In the next few
weeks I will be updating this website, posting people's
pictures from the 2016 Reunion and creating a place
where you can leave message. I just got home today
(July 21st) from Atlanta after spending a full week
there seeing lots of old friends. So give me some
time to get things in order.
Friend me on Facebook :
To my fellow ACOG Management Staff friends, make sure I
have your current contact details by filling out this
online form -
- Last Name
- Primary Email
- Job Title / Function
- Current City and State
The old 2006 ACOG database of people's names and email
addresses, I am about to redesign. It is offline
at the moment.
NOTE to my Event Junkie Friends.....
Due to the high volume of major events taking place this
July and August, many of you could not attend the ACOG
20th Anniversary Reunion. Talks have just started
in order to stage a reunion of our own. I can not
say it will be this year.... But stay tuned.
I will bring back the
EventJunkies.com website and create a facebook site
in the coming next few months. The old site from
10 years ago is still there, but way out dated to be
Cheers everyone who
took part in the 1996 Centennial Olympic and Paralympic
Harvey Louie : ACOG
Venue Management, Venue Signage Program
Thursday - July 14th 2016 : Change of Reunion
While Saturday July 16th starting at 12:oo
noon is still the plan for the ACOG Management
Staff Reunion. The location has all of a
sudden changed due to a phone call I just got
today from the Centennial Park Authority
that I have been dealing with. Read
Below in white.
Also - Friday night the 15th, I
picked the Legal Sea Foods Oyster Bar to
hang out in for a while starting at 8:00 p.m.
I have dinner reservation at 6:30 and may end up
eating in the bar. Its attached to the
Hilton Garden Inn's lobby. Downstairs of
the main Legal Sea Foods restaurant. I am
likely wearing a Red Polo shirt.
No need to bring anything - just show up
early and enjoy the company of those who do show up.
Maybe 200 or 300 people possibly- its impossible for me to
tell. It could only be 100 of us or 400
come out of the woodwork - I have no way of
for the change is the Amphiteater area that we
promised to me, is now being used for Olympic
Athlete Autograph Signing. Then the entire
park, not just the north side of the park, where
the main stage will be is being completely
fenced off around the entire perimeter for
The gates on International Blvd will not open
until 5:00 p.m. We no longer can
get access to the Amphitheater area for our 12 noon reunion.
might be better off indoors where its air
conditioned, has food and cool drinks at and as
well as restrooms and parking access. Plus
the park has been a hot bed of demonstrations
all this week. BUT, I will say this
as of tody the 14th. It was really quite
at the Park today. No protester at all to
be seen. Granted, the park has been closed
off for a day or two - as it was today to get
advised that there is a big convention in
town so downtown parking may be impacted on
Saturday. Plus with all the public
protests going on at the Park, it could be a Zoo
out there. Take public transportation like
Bus 51, MARTA to Peachtree or Philips Arena on Blue or Green
lines, or finally try out Uber car services
which I use all the travel as I travel the
There is the Centennial Park Parking Garage
right next to the CNN Center.
Wolaver sent me this link from his blog.
spread the word please.
Monday - July 4, 2016 : ACOG Management Staff
OK, save the date for Saturday, July 16th
The Centennial Olympic Park has confirmed with
me that there will be a
public celebration event in the Park for the
20th Anniversary of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The public event (not our reunion) is in
the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. as I
For now our plans are simply to gather at the
Amphitheater of Centennial Olympic Park on
Saturday the 16th of July from 12 :00 noon to
6:00 p.m. Then people can join the
main public celebration on the north end of the
park afterward into the evening.
likely be a Friday night gathering for those
driving or flying into town like me. For
now lets gather at the street level bar
that is connected to the Hilton Garden Inn
and Legal Seafoods Restaurant on Baker St
NW, between Luckie Street and Marietta Street.
If things get too big we can always try moving
to Stats across Marietta St. Both are on
the north side of the park to the west of the GA
Aquarium. Meeting between 8 and 10 pm.
Its not a huge place as the picture show below.
few months I had been trying to collect people's
current contact information using this online
of the idea was to get an idea of who would want
to attend the reunion. About 175 people
replied and most said they would like to come to
the reunion. But my email blast campaign
has not been working out well. I have been
having issues with sending massive amount of
emails. I think a lot of my early 2016
emails never went through to people.
Trying to reach out to the 800 to 1,000 people I
have active email address on.
combine with the fact that I have been on
business travels the full month of June, hasn't
help evangelize the reunion outreach efforts.
I will try
and answer questions...
