How do you get a job like this?

I follow three Tennessee writers regularly for their articles and columns on Tennessee history: Jack Neely of Metro Pulse in Knoxville, George Zepp in the Nashville Tennessean, and Vance Lauderdale in Memphis Magazine.

All three of these guys get paid to write about local history. Jack Neely produces the most substantial work in his weekly “Secret History,” and has published several books consisting of collections of his columns. George Zepp and Vance Lauderdale respond to reader queries about forgotten people, places, and lore.

George plays it straight while Vance creates the persona of a wealthy roué who interrupts his squash lesson and gin & tonic mixing to deliver his answers. Of the three, he is the only one with a blog.

This blog is part of a much larger website, also entitled Tennessee Guy, that contains travel and cultural information about Tennessee. Visit it here.

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