Monday, May 30, 2011

History of The Great Speckled Bird


You can see the History of The Great Speckled Bird at The old Decatur Court House.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cover of the v.2, n.17 issue (1969)
The Great Speckled Bird Publisher Atlanta Cooperative News Project
Founded March 8, 1968
Language English
Ceased publication 1976
Headquarters Atlanta
Circulation 22,000
ISSN 0017-369X
OCLC number 1751560
Official website

The Great Speckled Bird was a counterculture underground newspaper based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1968 to 1976.[1] It was founded by New Left activists from Emory University and members of the Southern Student Organizing Committee, an offshoot of SDS. Founding editors included Tom and Stephanie Coffin, Howard Romaine and Gene Guerrero Jr.[2] The first issue appeared March 8, 1968, and within 6 months it was publishing weekly. By 1970 it was the third largest weekly newspaper in Georgia with a paid circulation of 22,000 copies. The paper subscribed to Liberation News Service, a leftist news collective. The office of The Great Speckled Bird at the north end of Piedmont Park (240 Westminster Dr.) was firebombed and destroyed on May 6, 1972 after the paper published an exposé of the mayor of Atlanta.

A quote from The Bird: "These are our opinions and we are entitled to them, they are not written anywhere else. So, don't expect us to tell both sides of the story. The big newspapers, magazines, TV and radio do that all day long. Here you will hear our side of things."

First Phone Helps Home Depot Customers

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot's First Phone is a Swiss army knife for employees, multi-use technology that enables people to check stock and answer customers' questions from the home improvement retailer's aisles.

The hand-held device functions as a phone, walkie-talkie and mobile cash register, in addition to an inventory management and business analytics tool, and is a far cry from Home Depot's alternate technology offering. In the past, the company had between three and five computers on carts that were pushed through the aisles, and employees carried walkie-talkies in their orange apron pockets.

The previously tech-shy Atlanta retailer now is embracing mobility and using it to enhance customer service.

"That has been a tremendous benefit in speeding up checkout," said Marvin Ellison, Home Depot executive vice president of U.S. Stores, of the First Phone in the company's first-quarter earnings call. "We're going to continue to put a big emphasis on it this year."

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Update on The Daulton House

Looking good.

The Daulton House
317 South McDonough St.
Decatur, GA.

Learn more about this house at:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oakhurst Market Coming Soon.

Back in the 1960's this was a paint store and next door to the right was The Variety Store,
and it had a little bit of everything.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Filming of The Three Stooges Movie at Stone Mountain

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The new Three Stooges movie was filming last week at Stone Mountain and Colony Square downtown Atlanta.

Upate construction on The 4-5 Academy at Fifth Ave.

4-5 Academy at Fifth Ave which will open in August 2011.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Big Tex Cantina Opens Friday May 27

The official opening for Big Tex Cantina is Friday May 27.
click here to see opening menu

Sunday, May 22, 2011

If you're good at something, never do it for free ...

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight.



Graffiti art in the Agnes Scott College tunnel.
Decatur, GA


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Farm to School Taste Test and the new 4-5 Academy

From:Andrea Berry of
Students in schools in the City of Decatur recently participated in the district's first system-wide Taste Test. Sponsored by the Decatur Farm to School program, the students weighed in on whether they liked kale and whether they would try the vegetable again.
For highlights of the day's events, please watch our video

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Decatur Arts Festival 2011 is Memorial Day week-end

It's almost here.

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Here are some photo's from last years Decatur Arts Festival to get you in the mood.

Here is the official website

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Decatur Street Scene

Sawicki's Sandwich/Sub Shop.
250 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-0992

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Porsche HQ to leave Sandy Springs for ex-Ford plant in Hapeville

By Rachel Tobin

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a rare loss for the northern suburbs, Porsche is expected to move its North American headquarters and what could be hundreds of jobs from Sandy Springs to the old Ford plant site near Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport.

As part of the deal, Porsche will build offices where the plant was demolished and a test track similar to its Porsche Silverstone facility in England.

According to people familiar with the plans but who asked not to be identified because they had not been authorized to speak publicly, the announcement will come on Thursday. Economic development officials from Georgia, Atlanta and Fulton County will take part, though their possible roles in the project are unclear.

On Tuesday, officials for Porsche, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta and Jacoby Development, which owns the site, had no comment.

News of the move, which could involve a couple hundred sales and marketing jobs to Atlanta's Southside, is an anomaly for the northern suburbs.
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Leon's Full Service

Leon's Full Service

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Don't Forget The Decatur Garden Tour is this Weekend

Allison Dixon writes in a reminder of the Decatur Garden Tour this coming weekend
Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15

Hello! Thanks for spreading the word about the Decatur Garden Tour this weekend! I just wanted to make sure you have all the details. We have loads of pretty photos on our Facebook page (!/DecaturGardenTour) -- This year's tour includes evening hours (with wine!) at the stately Rose Hill garden at West Ponce and Pinetree. They have a magnificent Roman pool as well as the 300 rose bushes. If you'd like me to reserve tickets for you, I'd be happy to. Thanks again for your support.

For more information, contact:
Allison Dixon, 404-702-7553

Coca-Cola to Roll out Fountain Machine with 125 Flavors

By Jeremiah McWilliams

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola Co. plans to roll out its Freestyle fountain machines to 80 cities around the country by the end of the year, up from 40 now.
The Freestyle machine, which dispenses 125 different beverages in flavor combinations that users can choose, has been in various stages of development and introduction for six years. Businesses in the United Kingdom are expressing interest, and Coca-Cola hopes the machine can be used to serve drive-through customers at fast-food restaurants.
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To help celebrate Coca-Cola's 125 Anniversary you will soon see vintage coke art on cans of Coke.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Art "B" Que 2011







The Heaven and Hell Car

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Other News: "Home Alone" House For Sale

Who is this White Guy with a Black Bird Standing on Church Street ?

Strange site on Church St near Decatur Marta station.
This guy would play his guitar for about minute and then stand very still like a statue for 10 minutes.
Did anyone see this guy ?
Who is he. ?


Decatur Arts Festival Poster Designer

This years Decatur Arts Festival poster and T-shirt artwork designer is Mary Pousner.
Shown here with her family.
Last year her artwork was featured in the fine arts exhibition of the Decatur
Arts Festival and won a second place award.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sapori di Napoli - Authentic Pizzeria Restaurant


This new Pizza Place has put up their new sign
Sapori di Napoli to open at 314 Church St. This new Authentic pizzeria place which will be operated by two Italian brothers that are 3rd generation restaurateurs. Sapori di Napoli uses Wood-burning ovens.

Blaze Sports Opening on N. McDonough St

From Blaze Sports website: Driven by a desire to provide all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to play sports and live healthy, active lives, BlazeSports is dedicated to offering programs, education and tools worldwide.

535 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The 4th annual Art-B-Que! is this Saturday & Sunday May 7-8

Read all about it @

Location in Avondale
Franklin St., Avondale Estates, GA 30002

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Plaza Theatre's newest film series TABOO - LA - LA

One Night Only !
Saturday May 21st @ 9:30pm

Come see The Plaza Theatre's newest film series TABOO - LA - LA with live performance by Blast Off Burlesque!

The Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue
Atlanta Georgia 30306

Decatur Market & Gallery @ Night

Monday, May 2, 2011

Walk For Lunch Starts This Week in Decatur

From http:

Walk For Lunch starts this week– Decatur will start on May 3 – 26, 2011 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Walkers can also pre-order healthy lunches from a variety of local restaurants for $5.
Learn more info here.