Renowned humorist to speak at the Thursday, September 13, 2018, public and membership meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association to be held at 7:00 PM at the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN.
Sam Venable has written for the Knoxville News Sentinel since 1970, first as outdoors editor and since 1985 as a columnist specializing in humor. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and author of 13 books. His most recent book is “To Retire? Or Not To Retire?—A Geezing Humorist’s Quest for Answers.”
More about Sam:
He is a native of Knoxville. He is a 1969 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in journalism—“the perfect college degree for a professional smart-ass,” he insists—and minor studies in forestry and wildlife management. Prior to joining the News Sentinel’s staff, he worked as a police reporter and feature writer for the Knoxville Journal and the Chattanooga News-Free Press.
Sam is a member of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame (Class of 2009) and Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (Class of 2014). Winner of more than three dozen state, regional and national writing awards, Sam has been widely published outside the newspaper field. He sold his first magazine article as a senior in college and since has compiled more than 150 periodical credits to his record.
In recent years, Sam has become popular as a comedic entertainer. He delivers his bizarre look on a wide variety of topics: everything from how to speak “hillbillyeze,” to the insanity of ever-present warning labels, as well as coping with the nutty life in which we live, and the perils of growing older. Also, he has teamed with three other entertainers—TV personality Bill Landry, singer/storyteller Elizabeth Rose, and hillbilly funnyman Jim Claborn—on the “Talk Is Cheap” comedy tour, playing at venues throughout the region.
SO, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a visit to Oak Ridge by Sam Venable! Come on Thursday, 9/13/18, at 7PM at the Midtown Community Center!