I would like to start by dedicating this web site to three people; Joe G. Patten, Rick Flinn, and Bob Van Camp as well as one more entity, the Fox theatre itself. During their tenures at the Fox, these two people have made vast contributions to the preservation, restoration, and expansion of the Atlanta Fox Theatre. Without their contributions, the Fox would be a very different place, if not be here at all.
Mr. Patten, more than any other person, is responsible for the Fox being saved from the wrecking ball as he has quite literally dedicated the large majority of his life to the Fox Theatre.
Mr. Flinn arrived at the Fox to help prepare it for a gala celebration of the United States Bicentennial and wound up becoming its first Restoration Director. It was through his hands, the Fox was put on a path to return to its prior glory.Mr. Van Camp. While I never got to know Bob as personally as I wish I could have, he was a wonderful soul who was kind and very personable. Of all the organists that I have heard play the Fox's Moller organ, it seemed that it was only Mr.Van Camp that knew it the best and could make its song rise above all the others. For that, he gave me an appreciation of Mighty Mo no other person could have and I feel I have been blessed and honored to have heard him play Mighty Mo many times before he left us.
Thanks and Gratitude
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to those who have helped me learn about the Fox that have given me a much better appreciation for it and the importance of preserving its acurate history.
My first thanks goes to Mr. Rick Flinn, the original Restoration Director of the Fox Theater. Today he sits on the Board of Directors of Atlanta Landmark as an honrary member and spends his time living in both Atlanta, Georgia USA and Paris, France where he is now working restoring old buildings there. Any time I've had a question about the Fox, it has always been Rick that I contact to verify and share my information with.
I wish to thank Mr. John C. McCall Jr., past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, long time historian of the great movie theaters and their organs in the Southeast, as well as organist extraordinaire! I first learned of Mr. McCall when I purchased the first book published by Atlanta Landmarks about the Fox in 1975 that he wrote. I finally met John in person in 2004 and that through his wealth of information it helped me improve this web site as well as my expand my knowledge of Atlanta's grand palaces that are no longer with us.I wish to give a great big thanks and a huge hug to Ms. Janice McDonald. Janice contacted me in the spring of 2012 asking about my time at the Fox. She was working hard on writing a new book about the Atlanta Fox and wanted to see if I had anything I could add to her research. I gave her access to my entire Fox photographic catalog and spent time recalling my years there and knowledsge of the Fox. I think she took me seriously and I was able to make somewhat of a contribution to her book. The Book, Images of America, The Fox Theatreis publshed by Arcadia Publishing and is available at Amazon.com or your local bookseller. It is also available in the Atlanta area at various places where books of local interest can be found. I highly reccommend any person interested in the Fox to buy a copy of this great book! Janice was kind enough to share her knowledge and her catalog of collected images she had complied for her book so I could use some of them in my third major revision of the site. That generous act I feel has greatly help to round out the stories I tell on this site. I cannot thank Janice enough!