I come out and work every day for. Ideally when I’m working, I’m working to win as much as a I can wherever they put me whether down at the bottom or up at the top.
What’s the transition to college tennis been like? It’s been hard. The biggest thing has been managing my emotions; not getting too excited with actually having a crowd watching me every time I play. Also dealing with the pressures of having other people depend on you. Does the rowdy atmosphere of college tennis bother you? It definitely can. It all depends on what people like. The guys from Kentucky, for example, like that rowdy atmosphere against them and that helped them unfortunately when they were here. I don’t mind it. I can feed off of it. It can kind of depend on the pressure of the match as well. Has it been difficult to balance academics and tennis? It’s hard. It really is. I’ve gotten so much better with time management here because of it. Tennis and school have really helped me to develop as a person just participating in both just about every single day. What’s it like having seniors like Wil Spencer and Sadio Doumbia on the team? It’s helped me a lot. Whenever I need to figure out a problem I go to them first. Just to ask them how they dealt with it. So it’s good to have those kinds of people with experience to look up to. 6
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How do you prepare yourself mentally for the NCAA tournament? I think I just have to perceive it the right way. I need to realize that everyone is out to support us. Or at least most people with it being here this year. When I take it like that, I get a lot more confidence and feel a lot better knowing that most of fans will be here to support us. Perceiving like ‘there are a ton of people here’, that’s scary. I don’t want to perceive it that way. photo by georgiadogs.com
Doubles vs. Singles...which do you prefer? You have to have such a different mindset for each. I love them both. If I can, I’d like to continue to play both. They’re so different in mindsets and game styles. When ayou’re playing doubles, it’s like sprint. You’re sprinting to 8, first one to 8. You’re in that intense, fast-paced kind of mindset. Whereas singles is more drawn out, more of a marathon and it takes a bit longer. What’s been the key to success this year? The key has been the coaches and the leaders on the team helping me to overcome pressure. That was the biggest thing in the fall for me. I wouldn’t do that well in closing out matches in pressure situations but I’ve done
What are the goals for the tournament? The ultimate goal is to obviously win the tournament. The whole team knows that we can win this tournament. But the mindset that we have to have is taking it one match at a time. There’s a ton of good teams that can beat anyone on any given day, including us. So that’s why we’ve got to take it one match at a time and fight. Two, three years down the road, how do you see yourself as a player? I hopefully see myself as number one, a leader on the team. And two, be playing at the top of the lineup just doing a good job of leading and guiding the others just like the leaders have done this year for me. So we can keep the team on the same successful path that everyone is already on.
2012 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Tennis Championships Brackets First & Second Rounds May 11-12 or 12-13
Quarterfinals May 20
Round of 16 May 18
Semifinals May 21
Semifinals May 21
National Championship May 22
Quarterfinals May 20
First & Second Rounds May 11-12 or 12-13
Round of 16 May 18
* Virginia (23-1)
1 * Southern California (27-1) Southern California 4-0 Southern California 4-0
49-64 Fairfield (16-4)
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17-32 Texas A&M (13-14) Texas A&M 4-0
Fairleigh Dickinson (15-8) 49-64
Texas Tech (15-8)
Cal Poly (15-7)
Texas Tech 4-1
33-48 Drake (24-2) 49-64 Western Mich. (17-11)
VCU (22-4) VCU 4-0
33-48 South Carolina (15-11) 17-32 Auburn (17-9)
* California (12-11) Noon
* Stanford (17-8) Mississippi St. 4-0
Sacramento St. (11-12)
17-32 Baylor (17-11) Baylor 4-2
Santa Clara (21-5)
Santa Clara 4-1
33-48 Memphis (19-5) 9 a.m.
