Voice of God
You probably would not have known Greg Oliver by sight. But if you have listened to the radio, watched TV or have been through the airport, you know Greg.
As you step on to the escalator to go to the trains, you heard Greg. It was his deep, authoritative voice that reminds you:
“If you are going down the escalator, you are entering the transportation hall. Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited in the transportation hall.”
In the radio and television production business, there are always a couple of people who are referred to as the :Voice of God.” Greg wasn’t God, but there is no doubt that God has Greg’s voice.
Greg died a couple of days ago, and I’ll miss him. We talked recently and he reminded me of the radio commercial we recorded once where he was the serious announcer, and I was a bug. He said it was one of the finest imitations of a bug he’d ever heard.
Greg Oliver came to town from Washington, D.C. to be the nighttime anchor for WXIA-TV. He left the news business and became a full-time voice talent and actor. He was very successful.
Greg’s gone, and a lot of us who knew him, worked with him, and partied with him will miss him. He was a warm, generous and funny guy.
I hope the people who run the airport will keep using his admonishments to people going down the escalator. There’s nothing more authoritative than God telling you not to smoke.
Mark Johnson is a professional mentalist and mind reader who presents his unique and unforgettable program to conventions, college and universities, sales meetings, private parties, business and civic clubs and more. He has also appeared at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta and produces, along with Jerry Farber and Joe M. Turner, Atlanta Magic Night at the Red Light Cafe in Midtown. He is a member of the Psychic Entertainers Association, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Georgia Magic Club,Buckhead Rotary Club and Friends of Jim The Wonder Dog. You can learn more at www.MarkJohnsonSpeaks.com. He is the author of three books: "Living The Dream," the story of the first ten years of FedEx; "Superman, Hairspray, and the Greatest Goat On Earth," a collection of mostly true stories;, and "Yes Ma'am, You're Right: The Essential Rules For Living With A Woman." Mark's day job is as a freelance writer and communications and marketing consultant. Mark has traveled around the world twice but has never been to Burlington, Vermont. He does not eat beets or chicken livers, and he has never read "Gone With The Wind." He is the only person he knows who was once a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists. He is a fifth generation Atlantan, the father of three, and the grandfather of five. All offspring are demonstrably perfect. He lives in Smyrna with his wife Rebecca (aka The Goddess) and two dogs: Ferguson, an arrogant Scottish terrier; and, Lola, a Siberian husky who is still trying to figure out what the hell she's doing in Cobb County.