Dates and Time : July 16th, 12 noon to 5:00 pm
- Location : Amphitheater Area, south end of Centennial Park
- Who plans to come : July 4th Report,
Name List -
- Where do we need help :
Cooler for Ice, Bags
of Ice, Water Coolers, Cups
- Is there a cost to attend : small donation
may be requested onsite
- Hotel Discounts : None
own food and snacks for the afternoon, plus
something to drink and stay cool and hydrated.
Also plan on bringing a trash bag to take away
you own garbage. There is no budget for
clean up so we have to leave the amphitheater
I thought I would be able to plan and organize
things between Jan 1st and now. But I have
been over run with business travels and
Harvey Louie : 415-987-5281
>> NOTE : we are not going to the amphitheater, I only leave this up as a
Saturday - January 30th, 2016
This summer there are plans by the City of
Atlanta to stage a 20th Anniversary of the
Olympic Games in Centennial Park. Similar
to the 10 year anniversary event in 2006.
But the exact date has yet to be announced, only
the month of July being mentioned in some public
I have been
speaking with the Centennial Park Authority for
the past few years regarding staging a reunion
event for those of us from the ACOG Management
Team who are still interested in all gathering
I need to
start reaching out to everyone I had
contact with via email 10 years ago. Lots
of 1,000 or so email addresses I had have changed
or gone dead as time has marches on. But
I will be starting a newsletter shortly that
people can subscribe to for information about
what I have planned.
Tuesday - March 10th, 2015
As some of you know, I live out in the San
Francisco Bay area since leaving ACOG at the end
of 1996. But I still have plans to produce
a 2016 20th Anniversary Reunion. No date
has been picked out, but I will announce
something this summer to help people make plans
for the summer 2016. Likely a June or July
speaking with the Centennial Park Authority in
2014, and they mentioned that possibly the city
of Atlanta my try and do a public event in
Centennial Park to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the Games. Similar to the
the 10th anniversary
I need to
start reaching out to everyone I had
contact with via email 10 years ago. Lots
of addresses have changed as time marches on.
Harvey Louie : 415-987-5281
Saturday - March 7th, 2014
I live in San Francisco, I am in or pass through
Atlanta at least once a year. This year
alone I have had business in town twice now in
only three months. Almost 3 times actually
as a production got cancelled that would have
been in the old Inforum Theater.
Each time I am here in Atlanta I do a bit more
planning for an ACOG Staff Reunion. While
many things are a bit up in the air still.
Save a weekend in July of 2016 for big reunion.
I was on
the phone just now talking with the Centennial
Olympic Park Authority. Trying to carve
out both a date and location to hold an ACOG
Staff Reunion. Not so easy to do when
other forces are in the early planning stages of
another public celebration in Centennial Park
for the 20th Anniversary of Atlanta Olympic
In the end
I need to slowly reach out to the 1,000 or so
old email addressed I have in my database.
To see which are active and which are dead.
As well as to reach out and find as many missing
staffer as possible.
need to start a new contact database for 2016
soon, so simple email me if you are coming to
this site for the first time. Or if you
are already in my old 2006 database, simply
email me at my address below so that I know you
are still alive and kicking so I can keep you up
today on 2016 reunion plans.
I know we
have all lost a lot of good and dear friends
since 1996. I am sure every one of them
would have loved to attend an ACOG reunion of friends and
Harvey Louie : 415-987-5281
- August 18th, 2012
I am making an
effort to update the Staff Database. I am sure
that after 6 year we have lost a number of our friends
as they have passed on. As well as people have
changed email addresses over time.
I think it
would also be fun for those still in Atlanta to
maybe create a quick Flash Mob of a gathering at
Olympic Park before the summer ends. The
London Olympic Games was wonderful to watch on
TV. It brought back lots of good memories
of share times with other ACOG Staffers.
Louie : 415-987-5281
- February 9th, 2012
My plans for a 15
Year Reunion in Atlanta during the summer of 2011 came
and went I am afraid. My production and business
travels never let up long enough for me to turn my plans
into a reality.
I know I am
returning to Atlanta for business the weekend of
May 19th. My Sunday the 20th is likely to
be free, maybe I can slip in a simple adhoc
meetup where people can drop in just to see who
I will have
to do an email blast just to see how many dead
email addresses I have in my database after 6
Louie : 415-987-5281
February 17th, 2011
A 15 Year Reunion
has been on my mind for the past 18 months now. I
was in Atlanta on business for a week, last November in
2010. I made some site inspections on possibly
where I could produce both an evening cocktail party
mixer in one location like on a Saturday night, as well
as a Olympic Park Picnic event the next day.
are simple and easily do-able, but my biggest
fear is not having time in my busy travel and
production schedule to pull it all together.
