Not really a paperboy

Here at Wanna Buy a Paper, Mister we occasionally honor paperboys — those youths, mainly in the past now, whose arms most all NewsPAPERS depended on to get the morning or afternoon editions on readers doorsteps, driveways and rose bushes.

However, the Paper Boi song is something completely different.

If you’re a fan of Danny Glovers “Atlanta,” you’ve heard Paper Boi, a rap song that the character Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles sings. Well, it’s not about Newspapers. It’s about money and drugs. Still, though, a catchy rap:

And the lyrics:

A-Town, what up?
Ay, ay, ay, yeah
Paper Boi, Paper Boi
All about that paper, boy
Got a team to serve a fiend
All from Cali to Decatur, boy
Stack it
That paper, boy, paper, boy
All about that paper, boy
I keep a ting
Uh, yeah!

Paper Boi, Paper Boi
Always ’bout that paper, boy
If you ain’t on your grind
And you flexin’, you’s a hater, boy
Paper Boi, Paper Boi
Always gettin’ paper, boy
If you ain’t makin’ money
Then you ain’t a money maker, boy
Paperclip, paperclip
Yeah I need a paperclip
I’m stackin’ up this paper, man
And I could make that paper flip
That paper flip, paper flip
Watch me make this paper flip
Then head to Magic City
And I bet that paper make her strip
Paper man, paper man
Catch me in the paper, man
Like Wall Street Journal, yeah
‘Cause I be gettin’ paper, man
Paper man, paper man
Yeah I’m gettin’ paper, man…

If you’re not watching “Atlanta,” start now!


New life for an old newspaper building

Back in the day, the building housed The Atlanta Constitution. Today, there are trees growing on the roof and terraces. Tomorrow, it may be home to apartments, commercial space and restaurants.
 Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Developers have finally going to revive the old newspaper building that has been empty since the early Seventies. Located directly across the street from the MARTA Five Points station, it has the potential for greatness for downtown Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first moved across the tracks to their “new” building and has since left that building, in 2010,  for new (leased) digs in Dunwoody, Ga.

Plans call for the building to house 67,000 square feet of loft office space, 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail, and a rooftop restaurant. An adjoining residential building will be constructed, with 112 residential units and 142 parking spaces.

Atlanta Curbed has the scoop on this story.


A real in newspaper in a fake story. It’s called a movie.

Stumbled across the trailer for “Baby Driver,” last night. The synopsis according to Rotten Tomatoes:

A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

And The Atlanta Journal-Constitution makes a very brief appearance, but FYI, there is nowhere or nothing in Atlanta that locals call “The Hub.”


The AJC’s marketing department must have been involved, because this is a pretty accurate depiction of what the newspaper actually looks like.

Even the old AJC buildings make an appearance:


The AJC is no longer at this location, having donated it to the City of Atlanta back in 2010-ish. However, this shot is located in the alley between the printing plant and the main newspaper building on the right.

Back in the day, delivery trucks would load up on the docks, left, and clog up the alley. I have no idea what the city now uses the printing plant for. The presses were demolished when the AJC moved out.

On the right, in the foreground, is the newspaper building, but what you can see more of is the former Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The feds packed up their money and moved to midtown Atlanta years ago. The building now houses the State Bar of Georgia.

If you look at the two squares high above the yellow van, those were the security windows so the guards could see the garage into the Federal Reserve. What you can’t see is the old furnace, where the Feds used to burn currency. I recall when they did this green sludge would run out from it and run down the center of the alley.



Found archive of Atlanta newspapers


I recently discovered this free archive of Atlanta, Ga., newspapers. What a treasure trove! Anyone know of other free archives?

The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive spans the years 1847-1922 and includes the following titles:

  • Atlanta Daily Examiner, 1857
  • Atlanta Daily Herald, 1873-1876
  • Atlanta Georgian, 1906-1911
  • Atlanta Intelligencer, 1851, 1854-1871
  • Atlantian, 1911-1922
  • Daily/Georgia Weekly Opinion, 1867-1868
  • Gate-City Guardian, 1861
  • Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader, 1860-1861
  • New Era, 1869-1872
  • Southern Confederacy, 1861-1864
  • Southern Miscellany, and Upper Georgia Whig, 1847
  • Southern World, 1882-1885
  • Sunny South, 1875-1907
  • Weekly Constitution, 1869-1882