Although the Buckhead Community brags of having more neighborhood periodicals than any other submarket, and the “Bucks on the Street” have been given voluminous exposure, there is still the acknowledgement that many Buckhead residents and visitors don’t know the origin or motivation of this new phenomenon.
The nonprofit Buckhead Coalition chamber-type business group has been overwhelmed with reaction and inquiries, almost all very favorable. Like Chicago that started the concept many years ago with cow sculptures, and our neighbor to the east, Athens, recently introduced handsome bulldogs — many other characters have surfaced in cities in-between.
“Even more important” according to Coalition president Sam Massell, “is to publicly thank the originators of this idea for Buckhead. They are really exciting”, he adds, “building a priceless esprit de corps of pride in Buckhead.”
In this behalf, the parents of the idea, Elizabeth Gill and Donna Kain, were presented framed Certificates of Commendation at Thursday's Buckhead Business Association June Signature Luncheon to express the community’s appreciation for their unselfish volunteerism, with additional credit to the “Buckhead Boys” heritage brought about by former U.S. Poet Laureate James L. Dickey, and the artistic base by nationally prominent cartoon artist Jack Davis.