Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The 52-story Georgia-Pacific building in downtown Atlanta was being built when I moved here in 1981 and was finished in 1982.  It was Atlanta's second tallest building from 1982 to 1987, after the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.  The newspapers in town were aghast when it was reported that the building was going to be covered with pink, of all colors, granite from Texas.

The building is on the former site of the Loew's Grand Theatre, where the 1939 premiere for Gone with the Wind was held. The theatre could not be demolished because of its landmark status, but when it burned down in 1978, the site was clear for the G-P building.

Georgia-Pacific is a pulp-and-paper company that produces Brawny paper towels, Sparkle paper towels,  Mardi Gras paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper, Quilted Northern toilet paper, Dixie paper plates, and Vanity Fair paper napkins. It is owned by Koch Industries, which is owned by the notorious Koch Brother, Charles and David, of Wichita.

As widely reported, even though the Koch Brothers are arch-conservatives and mega-donors to Republican candidates, they detest Donald Trump so much that Charles Koch told the press that he thought Hillary Clinton might make a better president than the short-fingered vulgarian Trump.

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