Were you a student at PMMS? Do you remember your pod number? How many times did you win at “Gotcha!”? How many times were you caught out during Danish Rounders? Did Mr. Jackson ever give you the “Seal of Approval” or the “Pine Mountain Salute”?
Thirty years ago, a new centre of commerce was being built in the sleepy semi-rural community of Kennesaw, Georgia. Local resident A.E. Howard had the foresight to document the area on video. His son, Art was decent enough to upload the video to YouTube for us to enjoy on its thirtieth anniversary.
This is what my hometown looked like in my early childhood. I remember riding in the back seat of the family sedan, winding through the small neighbourhood roads until we eventually reached “The Four Lane” (US-41) that took us south to Barrett Parkway and the Town Center at Cobb shopping mall.
It’s hard to believe that the same rural, tree-lined residential properties shown in this time capsule now comprise the commercial heart of northwest metro Atlanta.
I witnessed a lot of these experiences first-hand. When I was finishing school in Georgia, I moved back to metro Atlanta to find suitable work. There were very few companies hiring my experience level and the ones that were would require a 2-hour commute each way and didn’t pay enough to cover the fuel expenses I would incur (and certainly didn’t pay enough to justify moving).
I was fortunate enough to have a place to stay in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, so I packed a small valise and made my way west. Despite the gloom and doom, business mass exodus that so many pundits were predicting, southern California has a rich and diverse economy that is still quite vibrant. In half a year of searching in metro Atlanta, I wasn’t able to accomplish what I did in one month in LA: find a job. Granted, it was not the best job, but it was a foothold, and led to bigger and better.
Georgia, despite her “pro-business” rhetoric, was unable to do the one thing that the everyman looks for in an economic haven: provide a living-wage paycheque.
But now, as the economy picks up steam, and consumer sentiment rises to its highest levels since 2007, a new state keeps appearing at the top of the unemployment list. Georgia, home to Fortune 500 heavyweights such as Home Depot, UPS, and Coca-Cola, had the highest unemployment rate in the nation in August, September, and October. With a November rate of 7.2 percent, the state was narrowly edged out by Mississippi’s 7.3 percent (December statistics won’t come out until mid-January).
I’m picturing this over the opening credits of my biopic. Needless to say, there’s a new track going into my regular rotation!
Source: Battle Of Kennesaw – 45rpm
Just a quick video concept project I threw together this week. It’s comprised of recycled footage from The Great American Road Trip and set to some great road rock.