On Sun, 25 Jun 2000, phil osborn wrote:
> What strikes me as amazing is just how many times I've run into people or
> associations with Rome, GA, where I mispent most of my youth. For a town of
> about 30,000 (probably more now), Rome and people from there show up more
> often in the news than perhaps any other town of that size. Have you
> noticed this as well? Any theories?
Notta one. Just noticed that one of the papers at the Journal of
Transhumanism is from at professor at Berry College, though.
And the president of the American Library Association (one of the largest
professional organizations in the country) a few years back grew up in
Rome. I had the *enourmously* amusing priveledge to see him welcomed as a
conquering hero by they city library...to be told this was the first time
he ever set foot in it becasue he is black, and they weren't allowed in
the library back then.
> Did anyone clue you into why Rome was famous? At one point they had the
> highest ratio of cars to people in the entire world. However, the city
> fathers didn't get around to mentioning why. Turns out that Rome was the
> bootleg capital of the SouthEast during prohibition. When that petered out,
> they had all these experts at sooping up cars and rebuilding them with fake
> gas tanks, etc., all looking for something to do.... So they became the
> car theft capital of the world.
I didn't know that. I always thought the place was kinda shady ever since
I was told it had the largest number of churches per capita of any place
in the country. Coming from New Orleans (with the largest number per
capita of bars) was something of a ... shock.
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