35 things you'll remember if you actually grew up in Atlanta


In a city of transplants, a born-and-raised Atlantan is a rare find. It's hard to believe, but Atlanta was a hub of activity long before the 1996 Olympics. 

1. You were born in Georgia Baptist Medical Center, not Atlanta Medical Center

2. Cy Timmons playing at Cafe Erewhon on 5th Street

3. Watching Officer Don & Orville and “Armchair Playhouse” on WSB-TV

4. When the Braves won the 1995 World Series against the Cleveland Indians

5. Before SnowJam 2014, there was SnowJam '82 and the Great Ice Storm of 1973

6. When Lenox Square was the only mall around

7. Celebrating your birthday at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Northlake Mall

8. Getting milkshakes at Miss Georgia, the ice cream parlor and home of the "spinning wheel"

9. Watching the Atlanta Crackers play at Ponce de Leon Park

10. Watching Woody Willow on TV

11. Sears on Ponce

12. When Richway was the original Target

13. City Auditorium in downtown Atlanta

14. Getting goodie bags from Henri's bakery in Buckhead

15. Hearing the song “Pop Goes The Weasel” meant that French's Ice Cream was right around the corner

16. Eating at Ray's Rio Bravo (but hey: it’s open again!)

17. Witnessing history when Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run

18. Freaking out while watching The Beatles perform in Atlanta in 1965

19. Welcoming the new Atlanta Braves from Wisconsin in 1966

20. When Willie B. came to Atlanta

21. When the Atlanta Knights, the Atlanta Flames and then the Atlanta Thrashers played ice hockey

22. Buying your first pair of parachute pants at “Merry Go 'Round"

23. “Ask for the Wolfman” (need we say more?)

24. Absolutely everything about the 1996 Olympics

25. RIP Omni

26. RIP Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

27. RIP Henry Grady Hotel

28. When the Braves fought it out with the San Diego Padres on live TV

29. The first Atlanta Pride parade

30. Catching a ride at the Greyhound Bus Terminal

31. When the Boeing 747 first came to the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport

32. Watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Atlanta Motor Speedway

33. Date night at Sans Souci Lounge

34. Running the inaugural Peachtree Road Race in 1970

35. The Varsity is the best… no matter what the haters say

Correction: An earlier version of this article listed Cumberland Mall as the “only mall around.” The statement has been modified to say Lenox Square, which opened in 1959, was the first mall in the Atlanta area. Cumberland Mall opened August 8, 1973.


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