So I am looking at what can be be done, and who
could possibly help me.
Once I have
a better grip on things I will post and email as
many people as I can - giving as much notice as
I can possible muster.
September 12th, 2009
Another full year
has passed since I was last in Atlanta on August 24th
2008, on the happy occasion of my good friend
getting married. But I was recently saddened when
my long time friend
Bob Stiles, the Venue Manager of the Olympic Stadium
suddenly passed away in August of this year (2009).
remind me how much I value the friendships and special
bonds that I have formed with the 100's of the people I
had met at my time at ACOG.
I still have an
interest in helping to staging a 15 Year Reunion in
2011. I have laid the ground work for a picnic at
Centennial Olympic Park, with a possible after hours
adult party at the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce function
space overlooking the Park.
Pictures from the
last reunion showed people have a good time. I am
sure a 15 Year Reunion will be even better.
I haven't picked a
date in 2011 to hold such an event. Nor I have
solicited a local Atlanta Team to help me support an
event like this. But look for an announcement in
the summer of 2010.
I will keep
everyone informed via direct emails if you are
registered in the Staff
Here is another fun photo from 1994
of the then currect
ACOG Management Staff.
Friday - August
22nd, 2008 - Its an ACOG Gathering
OK, the plans are
set for TONIGHT and we are going to
show up at "Stats" Sports Bar and Restaurant at 300
Marietta Street near Centennial Olympic Park. Come
after work - 6:00 PM - and stay until they kick us out.
- Bring a Camera
- Wear your ACOG Accreditation or...
- Come wearing your 10 Year Reunion Accreditation -
thanks Maria at the
We are all just
showing up and descending upon the place. No
private room, unless we just end up crowding out the
place and they comp us a private space. I'll try
and soften them up a bit when I get there in the
afternoon to see the place for the first time.
Maybe they will be nice to us and I'll get my way for
I'll be having
dinner with a few friends at 6:00 pm - but I don't
expect most to show until 7:00 pm. Time to maybe
get home, change cloths, grab a snack, and get on your
300 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Monday - August
Its an ACOG
OK, the plans are
in motion to do a get together this week on Friday after
work. The location will be somewhere near the
Olympic Park. A few people had mentioned "Stats"
at 300 Marietta Street. Kim Kovacs mentioned Max
Lagers, the Brewhouse right down the street on Peachtree
near the old 270 HQ.
I am asking people to post a quick message on this
bulletin board, so we all have some idea of who
might be coming. It will help me with some sort of
head count, while at the same time giving others an idea
of any friends that might pop in to attend that night.
What I do know is
that I have to have dinner somewhere while I am in town
that night. I welcome anyone who wants to join me
for a little sit down time. I know Annie Gersna
from Language Services will be joining me at our final
chosen location. Shooting for 6:00 pm I guess.
wear either your 1996 ACOG Accreditation, or the 10 Year
Reunion Accreditations that Maria Ngayan-Shelton from
made for all of us.
Check this website
one final time on Friday after 3:00 PM for the latest
and greatest news. I am in the air all day on
Thursday, getting into ATL at about 10:00 pm. I'd
like to nail it all down by the end of my day on
Wednesday. But like every event - its always down
to the wire.
August 9th, 2008
The Games are On,
Beijing Games that is.
Anyone want to get
together in Atlanta while the Games are still on.
Friday night the 22nd, check this posting for for ideas
and for leaving suggestions. I'll leave major
updates here so you can find out what really might
December 5th, 2006
Here is a link to
Olympic Museum Photos I took on last business trip
back to Atlanta in September. The exhibit
will hold 200 people on it two floors of displays.
There is a "no food or drink" policy in the exhibit
areas, so an actual reunion in the space is not allowed.
But there are plenty of other common areas to serve and
consume food and drink.
September 1st, 2006
I wasn't able to
pick up enough steam on this special event, so I had to
cancel it this week. We will all have to gather there in
the summer of 2007 when I hope we can all gather again
for second ACOG Staff Reunion. Maybe that event will
take place in early June or maybe late September. July
and August have been ruled out as that is when most
families take their vacations.
But before we get
to the next reunion, I need your help to search the
Staff Directory and
see if you can help me find the lost and missing staff
members. It's amazing how many of us it took to produce
the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, but even more amazing
we have lost touch with so many of the former friends
and fellow staff members.
Help me reach out
and find all who we can.
