Tag Archives: childhood

Singer, Nerds, Lobsters

Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show brought back a flood of great memories. I got hooked on the show while in high school and I have watched it regularly since. I was lucky enough to attend a dress rehearsal of … Continue reading

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Holy Knight!

The Christmas gift I received from my family will bring back many happy memories of my childhood. They gave me the box set of Batman: The Complete Television Series on Blu-ray. The show has always been a favorite of mine. The … Continue reading

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Friends with Words

Five local writers and one Friends of Literacy student were honored at the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday at the Lighthouse Knoxville. The 2014 Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame inductees are: Lifetime … Continue reading

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Paperboy

Local author Carroll McMahan spotted a picture of me in the newspaper on Sunday. The News Sentinel included a supplement to promote an exhibit at the East Tennessee Historical Society called Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature. Last month, Mary … Continue reading

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Pig Lit

Mary Pom Claiborne from the Knox County Library asked me to share some memories about my favorite children’s books. Here is what I submitted: Reading has always been important in my life. Before I was born, my father worked as … Continue reading

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Let Your Lit Shine

Here’s an interesting email I received last week: Dear Frank I thought of you for a project we’re doing! Would you be willing to participate on a small level in an upcoming exhibit that we are working on at the … Continue reading

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All’s Fair

According to a tweet from The Today Show, Montreal’s Expo ’67 and Knoxville’s 1982 World’s Fair were nothing. There have been nineteen world expositions since the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, but The Today Show called it the “last … Continue reading

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Star Gent

Rod Argent of The Zombies called in to do a radio interview with me on Tuesday. He was in Asheville to play at The Orange Peel. He and Colin Blunstone would perform the next night at the Bijou Theatre in … Continue reading

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Melancholy Serenade

Jackie Gleason used to say that “Miami Beach audiences were the best audiences in the world.” As a kid, I was enthralled with The Jackie Gleason Show, which aired on CBS in the late ’60s. I loved the opening shot … Continue reading

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To Find New Worlds and New Civilizations

Halloween made me think of my childhood friend Brian Kirk. Last week, I wrote a blog post about going to church on All Saints Day. In it, I mentioned a house that had an elaborate set-up with talking jack-o-lanterns that … Continue reading

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Hallows Points

There was a cake in the narthex at All Saints Church in honor of All Saints Day! There was also a table where parishioners could place a small statue of a favorite saint. In the sanctuary, icons of the Virgin … Continue reading

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WOTW, Grover’s Mill

This week’s episode of American Experience on PBS commemorates the 75th anniversary of the classic 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. I watched the show, as well as some great bonus footage, on the show’s website. I … Continue reading

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Hail Cecil

Krisha Newport and I were talking about the upcoming Host with the Most competition. At this point, she is the only female contestant. As we chatted, Krisha was licking a Charms Blow Pop. I found it unusual that she dipped the lollipop … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time

It makes sense that the written word would rekindle my relationship with two librarian sisters who inspired me when they worked at the Crestwood Library during my youth. Nancy and Sheila found my blog about a year ago. Since then, … Continue reading

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