Date: Sat, 5 Jul 1997 00:33:04 -0400

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Hotlanta

"Hotlanta" is catching on as the nickname for Atlanta. Last summer, I

heard it used often during the Olympics.

It's not in any of the books I have, such as Paul Dickson's WHAT'S IN A

NAME? (1996) or Michael D. Shook's horrible BY ANY OTHER NAME (1994).

Did it originate with the Hotlanta River Expo (HRE), which was started

in 1978 when 300 gay men floated down the Chattahoochie River? The HRE is

August 7-10 this year, and it's gotten much larger. See their website at

Anybody know of any earlier "Hotlanta" than 1978?