|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 115 Bob Cohn|
|Dates||2010 June 30|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Bob Cohn began his career as a news writer and photojournalist after graduating from the University of Alabama. He has worked on Olympic and event marketing for many years and has served as a chairman of the National Parade and March Oversight Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and as Governor Zell Miller's appointee to the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority. Cohn discusses his work as a journalist, his experience working in the field of public relations, and his influence on several Olympic Games.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 115, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Bob Cohn began his career as a news writer and photojournalist after graduating from the University of Alabama. He has worked on Olympic and event marketing for many years and has served as a chairman of the National Parade and March Oversight Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and as Governor Zell Miller's appointee to the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority.
Part 1: Bob Cohn recalls being born in Booklyn, New York, joining the Air Force and attending the University of Alabama through the G.I. Bill. He recalls his first job working for the Montgomery Advertiser and subsequently working as the city editor of the Augusta newspaper. In Atlanta, Cohn covered the capitol and had a fair relationship with Governor Sanders. He discusses his work as a reporter during the civil rights movement in Augusta and Montgomery. Cohn discusses his fears for personal safety as a Jewish reporter but comments on the non-partiality of the companies he worked with later in life. He recalls playing darts in the Press Office during Lester Maddox's administration and his friendship with Jimmy Carter. Cohn recalls his first forays into public relations.
Part 2: Bob Cohn shares his iconic picture of Denmark Groover taking the legislative clock down and explains the story relating to reapportionment that went along with it. He discusses starting his public relations firm with partner Norman Wolfe. Cohn discusses working with Coca-Cola on Olympic promotions from the 1970s. He recalls working on the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Cohn recalls several legislative issues that his public relations firm handled in addition to six political campaigns. He discusses being Zell Miller's appointee to the Metropolitan Olympic Games Authority and his perception of party politics in Georgia.