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Written on Back Around: On a Saturday Afternoon, a Symphony of Old Resonances:

In Maine they call hot dogs 'reds' for the red dye used to give them some color.

The tamale returns, hooray! The 1880s vendor of them was Harry Royston who learned many things working for one of the circuses that came by rail to Knoxville.

In the summer Royston had insulated carts that sold 'Hokey Pokey' ice cream. The Knoxville Sentinel's cartoonist depicted these in a sketch of how Knoxvillians in 1908 coped with the heat. 'Hokey Spookey' ice cream carts transported citizen sitting on top of these carts pushed by blackface men with hats.

Written on Signs and Portents: Tennessee's Numerous (and Sometimes Bizarre) State Symbols :

You didn't do your homework! The Great Seal depicts not just a boat but a flatboat that was the backbone of the transportation that brought the state's early cash crop, wheat, to market along with other farm items for over a hundred years even after steamboats appeared on our larger rivers.

Written on Nourish Knoxville Winter Market:

This market has vendors both indoors and outdoors. You also get to see for the first time in decades the inside of the Southern Station's dining room and great hallway. Caboose tour for free, too. Guided historic passenger car tours $7 for adults, $3 for children above 12.

Written on A Peculiar Fourth: Some Picture From Knoxville's Most Anxious July:

I saw that the byline for the later issues in Knoxville were "Sperry, Hutchison and Co." After your artice it hit me - "S&H Green Stamps!" My folks collected them as I grew up here. You pasted them into little books until you had enough to pick a 'prize' at the local store. I think there was one on Asheville Highway in Burlington.

Written on Restaurant Report: Frussie’s Deli and Sandwich Shoppe:

Same fine food although the mini-side isn't there. A quiet, out-of-the way place serving in-house made sandwiches of fine meats and breads.

Written on Restaurant Report: Aegean Mediterranean Grille [CLOSED]:

unfortunately they are closed again, we'll miss the fine food and service

Written on Savelli's Italian Restaurant:

There are quite a few Italian restaurants around Knoxville that are good, but few have the fine seasonings and atmosphere that remind us of our trip to Italy last summer. We had great food and times at private restaurants there just like Savelli's

Written on Tomo Japanese Restaurant:

My wife and I really look forward to the sushi and I enjoy the yaki sorba. Service is always great.

Written on Knoxville Cuisine's Identity Crisis:

in response to Jack_Fail:

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Everything west of Bearden Hill was essentially farmland with no restaurants when I was growing up. There was a bootlegger at Dixie Lee Junction. Bearden High was a county school. So whatever shape of the earth you talk about, places west of Bearden only grew food, not prepare it.

I ate mett and beans, white of course, at the Brass Rail on the designated day of the week, but alas no one has kept this tradition on the menu.

After decades of gorging on fast food chains, most of the creative and unique private ownerships have been put out of business.

Often I eat at the Handy Dandy on South Haven Road in South Knoxville and have their full house occasionally. Their tamalies are locally made, not from a can.

How about a tamale and full house festival and see what happens?

Written on Welcome Walmart :

Quite possibly the conservatives only remember the earlier days of Wal-Mart when their theme encouraged us, the masses, to buy their "Made in America" products. Sometime ago these sources were dropped in favor of a cheaper source, China.

Written on Resonance, Part 2: Shorpy and Central Street Books:

I remember the building where Central Street Books is located as where you could hear Con Hunley sing songs many a night in the 1970s?

Diagonally across the corner towards town was the Chrysler dealership in the 1950s, probably Kerr Motor Company. Dad drove a 1950 Chrysler New Yorker to Oak Ridge each day.

Written on The Still-Unburned Huffaker House:

There were Quite a few Huffakers in the pre-Civil War era history of Knox and Sevier county. One was a judge and many found their final resting place at Seven Islands Cemetery.

Edward Huffaker told of living on Seclusion Bend which, I believe, is the piece of property originally in Sevier county but later was transferred to Knox county because it was a lot easier to get to Knoxville than Sevierville. The aviator Huffaker's grandfather was Wesley Huffaker and his deeds are on file at the Sevier county courthouse.

The post TVA name for the bend is Kelly's Bend. After the Civil War most of the Huffakers moved to Greene county and Edwin was postmaster of Chucky, TN.

Which Huffaker resided in this house may be hard to determine. I have not looked to see exactly where this house is.

Written on What’s Knoxville’s Oldest Restaurant?:

I recall the Pizza Palace on Magnolia Ave. in the late 1950s, exactly where it is now, as the place to take a date who hadn't been exposed to the 'spicy' pepperoni pizza. So we got the ham and pineapple and she enjoyed it!

So it must be a candidate for oldest eating establishment. It's only a block away from the fair grounds.

Written on Knoxville + Palin = 625,000 Returns:

I wonder how "Drill, Baby Drill" echoes into our ears as the oil spill approaches the Louisianna coast! Bigger than the Exxon Valdeze spill and still growing some say. I guess those that still want to drill don't like oysters or shrimp.

