11 years ago, yesterday, The 1996 Olympics began in my hometown of Atlanta. Of course everyone remembers the Opening Ceremony and its' very moving moment when Muhammad Ali lifted the torch up in the air and lit the cauldron. I am not even sure if the organizers of the Opening Ceremony realized how moving and emotional the moment would be. It ended up dwarfing the rest of the ceremony itself. If not, no one would have been able to forget this, Atlanta's really campy and unabashedly southern "Welcoming The World" complete with Cheerleaders, Dancers, steppers, a marching band, cloggers, and pickup trucks! Doesn't seem like it would all add up and fit together but they made it work! Nonetheless if remembered outside of Atlanta it probably would be a huge embarrassment since an Olympic ceremony is supposed to be formal and cultured.