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Book Review: Explosion at Orly: The Disaster That Transformed Atlanta by Ann Uhry Abrams

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Fifty years ago on June 3, 1962, an Air France chartered jet crashed on Orly air field and 130 individuals died. Out of these 106 lived in Atlanta, Georgia and had left for Europe on a quest to vacation and also bring back a sparkle of the arts.

Most of those that died were prominent members of the Atlanta community and members of the Atlanta Arts Association. Their mission was to establish a cultural community in this burgeoning southern city. No doubt that their death was a blow to the arts.

What Ann Uhry Abrams has masterfully done in her book Explosion at Orly: The Disaster That Transformed Atlanta is to humanize this tragedy.  Growing up in Atlanta I was aware of Orly but not until I read this book did I learn of the people become the marker at the High Museum.

Stories like Raiford Ragsdale who as a woman wielded political and social influence in Atlanta.

How the mayor at the time Ivan Allen, Jr. took the initiative to travel to the crash site and personally looked at all the bodies.  How he helped rally a community that was in shock.

This is a very sad chapter in Atlanta’s history but like the iconic figure of the Phoenix, from the ashes rose a prominent center now called the Woodruff Arts Center that houses the arts.  Under one roof is the symphony, a theatre, and museum.

At a memorial dinner that marked the 50th anniversary occasion the theme that night was clearly that we will never forget. Fortunately this book Explosion at Orly: The Disaster That Transformed Atlanta is a resource to celebrate the lives lost for the beauty we enjoy today.

Explosion at Orly: The Disaster That Transformed Atlanta is a must read for all Atlantans and those who want to learn the story behind the story.

Historian Ann Uhry Abrams has accomplished a valuable service in this book for the city of Atlanta.

Book Details:

Explosion at Orly: The Disaster That Transformed Atlanta

By Ann Uhry Abrams

2002 Avion Press 238 pp

ISBN: 0-9724943-0-8

 

 

To follow this author visit: http://annabrams.com/

 

Dr. Wilson Trivino is a speaker and write for ABC Vision. He may be reached at T4Vista@gmail.com

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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