Georgia Magazine - July 2012 - (Page 5)
BY PAUL WOOD President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation
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GEORGIA Magazine, the largest-circulation monthly magazine in the state, is published by Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (GEMC), the trade association for Georgia’s 42 consumer-owned electric utilities. On average, more than 500,000 members welcome the magazine into their homes each month. Georgia’s notfor-proﬁt electric cooperatives provide reliable, safe and affordable electric service to more than 73 percent of the state’s land area serving 4.5 million residents. For more information, visit www.georgiaemc.com.
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ot long ago, I came across a couple of rolls of undated 8 mm ﬁlm in the back of a closet. Excitedly, I opened the canister, but was immediately overwhelmed by a strong chemical odor that told me the ﬁlm was deteriorating. Some of it was so brittle, it broke off when I tried to unroll a few frames. The only thing to do was send it off to one of those specialty houses that converts old family movies to a modern DVD. I couldn’t wait to see what had been captured on the ﬁlm. I knew it had been there awhile because it was in a shirt box I bought in New Orleans in 1965. When the DVD arrived, I sat back to watch, as excited as a high-schooler on his ﬁrst prom date. The company had included a note to explain the great pains they had taken to save as much of the ﬁlm as possible. Some of the ﬁlm’s life had not started well, they explained. There was plenty of “fogging” and “light leaks,” which occurred, no doubt, when someone took the exposed ﬁlm from the camera. But part of the problem they attributed to “poor storage methods.” Properly chastised, I watched as the ﬁrst images ﬂickered by. There I was, riding down the street in my ’63 Corvair, the rearengine car that Ralph Nader claimed was “unsafe at any speed.” Later, in the same ﬁlm, I can be seen jumping into an old Mercury convertible, probably from the early 1950s. Unfortunately, there was no sound, but, of course, no one captured sound on home movies in those days. We didn’t mind the absence of sound. Most of us felt fortunate to see any image—blurry, choppy or even out
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of focus. Most of the ﬁlm showed me playing tennis and racquetball with a good friend. He was a never-say-die kind of fellow and ultimately led the two of us to a state championship. He had the will to win at all cost, and that was evident in the ﬁlm. For some reason, the last images were of several kids sitting in front of a TV watching episodes of “Bonanza,” one of the ﬁrst television programs to be broadcast in color. The whole experience made me an instant time traveler. It was all so different from the sterile world of digital images we share with one another today—images that are ﬁne, but do not hold as much power over us as the memories resurrected by fuzzy images of yesteryear with their gauzy, yellow glow. Faded movies from the past, I have found, cannot compare to those in our memory. The gray matter of our brains holds the best of times and, thankfully, erases the worst of times—if that is our wish. And the experiences we shared with friends and loved ones in those yellow, gauzy ﬁlms can even be enhanced in our tucked-away memories.
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PAUL WOOD is the president and CEO of Georgia Electric Membership Corp., headquartere d in Tucker. Georgia EMC represents Georgia’s 42 electric membership corporations (EMCs), Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp., providing electricity to more than 4.5 million residents and businesses in Georgia.
Prior to his move to Georgia, Wood was executive director of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives . Today, he has become one of Georgia’s most fervent promoters through his service to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Foundation, FDR Warm Springs Memorial Advisory Committee and KidsPeace. In 2004, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue tapped Wood to serve as co-chairman of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and, in 2007, Wood to chair the Commission Perdue also asked for a New Georgia Service Delivery Taskforce. Not long after Gov. Nathan Deal was inaugurated in 2011, he appointed Wood to serve on his newly formed Georgia Competitiven ess Initiative. During his nearly half-century of service to electric membership cooperatives, Wood has held many leadership positions, including president of the Rural Electric Statewide Managers’ Association.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Unveiling a Healthier Georgia
A Soldier’s Wish
Georgia Magazine - July 2012