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The True Story Behind Atlanta Twirler ‘Baton Bob’

Bob Jamerson, also known as Baton Bob, strikes a pose in Buckhead. He first moved to Atlanta in 1979. He performs at parties and practices his routines on the streets a few times a week.
Bob Jamerson, also known as Baton Bob, strikes a pose in Buckhead. He first moved to Atlanta in 1979. He performs at parties and practices his routines on the streets a few times a week.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

 

You’ll know Bob Jamerson when you see him. He can sometimes be seen twirling a baton, whistling and marching through the streets of Atlanta in a pink tutu. He’s also known as “Baton Bob.”

But what you may not know is that Baton Bob was born out of a tragedy and debuted first in St. Louis, just after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

That’s when he was furloughed from his job as a flight attendant and was looking for something to cheer himself up. He noticed his costumes and twirling routines were making others smile as well.

We learn more about 63-year old Baton Bob’s life in this Atlanta Sound.