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David Douglas played in Super Bowl XXIII for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is one of several former NFL players who will attend Second Harvest Food Bank’s second annual Souper Bowl for Hunger. Many of the players, like David, are also … Continue reading

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Loh and Behold

Parts of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony are so loud, I could feel sound waves on my face. I loved it. My wife and I attended the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Thursday night. In addition to the Tchaikovsky opus, the program … Continue reading

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Hardee Boys

Although I didn’t get what I wanted at Hardee’s, I did get a nice surprise. I went to a Hardee’s restaurant on Kingston Pike with the intention of buying a turkey burger. The staff told me that turkey burgers were … Continue reading

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A Side of Beacon

An article about Einstein Simplified triggered my Google alert for my own name and a Twitter notification that the group’s handle had been mentioned. The story appeared in The Daily Beacon, the student newspaper at the University of Tennessee. I … Continue reading

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Going to the Ball

Some people go to a ball on New Year’s Eve. I’m fortunate that the ball comes to me. For the second year, I was privileged to emcee the year-end countdown in Knoxville’s Market Square. Whitney Good of WATE-TV interviewed me on … Continue reading

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A Bolly Good Fellow

 A red carpet lined with balloons led the way to Alex Notte’s Bollywood-themed 21st birthday party. The balloons had small blinking lights inside, which looked very cool against the dark night. I was curious enough to look up light-up balloons when … Continue reading

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Downtown Downton

East Tennessee PBS was one of several public television stations around the country that hosted advance screenings of the first episode of the next season of Downton Abbey. The Knoxville screening was on Sunday afternoon at Regal Cinemas Downtown West. … Continue reading

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The Mane Event

The management company for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra didn’t just give me good seats for the band’s Knoxville concert on Wednesday, they gave me great seats. My wife and I had seats on the floor of Thompson-Boling Arena, in the center … Continue reading

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Wizards of Winter

Trans-Siberian Orchestra played to a very large crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday night. The band divides into two groups for holiday tours. “TSO East” was in Knoxville while “TSO West” was in Atlanta. My wife and I were grateful … Continue reading

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Doing the Appy Dance

David Dwyer’s portrayal of Drosselmeyer in the Appalachian Ballet Company’s 2013 production of The Nutcracker inspired me to add some business on stage when I played the character in Oak Ridge this year. I was even more attentive to his … Continue reading

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Take One Down, Pass It Around

Three chance encounters with the Knox Brew Tours bus on three consecutive days seemed like a sign. On the night before Thanksgiving, I made a late trip to Kroger to pick up some missing ingredients for the next day’s feast. … Continue reading

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Parking and Tickets

It sounds odd, but a scarcity of parking in downtown Knoxville worked to my advantage on Friday night. My wife and I drove downtown earlier in the afternoon to take a three-hour ride with Knox Brew Tours. After the tour, we walked … Continue reading

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Well, If You Ask Me

Everyone knows “that guy.” It turns out that I might be “that guy.” I occasionally receive emails from Phil at Movoto. A month ago he sent me a link to a list of “9 Knoxville Stereotypes.” This week, he wrote to me … Continue reading

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This Watson Calls You

It is a little odd to go out to dinner on the night after Thanksgiving when there are plenty of good leftovers in the refrigerator at home, or so I thought. The restaurants on Market Square were full of happy patrons … Continue reading

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