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A Brief History of Labor Day in America

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882 (Lithographie)

Most Americans don’t know the history behind the end of summer holiday known as Labor Day. In May of 1882 a number of New York labor unions joined together to sponsor a “monster labor festival” featuring a parade, bands, speeches, picnics and fireworks. Twelve years later 23 states had enacted legislation to create their own official (more…)

The Text of Our 1986 Charter


To whom it may concern: Whereas, A petition has been received from

John F. Ryan, Robert J. Segars, Robert E. Amis, Tommy “Chico” Atcheson, David Gossett, Steven Hallam, Raymond Hughes, Vernon L. Hyde, Patrick Noon, Cary L. Oldknow, Gary R. Oldknow, Timothy L. Rollins, Robert M. Shelley, Sr., Robert M. Slavinski, James D. Spradlin, Roger M. Teeter, B. Michael Clayton, John Falone, David M. Holt, Jr., Robert Kempf, Marty Mewbron, A. L. Tony Kupersmith, Keith Sherer, D. Lynn Wolverton, Thomas Barkstedt, Michael Mewbron

praying that a charter be granted for the formation of a branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, to be located in (more…)

Celebrating the Anniversary of 479’s Charter


1986 was a momentous year for our nation, filled with highs and lows. The Cosby Show was the number one program in NBC’s “Must See TV” lineup, President Ronald Reagan had entered his 6th year in office, the centennial of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated in New York Harbor, and the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger perished in a terrible explosion shortly after launch, reminding the nation of the costs of exploration.

Set amidst these events was the slow but steady growth of Georgia’s motion picture and television industry, spurred on by President Carter’s establishment of a film office the previous decade.

While our early membership ranks were minuscule in comparison to (more…)