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PAT CONNELL OBITUARY

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Arnall T. "Pat" Connell

OCTOBER 12, 1923 – JUNE 13, 2018
Obituary of Arnall T.  "Pat" Connell

Arnall T. “Pat” Connell, retired Georgia Tech professor of Architecture, co-founder of Atlanta Landmarks, and a principle figure in saving the Fox Theater, dies at the age of 94.

Born in Temple Georgia and growing up in Atlanta, Mr. Connell graduated from Georgia Tech High School then enlisted in the Navy and trained to fly the Douglas SBD Dauntless. After World War Two he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1953 and a Master of City Planning degree in 1955 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1957 to 1963, Connell was an Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. While teaching at Ohio State, he also served as the Principal Planner for the Columbus City Planning Commission (1958-1961). Revival of Columbus’s German Village was among his accomplishments during his tenure.
Mr. Connell also taught at Columbia University in New York City, New York, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. While in Washington D.C. he was on staff of the National Capital Planning Commission and worked on Mrs. Lyndon “Lady Bird” Johnson’s project to beautify Washington D.C.
In 1967, Mr. Connell returned to Atlanta and became an Associate Professor of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, teaching classes covering urban planning and renewal, and historic preservation. In the early 70’s Mr. Connell became a pioneering champion of historic preservation in the Atlanta area. When Mr. Connell was chairman of the Atlanta Civic Design Commission, Mr. Joe Patten, who was the unofficial caretaker of the Fox, contacted Mr. Connell about news that the Fox was scheduled for demolition. Together, they enlisted participation from attorney Bob Foreman, Jr., Fox organist Bob Van Camp, and other Fox enthusiasts, and formed Atlanta Landmarks, Inc. to save the Fox. This small group of forward thinking politicians, civic leaders and celebrities founded the “Save the Fox” movement. Within four years, after major donations and support from some of the most prominent Atlanta citizens, the Atlanta’s Fox Theatre was saved from demolition.
His other accomplishments include being instrumental is preserving the Pasaquan site in Buena Vista, Ga., Castleberry Heights, and the Sweet Auburn neighborhood revitalization.
After retirement, Mr. Connell and his late wife Martha, co-founded the Great American Gallery, and then The Connell Gallery. Together, they provided Atlanta a premier art space with a unique vision, promoting some of the finest artist in contemporary crafts and fine arts objects. Many of the works that they curated now reside in leading museums and private collections all over the U.S.
As a Georgia Tech professor of Architecture, chairman of the Atlanta Civic Design Commission, and founding member of Atlanta Landmarks, Mr. Connell has left an indelible mark throughout Atlanta and Georgia.
He is survived by his three sons, Timothy, John and Thomas Connell, two granddaughters, Kendra Russell and Kate Connell, and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place at H. M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel on June 23 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Atlanta Fool Bank.

FOX MANAGER ALLAN VELLA EARNS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!

The most recent Fox Theatre tax return released (for the year 2017) reveals Alan Vella's total compensation as $579,183.  This is the first year where his bonus payments have exceeded his base salary.

That figure represents a THIRTY PERCENT INCREASE over the previous year.  Perhaps he can donate the funds required to restore the organ!



May, 2018

ATLANTA FOX THEATRE MOLLER ORGAN -- 1963 INSPECTION REPORT AND ATOE ARTICLE, 2008 APPRAISAL EXCERPTS

This photograph and others were produced by Ben Hall and taken in 1969 for a Life Magazine article which appeared two years later.

To view this photograph in greater detail (PDF format), click here.

The 1963 Restoration report to the Fox from the Atlanta Chapter of the ATOS (ATOE):

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The winter 1963 National ATOE Theatre Organ magazine spread on the Fox Moller:






Factual excerpts from the 2008 appraisal of the Fox Moller:






If you have not already done so, please take thirty seconds to register your protest with the Fox before it is too late!

CUT and PASTE the below, click the link, and send the Fox an email.

