Author: Mark Woolsey

Looking Up! Seeing the Beauty of the Night Sky

Several observatories in Georgia, most of them associated with academic institutions, offer observation and research opportunities for students and others seeking astronomical knowledge / degrees, and almost all throw open the doors to the public during non-pandemic times. But what’s more, a healthy number of amateurs — seniors well-represented among them — are increasingly taking astronomy up as a hobby, sometimes spending thousands of dollars on gear.

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Former TV Anchor Monica Pearson Stays Busy in her ‘Rewirement’

Monica Pearson no longer graces metro Atlanta’s TV screens nightly, but she remains a significant presence on the local landscape. Pearson arrived in Atlanta after TV and newspaper reporting jobs in her native Louisville and became the first African American and the first woman to anchor a major Atlanta evening newscast, at WSB-TV in 1975. After a 37-year career, countless major stories and a veritable truckload of awards, she stepped away in 2012.

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What Will Change once COVID-19 Finally Is Controlled?

Professional futurists, government planners and senior service specialists are thinking about what life may look like for seniors, who have proved to be more susceptible to the disease, once effective treatments and/or a vaccine are developed for COVID-19.

The consensus is that connectivity, engagement and inclusiveness will all be crucial, and that, because of the pandemic, big changes are coming in where and how older adults live, ways in which they engage with technology, ways services are delivered to them, and how they will fit into the overall mosaics of their communities.

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Former Atlanta Mayor Helped Buckhead Stay ‘a Destination of Choice’

Sam Massell is a prime example of the term “pillar of the community.” The Atlanta native’s early real estate career drew him into a life of civic involvement: Atlanta City Council member, Atlanta mayor from 1970 to 1974 and later, founding president of the high-profile Buckhead Coalition civic and business group, a position from which he just retired after 32 years.

Now in his early 90s, Massell says he has every intention of staying active and adds that hard work has been a hallmark of his life.

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