August 19th, 2006
Well, call me crazy
or just a man asking for punishment - but I think I have
it all worked out if anyone wants to join me and a few
close ACOG friends at the new Olympic Museum. Of course
the catch is I have to get enough people to commit to
pay for 250 tickets to have the Atlanta History Center
open the doors to have our own private showing. Tickets
will be the normal $15 admission, plus a $1 service fee
to cover the PayPal charges.
If anyone wants to
try and make a go of it - the date is set for September
17th, a Sunday night from 6:00 PM until maybe 11:00 PM.
Everyone - young and old, staff and non-staff are
invited to attend. I have one week to try and get 250
people to ante up and make a commitment through August
28th. Then if I have my 250 pledges to buy tickets, I'll
give everyone one more week to go online and pay via
PayPal before the Labor Day Weekend is over on September
A $3,500 minimum
deposit will be due on Sept 6th, ten days before the
event. If I have this amount in my PayPal account to
meet the payment, I will consider taking cash and checks
at the door, but always prefer to have people use
This is all a
little bit crazy, since I will be on the road from Sept
9th in Washington D.C., until I end up in Atlanta on
September 16th the day before the event. I am producing
a broadcast at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center on
the 19th and 20th for the new CEO of CIBA Vision.
Click HERE to register and commit to Olympic Museum
Payments for tickets will be required
after 250 tickets are committed to, or not at all if we
fall short by Monday, August 28th. You can see our
progress by searching the database for people responding
"YES" regarding attending.
August 5th, 2006
2006 Reunion Photos
I have posted the
reunion photos on
the website that have been sent to me so far. It's fun
to see everyone smiling and having a good time at the 10
year reunion held at the Inforum. If you are still
holding onto photos from the reunion, email them to me
Here is a link to
an article about the weekend from
Around The Rings.
For those of you
who couldn't attend our gathering due to rather short
notice, I guess that may be some of my fault. I didn't
start searching for ACOG Staff Alumni until April 13th
which was only 90 days out of the actual 10 year
reunion. Be assured that you will get more notice on the
If you are just
finding out now that there was a 10 year reunion party
specifically for the ACOG Management Staff, I have been
looking for you. Make sure and
REGISTER on this
website to be notified of the next reunion, and to be
added to the overall Staff Directory. Don't hold me to
it, but maybe we can slip in 1 or 2 more gatherings
before we hit the 15 Year Reunion mark in 2011.
If you need a place
to post a message,
HERE is the place to do it.
And a final "Thank
You" to everyone who took the time to attend, and
especially the SHINING STARS
who offered a little extra financial support to stage
the event. It was pretty much a break-even event which
is the best you can always hope for. I hope we can all
do it again, sooner than later but with maybe 500 to
1,000 of our closest ACOG Friends & Staff. Now that
would really be a party!
Help me find those
who we don't have contact with. For every One Person I
have found in the past 90 days, there is One More out
there that is on the missing list somewhere.
Monday - July
2006 Reunion Recap
Wow, what a fun
time it was seeing everyone from the ranks of the ACOG
Management Staff who were able to come out and celebrate
the 10 Year Anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games
at the Inforum Lobby this past Saturday.
Like someone said
before me - this may be the start of something big! I
have contact with 650 of you now, and my goal is to
reach out and find 650 more, and then another 650 more!
Then I'll really have the makings of a Party on our
Keenan Delaney from
Sports reminded me of what I said in an April 13th
email, that I sent to the everyone in the very first
round of emails...
"I have been
asked many times in the past 2 years if I would be
helping to stage an official reunion. The answer is no."
Well, this is one
of the few times in life I haven't kept my word.
I might be saying
something like this in a few weeks when I get clobbered
with all the party bills and come up a short.... but
that is another email all together (don't you just
love'em, bills I mean - not all the emails from me).
But in the end when
I look back on just the past few days, knowing I was
able to pull together as many people as I could in only
90 days of reaching out - I think I did OK.
Keep reaching out
for me - to me find the next 650 Ex-ACOG Staff Members.
We all know they are out there, most right around the
corner somewhere in the greater Atlanta area.
like to pass the torch a bit, and have some local people
(not this San Francisco guy) find a place and a time to
hold a series of gatherings over the next few years.
Then maybe hold a BIG 15 Year Reunion with Everyone
I'll help lead the
charge with my expert guidance now that I have the
official title of "CEO" of the Post Olympic Games Staff.
Thanks for the wall plaque Winkie, Janice and Lisa, I
love you all - way too cool.
Once I wrap up my
Family's reunion and return from a 5 day camping
vacation in the Sierra Mountains, I will be back in
touch with everyone about sending me digital pictures to
post on the website. That will give me time to re-think
what I just said above and get out before the going gets
tough. What I am saying, the tougher the job the more I
want it - right Bob Stiles!