Forty-six years ago, during the heated Civil Rights era, Tom Brokaw made a pit stop in Atlanta for a year before moving to NBC and launching his legendary national broadcasting career.
On Thursday, the classy, esteemed newsman made a briefer stop in Atlanta to promote his latest book, “The Times of Our Lives,” a big-picture look at what our country should do to revitalize the American Dream, with interviews from a variety of Americans, including retired Atlanta real estate developer Tom Cousins. I wasn’t able to procure an interview with Brokaw (I made my request too late) but attended the Atlanta Press Club luncheon at the Commerce Club at 191 Peachtree, a building Cousins happened to build.
[Disclosure: I'm a board member of the Atlanta Press Club.]
Brokaw, who anchored the NBC evening news from 1982 to 2004, waxed nostalgic about hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The power of his oratory,” he said. “The kind of moral fiber he brought to the debate… He changed us. He