FREEDOM IS NOT FREE…IT HAS COME AT A GREAT PRICE…
On every day we should remember the price paid for the freedom we enjoy, regardless of how messy and dysfunctional it has become. A few years ago a grocery store chain, Food City, produced an incredibly meaningful ad, especially poignant for Memorial Day. You may be among the millions who have viewed it. I have…Read More
A Search for Truth & A Legacy
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 found some decades old letters between her mother and father in which I might be interested.…Read More
KNOXVILLE BASED WWII LOVE STORY…A FORTRESS and A LEGACY
To borrow a phrase from a much quoted song, “don’t pay the ransom, I’ve escaped!” Well…It’s not quite like that but I have been away from writing on Knoxville Heritage for a few months…and I have missed it. But I have not been idle. World War II has been the subject of as many books…Read More
A FORTRESS AND A LEGACY HIGHLIGHTED ON WBIR-TV IN KNOXVILLE
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 imbedded in the fact based novel. The story can be seen here at: WBIR-TV, and books purchased at: http://afortressandalegacy.com/…Read More
A FORTRESS AND A LEGACY…MY MEANINGFUL GIFT
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 FORTRESS AND A LEGACY! (http://afortressandalegacy.com/) As the subtitle says, it is truly “The Gift of a WW2 Bombardier’s…Read More
Knoxville, Winston Churchill and World War 2
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…Read More
Take My Son!
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 the story of life. On this CHRISTmas day I think there is nothing more important than the message of this…Read More
WE WERE HACKED!!!
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 site over the past two days (May 11-12) and saw postings totally out of character with my personal philosophy and the purpose of this…Read More
The Real Story of the Beginning of Bobby Denton’s Broadcast Career
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 broadcasting legend in Knoxville. As I read the articles written in numerous newspapers and posted on-line I was drawn…Read More
THANKS!!!! Partners Help Preserve Knoxville Legacy and Memories
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 and memorable content. These pages cover many aspects of almost six decades of Knoxville history dating from 1908 through…Read More
A Knoxville CHRISTmas Parade Tradition…50 Years Ago
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…Read More
Cruze, Majors and Lawson, Lift David McMahan’s Spirits!
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…Read More