>From: "S.J. Van Sickle" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Will Atlanta change Eliezer?
>Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 10:07:19 -0500 (CDT)
>On Sun, 25 Jun 2000, phil osborn wrote:
> > What strikes me as amazing is just how many times I've run into people
> > associations with Rome, GA, where I mispent most of my youth. For a
> > about 30,000 (probably more now), Rome and people from there show up
> > 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
> > bootleg capital of the SouthEast during prohibition. When that petered
> > they had all these experts at sooping up cars and rebuilding them with
> > gas tanks, etc., all looking for something to do.... So they became
> > 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.
Rome was also - at the instigation of some local libertarian activists, I
believe - the site of a major legal test bed for the use of restitution in
place of punishment, back in the late '70's, early '80's. Any idea what
became of that?
BTW, is Peggy's still there? Most famous whorehouse East of New Orleans.
The guy who started the "Glory Road" intentional family, modeled after
Heinlein's families depicted in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," also got
started in Rome. At one point, Glory Road had about 50 members, with all
the adults married mutually to each other. They also ran a number of
successful businesses out of Las Vegas, then moved to the Northwest Coast,
where the family seems to have largely split up, after a couple of decades
of apparent stability. They had their own school for the kids. Now they
call themselves "Windward," and the old family members are still welcome,
but apparently they aren't willing or able to put up with the climate and
very rough living conditions of the new homestead.
What was the name of that big family entertainment center up North of
Armuchee? With the big swimming pool, lake, horseback rides, etc.?
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