Ungovernable News: John Dewberry is the emperor of the empty lot game! Georgia Bulldogs Football Between the Hedges!
There are less people watching this lot than a CFL GAME!
John Dewberry was a starting quarterback for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team from 1983 to 1985. He graduated from Milton High School. He played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League before starting his first company in 1989. Today, he is an Atlanta real estate developer.
After the 1981 season, John Dewberry left the University of Georgia football team due to lack of playing time, and he transferred to Georgia Tech. Dewberry helped Georgia Tech defeat Georgia in two straight games. Dewberry also initiated the tradition of Georgia Tech players taking pieces of the Hedges after a Tech football win in Athens!
Last week he put a familiar face on a killer. He went on the local ABC affiliate and told the world he has prostate cancer. It was another bold move for Dewberry, who has been simultaneously admired and ridiculed by his real estate moves such as betting on Midtown Atlanta when everyone else avoided the area. He usually has come out a winner.
Dewberry is a very public figure in Atlanta's commercial real estate industry. He emerged as a player in the 1990s when he got control of much of the extreme northern end of Midtown and the high-profile strip center at 10th and Peachtree streets, also in Midtown. He envisioned bringing national retailers to Peachtree Street, which one day might resemble Chicago's Michigan Avenue. The Midtown Alliance picked up on the idea of the "Midtown Mile," though the Midtown business group and Dewberry no longer are friends.
As a reporter at Atlanta Business Chronicle and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I met and talked with Dewberry often, and he attended my wedding. When I would write stories that he probably did not consider favorable, he would say: "Tony, I expect you to write the news. If I threw five interceptions in a game, I would expect you to write that." It was refreshing to cover someone who got it.
Dewberry told WSB's Monica Pearson he went public with news of his illness to help others. "It's not just the right thing to do, it's the only thing to do," he told Pearson in an interview at his Peachtree Pointe project. "Hopefully along the way, you've helped more than you hurt."
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