SAVANNAH REVISITED #1
I was in Georgia’s ”first city” recently and was impressed with the impact that a book and two movies made on Savannah. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt, was a record breaking New York Times Best Seller for 216 weeks. It was written in 1994, and three years later, the movie was made.
Savannah now boasts almost 7-million tourists a year, twice as many as before Midnight was published. As a comparison, Columbus, Georgia, which has a population about the size of Savannah’s, had 1.1 million last year.
The movie Forest Gump, which was nominated for six Oscars in 1994 did not have the impact of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but it did help. The bench, on which Forest, played by Tom Hanks, sat in one of the famous historic squares in downtown Savannah, is in the Savannah History Museum, which is housed in the old Central of Georgia depot’s warehouse and offices.