Mr. Eldridge discussed how, in high school, he worked with Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Secretary of Labor, to defuse racial tensions during school integration. He also reminisced about how small Athens was during his childhood -- the Beechwood area was in the country.
Mr. Killian recalled paying five cents a week for a good preschool education. He also talked about letting white students from the University of Georgia eat at his restaurant, Killian’s Four Seasons. That is, until Governor Lester Maddox personally came to tell him to stop.
Mr. Williams remembered narrowly escaping injury in the deadly 1936 Gainesville tornado because he stopped at a friend’s house while walking to elementary school. He said that his parents instilled in him a love of education, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to charitable giving.
Remaining speakers include:
August 4 - Barbara Thurmond Archibald, former director of the Athens Tutorial Program, interviewed by Superior Court Judge Lawton Stephens;
August 11 - Writer and theologian Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor, interviewed by Dr. Barbara Benson of Piedmont College;
August 18 - REM lawyer Bertis Downs, interviewed by Vernon Payne of the Clarke County School Board;
August 25 - Dr. Gordhan Patel, retired Vice President of Research for the University of Georgia, interviewed by his wife, Dr. Jinx Patel, Research Director at Athens Research and Technology. Reception/Tour at Children First cottage.
Most of the sessions will be archived and available for viewing later this month on the Children First website, childrenfirst-inc.org, and on the website, boomersinathens.org. The videotaping is made possible through a partnership with the Athens-Clarke County Library and the Lyndon House Arts Center.