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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

Around Here, Dirt's Free

A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

July 25, 1996|EDITH STANLEY

When Mark White, 26, an Atlanta real estate analyst, went to a recent Olympic event, he was surprised to see a man he described as a double of Clark Gable's "Gone With the Wind" character, Rhett Butler.

Near this Rhett look-alike was a box filled with small plastic bags of red Georgia clay. White, thinking the bags were free to Olympic visitors, picked one up and started to walk away with it, only to be caught from behind by the handsome Rhett Butler.

"That will be $5," the man demanded.

A dumbfounded White returned the bag and walked away.

"Being from Georgia, I have a backyard full of that stuff," he said. "At those prices, I guess I'm a millionaire."

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