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1984: A Good Year for the Wren’s Nest, Saddle Oxfords, and Baby Fat


Written on August 15, 2007 at 8:02 am, by Amelia

Last week, Lain and I attended Ed Negri and Bill Balzer’s presentation for Georgia Center for the Book, a quality organization that has nevertheless asked Lain to be a member of its advisory board. Go figure.
Herren's, the book

Mr. Balzer showed his documentary about Herren’s, the restaurant Mr. Negri owned and managed for over 40 years.

The restaurant had a profound influence on Atlanta history (See: Herren’s was the first restaurant to integrate in Atlanta in 1963. Yikes!). Negri even wrote a book about his experience, Herren’s: An Atlanta Landmark, which includes such fun details as the fact that he had no restaurant training and was in fact duped by his family into running the place.

Sounds like an Executive Director I know.

If you click on the link above you’ll see that we’ve covered Mr. Negri before, but I think it’s worth repeating–

In 1984, 21 years after integrating Atlanta’s restaurants, Ed Negri helped integrate Atlanta’s oldest house museum.

If you’re shocked that the Wren’s Nest wasn’t integrated until 1984, consider yourself in good company.

While Ed Negri may have been up to some rather well documented business in 1984, it’s not exactly like Lain and I were slacking off. We too were very busy. Exactly what were we up to?

Oh, right–looking chubby!
Amelia as a Baby

Believe you me, it takes real commitment to sport cheeks that fat.

Lain as a baby.

And look at Lain go! Those cars weren’t going to roll themselves!

Fast forward to last week, 2007–Lain, Amelia, and Ed Negri finally meet. It had been a long day, and Mr. Negri said just about all he had to say, including that his cell phone was the one we had heard cock-a-doodle-doing during the documentary.

There was only one thing to do–hand him the inaugural “Protect the Nest” t-shirt. I think he earned it. Sensing the importance of the moment, Mr. Negri put it right on.

11 Comments to 1984: A Good Year for the Wren’s Nest, Saddle Oxfords, and Baby Fat

  1. Ida Beth says:

    I would love to see that presentation. Wouldn’t that be great at the book festival. How do we find out when they are doing it again?

    I’m proud that he and others like the shirt Lauren did a great job. Just wait until they see the rest of the shirts!

  2. Jodi says:

    Hmm, that playroom Lain is in looks very very familiar!

  3. lain says:

    It was really captivating, Ida Beth. Usually I go to author’s talks figuring that there’s a very good chance this will be boring.

    Not so here. The documentary was expertly produced, and listening to Negri is like listening to your crazy grandpa. It’s great!

    No hesitation with the shirt, either. He wore it over his long-sleeve plaid.

    I’ll look into seeing if / when they plan on presenting that again.

  4. Laurie says:

    Those pictures made my day! Being that cute is hard work. Look at that baby!

  5. John says:

    I agree with Jodi. Also, is it me, or is that little james brown sneaking in on the side of that photo? Also, Lain, I didn’t know you had a crazy grandpa. Was he crazy crazy, or just raggedy ann wig wearing crazy?

  6. lain says:

    He was cheat at go fish to beat your card shark four year old grandson crazy.

    That and the raggedy ann thing.

  7. Jennie says:

    Amy look at how open your eyes are! Work that camera angle.

  8. ATL says:

    Jennie, you are not the first to mention the relatively large size of my eyes in that picture.

    They were pretty resilient – fighting those cheeks for face time and all – but it looks like they gave up the fight around age 14. Or 11. Or 5. Ask my mom.

  9. Gabe says:

    Lain looks MUCH better

  10. John says:

    To this day, Lain always seems his happiest when he is rockin’ his saddle oxfords.

    The same can be said for Jodi.

  11. [...] When Lain and I went to see Ed Negri speak, we got a signed copy of his book for Miss Nannie, who is a big fan. When we presented the book to Nannie, her verbatim response, delivered with book clutched to chest, was “I’m a Wren’s Nest Celebrity!” [...]

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