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Two judges traded their robes for tuxedos Saturday night to present awards at the Southern Regional Emmy Awards in Buckhead, Ga. Fayette County Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. and Presiding Judge Marion T. Pope Jr. of the Georgia Court of Appeals each presented four awards at the regional ceremony for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards honor people in television for outstanding achievement in such fields as hair and make-up, news field reporting and live sports events, but English turned out to be one of the biggest celebrities of the night. “Pappy,” as he was known on TV’s “Survivor: Marquesas,” called his several hours of fame an “incredible experience.” Life hasn’t quite returned to normal for English. In the next few weeks, he’ll go to Nebraska for an AIDS benefit, then to Maine for a charity lobster festival. In August, he’s bound for California to preside over the marriage of “Survivor” cast member Tammy. The show kept English away from home for 43 days until Dec. 23, at midnight. Back home, he said, his first priority was to catch up on sleep. It took him about two weeks to get back to his old self, he said. He was so tired at first that his 27-year-old daughter thought there was something wrong with him, he said. The judge is keeping his head as far as stardom goes. He appreciates those who approach him in public, but is hesitant to assume he’s as recognizable as he has become. The judge insisted that his flirtation with fame changed his inner life, too. He told the audience he had an epiphany as he sat on the beach with the rest of the show’s cast and realized what’s important is “appreciation of family, faith and friends, and if you have that, you have it all, folks.” Former Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge Glenda Hatchett, who presides over the television show “Judge Hatchett,” was supposed to host the awards but was hospitalized Friday evening. She’s been released and is doing better. Darryl B. Cohen, an entertainment and sports lawyer with Cohen & Cooper and president of the Atlanta chapter of NATAS, stepped in as host.

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