When my bride and I first came to Marietta in 1974, we "landed" literarily near the shadow of Marietta's enduring landmark, the "Big Chicken". Pine Forest Apartments was everything newlyweds could want: a small home made of brick with hardwood floors, built around a floor furnace, large enough to hold meager start-up furnishings. A tiny lawn sheltered by Oaks out front to meet new friends who spoke with a drawl. A parking lot out back with a clothes line to hang laundry to dry in the welcome southern sun.
Conveniently located on "The Fo Lane Highway" on the outskirts of Marietta, across from Kmart, we newly arrived "yankees" soon became aware that nearby stood a proud trail marker for all those traveling North and South between Cartersville and Atlanta, or East and West between Roswell and Marietta. A weird icon which serves the south's finest culinary staple - fried chicken - from a garish but beloved 56 foot tower with movable eyes, comb and lips. Visible to all around, the Big Chicken had, long before we arrived, become the geographical compass center from which directions could be referenced.
I mention this to introduce the visitor some new additions to my website gallery of what I now call the "Big Chicken series". Just posting these whimsical drawings that "landed" in my brain with a giggle, literally, while I lay sleeping 8 years ago.