On May 30, 1984, Athens experienced an almost-total eclipse of the sun. The New York Times reported that 99.7 percent of the sun was covered by the moon in Atlanta, so we were pretty close to totality here. At that time, we had Observer Television, as an adjunct to the Athens Observer weekly newspaper. The TV station was adjacent to the Observer offices, where Bar South is now on Lumpkin Street, near Washington.
Why do all of us still left in the newspaper business feel it is incumbent upon us this time of year to give advice to students? That is absolutely the last thing they want to hear, and fortunately for them, they don’t read anyway, unless it’s on their phone (which this is—sorry, kids). But anyway, the possibility that nobody is reading what she writes has never deterred a newspaper columnist, and that’s not the point, anyway.
The Guide Is Out! Having trouble finding your way around Athens? Confused about where to eat or get a drink? Don’t know where to take the kids, see a movie, watch a play, buy a book, take a walk in the park, enjoy art or listen to live music? Don’t worry; you’re covered. The new 2017–2018 Flagpole Guide to Athens has arrived to help you with all these important decisions.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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