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TV ROUND-UP: "TODAY" GIVES ATLANTA A ONE-YEAR LOOKOVER
Published July 19, 1995
With 366 days remaining before next year's Opening Ceremonies, Bryant Gumbel hosted "Today" from Atlanta this morning, setting up just outside of the evolving Olympic Stadium. Gumbel hosted a variety of guests and featured Atlanta's preparation, profiling both venue sites and local attractions. Gumbel's first guest was ACOG Co-Chair and Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. Young said the Games will mean more to Atlanta than just economic growth: "It means Atlanta and the American South will finally be recognized as the real U.S.A." Gumbel interviewed Bill Moss, Managing Dir of ACOG Construction, from inside the Olympic Stadium. Moss, who also managed the EPCOT Center project, was optimistic that sites will be completed on- time and on-budget. Gumbel also featured the Olympic T-Shirt Auction, the Centennial Olympic Park Brick purchase program, and hosted Spurgeon Richardson, President of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Under intense questioning, Richardson maintained that visitors will be able to book hotel rooms for reasonable prices. Also featured: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Summer Sanders, Bela Karyoli, a local chef specializing in Southern Cooking and Olympic Mascot Izzy (NBC, 7/19). Last night, ESPN's Bob Sirkin also reported on Atlanta's preparations. Among the challenges facing organizers: financing and traffic ("SportsCenter," 7/18).