Monthly Archives: September 2011

What Have You Done for Philately?

Knoxville is full of streets named after living people. There are several roads named after athletes on the University of Tennessee campus. Many of those athletes are younger than me. I believe that the University will never regret their decision … Continue reading

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Brick and Mortarboards

In the 24 hours since we started the campaign to put Dr. Bill Bass on a U.S. postage stamp, we’ve gotten over 100 “likes” on Facebook and a retweet from famous author Patricia Cornwell. Susan Seals suggested the stamp campaign … Continue reading

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Dead-ication

Susan Seals isn’t done yet. For the past few years, she has been helping Dr. Bill Bass realize his dream for the Dr. William M. Bass Anthropology Center. The new building, made possible by donations from Dr. & Mrs. Bass … Continue reading

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Durkee and Fluffing

Susan Olsen was a VIP guest at the “What the Fluff?” festival in Somerville, Massachusetts on Saturday. Her pal Geri “Fake Jan” Reischl was there too as was Allee Willis, who wrote the Earth Wind & Fire song “September” and … Continue reading

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Model T

Greg Huff and I were asked to represent Einstein Simplified in a fashion show on Saturday night at Club LeConte. The show was organized by the Women’s Council of Realtors as a benefit for the Volunteer Ministry Center. Many of … Continue reading

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Gaucho Marks

The fake moustaches were the first things I noticed at the HoLa Festival information booth on Saturday. They were for sale, along with handmade wristbands. I saw several people wearing them. To me, the moustaches looked like they belonged at … Continue reading

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Crema-tour 2

“What exactly do you do for a living?” asked one of the members of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association. He was wondering why I seemed well-versed in the process of cremation. He didn’t know that I had already … Continue reading

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Eth Lab

Side Splitters Comedy Club isn’t normally open at lunchtime. It was yesterday. The Volunteer chapter of the PRSA held their September meeting in the club on Thursday. This is Ethics Awareness Month for the organization. Ethics chair Michael Holtz of … Continue reading

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Shining Time Station

East Tennessee PBS hosted a small party for some public-relations big shots on Wednesday. Executives from Ackermann PR, Moxley Carmichael, The Tombras Group and Z11 Communications enjoyed a gourmet lunch provided by Holly’s Eventful Dining. The point of the gathering … Continue reading

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Dee-lightful

The eventual sale of Aunt Dee’s condo means that my wife and I will have to find a new place to stay when we are traveling in the Midwest. Of course, I want it to sell quickly because that would … Continue reading

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Faith, Hope and Charity

Delores Hope was so Catholic that even her Presbyterian husband won an award from the Pope. Of course, Delores was married to the legendary Bob Hope for 69 years. They were generous benefactors of many children’s charities and of her … Continue reading

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Are You Fluff Enough?

Susan Olsen and I have been swapping emails and Facebook messages about Marshmallow Fluff for years. It’s been over ten years since I presented her with her first jar of Fluff. About five years ago, I wrote a blog post … Continue reading

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Mayberry Preserves

WVLT, the CBS affiliate in Knoxville, recently moved its daily reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In the TV business, the 7:30 timeslot used to be called “prime access.” In 1970, the FCC ruled … Continue reading

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Judgment Days

WBIR’s Erin Donovan and I were the judges for a Lego building contest at the Tennessee Valley Fair on Saturday afternoon. We picked our favorites and awarded first, second and third place trophies to the winners. They had two rounds … Continue reading

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