Yearly Archives: 2017

Muralist Lola Poston and the Lincoln Theatre

Her paintings were shown at the 1939 World’s Fair, and she helped decorate the White House during the Roosevelt Administration. But the artistic highlight of Lola Poston’s painting career was surely the six 15×20 ft. murals she created in 1929 for the auditorium of the newly built Lincoln Theatre, a talking picture palace and vaudeville […]

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Strap that Alabama fan on my back!

Future champion college basketball coach Sonny Smith was born November 15, 1936 in Roan Mountain, TN, the son of a mill worker and a cafeteria employee at the local schools. His hometown, he said years later, wasn’t the end of the world—but that you could see it from there. He said there were so many […]

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They pulled the candy and laughed and frolicked

You kin talk about y’r op’ras, y’r germans an’ all sich Y’r afternoon r’ceptions an’ them pleasures o’ the rich You kin feast upon y’r choc’lates an’ y’r creams an’ ices full But none of ‘em is ekal to a good old candy pull. For ther’ isn’t any perfume like the ‘lasses on the fire […]

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The year with two Thanksgivings

“I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Thursday, the twenty-third of November 1939, as a day of general thanksgiving.” How appropriate that Roosevelt’s proclamation was issued on Halloween, the day for tricks or treats. The average citizen was irritated and confused; big business was delighted. In the end, […]

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Jumping on a bear to fight fist and skull

“Him and his brother-in-law one night back years ago, about forty, went out a-bear huntin’, a-possum huntin’ or other, and treed a bear. He minded up the tree till it come down. I shot it. It rolled off down the mountain a piece, tore loose from the dogs, and run away on down the flat […]

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