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Posted by smithdray at 10:56 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:59 PM EDT
A new Facebook group "I remember when in Oak Ridge"

Check out this new Facebook group where folks are sharing their memories of their home town, Oak Ridge, TN.

It has grown to have 1384 members in just a few days.  Great fun and good information being shared.  Makes a historian proud! 



Posted by smithdray at 9:49 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:09 PM EDT
Friday, 24 December 2010
A new Photo Book by Ray Smith - Fall 2010
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: books

Here is a photo book published at the suggestion of those who saw the photographs I made this fall.  It was an unusual fall and was actually quite short for good color.  I had to seek out specific locations as one side of a hill would have color and the other side not.  One elevation might have color and below or above that level would not.  I found that getting close up helped and I really appreciated my 100 mm close up lens.


Click on link below to preview book:



Posted by smithdray at 9:03 PM EST
Merry Memories - 2010
Mood:  happy
Topic: Christmas

Here are some Merry Memories for Christmas 2010. 


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Posted by smithdray at 8:48 PM EST
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Colorado - July 2010
Mood:  happy
Topic: trips

Fanny and I recently went to Silverton, CO.  What a great place the San Juan Mountains are.  That is where many of Louis L'Amour's books are set.  I have read them all and enjoyed seeing the terrain and recalling the stories. 

We were there to see our youngest son, Zane, finish the Hardrock 100 mile endurance run.  He finished in 46 hours!  Silverton is 11,000 feet above sea level.  I could hardly climb stairs.  We stayed in the Royal Imperial Hotel (on the third floor with NO elevator!)

Here is a link to some photos of our trip:


Posted by smithdray at 12:40 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 August 2010 12:47 AM EDT
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Barkley Marathons 100 (and 60 "fun run")

Zane, my youngest son, ran in the Barkley Marathons this weekend at Frozen Head State Park, TN. 

To learn about the Barkley Marathons

He started at 7:15 AM on Saturday with the temperature at 30 degrees.  Sunny and clear.  This lasted all day and into the evening.

Zane finished loop one of the Barkley in a bit over 12 hours. He went "out there" on lap two in the dark and by Sunday morning when he returned to the start/finish line he has spent the night seeking to stay on the unmarked course with some difficulty.  He had six of the 10 pages from books and was running out of time.  It was raining and that did not help as it slowed travel even more.

Here are some photos from Day 1 and 2 of the Barkley: 



Posted by smithdray at 10:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 28 March 2010 10:26 PM EDT
Saturday, 26 December 2009
John Hendrix Story Published

The John Hendrix Story, about the man known as the Prophet of Oak Ridge, has just been published in hardback.  It includes both the articles I have published in The Oak Ridger's Historically Speaking column that feature John Hendrix and the content of the book, Back of Oak Ridge written by Grace Crawford, his adopted granddaughter.

Use this link to preview or purchase the book:













Posted by smithdray at 7:46 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 26 December 2009 7:57 PM EST
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Zane climbs Mount Rainier!
Mood:  incredulous

On August 25, 2009, my son, Zane Smith, climbed to the summit of Mount Rainier.  See more photos at:

Posted by smithdray at 11:13 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 31 October 2009 6:48 PM EDT
Friday, 21 August 2009
Oral History Interview with former Senator Howard Baker, Jr.
Mood:  happy

Former Tennessee Senator and President Reagan's Chief of Staff Howard Baker, Jr. is one of East Tennessee's most valuable treasures.  His humble, somewhat homespun manner endears him to anyone who meets him and his sincere desire to listen to hear precisely what is said makes him an unusually insightful person. 

His perception of our nation's history and future is aligned with his personal experiences and vast world knowledge.  He sees the United States as the world's greatest hope for democracy and feels we are still feeling out the details of our republic.  He believes the world's nations will all benefit from the grand experiment in public policy and governance that is our republic form of democracy.

It is a joy to listen to him.  He was chosen as the very first video oral history to be completed by the newly formed Center for Oak Ridge Oral History.  I was priviledged to be allowed to be a part of the four-person interview team that recently captured his thoughts on the history of Oak Ridge.    

To see more photos of the filming go here:





Posted by smithdray at 11:49 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 August 2009 12:36 PM EDT
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Books now available on








I am proud to announce that my Historically Speaking and Delina history books are now available on 

Just search on "Historically Speaking," "Delina," "1944 Troop Train Wreck," or "Historical Sketches of Oak Ridge Schools."

Here is the link to Delina on

Here is the link to 2006 Historically Speaking on 

Here is the link to 2007 Historically Speaking on

Here is the link to 1944 Troop Train Wreck on 


Here is the link to Historical Sketches of Oak Ridge Schools on


Posted by smithdray at 10:54 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 August 2009 12:38 PM EDT

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