I’m very happy to have found a link to your new blog since the end of the Metro Pulse. Upon the sad news, my first thought was, “Oh man I’m going to miss readng Neely’s stories!”. It’s great to know that you’re doing alright and that you are going to be OK. For Knoxville’s benefit, I do hope there will be another paper to rise from the ashes and I also hope you will once again be a part of it. Thank you for keeping us all posted!
I have read your articles in Metro Pulse throughout the years. I wish you the best of luck and will still read your postings here.
I was walking through the Old City yesterday and saw a piece of paper taped to a door there…it read: Norris Lee Dryer April 12, 1943 Oct. 30, 2014 The world is a lesser place today. I stood there stunned…It was the statement that got my brain to realize that Norris had died. I went to U.T. library to tell one of his friends in case he didn’t know. He did know and we talked about Norris for awhile. I told him that I wish the Pulse were still active because I was sure you guys would have written something about him and his contributions to Knoxville. So I thank you Jack for doing so here.
Thank you for this beautifully written tribute to Norris Dryer. Also, I am so happy you are continuing to post online. I always turned to your column before I read any others in MetroPulse. Sending best wishes as you continue writing your columns and pursuing book length manuscripts.
Thank you for this beautifully written tribute to Norris Dryer. Also, I am so happy you are continuing to post online. I always turned to your column before I read any others in Metro Pulse. Sending best wishes as you continue writing your blog and pursuing book length manuscripts.
Jack–I enjoyed your column on presidential visits. You’d mentioned talk of a Truman visit. While you may not have counted it because he was two years out of office, I was thinking about former President Harry Truman being the headliner at Cosby’s Ramp Festival in 1955. Since his plane landed at McGhee Tyson, we may be able to check the box on that alone (maybe more depending on his route to the mountains.) The planners also had invited former President Herbert Hoover to attend the following year, but he reportedly declined because of heath issues. Maybe he was uneasy about the prospect of eating a ramp–especially since Truman was quoted as saying, “the only way you’ll ever get me to eat one of those things is to hog tie me and cram it down my throat.”
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