1927 – Born in Hartford, Connecticut. A Democrat who taught international relations at the University of Hartford.
1971-1981 – Served as the Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut for five terms, one of the longest tenures in Hartford history.
– Athanson once rowed across the Connecticut River holding a state flag and wearing a tricorn hat and cape to protest a General Assembly decision to give half of the Connecticut River to East Hartford.
– He practiced law and hosted a public-access television program called ‘By George, It’s Athanson’.
– He left office after being defeated in a primary.
2000 – Died on January 9th at the age of 72.