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Happy 35th!

A timeline

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As our time line shows, Atlanta and CL have each dramatically changed over the past 35 years.


• On June 3, a new weekly paper called Creative Loafing publishes its first issue with a press run of 12,000 issues. The big show in town that week is Redd Fox at the Civic Center; tickets are $6.




• The Omni, built to serve as the home of the Atlanta Hawks, opens. Elvis Presley sets the attendance standard in June with a series of five sold-out shows.



• Maynard Jackson becomes the first African-American to serve as the mayor of a major Southern city. After two terms as mayor and two out of office, Jackson runs for a third in 1990 and carries nearly 80 percent of the vote.


• Hank Aaron breaks the most vaunted record in baseball – he slugs No. 715 at Atlanta Stadium to move past Babe Ruth as the all-time home-run king.


• The Loaf moves its offices from the original headquarters at 1830 Cheshire Bridge Road to 1185 N. Highland Ave. in Morningside.


• Ted Turner buys the Braves and envisions himself as the George Steinbrenner of the South. In 1977, Turner names himself manager. He manages one game, which the team, needless to say, loses.


• The Fox Theatre comes within hours of being demolished to make way for a parking lot for BellSouth.


• CL starts to charge 25 cents per issue.


CL stops charging for the paper. Faced with a cash crunch, Publisher Debby Eason writes a front-page letter that asks each reader to "invest" $5 to keep Creative Loafing afloat.


• MARTA opens its rail system. People soon make the disconcerting discovery that, except for the airport, downtown and Lenox Square, it really doesn't go anywhere they want to go.


• The big man on this list, Ted Turner, establishes the world's first 24-hour, live global news network, CNN. Critics belittle it as the "Chicken News Network," but it will change the face of television.


• Civil Rights leader Andrew Young becomes Atlanta's second black mayor.

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• In the airport business, size matters. A 9,000-foot fourth runway is built at Hartsfield International Airport, ensuring its status as the world's busiest airport.


CL moves into new digs at 750 Willoughby Way, where it will be headquartered for the next 21 years.


CL debuts its weekly police Blotter feature.




CL runs its first installment of the annual Golden Sleaze Awards.


• The Atlanta duo Tag Team mainstreams the Atlanta hip-hop scene with its hit, "Whoomp! (There It Is)," a single that sells 4 million copies.


• The Olympic Games thrill the city, but the rest of the world is unimpressed by the cheap street vendors that crowd downtown hawking T-shirts, caps and pins.


CL receives its first national award – from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for Best Local Political Story or Series – for a story on economic segregation in Atlanta.


• Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium is imploded to make way for Turner Field; later in the year, the Omni will meet a similar fate for the construction of Philips Arena.


• Shirley Franklin becomes the first black woman to be elected mayor of a Southern city.



• Sonny Perdue becomes the first Republican elected governor of Georgia since Reconstruction. In 2003, he approves a new state flag. It is the third state flag in 27 months.





• While the Georgia Aquarium opens as the world's largest fish tank, the once-mighty Delta Air Lines falls into bankruptcy.

• Mara Shalhoup wins the prestigious Clarion Award for her series on a teenage prostitute convicted of three murders. It's one of more than 20 national awards and more than 20 regional awards CL wins in six years.


• Former Mayor Bill Campbell is convicted of tax evasion after a federal investigation into City Hall corruption, and sent to prison.

CL moves its offices to the Northyards complex in west Atlanta.

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