Monthly Archives: February 2014

Future chief justice pops up in integration photo

We have gotten great feedback on Sam Venable’s stories about Charles Moulden, who integrated Knoxville Interscholastic League football then, a few years later, was shot by a racist, who was acquitted in a gross miscarriage of justice that the media ignored.

Charles Moulden, 22, joins in Sevier County High School victory celebration in 1963.

Charles Moulden, No. 22, joins in Sevier County High School victory celebration in 1963.

In researching the story, Venable discovered he actually was on the football field with Moulden when Venable’s Young High School was beaten by Moulden’s Sevier County High School in a memorable game in 1963. A celebratory picture of Sevier County’s team ran on our front page today, featuring Moulden, No. 22.

What we did not realize until later was that directly  behind Moulden was No. 50, a kid named Gary Wade, who today sits as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He sent Venable an email today praising the series and reflecting on the old days.


Google archive is trove of old newspaper editions

Google has redesigned its archive of old newspapers.  It isn’t a complete collection by any means, but there are hundreds of papers. You can select by title, scroll through the months, search within papers or check out specific dates.

News-Sentinel, but not Knoxville's, appears in Google archive, with 1942 edition categorized under 1912.

News-Sentinel, but not Knoxville’s, appears in Google archive, with 1942 edition categorized under 1912.

The “News-Sentinel” is one of the papers included, but it’s not the Knoxville News Sentinel. It’s a News-Sentinel from another city, and I noticed a problem with the archive when I was checking some of its pages. Editions published in the 1940s are archived in the 1910s because the “4” in the date on the nameplate came out looking like a “1” when it was scanned. So World War II is happening 30 years early.

Still, it’s an interesting collection.

The Knoxville News Sentinel’s archives exist on microfilm, and a vendor has scanned those pages. But they haven’t yet been put into a searchable database yet. I’m hopeful that will happen someday soon, and we’ll be able to offer the public easy access to our archives, which date back to the 1800s on the “Sentinel” side of our history.

One old Knoxville paper that is in the Google archive is the Knoxville Chronicle, which is where Adoph Ochs worked before he went on to purchase and run The New York Times.

Should we keep ‘Doonesbury’ in reruns again?

The “Doonesbury” comic strip is going into reruns again as its creator pursues a video project. Garry Trudeau took a leave last summer to work on the “Alpha House” comedy series. The show, produced by Amazon Studios, is about four GOP senators who share a house in Washington. Now Amazon has decided to produce another season, and Trudeau will be too busy to create daily “Doonesbury” strips. He will keep drawing Sunday strips, however.

DoonesburyThe syndicate that distributes the comic has come up with a plan for packaging the reruns. Instead of just selecting random “greatest hits,” Universal Press Syndicate will identify key historical events that have occurred since “Doonesbury” began in the early ‘70s, such as the Watergate break-in, and will distribute sequences of strips reacting to the news. It will be a sort history according to Garry Trudeau.

The change will be effective March 3. It’s uncertain when, or if, Trudeau, will return to daily cartooning. “There’s no way of knowing how many seasons of ‘Alpha House’ lie ahead,” he said. “I could be back drawing ‘Doonesbury’ full-time in the fall. In the meantime, I’m grateful for the forbearance and past support of our longtime newspaper clients, and hope that I’ll still be welcome in their pages when I return.”

So, should the News Sentinel continue with “Doonesbury Flashbacks?” Or should we look for a replacement strip, and if so, which one? “Candorville?” “Prickly City?” Something else?