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We give props to @ameliatrace for guessing our “Thing” in our “Person, Place & Thing” Twitter Contest.  And, that’s exactly what it is: a thing.  The mascot for our beloved 1996 Olympics was something that our GK|CRE team isn’t so wowed by, both for the way it was “conceived” and for its lack of, um, definition.  “Whatizit” (nickname “Izzy”), the mess of a mascot that seemed to be designed by a committee, is apparently supposed to be confusing, and pretty much the exact opposite of anything we would ever select to represent our city.

What is it?  Exactly.  What the heck is it?

We’re much more a fan of this guy, appropriately named Homer.

Go Braves!

We hate to hate on anything that represents Atlanta, but in this case, we must speak the truth.  Better luck next time, Atlanta Olympics Mascot Designing Committee.

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Kudos, @WWCCblog, for guessing our Olympics-themed “Place”:  the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.  Yep, we went OTP for this one, folks, and as expected, the guessing game proved a bit more challenging.  The Horse Park opened its doors (Gates? Fields?  Whatever.) in 1995, and the next year, served as the equestrian venue for the largest sporting event in the world: The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.  Talk about coming out of the paddock with some horsepower!

The park’s sprawling 14,000 acres was the setting for all equestrian events, as well as the first ever mountain bike competition and the final two events of the modern pentathlon for the games.

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Way to go, champ!  Congrats to @lainshakespeare for being the first winner in our “Person, Place & Thing” Twitter Contest and guessing…drum roll please….Muhammad Ali.  Sure, he’s one of the greatest athletes of all time and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, but we’re pretty sure one of our proudest moments was his lighting the torch in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics opening ceremonies.  Also during the ceremonies, he received a replacement Gold Medal for his boxing victory in the 1960 Summer Olympics, which is pretty damn cool, right?

He brought tears to the eyes of many as he overcame Parkinson’s tremors to light the torch.  Muhammad Ali, we’ll welcome you to Atlanta anytime.

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The 1996 Summer Olympics did for Atlanta what the Beatles did for rock ‘n’ roll.  What Facebook did for online socializing.  What Jersey Shore did for MTV.  (Okay, maybe not.)

In short, the Olympics were revolutionary.  It put Atlanta on the map, bringing worldwide attention to our city, turned Downtown around, and gave the park that is now appropriately named Centennial Park an extreme makeover, turning the area into a true tourist destination. And, for the record, our precious city was chosen to host the Games of the XXVI Olympiad over Athens (that’s Greece, not Georgia, Dawgs fans), Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto.  Cue: pat on the back.

This is why we’ve chosen the 1996 Summer Olympics as the first theme for our Person, Place & Thing Twitter contest.  Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 28th, join GK|CRE on Twitter (handle: @GKCRE) and start guessing which Olympics-related person, place or thing we’re thinking about.  Read the contest “rules” HERE.

The winners (3 of you!) will each receive a $25 gift certificate to Parish!

Happy Guessing!  And, GO USA!

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So, you think you know Atlanta?  If so, join us on Twitter for GK|CRE’s “Person, Place & Thing” Twitter Contest, show off for your followers and friends , AND win awesome prizes.  Our handle is @GKCRE, so if you’re not following, what are you waiting for?

Each contest will have an Atlanta theme and we’ll tell you when we’re starting so you can hop on Twitter and let the guessing begin!  The game will be played in a  “20 Questions” style contest.  For example:

You: Is it the Varsity?

GKCRE: No (but, that is a good idea).

The winners, up to 3 per contest, will each receive a $25 gift certificate for Concentrics Restaurants (we are really hooked on Parish these days), and as soon as the answer is guessed, we’ll post that, along with the winner, on “It’s all good in the hood”.

We’ll see YOU on Twitter!

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