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1949 Atlanta yearbook lost and found

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1949 Atlanta yearbook lost and found

ATLANTA -- On a cold February afternoon, about an hour from kickoff of the Super Bowl, 11Alive reporter Jeff Hullinger went for a walk with his son along a busy street in Midtown.

As they crossed the street, they noticed a book being run over by cars and trucks.

The book was a 1949 yearbook from North Fulton High School in Buckhead. The 64-year-old treasure was wet from the rain. It belonged to a popular senior named Jack Johnson. Many classmates had signed his book labeling him "swell" and a "great guy."

Jack was a running back on the football team. According to the yearbook, he was an athlete and an excellent student.

So, Hullinger spent Monday afternoon trying to find Jack.
The good news, Jack Johnson now lives on Peachtree Street. He invited Jeff over to deliver the yearbook before dinner.

The young man, now 83, had been missing his yearbook since last fall.

Jack has led a full life since graduating from North Fulton in 1949. He attended Georgia Tech and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He worked with famed Atlanta architect John Portman.

What was the book doing on North Highland in Morningside?

Jack doesn't know. He moved from Buckhead in October to Peachtree Street. He has never lived near where the book was found.

He is glad to have a part of his Atlanta history back home.

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