It is one of the greatest and most popular Christmas songs of all time. But over the years, some of the lyrics of the song have been changed. This Christmas we need to remember the original lyrics and the powerful message they conveyed.
When I was a little boy growing up in Memphis in the 1950s, we never had a white Christmas. But we always had a Christmas snowman. His name was Mr. Bingle, and he was a Memphis Christmas icon.
It was the most exciting day of the year for a boy from Memphis. It was a day in November when a very special publication arrived in the mail.
Vaccinations have protected humans against a myriad of diseases for decades. The COVID-19 vaccine will do the same.
When I was a boy growing up in north Memphis in the 60s, Halloween was a big night for me and the other kids in my neighborhood. We dressed like ghosts and goblins, roamed the streets, appeared on front porches, rang doorbells, yelled “Trick or Treat!” and demanded that strangers gave us candy bars. And they did. Bagfuls of them.
I’m a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee where I majored in Football Appreciation. And I am a VFFFL, a Vol Football Fan For Life.
In 1966, when I was just 14 years old, I became a regular viewer of the TV series “Star Trek.” Each week I watched Captain James T. Kirk pilot the Starship Enterprise through space, the final frontier, boldly going where no man had gone before!
The snail darter, at the time one of Tennessee's endangered species, proved to be a feisty little creature. It was fruitful, multiplied and survived.
Placing busts of Reps. Joseph Hanover, Banks Turner and Harry Burn in the State Capitol will tell the story of their role in suffrage for women.
This article and podcast, "The Sidebar", features my recent interview with Eric Barnes and Todd Richardson. It is reprinted with the permission of The Daily Memphian.
Last week America lost one of its greatest inventors with the death of Ron Popeil. He ranks in the pantheon of legendary device-developing geniuses, alongside Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Henry Ford.
The following is my column from today's issue of The Tennessean, and it is reprinted with the permission of the Tennessee USA Today Network.
Between partisan fights and filibusters, bills face previously unimaginable roadblocks to becoming laws on the state and federal levels.
In 1961, when I was 9 years old, I built a spaceship. It was made of cardboard, and it sat on a launching pad in the driveway in front of my house. My mother and father parked on the street in front of our house for several days before the scheduled launch so as to avoid running over my space craft.
I am a news junkie. I read five newspapers each morning, not from cover to cover, but from screen to screen.
My favorite time of the week is early Sunday morning. I get the big thick Sunday newspaper (that’s a news Paper, not a news screen!), crawl in it, and read my way out of it!
This is from my book, Daddies: An Endangered Species. It was published back in 1996 and dedicated to my father. Dad passed away in 2013. As we approach Father’s Day, 2021, these words I wrote a quarter century ago remain a tribute to him and to all wonderful fathers.
In these increasingly uncivil times, let's preserve civility by greeting one another, and even strangers, by asking, "How ya doing?" and quickly adding, "Bless your heart!"
Some 40 years ago this week I played a very small role in a wedding at the Holly Avenue Methodist Church in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. I was the groom.
This Saturday, May 1st, is Law Day, the annual day when we Americans should celebrate one of the things that makes America great … the Rule of Law.
On Sunday night, Tom Brady proved that middle-aged quarterbacks can still lead a team to victory in the Super Bowl. But Tom Brady is not the only old quarterback who can star in bowl games these days.
Next Tuesday, February 9, former President Donald Trump is scheduled to go on trial for impeachment in the United States Senate. His prospects for an acquittal look excellent.
Some of the greatest political speeches I have ever heard have been concession speeches.