To those naysayers out there: No one is celebrating the Civil War. The Cyclorama depicts the most devastating war in American history. It does not glorify it (the South lost the war – I’m just saying). It does remind us of our Southern heritage and history. If you do not remember history and learn from it, the danger is of repeating it. The Battle of Atlanta is one of the largest paintings ever created and is taken into three dimensions in its stunning cylindrical presentation. It is a breathtaking depiction that honors the human lives lost in the Civil War – whether they were fighting for the North or South, whether idealogues, land barons or nationalists. This war marked the righting of one of the worst wrongs in American history. Associate editor Ginger Strejcek tells an epic tale of this world-class work of art and its new home on the AHC campus.
Jenny Pruitt is a beautiful person both inside and out. She is truly among the most loved, respected and successful philanthropists in Atlanta because of her sincere love and dedication to our great city. This year’s Swan House Ball was chaired by Jenny Pruitt and honored the Rollins Family. It was a spectacular evening that raised money to enhance and maintain the iconic entities within the magnificent 33-acre campus of the Atlanta History Center, which is the steward of the facts of our history. It does not opine on political agendas but rather presents the facts, artifacts and epic events as well as educating us on the history of this amazing city that we call home.
Now, in the very same issue that brought Rhett Butler nearly back to life, we offer a fascinating profile of a Long Islander turned Southern lawyer! I cannot remember meeting a more delightful family than that of Ken Nugent. This is a man whose entire life has been a series of smart strategies and calculated risks that led to his great success. But more impressive than his career as perhaps Georgia’s most well-known lawyer is his love for and justifiable pride in his accomplished and successful children. Nugent is surprisingly modest about himself and has become a powerful and generous advocate for the unsung heroes in Georgia’s public service who save lives every day – our first responders.
This brings me to photographer Ben Rose. He is an absolute artist and perfectionist and has proven himself an invaluable asset to Southern Seasons Magazine. Every one of the featured cover personalities he has photographed has adored him because of his professionalism and attention to detail. He has become the rock star photographer of choice to the Southern elite and I’m his biggest fan. Thank you, Ben, for making us look so good!
I would like to send out a huge thank you to a number of amazing friends whose support has inspired me and touched my heart. So here’s a Southern shout-out to Jack Sawyer, Elizabeth Allen, Elaine and John Carlos, Kelly Loeffler, Tony Conway, Jenny Pruitt, Laura Turner Seydel, Tony Brewer, Ginny Millner, Leslie McLeod, Bill Harrison and most especially Richard Williams. With friends like you I can’t go wrong!