Some of you know that, through my Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) activities, especially with the National Weather Service sponsored Skywarn Spotter program, I became very familiar with much of the television media market in Boston. So, when Lori and I learned that a tour of CNN's World Headquarters here in Atlanta was available, we had to take it. Located within the Omni Atlanta Hotel building, next to Centennial Olympic Park, this place is huge! The "...little network that could..." (Tom Brokaw in "Live from Baghdad"), founded by Ted Turner, certainly has grown into an empire. Tours of the facility run every twenty minutes and usually contain 35-40 visitors at a time. And, it begins in a spectacular way; riding up the world's longest, free-standing escalator (196 feet) for eight floors. For close to an hour, we saw many behind-the-scenes locations within this complex. It was fun to experience this, as it brought back lots of memories for me. As an added treat, while traveling to the CNN Center, we had to negotiate around the Atlanta Marathon ( the fourth marathon we've experienced on our adventure). I have a special fondness for marathons, as I had volunteered for the Boston Marathon for many years.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.