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Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, ending 11 years of substantial change that included the club having its first female members and playing a leading role in growing the game around the world.

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Payne officially retires on Oct. 16 when the club opens for a new season.

Commentary: Marker Celebrates Atlanta's Olympic Legacy

Nov 16, 2016
Maria Saporta

The Georgia Historical Society unveiled a historic marker at Centennial Olympic Park on Nov. 1 to commemorate the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

The marker is between the Olympic Rings Fountain and Marietta Street across Andrew Young International Boulevard from the Metro Atlanta Chamber building.

The last sentence on the new historic marker sets the stage: “The 1996 Olympics promoted Atlanta's image as an international city, positioning it to play an important role in global commerce.”

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This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.

William Porter “Billy” Payne served as Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games. He is better known, though, as the Atlanta Games’ “father.” He sat down with WABE's Lisa George to talk about the genesis of bringing the games here.