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Mike Gibson

About Mike Gibson


Staff writer Mike Gibson was born in the heathen jungle wilds of Tanzania, raised by a feral herd of pygmy Boer goats. Upon migrating to the U.S. in 1865 for the purpose of studying medicinal origami, he abruptly switched career paths and entered journalism school at South Pizmo College for the Mucous-Deficient. He earned no actual school credits at South Pizmo, but did manage to land a pivotal internship with Butt Shuttle, a tasteful and highly sophisticated gentleman's publication. He has been with Metro Pulse for the better part of the last week now, and in that time has spent many long minutes thinking about writing numerous award-winning stories. When he is not on the job, Gibson is a liar, a charlatan, a dope fiend, a cheapskate and a butt kisser of the first rank. Metro Pulse looks forward to many more years of fine service from Gibson's office, which he will hopefully have departed by the end of next week, after the pesticides take effect.
Mike Gibson

Position History

  • Articles Editor
    04/18/2008 - 10/01/2008
  • Staff Writer
    04/02/1995 - 04/18/2008

Recent Work

  • Signs and Portents: Tennessee's Numerous (and Sometimes Bizarre) State Symbols Published 07/09/2014 at 12:52 p.m. 1 Comment

    Tennessee has an abundance of official symbols, especially for a smallish state with a middling population count. A moderately thorough inventory tells us that many of them are pretty common, or at least intuitive. But some are puzzling. A few ...

  • Mobile Retail: Is Knoxville Ready for Clothing Boutique Trucks? Published 06/18/2014 at 10:28 a.m. 1 Comment

    Move that food truck over—there’s a whole new breed of mobile vendor rolling onto Knoxville city streets: clothing boutiques on wheels. Now that the city has embraced the presence of food trucks downtown, can it adapt to other retail trucks, ...

  • King Bee: Michael Gill’s Quest to Keep the Blues Alive in Knoxville Published 06/11/2014 at 11:26 a.m.

    We’re launching a brand-spanking-new profile series that looks at people you may not have heard of but who nevertheless have an impact on your quality of life here. Our first True Knoxvillian is Michael Gill, the passionate blues fan who’s ...

  • Local Metal Band Whitechapel Continues Its Unlikely Success Story With 'Our Endless War' Published 06/04/2014 at 11:20 a.m.

    Eight years ago, Knoxville’s Whitechapel was just another newbie local band, a bunch of metal diehards in a city that’s hardly a haven for metal. Today, they’re touring the U.S. in support of their fifth album, Our Endless War, which ...

  • Cult of Celebrity: At Conventions Like the Fanboy Expo, Fading Stars (and even A-listers!) Find a Second Career Published 05/28/2014 at 12:02 p.m. 1 Comment

    You will soon find an army of lesser celebrities invading downtown Knoxville as the Fanboy Expo gets underway. But why is it that people are so enamored with former sit-com stars and pro wrestlers? And is this any way to ...

  • Barry Bostwick: Convention Megaforce Published 05/28/2014 at 11:53 a.m.

    He may not look much like the hapless Rocky Horror hero Brad Majors anymore, but that doesn’t mean Barry Bostwick hasn’t aged well. Truly, the silver-haired 69-year-old has the sort of distinguished good looks that keep an actor booked solid—even ...

  • Roy Wooley: Gruesome (Make-up) Star Published 05/28/2014 at 11:49 a.m.

    Lest anyone doubt that fan/celebrity conventions are waxing strong, they need only consider the case of Roy Wooley. A special-effects and make-up specialist, as well as a fan-favorite contestant on the SyFy channel reality show/competition Face Off (seasons three and ...

  • "Local Hippie Dude" Mac Comer Makes His Way Out West Published 05/28/2014 at 11:34 a.m.

    The city lost its resident Local Hippie Dude on May 24 when singer/songwriter Mac Comer played his last show as a Knoxvillian at Preservation Pub.

  • Metal Drummer and Studio Head Yanic Bercier Hosts WaveTransform Showcase Published 05/07/2014 at 10:38 a.m.

    Unless you’re a serious heavy-metal fan, you’ve probably never heard of Yanic Bercier. But Bercier—former member of Quebecois prog/death-metal outfit Quo Vadis, among many others—is nonetheless one of the busiest guys on the local music scene.

  • Festival Season Continues With Rhythm N' Blooms Published 04/02/2014 at 11:16 a.m.

    The recent Big Ears avant-music celebration was an event to remember here in Knoxville. But it will not go down as the city’s biggest or best-attended music festival of 2014. That honor will almost certainly belong to Rhythm N’ Blooms, ...