Lay’s “Three Little Pigs” ride again

October 31, 2008

Here’s a new commercial containing segments of older ads from Lay’s Meats, a fixture on the East Tennessee food scene for 80 years. According to an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Lays was founded in 1921 and sold to various investors, who went bankrupt in 2001.  For kids growing up in the days of black and white television, Lay’s ads, with their singing three little pigs, were a ubiquitous presence.

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Old Tennessee Pride Sausage TV ad

October 31, 2008

Sixty-second television ads seem so long in this age of nano-attention spans, but here’s one from the 1960s:

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Craft distillers not so numerous in the South

October 28, 2008

The spirit world is booming in these parlous times. According to an article in the Rocky Mountain News, craft distillers–small-time producers of whiskey, vodka, rum, and other spirits–are increasing in number across the country. “Foodies” are fueling this movement, which follows the craft brewing wave, and there’s one more factor as well: as people get older, they drink less but they drink better.

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Pat Boone, Tennessean

October 21, 2008

Interesting piece piece in the Tennessean about Pat Boone, who lived in Nashville from age two through his college years at David Lipscomb.

Funniest quote: “Believe it or not, when I began, there was no such thing as rock ‘n’ roll,” said Boone, who counts Elvis Presley among his opening acts. “I’ve called myself one of the midwives at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.”

He’s been called a lot of other things as well.

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Scopes Trial pix surface in new book

October 18, 2008

A trove of newly discovered photographs taken at the Scopes Trial appear in a new book published by the University of Kansas Press.

George Rappleyea (left, and John Scope

The book is Reframing Scopes: Journalists, Scientists and Lost Photographs from the Trial of the Century, by Marcel LaFollette. You can see a Flickr set of the photos here.

Arrowmont gets respite–for now

October 18, 2008

The economic crash of October has saved Arrowmont from being forced to leave Gatlinburg.  Fortunately, the developers with the big plans have bailed, but the die has been cast: The Pi Phi fraternity will sell that property sooner or later.

Arrowmont has seen an outpouring of support from all over, and now, during this respite, is the time to rally those groups and individuals to get the School on a firmer financial footing, assess what it would take to move, or make a good case for staying in Gatlinburg.

The worse thing that Arrowmont could do is go back to business as usual–head in the sand–and then act surprised when Pi Phi finally finds a buyer down the line.  This whole episode should serve as a wake-up call.  It remains to be seen if the School has leadership with savvy to heed it.