National Geographic : 1983 Dec
.-..- i "Done from pure love," says MayorJohn Rousakis (above, right) of Savannah's turnaroundrestorations,such as renovated cotton warehouseson River Street, background.Waterfrontpersonality "Cap'nSam" Stevens, left, caters to paint pigment, container cargo for the distri bution centers of K Mart and Kawasaki. "We're serving more than 125 countries," a port official said. "The Japanese are espe cially good customers; we go out of our way to cultivate them." The economy is enriched by another in dustry, one the old soldier Oglethorpe could appreciate: defense. In the western suburbs of Savannah, one can hear at night the rum ble of cannon from Fort Stewart, home of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division, part of the nation's Rapid Deployment 808 Force. At Hunter Army Airfield in Savan nah the 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th In fantry, stands poised to "conduct special operations in support of American foreign policy." The men wear black berets, combat gear; their operations are secret. THE PRESENT, the past: In Savannah they sometimes seemed to merge. I sat in the parlor with W. W. Law, a long time civil rights leader. He was still in his postman's uniform, shoes off. He said he came from an old Savannah family. "My National Geographic,December 1983 ...