Ephemeral Figures, Always Floating By: Marion Carpenter

Ephemeral Figures, Always Floating By:  Marion Carpenter

By Ray Hill Most figures in history are ephemeral and float through the pages of books only fleetingly. Some never even make the footnotes of history, yet probably should. There are any number of historical figures which were larger than life, the subject of admiration, if not adulation by students of history. George Washington, Abraham […]

The Tennessee Nightingale: Grace Moore

The Tennessee Nightingale: Grace Moore

By Ray Hill The story of Grace Moore is not at all political in nature and hopefully readers of this column will not be sorely disappointed.  Miss Moore’s story is, however uniquely and quintessentially American.  It is both an interesting story and certainly part of Tennessee’s history.  Grace Moore rose from truly humble beginnings and […]

Eleanor ‘Cissy’ Patterson, Publisher & Personality

Eleanor ‘Cissy’ Patterson, Publisher & Personality

Previously printed on October 5, 2015 By Ray Hill Eleanor Medill Patterson was the first woman to successfully run a major metropolitan newspaper.  Known as “Cissy” due to the nickname given to her in childhood by her brother, she was volatile, unpredictable, frequently gleefully malevolent and unquestionably gifted. Eleanor Patterson was born into a wealthy […]

Life with Wild Bill

Life with Wild Bill

By Ray Hill One year ago on August 3, I lost my beloved Scottish terrier, Mackie. I still miss the little fellow something fierce and there’s not a day that goes by without my thinking about him. Losing anyone we love profoundly is a terrible loss. It literally changes one’s world because without that loved […]

George H. Bender of Ohio

George H. Bender of Ohio

By Ray Hill Ohio and Virginia vie for having produced the most Presidents of the United States.  William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding were all from Ohio.  William Henry Harrison was actually born in Virginia, but served as […]

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