As chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, a corporation that is often coupled with buzzword brands such as McDonald’s and Nike, Muhtar Kent is tasked with arguably one of toughest sales pitches in multinational commerce: that Coke actually cares about the communities in which it does business.
Just two weeks after joining the then-broken Atlanta Housing Authority, Carol R. Naughton found herself in the passenger seat of her boss’s car, surrounded by “drug boys” trying to block their path and demanding they turn around. The two were on their way to a meeting in the East Lake Meadows housing project, dubbed “Little Vietnam” by local authorities for its notorious violence, rampant crime and deep-seated poverty.
Following an engaging summer filled with softball, sailing, golf and other outdoor activities, Chautauquans may want to maintain their enriching recreational lifestyles into the off-season. As programming ends and the grounds begin to empty, many pursue opportunities outside the gates.
Jack Voelker wipes the dirt off his hands onto his already dirt-stained jeans. He cleans his glasses with his black Buffalo Beer Week T-shirt and thrusts those same soiled hands into his frayed pockets. Leaning back, he looks up at his hundreds of healthy hop bines stretching toward the sky. He removes his white Chautauqua tennis hat and takes a hand out of his pocket to comb back his hair.
Chautauquans have been acquainted with Turner Community Center and its amenities for over a decade, from the community pool to the basketball court to the state-of-the-art exercise machines. Julie Monaco, though, has been familiar with the halls of Turner for much longer than most.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, Bellezzo and his fellow Beatles impersonators will come together with a little help from their friends on the Amphitheater’s main stage to deliver a hit-heavy performance, covering every era from “Twist and Shout” to “Let It Be.”
Last Wednesday, diplomat and author Dennis Ross sat with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp in the Amphitheater for a discussion on the conflict in Gaza and the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The discussion of international politics was blunt and garnered a warm welcome from Chautauquans.
Riley Burton, sunny and full of giggles, sits on her bed in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and flaunts one of her well-known grins. She takes a break from singing “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” to chat with pediatric oncologist Tracey Jubelirer. The pair talks about dolls and playing dress-up while the doctors run their tests and check her white blood cell count. Afterward, Riley colors a butterfly with a purple crayon, relaxed.
On Oct. 6, 1973, Robin Wright landed in Beirut. That day, Jews all over the world were celebrating Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. At the same time, a coalition of Arab states, directed by Egypt and Syria, led a surprise attack on Israeli-occupied territories, initiating the Yom Kippur War.
While all the attention seemed to be focused on the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy and Bratton Theater during Week Seven, a dramatic performance was also playing out on Sharpe Field. Four teams in the men’s league contended for softball supremacy in a week long bout of comebacks and generational rivalries.