Councilman Tibby DeJulo presents Mayor Eva Galambos with a flying pig statue during a Dec. 8 going away party in Sandy Springs.

It’s a story that gets told every time a new city forms in Georgia.

According to Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos’ autobiography “A Dream Come True: My Very Good Life” state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, said “Pigs will fly when Sandy Springs is a city!” The flying pig has become a symbol of Georgia’s new city movement. Sandy Springs regularly holds meetings in the Flying Pig Boardroom.

Galambos, who is leaving office next month after two terms as mayor, received a statue of a flying pig as a parting gift. When residents in Brookhaven voted to incorporate in 2012, state Rep. Tom Taylor brought a toy flying pig to the victory party.

But Fort says the story is just not true.

Fort, who spoke with Reporter  Newspapers in a phone interview about Galambos’ retirement,  said the mayor was a “worthy adversary.” He said he never said anything about flying pigs. He said to his knowledge, no one in the Democratic party said it. Fort said the quote is most likely an “urban myth.”

“Whoever is saying that is misremembering … ,” Fort said.

Reporter Newspapers asked Galambos to respond to Fort’s claim that the “flying pig” story isn’t factual.

Galambos referred questions to state Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs. Wilkinson said he was in the room 13 years ago when Fort said it.

“My recollection was it was a Fulton County House-Senate delegation meeting. It was in Room 417 of the Capitol and we were discussing Sandy Springs,” Wilkinson said. “He was sitting to the left of Nan Orrock. She was a member of the house. She’s now a member of the senate. We were discussing many things, but of course I was pushing Sandy Springs and we started talking about stuff and the comment was made.”

When pigs fly: Brookhaven Yes President J. Max Davis, left, Rep. Mike Jacobs, center, and Rep. Tom Taylor hold a toy flying pig as they celebrate the news that Brookhaven will become Georgia’s newest city. Voters approved incorporating Brookhaven in the July 31, 2012 primary.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of