PLEASE RESTORE THE MOLLER PIPE ORGAN TO ITS ORIGINAL AS-BUILT CONDITION. SAVE THE ORGAN!

SAVE THE ORGAN! ATLANTA FOX THEATRE

Click here to see the WSB-TV Save the Organ interview!  



Destruction of the Atlanta Fox Theatre's famed Moller pipe organ is likely to occur unless protests are raised.

The Fox has solicited bids which could potentially result in the complete electronic replacement of the complex and original inner workings of their priceless Moller organ.

Because the thousands of electro-pneumatic switches contained within the ninety-year-old organ console have begun to fail to a major extent, repair bids have been placed.

The good news is that part of the bidding process involves requests for complete restoration of the Moller console as built. But bidding specifications also include replacement of the workings with electronic components, instead of restoration.

Appraised ten years ago at $4.8 million dollars, the organ is an invaluable treasure in need of Total Restoration, which is never the expedient. "To restore and preserve" is the chartered purpose of the Fox which has assets of almost $60 million, according to filings with the Internal Revenue Service.

Please register your protest with the Fox: CUT and PASTE the below, click the link, and send the Fox an email.

PLEASE RESTORE THE MOLLER PIPE ORGAN TO ITS ORIGINAL AS-BUILT CONDITION. SAVE THE ORGAN!

https://www.foxtheatre.org/about/contact-us

Thanks so much,


Patti Patten and Bob Foreman



April 26, 2018

FOX ROOFTOP "MARQUEE CLUB" SLATED TO OPEN SIX MONTHS LATE!

According to Curbed Atlanta the roof top bars for the super-rich will open with a ribbon-cutting on May 17th, 2018.

And (not including your theatre ticket) the Cover Charge is only SEVENTY-SEVEN DOLLARS!  What is included are soft drinks, finger food, and access to omnipresent cash bars.  For an extra $17 you get a parking space, and none of it is tax-deductible.

The individual membership:

The Broadway series rate:

The single-event rate:

The most pricey is the corporate deal, weighing in at $96, with no added perquisites:

Since the club is already sponsored by Lexus, the Fox should clear a 100% profit, especially with high-priced drinks.  And according to Fox Theatre tax returns, a percentage of that profit goes directly into the pockets of the highest-paid staff members at this "non-profit" whose forgotten chartered purpose is to "restore and preserve."

This screen shot from late 2016 shows that Friends of the Fox memberships were tax deductible, payable to the Fox Theatre Institute, another subset, which "restores and preserves" other theatres beside the Fox.

But in a current screen shot, the frequently asked questions have been reduced to one, and tax deductions are not even mentioned.



What next?

April, 2018


ELVIS at the ATLANTA FOX THEATRE

1956 was the break-through year for the 21-year old Elvis Presley who was regarded as stunningly beautiful, as well as talented, in a whole new genre of his own creation.  Here he radiates boyish charm in a publicity shot for his September, 1956 appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show," on the Columbia Broadcasting System.


Describing meeting Elvis in 1957, Leiber (who co-wrote "Hound Dog") said this about the new Star:

Elvis appeared at The Atlanta Fox (then a first-run Picture Palace) on March 14th and 15th, 1956, photo courtesy Janice McDonald.



The advertisements:



The advance write-up:

Elvis with the fan mail, 1956:

Less than three months after Elvis played The Fox, he returned to town (on June 22nd, 1956) to play The Paramount , located downtown next to the Loew's Grand.

The Paramount was the first Atlanta  Movie Palace to be demolished, shown here after the final curtain in July, 1960.


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To read more at Scotty's Moore's website, click here.  Moore was Elvis' guitarist, and he passed away in 2016.


Copyright Bob Foreman, November, 2017.

FOR THEATRE FIRE UNDERWRITER DRAWING (1929)

November 23, 1929 (scroll down for enlargements)

Enlargements:






From the Joe Patten collection.
August, 2017