From time to time, I get some sort of inquiry about the Fox
Theatre thanks in part to the very web site you are looking at right now. I am
very happy to respond to those inquiries and give as much assistance as I can
to anyone. On occasion, this puts me on a path for what I like to call "a
new adventure". This has caused me to find myself standing in front of
people of different groups to talk about the Fox and the time I spent there.
In the Spring of 2012, I received such an email from Janice
McDonald. Ms. McDonald is a very accomplished person that has spend most of her
career working for television news gathering organizations. She was one of the
founding members of a wild start-up group called CNN that revolutionized the
news industry when it was founded in the early 1980s. Today, she continues her news career and
actually finds time to not only raise a family, but to write books as well.
After writing a popular book for Arcadia Publishing for
their "Images of America" series on the famous Varsity restaurant,
located just a few blocks from the Fox, Janice decided to write a book about
the Atlanta Fox Theatre. As you would expect a veteran news reporter to do, she
dove full-force into exploring the world of the Fox. Somewhere along that
journey, she came along my name and decided to drop me a line. I was happy to
discuss with her all that I could about the Fox and share what photos and
memorabilia I have.
The resulting book was published in the Fall of 2012. When I
received my copy of the book, I was thrilled to read it and felt it was one of
the best books about the history of the Fox ever made!
The book does not give an exact history of the Fox, nor does
it go into minutia about things as I tend to do on this site. Admittedly, there
are very few people like me that want to go into such detail. What it does is
give a great and entertaining trip down the Fox's memory lane. She was able to
publish a number of never-before seen images of happenings at the Fox, going
back long before there ever was a Fox theatre. The trip down memory lane comes
right up to present day. It is what I
call a coffee table book in that it is composed primarily of pictures with
minimal text. All of the photos are in black and white, but most of the
pictures, going back to the mid-1800s, were black and white to begin with.
If you are one of those that love the Atlanta Fox Theatre, I
highly reccommend this book. It is widely available in many local