In a city of transplants, a born-and-raised Atlantan is a rare find. It's hard to believe, but Atlanta was a hub of activity long before the 1996 Olympics.
1. You were born in Georgia Baptist Medical Center, not Atlanta Medical Center
2. Cy Timmons playing at Cafe Erewhon on 5th Street
3. Watching Officer Don & Orville and “Armchair Playhouse” on WSB-TV
4. When the Braves won the 1995 World Series against the Cleveland Indians
6. When Lenox Square was the only mall around
7. Celebrating your birthday at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Northlake Mall
8. Getting milkshakes at Miss Georgia, the ice cream parlor and home of the "spinning wheel"
9. Watching the Atlanta Crackers play at Ponce de Leon Park
10. Watching Woody Willow on TV
11. Sears on Ponce
12. When Richway was the original Target
13. City Auditorium in downtown Atlanta
14. Getting goodie bags from Henri's bakery in Buckhead
15. Hearing the song “Pop Goes The Weasel” meant that French's Ice Cream was right around the corner
16. Eating at Ray's Rio Bravo (but hey: it’s open again!)
17. Witnessing history when Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run
18. Freaking out while watching The Beatles perform in Atlanta in 1965
19. Welcoming the new Atlanta Braves from Wisconsin in 1966
20. When Willie B. came to Atlanta
21. When the Atlanta Knights, the Atlanta Flames and then the Atlanta Thrashers played ice hockey
22. Buying your first pair of parachute pants at “Merry Go 'Round"
23. “Ask for the Wolfman” (need we say more?)
24. Absolutely everything about the 1996 Olympics
25. RIP Omni
27. RIP Henry Grady Hotel
28. When the Braves fought it out with the San Diego Padres on live TV
29. The first Atlanta Pride parade
30. Catching a ride at the Greyhound Bus Terminal
31. When the Boeing 747 first came to the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport
32. Watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Atlanta Motor Speedway
33. Date night at Sans Souci Lounge
34. Running the inaugural Peachtree Road Race in 1970
35. The Varsity is the best… no matter what the haters say
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Correction: An earlier version of this article listed Cumberland Mall as the “only mall around.” The statement has been modified to say Lenox Square, which opened in 1959, was the first mall in the Atlanta area. Cumberland Mall opened August 8, 1973.