Forget the formalities.
Here, among old friends and dating back to when I-75 was a mere slab of untraveled concrete and Adamson was on the debate team and in plays and played tennis and earned academic honors at Calhoun High School, he was, is and will always be “Terry.”
And, he’s coming back home. Well, at least for a day as the principal speaker at Friends of the Library’s annual membership meeting on Thursday, June 24. His topic: “The Future of Media in the Digital Age.”
Which way newspapers? Magazines? All print publications? Do we go online now and forever? How long before we no longer pore over the morning paper with our first cup of coffee? Are monthly magazines relegated to a computer screen glowing in the dark?
Adamson is expected to answer these and other questions when he appears here, at The Harris Arts Center in a program beginning at 7 p.m., not 6 p.m. as incorrectly stated in the June 15 edition of the Calhoun Times, as the feature attraction of “Friend’s” annual business and membership meeting.
His pedigree suggests that, if anyone knows, Adamson is among them. In his position as executive vice president of National Geographic Society, which he has held since January 1998, he is responsible for coordinating the international growth of the Society, including the publication of local language editions of National Geographic magazine, books and other publications.
He also oversees all Society legal activities and is responsible for coordinating relationships and maintaining good relations with governments around the world and in the United States.
The 1964 Calhoun High graduate serves as corporate secretary of the Society and as a member and secretary of its Education Foundation board of governors, as well as a member since its 1996 inception of the board of directors of National Geographic Ventures, the Society’s wholly owned taxable subsidiary.
Among his career positions: partner in the Washington office of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler New York-based law firm; senior official at Department of Justice during the Carter administration as special assistant to the attorney general; reporter for the Atlanta Constitution; law clerk of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Griffin Bell; a Henry Luce scholar in Tokyo, Japan; and a fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Adamson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University and a law degree with honors from Emory. He is married to the former Ede Holiday; the couple has three children, Terry Morgan Adamson (39), Kathlyn (21) and Elizabeth (18).