AN OLD SWEET SONG

THE OPENING CEREMONY EVOKES BOTH GEORGIA AND ANCIENT GREECE

When the five huge clusters of percussion were pushed onto the field by strange creatures in corresponding colors of red, black, blue, yellow and green, the reaction of the 83,000 people gathered in Olympic Stadium Friday evening was not unlike that of the world when the Games of the XXVI Olympiad were first awarded to Atlanta back in 1990. Namely, Huh?

But then the glaring sun disappeared over the shoulders of the trumpeters on the crest of the stadium, the countdown to the opening ceremony picked up steam (Athens 1896, Paris 1900...Barcelona 1992), and the show was under way. In moments...

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