Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thermoplastic Polymer

One of my daughter’s friends thought it would be cool if I was represented as a Disney Vinylmation figurine. My daughter imagined it having a beard, wearing headphones and a plaid shirt. Before my vacation, I had never heard of … Continue reading

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Mourns the Wicked

The Google alert I have for my name keeps me informed about other interesting Frank Murphys in the world.  For example, I was bummed to read this month that football player Frank D. Murphy appears to have re-injured his Achilles … Continue reading

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Ay-ples and Ba-nay-nays

What is Monkey Ice? Perhaps the “Planet of the Apes” version of Vanilla Ice? Or an arena where Capuchins play hockey? Actually, it’s an ice drink product at Weigel’s that comes in four different flavors: Monkey Brains (watermelon), Monkey Mush … Continue reading

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Lymon Y’all of Georgia

During the current school year, I have been reading Carla Javier’s weekly column in the Knoxville News Sentinel. I got an interesting email from her the other day. She probably doesn’t realize that I already knew who she was. My … Continue reading

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Deep in the Heart of Text Us

Over 1,000 people are expected at the 13th annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk presented by Kimberly-Clark, on Sunday, April 10 at Knoxville Catholic High School, 9245 Fox Lonas Road. The event will raise funds for Columbus Home Children’s Services, … Continue reading

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Conversation Theory

Nine years ago today I arrived in Knoxville for the first time when a now-defunct radio station flew me in for an audition. I moved here about a month later for the opportunity to be on the air instead of … Continue reading

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How Many Feet in a Yard?

Have you seen the preview of the April 7th “Bones” episode? In it, Bones and Booth visit a fictional university’s body farm for a “ripped from the headlines” story about feet that wash up on a beach. Bones is absolutely … Continue reading

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That Cannot Be Denied

The story of how Adam Carolla met Jimmy Kimmel goes right through my office. It was my job to be the gatekeeper who had to keep Adam at bay while Jimmy and others decided how they would proceed with their … Continue reading

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Cuckoo for Coconuts

The problem with Girl Scout Cookies is that their season usually coincides with Lent. I choose to give up sweet treats because I crave them every day. It would require no effort for me to give up potato chips or … Continue reading

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Statue of Limitations

Of all the valuable artwork visible during my tour of the U.S. Capitol, the statues of famous Americans were the most memorable to me. Sure, I looked up at “The Apotheosis of Washington,” which was discussed in Dan Brown’s “The … Continue reading

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The Bat’s Meow

The Star Spangled Banner exhibit at the National Museum of American History has gone high tech. Like many Americans, I remember going to the Smithsonian Institution as a kid and seeing the famous flag hanging in entryway. The current display … Continue reading

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Mortal Men

In the 49 hours between George Mason’s thrilling victory over Villanova and their tip-off against Ohio State, I started thinking about all the kryptonite references from 2006. The Patriots would be wearing their green jerseys on Sunday. I was even … Continue reading

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Masonic Ritual

As the “home team” with the higher seed, the George Mason Patriots wore white jerseys when they beat Villanova in an unbelievable come-from-behind finish on Friday. I expect that they will be wearing their kryptonite green jerseys when they play … Continue reading

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Congressional Records

Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. took time to visit with about a dozen constituents from back home on Thursday, including my wife and me. We had arranged for a staff-led tour of the U. S. Capitol, which began in our … Continue reading

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