Category Archives: People

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: A Day in the Life

Dr. Deaton examines the power of one day to alter the current of our lives, through the lens of a tragic event that took place 54 years ago this week on an otherwise ordinary day in Decatur, Georgia–and the lasting impact it had on many lives over all the years since.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Murder of Lemuel Penn

For years in Southern courtrooms, whites accused of violence against blacks were almost always acquitted. It happened again 56 years ago this month in Georgia, but this time with a different ending. Dr. Deaton takes a look back at a pivotal event in the Civil Rights movement–and how the federal government responded under the newly-created Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Twilight Zone

This week Dr. Deaton looks back at one of the most iconic TV shows in history, on the anniversary of the death of creator Rod Serling.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: A World Without Sports

With Major League Baseball’s announcement this week of a shortened season beginning in July, Dr. Deaton looks back at other events in history before COVID-19 that caused sports fans to cry in their beer.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: Stone Mountain

In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton takes a look at the controversial history behind Georgia’s Stone Mountain.