33-48 Northwestern (14-9) Duke 4-1
Kentucky 4-0 * Kentucky (26-5)
8 * Duke (22-4) 5 p.m. 5 * Ohio St. (29-2)
5 p.m. * Pepperdine (23-6)
Ohio St. 4-0 49-64 East Tenn. St. (14-8)
Stanford 4-0 Baylor 4-3
49-64 George Washington (17-7)
9 * Mississippi St. (19-6)
17-32 LSU (14-10)
16 * Illinois (14-7)
49-64 Alcorn St. (10-8)
Georgia is lucky enough to have received a pretty good draw with the tournament bracket this year. On their side, the biggest hurdle to overcome is Kentucky or Virginia. Those two look to be on a crash course for a showdown in the quarterfinals which is going to be a heck of a match if it comes to be. Both teams thrive on a wild and crazy atmosphere and the Dan Magill Tennis Complex will provide just that over the next couple of weeks. Mitchell Frank and Jarmere Jenkins provide a nasty punch at the top of the lineup for Virginia. But UGA fans know how good Kentucky can be given a rowdy atmosphere to feed off of. On the other side of the bracket, the USC Trojans loom and have clear path to the finals. Although, Ohio State may prove to be a bit of a speed bump for the Trojans should their paths cross in the semi-finals. The Buckeyes have an advantage of already playing in Athens once this year.
Pepperdine 4-0 5 p.m.
Ohio St. 4-0
17-32 Notre Dame (20-8) Notre Dame 4-3
Green Bay (19-6)
Washington 4-1 North Carolina St. (20-9) 33-48
33-48 Vanderbilt (8-15) 17-32 Harvard (22-2)
Harvard 4-2 49-64 Navy (18-8)
* Oklahoma (18-3)
* North Carolina (13-7)
Ole Miss 4-0
North Carolina 4-0 Ole Miss 4-2
Col. of Charleston (18-4) 49-64
North Carolina 4-0
17-32 Michigan (16-6) Michigan 4-0
UNC Wilmington (17-6)
33-48 Middle Tenn. (19-7) Noon
San Diego 4-0
Florida St. (18-9)
Boise St. (26-6)
Florida St. 4-3
33-48 Fresno St. (20-4) 49-64 Eastern Ky. (19-9)
13 * Ole Miss (13-8)
17-32 San Diego (17-9)
Minnesota (13-6) UMKC (10-15)
Florida 4-0 12 * Florida (14-9)
49-64 Binghamton (15-11)
Tulsa (18-8) Tulsa 4-2
33-48 Virginia Tech (11-11)
South Carolina St. (17-2) 49-64
Georgia 4-0 * Georgia (23-2)
4 * UCLA (22-3)
- Travis Ragsdale
2012 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Tennis Championships Brackets First & Second Rounds May 11-12
The Georgia women have a tough road to haul in order to win a National Championship this year. After receiving a disappointing six seed for the tournament, the Dawgs start off in a bit of a hole. If the ladies can get past Texas in the round of 16, then they are likely headed to a buzzsaw in Duke in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have rattled off 16 wins in a row but they haven’t had a really close match in several weeks. That may be the one advantage that the Dawgs have over Duke. But don’t count out the Lady Dawgs who have a ton of experience in the NCAA tournament. On the other side, UCLA is the likely favorite but keep an eye on Stanford. The Cardinal has lost only one match all year long and have consistently beaten teams in the top ten all year long.
Quarterfinals May 19
Semifinals May 21
1 * UCLA (21-2)
National Championship May 22
Semifinals May 21
Quarterfinals May 19
17-32 Arkansas (12-13) Long Beach St. 4-0
Round of 16 May 17
First & Second Rounds May 11-12
* Duke (24-2)
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UCLA 4-0 49-64 Eastern Ky. (18-6)
17-32 Illinois (17-6)
Noon California 4-0
* Virginia (18-7)
* Texas (17-7)
Texas 4-0 California 4-0
Wichita St. (21-5)
Pepperdine 4-0 9 a.m.
