Part of the reason I have taken so long to get this blog going is the name- Southside? South Metro? Tri-Cities? I loved 404, but of course it is taken as well. I 'googled' several variations of the above and Southside Atlanta Memories brought up Georgia Retail Memories, which I hope you will all visit. I am very new to this, although I have blogged in and followed GRM, atlantalarry, and tried in vain (in spite of the excellent assistance I recieved from the moderators) to join the ABCAtlanta Forum. I recommend all of those, and as I was saying, would love to link to any of them. As soon as I get permission, and figure out how...
Back to the name- I decided to first introduce myself, and went with ms. S outh S ide A tlanta M emories- ms. ssam! I immediatly knew this was the right choice, because one of my earliest connections to SSATL is my aunt's aunt, Delilah Butler McHargue (var. B. McChargue). She was my aunt's favorite person, and at some point in my aunt's early childhood (c. 1920-2, Egan), there were some sort of household repairs being done. The workers called back and forth to each other, and one was named 'Sam.' Linda, my aunt, decided she liked that name, and called her favorite aunt 'Sam'. The name stuck, and I had to dig to even discover DBM's 'real' name.
I was b. in 1965 at Piedmont to a West End girl 'Brown High '53' (my dad was from VA, another story). I was raised by an aunt-in-law, Linda Thomas Weller, with help from her mother, Lennie Mae Butler Weller Blount. We lived in Fayette County, within walking distance of the Fulton or Clayton County lines. Had anyone had a mind to walk anywhere. Which they did not, in 1965, on the southside of Atlanta.
Since I have been researching the various amazing (mostly) women who influenced me so much, I have realized that our families' migration pattern (Georgia/Alabama countryside>town mills or manufacturing>ATL>2nd tier suburbs>Fayette County, and now, >Coweta, which for us is almost back where one branch was at the turn of the 20th century.) is somewhat common, and I hope others will enjoy sharing memories and looking at pics and 'defenseless ephermera'(Lileks.com) that I post here. I will try to get this looking good asap, but wanted to get it at least going. Please let me know what you think. No mean words, though.
I have a myspace that has my music likes and dislikes, etc, but I gave it over to my teen children, and some of their 'friends' have used the aforementioned 'mean' words, so I'm considering dumping the thing altogether. I will say that my ATL playlist has Blind Willie McTell doing Atlanta Strut, and Outcast's Train. Also, Bernie Taupin/Elton John comp Writing. I'm so glad Sir Elton moved here, so I could include him. Me and Donna Padgett used to listen to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Greatest Hits, and Captain Fantastic and compile long lists of who had the most in common with him, as in which of the two of us would he most likely propose to, in case he were ever riding down Kenwood Road and happened to see us and and feel impelled to marry. A girl. Immediatly. I knew she had me as far a looks (blonde, tall, leggy, true Farrah Fawcett smile [yes she was always FF when we played Charlie's Angels, I, you guessed it, was Sabrina, the -gag- Smart one]) but my strength, as ever, was my weakness; every year a new pair of 1970s horror frames from Pearl Vision across from Stewart Lakewood Shopping Center. We were brothers, or sisters, or something under the skin, Elton and I. I even wore a pair of platform shoes, complete with matching denim outfit, to school in 5th grade, to the amazement of my peers and the marked disdain of the teachers. This outfit came from the Monolith, JC Penney's Outlet Store. Yes that one. I hope they can get the Farmer's Market back on track. I am now going to work on getting some illustrations on here, and some links, etc, but please feel free to share your memories, and tell your friends. I will be working on this as much as I can during this next week, so keep checking back. ms. ssam.