Seven and a half years ago I began a journey…to where I did not know…and for how long was even more of a mystery. The catalyst was a simple phone call from my cousin, Rosalind, telling me she had ... Continue →
Recently published, A FORTRESS AND A LEGACY, was highlighted in a spot on the afternoon show, Live at Five at Four on Tuesday, June 9. The three and a half minute clip chronicles the poignant story im... Continue →
What was promised in my last post on this site…has become a reality. The book that I have invested over a half a decade in researching and writing has been released. It is now available at A FOR... Continue →
Winston Churchill once said; “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last pha... Continue →
In a benign way the story that follows has nothing to do with Knoxville Heritage. But, in an even more realistic way it has everything to do with Heritage itself…not just Knoxville Heritage. It is t... Continue →
Sorry for The Inconvenience
KNOXVILLE HERITAGE Was Hacked by Cyber-Bully Scumbags!!!
I’m sure you either were notified by email that there were new postings on KNOXVILLE HERITAGE or came to the ... Continue →
The iconic voice of the P.A. announcer at Tennessee home football games was silenced when Bobby Denton passed away at 73 in April of this year. Bobby was a 1959 graduate of East High, and a broadcasti... Continue →
Over four years ago the idea for the KNOXVILLE HERITAGE website was spawned. In August of 2013, almost three years ago, it became a reality when we launched the site with over 15,000 pages of historic... Continue →
In the 1950’s the annual Santa Claus Parade (pronounced Sande Claus by most of us) always drew the biggest crowd of any event in Knoxville each year…hands down. At that time Shields-Watkins Stadiu... Continue →
In today’s fast paced (as fast as it can be at our age) world, it is truly heartwarming to see friends and acquaintances rally around a hurting brother. Well, it was not surprising ... Continue →
This weekend my wife and I attended a “Doo Wop” concert in Sarasota, Florida. Popular groups, mostly from the 60’s, comprised the Rock & Roll headliners for the raucous evening. It might be ... Continue →
My memory bank is chock full of vivid memories of times and events at Chilhowee Park. My guess is that virtually everyone reading this has at least one unforgettable remembrance of this iconic Knoxv... Continue →
Before I share some of my CHRISTmas memories from decades past, I ask if you would please also share your favorite memory…or two…of earlier years in Knoxville. It’s eas... Continue →
Consider me a loyal Tennessee follower, fan, supporter…et. al. I have been one since I saw my first game 62 seasons ago.
I love Tennessee orange. There are many other colors of orange in college f... Continue →
In doing research on a WW2 project over the last 4 years I have repeatedly thought of what it would be like to have pulled a Rip Van Winkle and gone to sleep in 1944 and awakened in 2012. I wonder i... Continue →
East High School football results are a distant memory for some and non existent for others. If you do have an inclination to resurrect a memory or two about the ebb and flow of Mountaineer football... Continue →
I haven’t lived in Tennessee for almost a half a century…moved away in the dark of night on New Year’s Eve in 1964. My Dad, when asked years ago if he would like to fly in an airplane, said he w... Continue →
THANKS and HELP….PLEASE!
KNOXVILLE HERITAGE has been significantly better received and used than we ever imagined. Many of you have shared with us how you have used the site to connect with import... Continue →
(Note: I wrote this and it was published in another venue a few years ago. So if you have read it before there’s no need to slog through it again. But, if you didn’t endure it the first time... Continue →
Some of you know of the obsessive WW2 odyssey I have been on for the last 3+ years. What began as a project slowly became an adventure, which then turned into an odyssey and finally…well you know ... Continue →
Many of life’s milestones cause us to dig through the remote recesses of attics, open boxes closed for decades, thumb through photo albums not visited for years, and rediscover other items yellowed ... Continue →
Already crowded when the U.S. entered WWII in 1942, Knoxville High School was bursting at the seams a few years after the War concluded in August of 1945. This fact, coupled with the projected post wa... Continue →
A few weeks ago I was in the supermarket with one of my grandkids. In utter amazement he recognized his schoolteacher and was stunned to see her “out and about,” doing things that…well…everyon... Continue →
Today we are swamped with technology that enables us to listen to virtually any music and other recorded sound at anytime. To capture and reproduce these sounds in extremely high quality we have, am... Continue →
Saturday afternoon October 29, Charles “Bud, Big Lo” Lobetti passed from this life to a much better place. His physical absence from the body of East High grads leaves a gigantic hole and hundre... Continue →
How dare anyone question the intelligence level of past or present residents of Knoxville, Tennessee. The next time your southern drawl is equated with compromised mental capabilities tell them that... Continue →
If you were born in Knoxville or have spent a number of years there, you are certainly familiar with Knoxville High School and the stately brick structure on Fifth Avenue that was home to KHS student... Continue →
Ten years to the day from the infamy of 9/11, I can remember in vivid chronological detail where I was, what I felt and what I did on that day. A dollar to a donut says you can too…virtually every... Continue →
She told me she was tired. She didn’t have to, I knew. Her voice was soft, which it always was, but it was also weak, which it never was. Further, she wasn’t up scurrying around trying to ma... Continue →
The night we first locked our door I knew the world had changed… never to be the same again. And I was right.
Life on Cherry Street in Knoxville was peaceful and placid… no two ways about it. Oc... Continue →
Two years ago this week I was kept spellbound by a small cadre of airmen from the 381st Bomb Group of the Mighty Eighth Air Force who served our nation with incredible heroism during WWII. The occas... Continue →
I first met Bob Polston in 1955. He was 21, but seemed much older. I was 14, and felt much younger.
Bob was coaching a Little League baseball team from the Boy’s Club that played games at the Ch... Continue →