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
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
The Football Coach Tennessee Should NOT Hire!
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…Read More
TENNESSEE TRADITION: YA’ GOTTA LOVE IT!
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. …Read More
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…Read More
Will There Be Crabgrass In Heaven?
(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…Read More
What You Should Know About Knoxville
“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,…Read More
Einstein…Knoxville Zoo’s Talking Parrot And Favorite Son
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…Read More
Tennessee Takes a Body Blow but Dodges a Bullet
No Big Orange fan, of which am one, felt comfortable when Lane Kiffin was announced as Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers in December of 2008. Many, including me, were very happy to see Phil Fulmer go. He had let the program slide into virtual oblivion and few singers of Rocky Top were excited about…Read More