The FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy tried something new for its April meeting on Tuesday evening. They made it a fundraiser and charged admission. Of course, only a superstar speaker could warrant such a move. The guest was Body Farm founder Dr. Bill Bass. He was available to sign autographs, pose for pictures and answer questions about forensic anthropology.
One of the beneficiaries of the FBIKCAAA is the Richard Yoakley School. The group regularly sponsors a cake walk and a junior agent program at the alternative school. FBI employees often volunteer there as reading tutors.
When I approached the Bone Zones team about booking Dr. Bass to speak at the meeting, they were interested in supporting a cause that helped troubled youth. The plot of the latest Jefferson Bass novel, “The Bone Yard,” centers around a corrupt reform school in Florida. After speaking about the new book, Dr. Bass presented a slide show on the infamous Thomas “Zoo Man” Huskey case.
Dr. Bass surprised the group by inviting us to have a future meeting in the classroom space at the new William M. Bass III Forensic Anthropology Building, which should be open by the Fall. We enthusiastically accepted the invitation.