June 6, 2017
The life of a workaholic Jewish-liberal-Democrat-overachiever (excelling in four careers including 20 years in commercial real estate; 22 in elected offices with four as mayor of Atlanta; 13 in the tourism industry and now in 29th year — at age 90 — managing a nonprofit organization of mostly conservative Republicans). Served as president of (Last Night of) Ballyhoo. Opposed by “political bosses” as Jewish Council candidate in resort city after which cabin mysteriously burned down. Threatened with burning cross in home’s yard as Atlanta mayoralty candidate. His legacy will be that he guided the 500,000-population city of Atlanta peacefully from an all-white power structure to a black city government. Since leaving office he has been inducted into individual “Halls of Fame” for service in fields of business government civil rights hospitality and influence.