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 reason, talking parrot.  To prove the accuracy of this claim and to arm yourself for future defense of our speaking style watch this video of one of Knoxville’s favorite sons…Einestein!

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  1. Beth Harrison Gouch on November 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I have two favorites…..I love Maxine because I would love to have the “nerve” to say many of the things SHE says…..and I love Einestein for the expressive way in which she expresses her emotions! Someday as Einstein ages and matures just a little more, I am sure that she too will decide to have the wisdom to let her feathers go totally white and not continue to put that gray “coloring” on them to “appear” younger! Does she not understand that Natural White is the most popular color these days?? And men…..where are the men with all the verbal skills, wit, and beauty? They say that the females use a lot more words per day than the men….Ummmmm, I wonder WHY that is? Could it be that the male of the species just doesn’t listen? They just smile, grunt UMmmmmm huhhhhhhh. They have no clue to what you just said! Anyone want to explain that? EINSTEIN IS GREAT! She “speaks” perfect “Southern”!

  2. Tommy on November 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    That was great smarter then a lot of people I know!

  3. Robert P.Dockery on November 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I’m an East High graduate of 1958 and I had a step-brother, Richard Owens, who was in Mrs. Swan’s Fair Garden Class of ’52-53. . he’s the blond headed kid in the THIRD row, the FOURTH kid to the right next to Keister McRae. He caught polio the following summer and was paralyzed from the waist down.
    He passed away in May of 2010 after suffering for over 5 months. I hope that his name can be placed in the photo on the Heritage sight.

    The Knox. Heritage sight is a great tribute to our past. . keep up the good work.

    Thank you,
    Robert Dockery
    Fair Garden class of ’51-52

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