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Friday, 28 November 2014
2009 Historically Speaking
Topic: books

Just published 2009 Historically Speaking the fourth annual publication of newspaper columns first published in The Oak Ridger.

The book is available in hardback and as an ebook at




2009 Historically Speaking is the fourth annual volume of historical articles published in The Oak Ridger newspaper. Like others in this series, the weekly stories vary from purely historical events to human interest stories such as the "Two Brothers - A World War II Story" that tells of the struggles these brothers had during the war. One of the series of articles included is the amazing story of the "Oak Ridge Bombers" a semi-professional baseball team from Oak Ridge that existed from the time of the Manhattan Project into the 1960's. This was a proud group of African American men! The history of R & R Properties is included and Rick Chinn wrote the Foreword for the book. The history and some of the unusual events held at the University of Tennessee's Arboretum is included. Finally the history of the Comparative Animal Research Laboratory is also featured. I was pleased to capture these details of Oak Ridge history and am glad to bring them to you in this annual book form.


Ray Smith 


Posted by smithdray at 10:38 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 3 January 2015 12:48 AM EST
Monday, 1 September 2014
Yosemite National Park - July 2014
Mood:  a-ok

These two images were printed by my friend, Bill Brumley, framed by the Appalachian Frame Shop in Oak Ridge, TN, and hang in our living room!   



See more photos of Yosemite National Park at:



Posted by smithdray at 2:32 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 1 September 2014 2:50 PM EDT
Monday, 10 March 2014
DeBord Falls

A short walk into the woods at Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area will bring you to beautiful and peaceful DeBord Falls. It is good to stop there and just enjoy the beauty and sound.  Take a moment and enjoy a visual of the falls and listen to the relaxing sound of the waterfall...




Posted by smithdray at 6:47 PM EDT
Monday, 11 March 2013
New books recently published
I have recently published four books:

Oak Ridge Friendship Bell  (Click title to go to publisher) contains all the articles published on the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell.

Oak Ridge Friendship Bell Photo Book (select Bell 3-20)
(Click here to send me an email and I will order the book for you...My Publisher does not make it easy for you to order my books, sorry!) contains photos of Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell

2008 Historically Speaking (Click title to go to publisher) contains all Historically Speaking articles published in The Oak Ridger during 2008.

Nanyehi: The Nancy Ward Musical (Click title to go to publisher) contains photos of the musical when presented in Hartwell, GA. in April, 2012.

Posted by smithdray at 2:29 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 11 March 2013 2:39 PM EDT
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Jim and Jennifer Goodpasture's wedding

Jim Goodpasture and Jennifer Williams were married on October 6, 2012. at a beautiful setting on a farm in Townsend. 




Click on this link to see the entire album: 


Posted by smithdray at 8:52 PM EDT
Saturday, 15 September 2012
Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power

We had a really great symposium today at the National Archives at Atlanta, Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power.  Approximately 120 people from seven states attended the all day sessions.

There were six speakers:

1. Welcome to the Archives - Joel Walker

2. The Records of the AEC - Shane Bell

3. The History of Y-12 - Ray Smith

4. The Girls of Atomic City - Denise Kiernan

5. Special Recognition - Bill Wilcox was presented a special award for his work to preserve the history of Oak Ridge

6. Oak Ridge: From Secret City to Municipality - Jim Campbell

7. The Post War Boom in Nuclear Power - James Mahaffey

One of the features of the symposium was a display room made possible by the loan of 48 Ed Westcott photographs and displays of documents from the archives.










Here is a link to the symposium:









Chris Stevens receives the "Citizen Archivist" award for his father, J. T. Stevens. Presented by Joel Walker and Rob Richards of the National Archives at Atlanta.








Bill Wilcox receives the "Citizen Archivist" award.

Posted by smithdray at 9:59 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 September 2012 9:34 PM EDT
Sunday, 12 August 2012
New Book: 2008 Historically Speaking

New book published!  This is the third publication in the Historically Speaking series published first in The Oak Ridger newspaper as weekly articles.


















Click on link above or photo to preview or purchase book. 


Posted by smithdray at 9:12 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2012 9:18 PM EDT
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell book

















New book of Hisorically Speaking articles on the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell.  Click on link above or photo to preview or purchase book. 




Posted by smithdray at 12:48 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2012 12:50 AM EDT
Saturday, 7 July 2012
New book published - Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell
Topic: books

NEW BOOK!  Click on link or on book to preview the entire book.

 Your Book

This new book of photos of the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell sells for $35. Please contact me by email at, or by phone at 865-482-4224, if you are interested in purchasing a copy.



Posted by smithdray at 8:20 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2012 8:29 PM EDT
Sunday, 6 May 2012

Supermoon of May 5. 2012, also known as a Perigree Moon, shined so bright at 11:30 PM that the stars were not to be seen.


Posted by smithdray at 1:34 AM EDT

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