Georgia Magazine - July 2013 - (Page 5) (800) 544-4362, in Georgia; (770) 270-6500 GEORGIA Magazine, the largest-circulation monthly magazine in the state, is published by Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (GEMC), the trade association for Georgia’s 41 consumer-owned electric utilities. On average, more than 500,000 members welcome the magazine into their homes each month. Georgia’s not-for-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 EDITOR Ann Orowski, CCC MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Hewett, CCC ASSOCIATE EDITOR Victoria Scharf DeCastro PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Gayle Hartman ASSISTANT EDITOR Kevin Braun ASSISTANT EDITOR Jim Jess EDITORIAL INTERN Bhavna Dilipkumar CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Greg Brooks, Caroline Crist, Jane F. Garvey, Ann McCleary, Clay Narron, Andréa M. Vernot, Carol J. 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Paul Wood EMC Acceptance of advertising by GEORGIA Magazine does not imply endorsement by the publisher or Georgia’s electric membership corporations of the product or services advertised. (Contined from front have something to say and don’t care if they say it to the whole world. IMSINGL revealed a little too much personal information if you ask me. One of my favorites I spotted while driving in California: BYCDMC. I wrote it down because, at first, I couldn’t figure it out. In fact, it was three months later before it dawned on me that it stood for, “Baby, You Can Drive My Car.” A Beatles fan! But I think most people just want to find a clever way to say what we all know: “Hey, we’re all in this crazy world together and shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously.” And there was an elderly lady at my church who drove the longest and most chrome-plated Cadillac I ever saw. It always sparkled in the parking lot. On her license plate was the date: SEP 76. That’s all. I finally asked her the significance of the date, and she told me, “Why son, that’s the month and year of my divorce from my first husband. He got the girl; I got the car and everything else he owned.” I laughed all the way home. But my favorite is the one I saw right here in Tucker the other day: GEMC4U. Now, where’s the closest Stuckey’s? flap) Wrap .375 Spine .8125 ' Looking for a great gift idea? What readers asked It’s My View More online at GEORGIA Magazine readers have loved Paul Wood’s monthly most 15 years; response columns for alto the magazine points of every issue. After numerous readers suggestedto this being the most-read page columns in a book, that Wood put his “Viewpoint” he did. This book is the result. Back Visit www.georgiamag to order “It’s My View,” a hardbound book featuring 100 of the magazine readers’ favorite columns from past years. 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. for … What readers say about “Viewpoint,” the monthly column of Paul Wood: “A new decade begins” was just chock-full of wisdom that many on both sides of the of our leaders aisle seem to lack. I’d like to shake your hand tell you how much I think of you.” one day and “Mr. Wood … is so “Paul, keep up the —Dave K., Townsend, Ga. inspirational in his common-sense approach to everything!” —Jamie W., Richmond Hill, Ga. enjoy your articles.” good work. I always —Larry W., Perry, Ga. “I am thrilled about this book. Paul Wood’s ‘Viewpoint’ is the first the magazine.” thing I read in —Anita J., West Point, Ga. “Thank you very much for the ‘Viewpoint’ article, ‘Growing older? This is a splendid article Who, me?’ on aging. We always enjoy Paul’s articles …” —Jeanette G., Cleveland, Ga. “My GEORGIA Magazine arrived yesterday. … Wood’s. His words My first article is always ring true to me. Please Paul pass along my applause.” “Paul Wood always —Angela S., Blairsville, gives us something Ga. to think about.” —Vickie H., Thomson, IT’S MY VIEW JACKET DESIGN BY TRUDIE THIBODEAUX JACKET PHOTOGRAP HY BY LOUIS TONSMEIRE PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. © 2011 GEMC GEORGIA MAGAZINE Ga. 2011 By Paul Wood July 2013 W hen I traveled with my family as a boy, one of our favorite games was reading the license plates of cars ahead of us to count the number of states represented on the roads. The person who identified the most states won and got to choose his very own log roll at the next Stuckey’s. Maybe that’s why I have this fascination with vanity plates today. As I travel, I find my eyes invariably reading the license plate of every car or truck in front of me. If it turns out to be a vanity plate, the game’s on to determine what it says (even if there’s no one else in the car with me). The amateur psychologist in me believes such tags have a lot to say about the person driving the car. Often the tags reveal something of his or her vocation, beliefs or associations. Occasionally they’re intended to deliver a pointed message. For example, I saw this one recently: ISUE4U. No doubt, I was following a lawyer. Another read: ALLRIZE. I decided there must be a judge at the wheel and gave him a wide berth. A couple of years ago, I was driving across the plains of Kansas and came upon a blonde in a red Corvette. Her tag displayed, HIOFCER. I had to smile because she gave me just enough time to read it before, with the wave of her hand, she sped off like I was standing still. There is a lot you can say with just seven letters. The creativity of those who accept the challenge is a delight to admire. When I saw this one—NOSUP4U—I knew I was behind a “Seinfeld” fan. Of course, there are those who It’s My View ' W hen Paul Wood writes a in his monthly “Viewpo GEORGIA Magazine, h reflections are often laced wit lessons he learned while grow town of Natchitoches , La. One has only to read a co gain an appreciation for a life faith and education. Small towns in the 1950s The character of the town’s yo shaped by adults who accepted in life, putting every child on a and successful citizenship. It w “Remember who you are” was small-town mother, a cautionar on your best behavior when yo door to meet the world. A teena that anyone in the community c report.” ' GEORGIA Magazine’s LIABILITY FOR ERRORS IN, OR OMISSIONS OF, ADVERTISEMENTS, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR IN TORT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES TO THE ADVERTISER’S BUSINESS, SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF CHARGES FOR THE ADVERTISEMENT THAT WAS OMITTED OR IN WHICH THE ERROR OCCURRED. BY PAUL WOOD President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation It’s My View GEORGIA Magazine (USPS-473120, ISSN 10615822) is published monthly by Georgia Electric Membership Corp., P.O. Box 1707, 2100 East Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30085. Periodicals postage paid at Thomaston, GA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to GEORGIA Magazine, P.O. Box 1707, Tucker, GA 30085. Printed in Georgia by Quad/Graphics. R vanity plates 4 U? A collection of readers ’ favorite ‘Viewpoint’ columns from GEOR GIA Magazine By Paul Wood President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corp. In Wood’s column, “Good v remember growing up when roc born, perhaps with parents who understand it. In “My mother sa raise,” you’ll discover Paul’s purp humor. In “The parade of our tim it all about,” he waxes philosoph meaning of life. In “Good friends times,” you’ll think of someone w when the going was rough. He als advice for graduates looking for a celebrating the Fourth of July and a more meaningful Christmas for There is also considerable commen officials could make government w levels. Hardly any subject escapes t opinion of Paul Wood. This collection of readers’ favo is more than a nostalgic look at the reminder that many of those learned are just as applicable early l today in mid-20th-century America. Wood every person possesses a unique gift discovered and cultivated, has the ca change the world. At the very least, t is apt to find Wood’s insights a helpf for understanding the problems that complicated world in early 21st-cent (Con 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2013

Georgia Magazine - July 2013
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Fly-in or Drive-In
“Air Fare America”
Wood Basket of the World
Link to Video on Georgia’s Tree Industry
Lighten Up!
Control What You Consume
Around Georgia
Enhancing your adventure
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
More Snapshot photos
Plant of the month
July’s online trivia contest
Georgia Grown spotlight

Georgia Magazine - July 2013