Georgia Tech 4-1
North Texas (18-6)
Arizona St. (11-9)
33-48 Oklahoma St. (11-9) Georgia Tech 4-3
Col. of Charleston (25-5) 49-64
Georgia 4-0 * Georgia (21-4)
8 * Alabama (17-4)
5 * Southern California (20-3)
* North Carolina (22-5)
Southern California 4-0 Southern California 4-1
17-32 Vanderbilt (16-7) Vanderbilt 4-1 Noon
Baylor 4-0 Noon
Texas Tech (19-5)
North Florida (16-4)
* Miami (FL) (17-4)
* Michigan (17-6)
13 * Northwestern (16-7) Northwestern 4-0
Michigan 4-0 Northwestern 4-2
17-32 Notre Dame (20-7) Notre Dame 4-0
Texas A&M (18-5)
Texas A&M 4-1
33-48 Hawaii (15-6) Noon
Washington St. (18-5)
Florida St. (13-10)
Washington St. 4-3
33-48 St. Mary's (CA) (14-7) Stanford 4-0 Stanford 4-0
Arizona (15-8) Minnesota (15-7)
12 * Baylor (23-7)
17-32 Yale (19-3)
33-48 Stephen F. Austin (23-4)
49-64 Akron (24-3)
Richmond (14-4) Arizona 4-1
Tulsa 4-0 49-64 Oral Roberts (13-5)
North Carolina 4-0 North Carolina 4-2
33-48 San Diego (13-9) 17-32 Tulsa (19-3)
Nebraska (23-3) Nebraska 4-0
33-48 Pepperdine (15-8)
4 * Stanford (17-1)
17-32 Purdue (14-6)
49-64 Fairfield (14-6)
9 * California (17-6)
49-64 Army (22-6)
South Carolina (15-8)
Fairleigh Dickinson (16-7) 49-64
Ole Miss 4-0 16 * Ole Miss (17-8)
17-32 Georgia Tech (14-11)
33-48 Rice (14-7)
49-64 Sacramento St. (15-9)
Winthrop (15-10) South Carolina 4-1
Rice 4-3 49-64 Southern U. (10-10)
Duke 4-0 Duke 4-0
33-48 Long Beach St. (18-5)
49-64 Stony Brook (11-7)
- Travis Ragsdale
Round of 16 May 17
South Carolina St. (16-0) 49-64 Florida 4-0 * Florida (21-1)
Happy 70th Birthday Andrew Downs Our very own Andrew Downs is turning 70 this week and we want to reflect on his incredible life. When I asked him about the big day he replied, “I’ve done this sixty-nine times before.” His sense of humor is one of his many great qualities. Working for what you want out of life is another great aspect of Andrew Downs that is hard to miss. He shared with me that his father said, “You can have anything you want in the world but you will have to work for it.” Keeping true to this philosophy, he has kept busy since the age of twelve when he started work at a grocery store to work for the things he wanted. When he realized that working allowed him his independence, college was not something he really wanted to do. But to honor his parents, Andrew came down from Virginia Beach to attend the University of Georgia. He explained to me that he wanted to attend art school but his parent’s did not approve. Then he wanted to go into journalism, but that too was not up to par. “I finally said, Dad, what do you want me to do? I am still unsure how we came to major in Psychology.” It took him six and a half years to get out of Athens. “I would get bored and find another adventure.” From working odd jobs to a trip to Rome, he made the most of his college years. Andrew then traveled to New York to study pattern making but was soon hired to run a little flower shop called Parish Woodworth. This shop was starting to capture a lot of attention from major players in the public eye. Within six months, he bought the Parish Woodworth with his florist partner, John Cianciolo. The shop took off with success and gossip columnist Suzy said, “The client list of Parrish Woodworth reads list a Who’s Who in new York Society.” The shop soon grew out of its Madison Avenue location and they moved to a brownstone at 41 E. 65th St. This was a two story building with the first floor holding the
By Katherine Parke
florist and the second floor became a gifts and home furnishing boutique. He said, “I just started making things. I did not know what I was doing!” I have a feeling that he had some inclination or maybe it was pure natural talent, however his creations attracted the attention of many. In fact, Roger Horchow’s assistant insisted that he meet Andrew due to all the publicity. From there Andrew Downs entered the mail order catalogue industry with one dress and Horchow, the first luxury mail-order catalog. Soon, his creations were featured in all of the top catalogues including Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and Sax Fifth Avenue. This success required Andrew to buy a factory to keep up with the demand. Then, a little magazine called Victoria Secret came out and he jumped on board. He worked with Victoria Secret right up until his world was turned upside down. Like a true Georgia Bulldog, Andrew traveled down for a football game. He explained, “I turned around and saw the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.” It was truly love at first sight when he met Lane. After two years of dating back and forth, he made a huge decision. He sold the factory and moved to Winder, GA to marry the love of his life. Struggling to find work and to stay busy as he had for his whole life, Andrew started a curtain business out of his garage and sold them in Atlanta. Later, he opened a booth in the Athens Interior Market when he was approached to rent the space on Prince Avenue. Three days after that opportunity was presented to him, Andrew opened Andrew Downs & Company. The shop is absolutely beautiful and worth walking in. Andrew’s belief about design is, “have a budget, keep to the budget, trust the person who you are working with, go to their house to see how they live. The most expensive thing about decorating is mistakes.”
