Box 18, Folder 12, Document 13

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OFFICE
CA B L E
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OF THE
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W A TCHTO WER
TRACT SOCIETY
ESIDENT
124 COLUMBIA H E IGHTS, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11201, U.S.A.
July 15 , 1967
The Honorab l e Ivan Al l en , J r .
Mayor of the ci ty of Atlanta, Ge or gia
Atlanta, Ge or gia
Sir:
In t he mont h of J une, 1966, a brochure was sent t o
me, Nathan H. Knorr, President of the Watch Tower Bibl e and
Tract Society , with the headin g "Atlanta Invites You. 11 Our
Society has given consideration to y our letter of June 14 ,
1966 , t hat came wi th the brochure, inviting us to h old a large
convention in Atlanta. I very muc h app r ec i ated your letter.
The brochure a l so contained a lett er f rom t he Governor of
t he State, as we ll as letters f rom t he Atlanta Convention
Bureau, the Atl a nta Hot e l , Mote l As s oc iat ion a nd t he Atlanta
Chamb er of Commer ce .
We had c onsidered c oming t o Atl ant a during t he day s of
July 6- 13, 1969, Sunday t o Sunday i nc l usive, and we con clude d
that we woul d ver y muc h l ike t o have t he use of the Atl a nta
Stadium, which I belie ve has a seating capa ci t y of ab out
57 , 000 people .
I wrote a letter t o Mr . Si dn ey Scarb or ough, dated May
I am encl osing a
copy of this letter that sets out all of th e de t ails . However,
I am sorry to say that up t o this writing I have not yet received
an answer to my letter . Whether the letter may have g one astray,
or whether Mr. Scarborough is n o longer in charge of t he stadium
rentals , I do not know. I thought I had the right information
that Mr. Scarborough would be the man who could answer my
questions.
25, 1967, concerning our plans f or 1969 .
I have been working with the officials in the Na t i onal
and American Baseball Leagues in regard to adjusting dates
in 1969, so that we could use various stadiums throughout the
United States. I had thought that we would by this time ha ve
a reply from Mr. Scarborough, whom I believe to be the general
manager of the Atlanta Stadium and the one to deal with in
these matters, telling us what the price would be, whether
the dates we desire would be available and whether the stadium
is open to conventions such as ours.
We anticipated bringing 40,000 to 45,000 people to Atlanta
during the eight days of the convention in 1969. But to work
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�The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of the city of Atl anta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
July 15, 1967, Page Two
out our program for the summer of 1969 we must know well in
advance whether organization controling the Atlanta Stadium
would rent the stadium to us and work out arrangements with
the Society for the use of t he stadium during these particular
dates.
I know that Mr. Joseph Cronin of the American League and
Mr. Warren Giles of the National League have appointed two
gentlemen to speak to me about trying to work out dates for
1969 so that we could use Yankee Stadium and Atlanta Stadium,
as well as other ballparks, such as Comiskey Park, Busch
Memorial Stadium and the Anaheim Stadium. We have had very
fine relations with the New York Yankees, Chicag o White Sox
and the other stadium officials mentioned, but for some
reason we do not have any definite word from Atlanta, Georg ia.
Perhaps your good offices could put me on the ri ght
track as to the person with whom I should communicate so as
to get an answer to our request for use of the Atlanta Stadium
on t he dates we need it. We would be delighted to come to
Atlanta and we li ke the facilities t hat you describe in
your broch ure. I would be very happy to come to Atlanta to
s ee t he s t adium a nd the facil i ties availab l e and to talk
contract terms a nd to let the ge ntleman in c harge kn ow what
we have done thus f ar with other sta dium of ficials across
t he country .
The Watc ht ower Bible a nd Tract Society would be happy to
a rrange f or a l arge assembl y in At lanta, Georgia July 6-1 3,
1969. May I pl ea se hear f rom you with your suggestions on
wha t I mi g ht do in t his ma t t er ?
Sinc ere l y,
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N. H. Knorr
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