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Author: Danielle Moores

Merry and Bright

Photo by Chris Thelen   Start with a Colonial cottage, dress it up for Christmas, add in a holiday wedding and the scene is set for something a little extra special.   Merry & Bright For Fred and Susan Thielke, the wedding of their daughter Abbie was the perfect reason to make their West Lake home even more memorable at Christmastime. Abbie, who is the youngest of the three Thielke daughters by eight years, had requested a “Father of the Bride” type feel for her special day. Even though the wedding itself didn’t take place at home, the Thielke...

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Augusta Innovation Zone

It was an ideal mix of personalities and talents: Patterson, the dreamer; Copenhaver, the connector; Virginia Claussen, the marketing guru; George Claussen, the social director; Cates, the legal mind with tech experience; and Wafford, the entrepreneur.   It all started over drinks one night. “It usually does, right?” laughs Virginia Claussen. The group included Claussen, chief image and creative officer for Copenhaver Consulting; her brother, George, better known as the brains and passion behind Friends With Benefits and Central Avenue’s Southbound Smokehouse restaurant; former mayor turned radio personality Deke Copenhaver; Tommy Wafford, co-founder of the startup MealViewer; John Cates,...

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Short Takes: April 2016

Willie Jones What Willie Jones remembers best is all the walking. Favorite hole at the Augusta National:Hole number 17 because it’s the most difficult. My Jack Nicklaus moment: We played with him one time; Brewer was getting some tips from him! I’ve also met: Clifford Roberts, Gary Player and Chi-Chi Rodriguez. Do you still play? I still can hit the ball; I can’t see where it’s going,but I can still hit it! As a boy, he’d walk from Sunset Homes housing development near 15th Street to a whole new world: the green fairways of Augusta’s golf courses. A caddy at the Cabbage Patch, then Oliver General, then the Augusta Country Club, he used to gaze over at Amen Corner and see all the people at the storied Augusta National and think, “I’ve got to try to get to that golf course.” And he did. Jones donned the white suit of an official Augusta National caddie when he was just 25 years old. Most days he’d sit with the other caddies at the caddy shop, waiting for his name to be called so he could sling a golf bag over his shoulder and head over to the clubhouse. But every April, it was a different story. One of Jones’s favorite memories is caddying for Masters champion Gay Brewer. While Jones didn’t caddy for him during his  1967 championship year, he did hold his bag in 1973, the year that Brewer...

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