Seacrest: Atlantan?

Sure the title is a blatant dig at Ryan Seacrest‘s infamous (and now former) catchphrase, but I have a serious question: How many of you realized that Ryan was a native Atlantan?

Born and raised here (Dunwoody anyway, by way of Chamblee High School) and educated, briefly at UGA.

Seacrest even hosted a show on Star94, though I never heard it.

Still, I wonder how many folks knew he was an Atlantan. Even more interesting, how many of you want him to be an Atlantan (mean, I know)?

I think Seacrest’s case brings into question something that Annie blogged earlier today, which is what exactly is Atlanta. Is it the suburbs?

It also makes you think about our celebrity class here in Atlanta. Everyone thinks of the Ted Turners, Evander Holyfields and Sir Elton Johns of the ATL, but I doubt most folks would mention Seacrest (again, editorially, Thank God).

Here’s another question: do you think Ryan Seacrest is a good ambassador of metro Atlanta and her people or is he just another glib airhead, something we specialize in as well (see all three of those dudes I mentioned above).

And, just to clarify, I realize a ton of people not from the city or the state still see us as the home to all the great Civil Rights leaders of the recent past and I mean no disrepect to those folks or their families, I’m focusing more on pop culture figures of the very late 20th and early 21st century.


Seth out.

7 Comments so far

  1. Maigh (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    I’m sad to say : I knew.

    I knew because I watch AI and when they have auditions in The ATL he talks about it.

    That’s right, I listened. I’d like to use the “because he’s an elder” as a defense, but somehow I don’t think it’s going to fly.

  2. Paddy (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 12:17 am

    Screw the Seacrest, he’s a tool and he wears Spankees caps. (speaking of which, wtg HoHo and Frenchy!)

  3. ryan (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    *bites back sarcastic comment about “briefly educated”*

  4. ryan (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    *bites back sarcastic comment about how Seacrest was “briefly educated”*

  5. ryan (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    sorry for the double post, and this third apologetic one.

  6. Margaret - UGA (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 4:02 pm

    As a current student at UGA – SHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  7. Nola Redd (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    I knew he was from Dunwoody for the simple reason that my husband is one of the 5 people living in Atlanta who actually was born and grew up here – amazing, I know. He went to high school at Dunwoody with Seacrest and notes that he started off with Star 94 not as a DJ but as a janitor. Apparently a lot of Ryan’s Dunwoody friends made fun of him for his job, but I wonder how many of them have gone on to fame since then?

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