Due to popular demand, Knoxville’s East Tennessee Historical Society will show This is Cas Walker, a film about East Tennessee’s most famous–and most notorious–grocer and public figure. The film will be shown on June 22 as a part of Treasures From the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound: A Film Series.
As described in the publicity, “Scenes and outtakes from his popular television show, The Cas Walker Farm and Home Show, as well as vintage commercials and rare early performances by local performers such as Dolly Parton will be included, along with newly discovered footage that was not part of the original screening.”
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People in Knoxville who remember Cas Walker like to tell stories about the old coot, like the time a rival grocery store had so many watermelons for sale that they were stacked on the sidewalk. According to the tale, Cas hired a woman to feed her dog some salty meat and then let the animal drink copious amounts of water. She then walked Fido back and forth until he raised his leg over a melon. A photographer across the street–also hired by Cas–snapped a picture of the peeing pooch, which a gleeful Cas ran in the next day’s edition of his private newspaper. Sales of the rival’s melons, shall we say, dropped off to a trickle.
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