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 phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster…

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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 Stadium held 50,000 fans and was rarely full. The Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs game each year would draw 20-25,000. But, you could bet that the…

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David McMahon 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 when we saw this happen recently with some East High graduates. Hundreds at least, and probably more, have been humbled…

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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 football…Syracuse, Clemson, Florida (YUCK!!), Auburn, Oklahoma State, Princeton (do they still play football there?) etc. …but none can match the…

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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 would…if he could drag one foot.  I guess that’s like me about Tennessee and Knoxville. …

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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 important; times, people, events and places that shaped your life.  We are very pleased to have helped in this way and grateful for…

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(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 and have said to yourself, “what kind of sacrilegious question is that? …I invite you to…

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“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing” -Philip Gilbert Hamilton   It is important for a man to know his hometown to better know himself. After all, tracing your roots will open you to the realizations of your history,…

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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 even zoo animals in Knoxville enunciate clearly and have expansive vocabularies. A case in point is one, Einstein, the Knoxville Zoo’s famous, and for good…

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