Political Notes — Deal finds out what’s in the time capsule

[private]The old state archives building on Capitol Avenue is being demolished to make way for a new judicial complex, and one part of the gray cube is a time capsule that was placed in the building’s cornerstone back in 1965.

Gov. Nathan Deal opened the time capsule, a copper box about the size of a large book, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Georgia Building Authority.timecapsule3

The governor struggled to separate the documents he found inside, because the sheets of paper had become stiff and stuck together over the intervening decades.

“I’m sure the archivists would have a heart attack if they saw me pulling apart these pages,” Deal said.

What vital information did state officials of that era deem important enough to preserve for future generations?

Actually, it was very humdrum bureaucratic material.

Some of the items Deal identified:

The official directory of state employees; the October 1964 publication of the Society of American Archivists; the program for the building’s 1962 groundbreaking ceremony; a copy of Gov. Ernest Vandiver’s address to the General Assembly; articles clipped from the Atlanta newspapers; a history of the Georgia Department of Archives and History; biographical sketches of former governor Marvin Griffin and secretary of state Ben Fortson; and Kodak color slides of the building’s construction.

The time capsule also contained numerous mentions of the late B. E. Thrasher, the long-departed state auditor.

Students of Georgia history will recall that Gov. Eugene Talmadge in 1941 ordered Thrasher to compile a list of “foreign professors” in the university system along with textbooks that contained “questionable” material about communism.

That was part of Talmadge’s campaign to fire a University of Georgia professor who had been accused by the governor of advocating racial integration. The controversy resulted in the University of Georgia losing its accreditation and Talmadge losing his next election for governor.

Aside from that, the B. E. Thrasher described in the time capsule was evidently someone held in high esteem by his colleagues.

Deal returned the time capsule and its contents to GBA Director Steve Stancil.  After the contents are put on display for a while, Stancil said they will be placed in another time capsule with new materials that become part of the judicial building’s cornerstone.

North Carolina loses again

North Carolina continues to suffer fallout from its passage of a law earlier this year that requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

The NCAA has cancelled seven championship events scheduled to be held in North Carolina, including men’s basketball tournament games, because of the law that has been criticized for allegedly promoting discrimination against LGBT people.

“This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being and creating a culture of fairness,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson, the chair of the NCAA’s board of governors.

The NCAA withdrawal follows the NBA’s announcement that it will move the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans instead of hosting it in Charlotte, the cancellation of concerts by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, and the decision by PayPal to abandon plans for a 400-employee operation center in Charlotte.

Is this endorsement really necessary?

Republican Drew Ferguson has received an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business in the 3rd Congressional District race, but it’s not an endorsement that he’ll really need.

Ferguson is heavily favored to defeat Democratic nominee Angela Pendley in the Republican-leaning district.

NCR expands Atlanta plans

NCR announced Tuesday it will spend $145 million to build a second tower in its Midtown Atlanta headquarters to house employees from the Alpharetta, Atlanta and Duluth offices. The expansion involves an estimated 1,800 jobs.

NCR’s headquarters complex will be located at the corner of 8th Street and Spring Street, near Technology Square and the Georgia Tech campus.

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