The success of Andrew Downs can also be seen in his family. Along with his beautiful wife, he has two stepchildren who have provided them with wonderful grandchildren. Andrew said, “I used to think I was pretty well-off but I’ll have to work the rest of my life to keep up with these grandchildren.” It is clear that he adores his family and loves spoiling them. For his birthday, he is keeping to a quiet celebration. He is headed off to St. Simons with his wife and his brother-inlaw and his brother-in-law’s wife for the week. They go at least four times a year to get away from the everyday and to spend time with each other. To this day, Andrew Downs has lived his life to the absolute fullest and he will continue to do so. “All the blessings in my life, I have not asked for any of them. With all the things that happen everyday, I don’t think I’ll ever stop.” He is by far one of the most interesting men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He believes in the creativity in all people and is encouraging that in his grandchildren. Andrew Downs is very inspiring. Please go by his store to wish him a happy birthday and pick his brain about anything. Your life will be better for it. Happy birthday Andrew Downs! We cannot wait to see what else you have to bring into this world.
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By Daniel Peiken The 34th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival was the place to be this weekend. Hot in the sun, cool in the shade, tons of great music and lots of interesting talkers. My weekend started with most members of Dangfly, then Elite tha Showstoppa, Lowdive, Kite to the Moon, Betsy Franck & the Bare Knuckle Band and Big C & the Velvet Delta rounded it out for me. All of these bands are very uplifting no matter what stage they are playing but playing the historic Human Rights Festival stage is something special. Neighbors, friends and llamas hanging out in the streets of downtown Athens. Check out www.AthensRockShow.com to watch more than 1700 of my videos and pictures of Athens bands. Here is where Iâ€™d go if I could go out every night and see every band that I wanted to see in Athens. 5/16 Adam Klein & AJ Adams / Brett Vaughn (Hendershots) 5/16 M. Ward / Lee Renaldo Band (Georgia Theatre) 5/16 The Heap / Monophonics (Melting Point) 5/16 Sweet Knievel (Nowhere Bar) 5/18 Burning Angels / Special Guests (Flicker) 5/18 Heartless Bastards / These United States (the 40 Watt Club) 5/18 B-53's, Pilgrim, Moths, Timmy Tumble & the Tumblers, Outer Spaces, Tom(b) Television, Weird Like Us (Broad River Watershed Party) 5/18 Land Mine / Tijuana Hercules (Little Kings) 5/19 Matt Hudgins & His Shit Hot Country Band / Los Meesfits / Cielo K-Lentano (Caledonia Lounge) 5/22 Lucero / Dead Confederate (Georgia Theatre) 5/22 Kite To The Moon Get Up and Get Down Late Night (Georgia Theatre) 5/23 Adam Klein w Sunny Ortiz & Jim Wilson (Hendershots) 5/24 Dodd Ferrelle / Efren / Still Small Voice and the Joyful Noise / Vespolina (Georgia Theatre) 5/24 Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) & the Downtown Rumblers (Melting Point) 5/25 Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) & the Downtown Rumblers (Melting Point) 5/26 the Highballs (Melting Point) 5/30 Lefty Hathaway CD Release Party / Mama's Love Acoustic (Melting Point) 5/30 Adam Klein / Bronson Tew (Hendershots) 6/9 the Arcs / Jay Gonzales / Jack Logan (the 40 Watt Club) 6/9 Radiolucent / the Whiskey Gentry / the Pretty Please (Georgia Theatre) 6/10 Dawes / Sara Watkins (Melting Point) 6/14 Todd Snider / Lera Lynn (Melting Point) 6/14 The Humms (Georgia Theatre) 6/21 the Flagpole Music Awards (Morton Theatre) 6/22 The Shut Ups / The Producers (Melting Point) AthFest 2012 Come to Athens for the Bulldawgs and stay for the Rockâ€™Nâ€™Roll. Chances are the person serving you sweet tea at lunch will be performing on a stage that night.
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