The good news: I just published a novel of natural history set in Atlanta in 1991! The bad news: I completely forgot to include the Braves miracle season in the story. How on earth did I miss that? Thirty years later, we experienced the same October excitement as we headed to the World Series for the first time since 1999.
In 1991, the Atlanta Braves were getting good again, so good our city watched in awe while they went from worst to first. As we cheered and tomahawk chopped on chilly October nights, the museum marketing team found a great way to advertise our city’s pride for the home team heroes. I was settling into my new position as a hired employee when the construction foreman approached our design team with a request.
“Becca’ll do it,” they said. Was this like the Babies? Another hand me down project as right of passage; I’d had enough of those already. But as the youngest and newest designer, my job was to please, and now that meant painting a giant banner to wave from the crane over the museum construction site. “Ah need you to paint a Minnesota twin bein’ eaten by a dinosaur,” the foreman instructed. I had one afternoon to create it. My figure drawing skills were being put to the test and thankfully I’d recently taken several of those classes in college. I rolled up my sleeves and sketched the design on the long, white rectangle of cloth. My mentors, (the Girls) helped me paint the stripes on the Twins’ uniforms and the not-to-scale leathery skin of the T-Rex that looked more like Barney than any terrifying lizard.
I wasn't exactly proud of the hurried result and when it appeared on the news that night, I felt embarrassed for the effort yet happy to be included on our team in support of the Braves. The Greatest World Series in history would follow...
They left that banner up until Christmas! Every time I saw it waving from the crane I wished I’d had more time to make it better. Such is the mind of an artist.
I have learned since then not to be so picky about anything that involves celebration, to share freely as Becca says in On Display, "without first tying it up in a professional bow."
Congratulations, Braves, on winning the World Series in 2021! I'm so proud of our team and our city. Well done, Atlanta!
On Display is a novel of natural history by christy baker knight. BUY THE BOOK HERE