This is my ongoing Timeline of events that are important to me!
November 24, 1924 – Daddy, Ira Willard Tatum, was born in Dawsonville, Georgia.
June 17, 1927 – Mother, Vivian Lee Mize, was born in Cumming, Georgia.
August 25, 1930 – Sean Connery, my favorite James Bond 007 was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland.
August 25, 1939 -L. Frank Baum’s fantasy musical movie “The Wizard of OZ” was released. The film failed to turn a profit until the 1949 re-release due to its incredibly high production cost. Buddy Ebsen (Jedd Clampett / Barnaby Jones) was originally cast as the Tin Man.
1940 – The bluegrass band the Wilburn Brothers (discovered by Roy Acuff) made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Their names were Teddy and Doyle and Mother named me after the latter.
August 22, 1945 – Ron Dante is born in Staten Island, New York. He would go on to write and sing for the Archies, Cuff Links, Detergents, and on many familiar commercials. He would also produce artists such as Barry Manilow and Cher.
June 2, 1955 – Michael Steele, of the Runaways and Bangles, was born in Pasadena, California.
January 11, 1958 – Vicki Peterson, co-founder of the Bangles, was born in Los Angeles, California.
May 14, 1958 – I was born at St. Joseph Hospital in downtown Atlanta.
January 17, 1959 – Susanna Hoffs, co-founder of the Bangles, was born in Los Angeles, California.
December 21, 1961 – Debbi Peterson, co-founder of the Bangles, was born in Los Angeles, California.
August 27, 1963 – Donnie Thompson was born at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a good friend since the early ’80s. He even managed my Record Store, Circle Sky Records.
September 12, 1966 – One of my never-miss TV shows as a child was The Monkees. It follows the rock band and their adventures. Every show included at least one song.
1967 – Jethro Tull was a rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire by Ian Anderson, the band leader, vocalist, and flute player.
November 9, 1967 – Apollo 4 was launched with the first Saturn 5 from Launch Complex 39 at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. It was an unmanned successful flight testing all of the stages. This photo is the Apollo 4 lift-off.
Read about the NASA Railroad
Read about Michael Collins
Read about Amy Shira Teitel
April 2, 1968 – The sci-fi movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” written by Arthur C. Clarke (shown here) and produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick was released.
September 19, 1975 – Fawlty Towers, the incredibly funny Britsh Sitcom, was released. It stars John Cleese (Monty Python), as Basil Fawlty, a hotel owner in Torquay, England
September 11, 1977 – The Atari 2600 game console was released and is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and games stored on ROM cartridges. I bought the Sears version.
January 1, 1981 – The undefeated Georgia Bulldogs win the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans defeating Notre Dame 17-10 to win the 1980 National Championship.
1981- The Bangles were formed in Los Angeles, California. They would release their first single as the Bangs, but soon change due to another band with that name. Annette Zilinskas started as the bassist but was replaced by Michael Steele in 1983.
March 1983 – The Compaq Portable was released with an Intel 8088 processor and dual 5 1/4″ drives. I bought a 20MB hard drive (on an internal card) for mine. At 28 lbs it was nicknamed “Luggable”
February 1985 – I started at Total Technical Institute in Norcross, Georgia. It was a 2-year, 5 days a week, 6-10 pm, Computer Hardware Technology course. With my diploma, I was promised a job at Management Science America (MSA) in their Computer Hardware department.
March 15, 1985 – The first domain name ever registered on the world wide web was symbolics.com
My first domain name was
Photo>Symolics 3640 (1984 workstation)
February 12, 1987 – I graduated from Total Technical Institute, with perfect attendance. MSA honored their promise of a job and I started in the Computer Hardware department that week.
January 10, 2022 – The Georgia Bulldogs defeat Alabama 33-18 to win the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
January 9, 2023 – The Georgia Bulldogs (15-0) made history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back College Football Playoff national championships since the CFP began in 2014. Led by head coach Kirby Smart, UGA overpowered TCU (13-2) with a 65-7 win.