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Remember when and who? 1978 – 2010

We know what they looked like: Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, and Mikhail Gorbachev, to name just a few of the major figures who show up in silent, unedited archival footage that many 20-year-old students can’t identify. And that’s why those of us who remember that time and those people could help organize and make accessible to researchers, writers, documentary producers, students and scholars, news footage from WSB-TV that was donated to UGA in 2013.

“I can accept a school board member being unidentified, but not Jimmy Carter,” says Mary Miller, Peabody Awards Collection Archivist at the Special Collections Library. The donation includes 33,000 tapes of news content and 17,000 hours of raw news footage that include material on nearly all aspects of life in greater Atlanta and Georgia from 1978 to 2010. It includes the arts, religion, popular culture, political matters and legal affairs, Miller notes.

Some of the work required can be done at home, such as verbatim transcription of shot logs (see photo), and some requires one shift of two hours a week at the Special Collections library. For more details, contact Miller at 706-542-4789 or

“It’s the history we lived through,” she says. “You can see it as it happened and know how things worked out.”A small group of thoughtful, committed women

It all began with breakfast, says Laura Ward. The 12 women had graduated from Athens High Industrial School in 1964, remaining friends ever since. By 2007, after they had all retired, they began socializing weekly over meals, then celebrating birthdays and naming themselves the Golden Girls of Athens.

After several years, Bessie Freeman declared, “We should have a purpose,” so they gave informal support to a homeless shelter and a domestic abuse nonprofit. Then Ward got cancer in 2011, and later two other members did too. Freeman had two sisters who were survivors but she’s lost two brothers to cancer. Browsing the internet, she came across a fundraising event in Australia called “50 Shades of Pink.” That’s all they needed to be inspired.

The group organized the first local “50 Shades” with the Athens Regional Foundation in 2012, earmarking funds for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support to provide financial support for cancer patients experiencing financial hardship. They filled a local event space with 150 guests. “We had no idea it would be that popular,” says Freeman.

The next year, they had 300 guests and last year at the Classic Center, 450 people attended. They raised $3,000 that first year, and last year after expenses, the total was $14,000. They expect more after this year’s event on Oct. 20.

Freeman notes, “It’s amazing that a small group of African American women can host an event of that magnitude.” The event this year includes dinner, live music, and the 50 Shades Choir, made up of 48 people, including survivors, family and friends of survivors

“A lot of people are not aware of the Center,” says Ward. “I got my first wig and make-up from them.”

According to the Harvard Health Blog, a recent study shows that black, Hispanic and Asian women’s breast cancers tend to occur in their 40s, with a peak around 48, compared to white women whose cancers tend to occur in their 60s, with a peak around 65. In addition, a significantly higher proportion of black and Hispanic women have advanced cancer at the time of diagnosis.

TV dialogue sound garbled?

AARP recently recommended a low-cost way to improve TV sound: just lower the bass and boost the treble. Voices are typically found in higher frequencies. If you decide on a sound bar, the advice is to look for a model with features that specifically make dialogue easier to understand.

Help medical students become better doctors

Simulated patient volunteers (SPVs) are part of a new program at UGA to help medical students learn good bedside manners, data gathering skills and other clinical skills such as physical exams. SPVs portray patients using either their own medical history as if they were at a real medical appointment, and other times, the SPV enacts a case scenario that includes a patient history, body language, emotion and personality. For more information on SPV training, contact Cheryl Kennedy at or 706-713-2689.

Injured wildlife

Should you come across an injured wild animal, the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital has a Wildlife Treatment Center that provides medical treatment and care. Their website identifies the exceptions such as venomous snakes and rabid animals, as well as instructions on the best way to handle injured animals. The vets and the students who work in the center donate their time, but their caseload has dramatically increased since 2010. If you would like to help out, go

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