Libraries and theaters

By John J. Duncan Jr. My wife has told me more than once “No more books,” because my offices and our homes have always been filled with books.  But I love to read. She has told me more than once that I am the “most boring person” with whom to take a vacation.  She is […]

Regas Restaurant

By John J. Duncan Jr. A little over 43 years ago, I met a young and beautiful woman at Regas Restaurant who a few months later became my wife, Lynn. Several of the most important events in my life took place at that great restaurant. Lynn was one of the best waitresses Regas ever had, […]

September 11, 2001

  By John J. Duncan Jr. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was in my office in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington when Bert Robinson, a member of my staff from Athens, opened the door and told me to turn on the television because a plane had just crashed into the […]

Coronavirus Is Bad, But Have We Over-Reacted?

By John J. Duncan Jr. During the 1957-58 flu season, I was in the fifth grade at Chillhowee School in East Knoxville, there was a worldwide pandemic then that originated in China called the Asian flu. Both the US and world populations were only a little over 60% of today’s figures, but the CDC estimated […]

Everything looks easy from a distance

Everything looks easy from a distance

By John J. Duncan Jr. duncanj@knoxfocus.com Everything looks easy from a distance My friend, Ray Hill, who writes a great political history column for this newspaper, told me several years ago that I won the lottery with my parents. I had never thought of it in that way, but I really liked what he said, […]

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