My Georgia Home
Compelling stories of famous and noteworthy Georgians
Whether we lived in the mountains, the heartland, or the coast, and no matter where we live now, we still call Georgia home. Atlanta Falcons’ owner and former co-founder of Home Depot, Arthur Blank, introduces the book with memories of how he and Bernie Marcus decided that Georgia was the best place to start a new retailing industry with the first Home Depot stores they opened in Atlanta. He also shares the work of the Falcons’ teammates who volunteer their time to help fight childhood obesity in the state. Blank could live anywhere in the world, but he chooses to call Georgia home.
432 full-color pages
Fascinating profiles of famous personalities who proudly call Georgia their home, including:
Conrad Aiken–Poet, Savannah, Kim Basinger–Actress, Athens, Altin Brown–Author, Creater, Host/Food Network/Iron Chef, Marietta, James Brown–Singer, Augusta, Jimmy Carter–39th President, Plains, Ray Charles–Singer, Albany, Ty Cobb–Baseball Player Hall of Fame, Banks City, Pat Conroy–New York Times Bestselling Author, Atlanta, Ossie Davis–Producer, Cogdell, Vince Dooley–Head Coach University of Georgia, Athens, Paula Deen–Chef, Author, Television Host, Albany, Dakota Fanning–Actress, Conyers, Lawrence Fishburne III–Actor, Augusta, Jeff Foxworthy–Comedian, Hapeville, Walt Frazier–NBA Player, Atlanta, Amy Grant–Singer, Augusta, Bill Elliot–NASCAR Driver, Dawsonville, Louis Grizzard–Writer, Humorist, Fort Benning, Oliver Hardy–Comedian, Harlem, Susan Hayword–Actress, Carrollton, Holly Hunter–Actress, Conyers, Alan Jackson–Country Music Singer, Newnan, Harry James–Trumpeter, Albany, Bobby Jones–Golfer, Atlanta, Stacy Keach–Actor, Savannah, Martin Luther King Jr.–Civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Gladys Knight–Singer, Atlanta, Brenda Lee–Singer, Lithonia, Spike Lee–Actor, Director, Producer, Atlanta, Chris Lowell–Actor, Atlanta, Johnny Mercer–Songwriter, Savannah, Margaret Mitchell–Author, Gone with the Wind, Atlanta, Ty Pennington–Television Host Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Atlanta, Dwight Phillips–Olympic Medalist, Atlanta, Jerry Reed–Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Atlanta, Otis Redding–Singer, Record Producer, Dawson, Burt Reynolds–Actor, Waycross, Little Richard–Singer, Macon, Julia Roberts–Actress, Atlanta, Pernell Roberts–Stage, Movie and Television Actor, Waycross, Jackie Robinson–First African American baseball player, Cairo, Sugar Ray Robinson–Boxing Champion, Ailey, Billy Joe Royal–Singer, Valdosta, Nipsey Russell–Comedian, Atlanta, Ryan Seacrest–Television Host, Producer, Dunwoody, Travis Tritt–Country Music Singer, Marietta, Ted Turner–Media Mogul, Atlanta, Alice Walker–Author, The Color Purple, Eatonton, Herschel Walker–NFL Player, Heisman Trophy Winner, Wrightsville, Kanye West–Rapper, Record Producer, Atlanta, Joanne Woodward–Actress, Thomasville, and Trisha Yearwood–Country-Western Singer, Monticello.
Plus personal biographies of noteworthy Georgians, including:
Ralph Abernathy, Minister, Civil Rights Acitvist, Linden, Ivan Allen, Businessman, Mayor of Atlanta, Martha Berry, Founder of Berry College, Rome, Authur Blank, Co-Founder Home Depot, Owner -Atlanta Falcons, Asa Candler, Purchased Coa-Cola formula, Villa Rica, S,Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-Fil-A, Atlanta, Anne Cox Chambers, owner Cox Enterprises, Atlanta, Rodney M. Cook, International Authority-Architecture, Atlanta, Dr. Lella Daughtry Denmark, Physician, Portal, Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta 2002-2010, J.B. Fuqua, Philanthropist, Businessman, Atlanta, William B. Hartsfield, Former (longest serving) Mayor Atlanta, Samuel Martin Inman, Businessman, Cotton Merchant, Atlanta, John Lewis, Civil Rights Leader, Atlanta, Juliet Gorden Low, Founder of the Girl Scouts, Savannah, Crawford Long, Surgeon, Danielsville, Bernie Marcus, Founder of Home Depot, Atlanta, Sam Massell, Former Mayor Atlanta, Pres. Buckhead Coalition, Ben J. Massell, Considered to be the Father of Atlanta, Zell Miller, Governor, U.S. Senator, Young Harris, Sam Nunn, U.S. Senator, Atlanta, John Stith Pemberton, inventor of Coca Cola, Atlanta, Richard Peters, Founder of Atlanta, Jenny Pruitt, Real Estate Leader, Community Activist, Atlanta, Ferrol Sams Jr., Physician, Novelist, Macon, Agnes Scott, Scott Institute Primary Benefactor, Decatur, Dean Rusk, Secretary of State, Atlanta, Herman Russell, Founder of H.J. Russell & Co, Atlanta, George McIntosh Sparks, First President Georgia State, Atlanta, Herman Talmage, Governor, U.S. Senator, McRae, Robert Woodruff, President of Coca Cola, Philanthropist, Columbus, Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador of the U.N., Atlanta