Our September Maple Hall event will be a little different. The subject will be pioneer publisher Adolph Ochs, creator of the modern New York Times, who spent most of his youth in Knoxville, where he began his career in journalism. It’s the first of a series of events in September celebrating Ochs, leading up to a panel discussion at the East Tennessee History Center on Sept. 28, and the Sept. 29 dedication of a new historical plaque on Market Square near the site of the Knoxville Chronicle office where Ochs began his career. That effort has been sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, with assistance from faculty of UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media. Jack Neely will be relating some little known stories about Ochs and his fascinating refugee-immigrant family in post-Civil War Knoxville, much of it based on recent research–but we’ll also welcome two guest speakers, veteran News Sentinel columnist Georgiana Vines, who spearheaded the plaque effort; and Maria Cornelius, who after a long career in journalism, especially well known for her coverage of (and popular book about) Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols basketball team, is now a member of staff of PR firm Moxley Carmichael.
Free program. Food and drinks are available to purchase.