Written on Rare Historical Site Ensnared by West Knox Development. Does That Matter? :

It seems that the positive publicity of having a major historical site adjacent to a new, slightly downsized development should outweigh the scorn I hope we all can muster up if the owner should decide to take the entire space for her development. This development will be soon forgotten in twenty years or so as the fickle public moves to another development.

There must be plenty of other shoreline to put more residences or shops.

Written on Knox County Schools Should Leave Science Book Alone:

Seems Herman told us nothing to convince us that he is an expert on the Book of Genesis. He does however give us a good dose of his opinion. The vague reference is intriging but I wonder who authored it?

Science collects facts over time and the theory itself does evolve as we learn more. We know much more about cancer than our grandparents. We know how to fly which was impossible before 1903. We build bridges that were impossible two hundred years ago. Let's reserve science for the science classes.

As for creation in general let us turn to the Bible: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible." (Hebrews 11: 1-3 NRSV) This is theology and might well be taught in schools but to date, we do not have it in the public school cirriculum.

My wife and I attend church weekly and accept the evolution of viruses and many other of God's species. Personally as a retired engineer, I do not find evolution and Christianty incompatable.

So keep up the enlightenment, Frank!

Written on None:

Lunch hours have been updated to Monday - Friday: 11 a. m. - 2 p. m. &
Dinner hours are now for Tuesday - Saturday: 6 - 9 p.m.

My wife had the Pasta Primavera and I had the Mediterranean Pasta and we both loved it! The atmosphere is truly a step back in time with outstanding service!

Written on Martin Hunt, Citizen of the World:

I fondly remember those 1950s days at Miss Annie McGhee's, when all the dance steps were learned, the waltz, fox-trot, and several Latin ones, which weren't as easy. Martin knew them all well. Martin always had a big smile was a dapper dresser. But we boys were really interested in the girls there and so we didn't learn the moves nearly as fast as they did! It's great to hear Martin is still active.

Written on Landmark S&W Set to Reopen:

The S&W was in the 'center' of downtown for nearly everyone working there. The 'upper room' housed several civic clubs like Sertoma and Kiwanis and possibly others. Everyone went thru the line, so everyone could get exactly what they wanted! Hard to do that at today's civic club luncheon.

Slim lived to some ninety years, the last I know of, he did the yard work for Dr. N. G. Riggins on Montview Drive in Holston Hills. Always a gentleman with a big grin on his face, everybody was glad to see him.

There was a tasty little restaurant on Clinch about where Krutch Park is now with reasonable prices and a pleasant staff. A limited menu could be had at the predecessor to Pete's where the hole in the ground is next to the New Sprankle Building on Union Street. Or the Brass Rail that you could ente ron either Gay or Clinch, but you better like the basics or the special of the day. Quite good fixed by Gus' chefs. And don't forget Harold's Deli. But none had the decor of the S&W! All let you eat and get back to work quickly.

Written on cover_story (2006-40):

The full house at Allen's "Handy Dandy Market" on South Haven consists of chili on a hot tamale. The other good hot winter meal was pinto beans and cornbread, but no longer offered, due to little demand. We who eat there have often wondered why this Mexican tamale is ingrained in Knoxville's food menu. Alas, I discovered the death of a Harry Royston originally of Greeneville, Tenn. who had been making hot tamales for thirty years when he died in 1917! Tamales are a great staple that is easy to store and provide a quick, hot meal with today's microwave ovens. Quite a few are made in homes and retailed through churches, lodges, and retail establishments.

Written on Knoxville's Best Idea:

Too often the real heroes get shortchanged, or even omitted entirely as in this case, when a quick gloss is needed or we of this generation don't go to the effort to extol our real heroes.

Unfortunately too many of those who could easily tell us of the drama to create the park, in this instance, have passed on. this leaves a research project ot uncover the story as it appeared in newspapers and othe rhistorical documents. So let us all spend a little more of our time talking about our locl heroes of the past so eventually some local documentarians will do them justice.

Written on George Koval: Oak Ridge’s Master Spy:

Truth is stranger than fiction so it provides great premises for our fiction fans. Too often 'the good old days' were not as well constructed as we too often think. It's true now as then, being lazy will let the bad guys win! So let's not deify our past heroes too much or vilify those currently running the show.

Written on Corrections and Amplifications:

Sorority Village's Past makes me wonder what other sites we need to take a look at. Anyone very discover artifacts when tilling the UT Trial Gardens? I hope our local archaeologists have a top ten most promising sites? Of course, it couldn't be too public due to some opportunists out there. I agree with your muse on being a training; maybe it could be dubbed Hillcrest West? But you underestimate the power of affluent alumnni. There will surely be bus service to the main campus!

Written on Bum McClung:

Great copy on past heroes! Inspiring for those who study history and aspire to greater heights. Not everyone will forget you! Thanks Jack for showing us your skills.

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