Brown’s history of PTC: ‘You, sir, are no Floy Farr or Joel Cowan’

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 3:35pm
By: The Citizen

To quote former President Ronald W. Reagan during the 1980 presidential debates against former President Jimmy Carter, “Well, there you go again.”
It seems former Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown has decided to “there you go again” with his comments concerning the Farr family, Mr. Floy Farr in particular.
Several years ago, Brown had the impudence to take on the Farr family with a diatribe against the late Tom Farr. It seemed then Brown was irked about the dealings of the Peachtree City Development Authority and its handling of funds from the city, the development authority, the amphitheater and the tennis complex.
Brown decided to cast an accusatory criticism of the late Tom Farr and his role as a member of that development authority.
At that time, I wrote a letter in defense of Tom, although no defense was necessary. In that letter it was pointed out the words used by former vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen in a debate with then vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle. Senator Bentsen, in response to the contention by Quayle that he (Quayle) had as much experience in Congress as the late president John F. Kennedy did when he (Kennedy) sought the office of president, Bentsen responded: “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
I used that quote to inform Brown I knew Tom Farr, Tom Farr was a friend of mine and Mayor Brown was no Tom Farr.
Comes now again Brown vilifying the Farr name, this time against the late Mr. Floy Farr. Peachtree City would not be the community it is today without the guidance and resolve Mr. Farr gave in the early days and throughout his lifetime. I guess Brown doesn’t have a sense of history and he decides he wants to look at history his way, not the way it occurred.
Mr. Farr, Mr. Cowan, Sr., neither should ever be thought of nor written about as a “ ... mere footnote when it comes to the creation of Peachtree City.” I knew Mr. Farr and I know Mr. Cowan, Sr. Each is but one of several who teamed together with a vision for Peachtree City, a vision for Fayette County and a vision for Georgia.
I hate to think where we would be without that vision and without those personalities. I do think Brown’s future writings shall be used as the liner for the cat litter box.
Since Brown likes to think of himself as a student of history, maybe he should be reminded of a couple of comments made by the late Will Rogers – “Never miss a good chance to shut up”; “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
Bob Simmons
Fayetteville, Ga.

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Submitted by Doug on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 10:37am.

I don't think Steve Brown ever said he was a Joel Cowan or a Floy Farr. I'm not sure he would want to be either of them anyway.

My mother worked in the banking industry with both Joel Cowan and Tom Farr and they were no choir boys. Tom Farr let Jim Fulton and Bob Truitt talk him into some bad stuff and the development authority became a club for crooks.

I was told Cowan's "vision" was a city of 120,000. That ain't the Peachtree City I'm living in today. Using the logic of a failed vice presidential candidate to make your point was very appropriate.

Submitted by fay79isus on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 11:01am.

I got the same chuckle from the Simmons letter. Brown most assuredly would not even want to be in the same paragraph with those folks.

Doug is right--- the Development Authority was a "club for crooks" and they (including Tom Farr) got caught. It all unravelled when the only honest one in the bunch (Scott Bradshaw) tried to get them to come clean and they refused, lawyers included. They knew they ignored the Sunshine Laws, got their crooked bank loans bailed out and concealed the finances to cover their tracks. Tom Farr's biggest enemy was himself. Surrounding themselves with crooked lawyers and accountants did not quite do the trick.

Submitted by normal on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 1:05pm.

How much money flowed under the table instead of over it in the last 50 years in PTC

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:20am.

Neither of these two gentlemen could stand deep penetration of their business dealings of early years and their moral character.

In spite of their off-spring!

Again, be still my known situations!

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 5:20am.

The modified Bensen quote is the answer to a previous blogger's question - what will be brown's legacy. I think you just nailed it.

If there ever is to be a footnote in PTC history, it will be Mr. One-termer.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:16am.

Always are eventually questioned as to how they accumulated so much money on meager salaries at first and with the ability to purchase the "right" real estate or stock (paper shuffling), as a bumper!

Someone had to pay.

It probably would be better not to interview old-timers still around as to the dealings of the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s.

Maybe good done outweighs bad done in the end.

We seem to feel that way about wars.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:57am.

Or am I missing something.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 9:29am.

I don't think for a second that you don't know exactly what I meant. If you are fishing for the details and the proof and the web site, and the back-up (as some demand on here) then forget it. The statement stands on its own without details on anybody.

I will just say this: Saint Paul was an evil, mean, hair-lipped tax collector for Caesar in his younger days. He did his best to make up for it. He even evangelized one of the seven wonders of the world, The great city of Ephesus, Turkey--not Turkey then-- ( I saw the library and Whore House there, they were connected buildings where one could enter the library --visit next door, and then exit the library), Paul never was able to rid the great city of that!
However it was destroyed by erosion from the back mountains, eliminating the once great sea-port. They didn't understand erosion just as we don't understand pollution!

I hope you get the gist of my explanation.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 7:01pm.

He knows all about Saint Paul and his hair-lip. As to the library and house of ill repute, he collected tickets at the door between the two and charged each person double to let them back through the library. Like that great city, our dear Bonkie, too, is being destroyed by erosion--except his is little by little.
As we all know Bonkie's mantra is:

Blue pill at night, Bonkie's delight,
Blue pill in the morning, livestock take warning.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 8:37pm.

I wanted to include the 14 holer toilet in the library all in the same place with large vents in the top, but I was running long.
It was drained very well however with mountain water still running through the bottom commonly to all right into the sea!
No corn cobs were present. I assume they were like the Arabs in the desert, use their left hand.
I'm sorry, rambling again. Could I get some of Rush's pills you suppose?

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 12:39pm.

I sure didn't mean to make relatives or friends have to come to the support or criticism of especially dead people or even live ones.

I tried my best by a " true tale" above to explain what I meant!

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:48pm.

I'm going outside to slit my wrists. Hope and change.

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