Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dawnie of the Dead

The agenda for my first full meeting as president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association was a hit with the members. Our guest speaker was Dr. Dawnie Steadman of the Forensic Anthropology Department at the University of Tennessee. … Continue reading

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Bronze Age

Avi Vieira’s advice to me was, “Unless you become a bronzer addict, you’ll be okay with a less expensive brand.” After almost a year of shooting video with various incarnations of SMOMOtv, I finally bought some makeup. When I started … Continue reading

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Penguins! Attention!

Mo Mo the penguin seemed to have a taste for my camera cord. Maybe she thought it looked like a worm or a piece of squid. The penguin was a surprise visitor to an improv class being taught by Paul … Continue reading

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Jam-A-Lama-Ding-Dong

The improv jam that closed out the first-ever Gatlinburg Improv Fest was a little more intimidating than I expected. I knew not to volunteer for “Alphabetical Shakespeare Should-Have-Said” but I did jump on-stage for the Irish Drinking Song alongside James … Continue reading

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The Long and the Short of It

The performances at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre during the second day of the Gatlinburg Improv Fest were very different from each other. The student-group Shenanigans used a theatrical style that included blackouts at the end of each scene. Obv-prov performed … Continue reading

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And They’re Off!

The Suspenders of Disbelief made their debut performance at the Gatlinburg Improv Fest last night. The majority of the troupe members work at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, where their shows are mostly scripted. The cast seemed to revel in the … Continue reading

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Your Dollar Buys More

The signs for Schnucks supermarkets make me chuckle every time I visit St. Louis. The name reminds me of the Yiddish term schnook, which is a gullible person. According to a recent article in Supermarket News, Schnucks says more men … Continue reading

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What’s on Your Mind?

“What is that s— on your face?” The question was posed by one of my daughter’s friends about a year ago. The friend was trying to be “sassy” and apologized profusely when my daughter explained that it was Ash Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Samedi Gras

Today might be Mardi Gras but my wife and I celebrated on Saturday at St. Joseph School’s fundraiser gala. Fr. Chris Michelson asked me to serve as emcee. I made announcements about the silent auction items, the buffet line and … Continue reading

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The Game of Life

The text message from my sister was: “Congratulations… This is the first day of the rest of your life. You won.” She was remembering a conversation in which we figured out that I am now older than my father was … Continue reading

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Self-Improvment Seminar

James and Krisha Newport of the Gatlinburg Improv Fest and Laurence Evans of the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre were my guests on the East Tennessee Report that airs this morning. You can listen to a podcast of the show by … Continue reading

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Hub of Activity

It’s currently off-season in the Smokies. Taz Cable is using the time to develop and prepare new programs for SMOMOtv. Last weekend, Avi Vieira and I recorded a prototype of “The Daily Hub,” which will be shown on video screens … Continue reading

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Dance Scene Investigation

An unexpected opportunity presented itself at “Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars” last night. I had a few extra minutes to chat backstage with Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Jamie, who specializes in covering crime and the … Continue reading

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Monroe Machine

The TV show “Smash” and the movie “My Week with Marilyn” have me on a little bit of  a Marilyn Monroe kick. Watching Monday’s episode of “Smash,” I wondered if Megan Hilty was imitating Marilyn or if she was imitating … Continue reading

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