Me and stuff in the USSR 1984

When I was a student in November of 1984, I visited Moscow and Leningrad. I happened to come across a photo of me in Red Square and thought I ought to put it up, so I could find it again.


Also, I recall visiting the Museum of the Great October Socialist Revolution and actually found the pamphlet, so here’s a few photos of that.

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Victoria in Tennessee

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This is the Bethel Church in Victoria, Tennessee, located off Old Highway 28.

The image above is taken from this Flickr page, which lists this comment from Tim Holloway in 2013:

A man named John Frater built this church for the community of coal miners and farmers. Because coal mining was such a huge industry in the area, an English company bought up mines in the area, and the church bell was donated by Queen Victoria of England. Because of her generosity, the community was renamed Victoria in her honor.

The bell of this church, the one reportedly donated by Queen Victoria, is in the Whitwell Coal Miner’s Museum, I believe.

Is it true? There is indeed a strong connection between this area and England. From the Tennessee Encyclopedia entry on Marion County:

In 1877 James Bowron and associates from England brought sufficient capital into the valley to develop the iron and coal industries. Coal mines opened in Whitwell; coke ovens operated in Victoria; iron ore came from Inman; and smelters dominated South Pittsburg. “

James Bowron obituary in NYT:

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His papers are held at the University of Alabama:  “A substantial collection of papers and materials relating to James Bowron, one of the 19th century iron and mining pioneers in the Deep South. It includes Bowron’s 1632-page, unpublished autobiography, as well as his daily journals, letters, and pictures.”

In the autobiography (Vol. 1, p. 15), he indicates he was born at Stockton-at-Tees.  This story is developing …

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Protected: Thud & Blunder (1964)

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“Et in Arcadia Ego” bench in Abbo’s Alley



Given by Friends and Classmate to Celebrate

Our Friendship with

Thomas Carleton Ward C ’69

August 3, 1947- June 30, 1997

Quick Bring a Beaker of Wine

So That I May Wet My Mind

And Say Something Clever

From Mary Margaret Roberts (February 9, 2013):

TC was a great wit with a very dry sense of humor, thus the Aristophanes quotation on the bench he often recited. One of his favorite comments to make was “e pluribus unum” said very slowly and with a sigh as he peered over the top of his horn rimmed glasses whenever he witnessed someone doing something particularly distasteful or particularly stupid. Discussions of Mississippi politicians often ended with “e pluribus unum.” There is no question that Honey Boo Boo would merit an “e pluribus unum” comment. When he called me, he always began the conversation with, “MM, TC, quelle surprise.” Clearly, I have more to tell about TC than about his bench. I will have to tell TC’s mama, my great aunt, that the bench has an admirer. She will be pleased.

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German POWs and Dixie Highway

Sewanee Purple (April 16, 1918) 3

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Antigone in Sewanee 1894

Various Notices on the Sewanee Production of Antigone of 1894

“Loftier than this devotion to the legitimate, semi-legitimate, and wholly illegitimate drama, is the success on the stage of the students of the Greek department, who, under the direction of Vice Chancellor Wiggins, have won an enviable reputation by their presentations of the masterpieces of ancient tragedy and comedy. Every summer they put a Greek play on the boards, now a comedy of Aristophanes, that makes the audience hold its sides with laughter; now a solemn and moving tragedy of Sophocles or Euripides that brings tears to the eyes of seasoned veterans. The performance of the “Antigone” last summer elicited great enthusiasm, not only at Sewanee, where it was presented before a large and distinguished audience, but also at Nashville, where two brilliant performances were given in the opera house. So great is the interest aroused by this successful reproduction of the spirit of old Greek life as exhibited in the Greek drama, that the Greek play may be said to be the leading feature of a Sewanee commencement—a function which lasts several days, a performance at which there is no vacant seat, and a marvel of staging considering the primitive surroundings of the University.”

American University Magazine 2.1 (May 1895) pp. 29-30

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Sewanee Purple (November 3, 1894) 1, 4

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