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Ready for Twenty Figteen

  When the sales clerk at Dollywood finished wrapping my purchase, it looked like a burrito or sub sandwich. In fact, it was a jar of Fig Spread. My wife spotted the product as I was reading the ingredients on … Continue reading

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Holly Jolly Dolly

Today was the last day of the season at Dollywood. The theme park is now closed until March. During the park’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, they featured characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In the Reindeer Games area, I saw an … Continue reading

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Bran Recognition

A simple question turned into an unexpected and delightful conversation. On Saturday morning, I did a remote broadcast on WNOX from the Publix Super Market in Turkey Creek. We had a steady stream of listeners who had heard the broadcast on … Continue reading

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So Imotional

Jenna Fischer was a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” the other night. She told a great anecdote about her first Hollywood job. She was an extra on the TV commercial for Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios. Toward the end of … Continue reading

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Dolly or Bust

“Our family knows we’re out in Hollywood, they just don’t know we’re out in Hollywood,” said one of the Lane twins in their film, “Hollywood to Dollywood.” The movie has won 25 Best Documentary awards at various film festivals. Gary and … Continue reading

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Sphygmomanometer Significance

Dollywood officially opens for the season today after a preview day for season pass holders yesterday. On Wednesday, they allowed local radio personalities to ride the new Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster to open in America. A similar ride … Continue reading

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Soar Stomach

How old is too old to ride roller coasters? The AARP says you’re never too old. I’m not sure that I agree. I have very much enjoyed zip-lining in recent years but roller coasters may have passed me by. Although … Continue reading

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In the Years 24, 25

The American Eagle Foundation is 25 years old. Their 25th anniversary logo includes the numbers 1985 and 2010.  My wife and I went to see their “Wings of America” show at Dollywood on Monday. The birds of prey don’t exactly … Continue reading

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Dough Knot

The new Pretzel M&Ms are made in nearby Cleveland, Tennessee. Someday I will have to figure out how to get a tour of the factory, like a guy on Food Network did. I need to tell them how I am … Continue reading

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Prepare for Ludicrous Speed

The 25th anniversary banners at Dollywood clearly acknowledge that they opened in 1986, which is 24 years ago. While you can’t say that the Dollywood name is 25 years old yet, you can say that the name is in its 25th year … Continue reading

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Remember the Time

When Michael Jackson died a year ago, I wrote about the time I shook hands with the King of Pop. I can’t believe I had forgotten about another close encounter with him. An email from a friend brought the memory … Continue reading

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