Monthly Archives: July 2011

Arts & Splash

One of the first things to catch my attention at the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville was a human statue who came to life to play his guitar and sing. The WhiteMan, Ralph Longshore, saw the camera and microphone from … Continue reading

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G’day, Mater

Buford Watson didn’t realize that I had pulled him into an improv game. Part of my interview with him for Smoky Mountain Morning was similar to a scene where one character speaks in gibberish and another translates. I had a … Continue reading

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Driving to Richmond was not part of our original plan on Memorial Day. We were in Northern Virginia for my niece’s Confirmation and we intended to come straight home to Knoxville. Fortunately, my mother suggested we take a detour to … Continue reading

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‘Stard Spreading the News

If Barry Levenson was a Mets fan, the National Mustard Museum might not exist today. One of my all-time favorite moments in sports was when the Mets won the 1986 World Series. Fortunately for mustard fans, Levenson loves the Red … Continue reading

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Frogmageddon

The frogs in my backyard are driving me a little crazy. They want to mate in the place where they hatched. However, the rain-covered tarp where they grew up is gone. In its place is a 36,000 gallon pool of … Continue reading

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Fontana from Heaven

Fontana Village Resort was originally constructed as a town for the workers who built Fontana Dam in the 1940s. Over the years, it served as a lodge for visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The families who have owned … Continue reading

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Loose Association

It probably would have been a good idea to bring my old paperback copy of “Roadfood” on our trip. Instead I used my new Kindle to purchase a electronic copy of the sequel, “500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too … Continue reading

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In the Mood

“Are they closed?” My wife wondered as we parked outside the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum in Clarinda, Iowa. I reminded her that we were often the only visitors at a tourist attraction. In fact, our visit to the South Dakota … Continue reading

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Stamp Site

The choice of a Nebraska tourist attraction was a no-brainer. Boys Town was founded by a Catholic priest; it was the location of an Oscar-winning movie; and it is home to the World’s Largest Ball of Stamps. My wife found … Continue reading

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Nebraska Five-O

The conclusion of my 50-state quest came as we drove across the Missouri River from Yankton, South Dakota, into Nebraska. My wife and I stopped at the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center in Crofton. The center is on a bluff … Continue reading

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A Bust in the Hall of Fame

Pat O’Brien is a good guy who has graciously survived some embarrassing moments. He was always an excellent guest when I booked him on KPWR and KROQ. He’s back on the air at Fox Sports Radio. I’m happy that we’ve … Continue reading

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Another Brick in the Wall

The omnipresent billboards for Wall Drug on I-90 in South Dakota make you feel obligated to stop. You don’t want to be the one tourist who missed out, right? I’ve heard that South of the Border on I-95 in South … Continue reading

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Up to Date in Rapid City

If tourists will drive thousands of miles to see four presidents carved into a mountain, wouldn’t they also be interested in statues of all the presidents? That logic explains the Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone as well as the “City … Continue reading

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Tunnel of Shove

South Dakota’s Custer State Park is home to a huge herd of bison and many amazing rock formations, including one known as the Needles Eye. To reach it, vehicles on the Needles Highway must pass through a narrow tunnel, carved … Continue reading

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