Bach to the Future
updated 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
So in January the governor, a Democrat, took his proposal to the legislature: a plan to buy every newborn in the state a classical music cassette or CD. To get lawmakers in tune with the idea, he stood up before them and played Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" on a tape recorder. "Now, don't you feel smarter already?" he asked.
Apparently not. Tin-eared skeptics heaped enough ridicule on the idea to force Miller, 66, to withdraw it. But on June 24, the former history professor showed he wasn't just whistlin' "Dixie." He announced that Sony Music Corp. (whose biggest U.S. plant is in Carrollton, Ga.) had agreed to distribute free CDs and cassettes with 11 classical selections, from Mozart to Vivaldi, to all 110,000 or so babies born in the state over the next 12 months. "I believe in this," says the governor. "I was determined."