The Georgian Terrace’s grand ballroom was packed for Atlanta politico Tom Houck’s annual birthday celebration with pal Temi Silver in Midtown Sunday night. The bold-faced names on hand to pay tribute to the pair included: Congressman John Lewis, V-!03 morning man Frank Ski, Mother Nature Network eco columnist Vanessa Vadim, WXIA 11Alive reporter Doug Richards and news anchor Brenda Wood were among the estimated 600 guests.
Lewis was delayed getting into the ballroom due to well-wishers stopping to inquire about Ted Kennedy’s funeral Saturday (Lewis was among the dignitaries who attended).
Naturally, all of the city’s mayoral hopefuls were there to press the flesh. The most diligent in the handshaking department, according to Houck?
“That had to be Mary Norwood,” Houck dished to Buzz. “She worked that room like the Energizer bunny!”
One of the coolest birthday presents scored by Houck, who is hard at work writing a memoir of his former stint driving Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family?
An original caricature of Houck drawn on the spot by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich with the caption: “I have a dream that one day Houck will learn to use his blinker…”
But the biggest head turner at the soiree?
Former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell who happily posed for pictures and greeted old associates at the party. Campbell was convicted of tax evasion in 2006. He was released from prison in 2008. It was the first major public outing in Atlanta for the current West Palm Beach resident since his release.
According to the birthday boy, Campbell called him out of the blue last week to inquire about his annual birthday bash. It seems Campbell was accompanying his daughter back to school at the University of Virginia and decided to pop into the party on the way home. Ground delays at Hartsfield-Jackson Sunday afternoon threatened to derail hizzoner’s plans.
“No one shied away from Campbell either which was nice to see,” Houck said. “People wanted to talk to him and get pictures taken with him. This was definitely him putting himself back out there.”