Class of '53 Tennessee Mini-reunion
Mini-reunion Ten

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    Seventeen members of our class and their spouses, plus honorary member Kermit Meade (CGA51) and his wife Arlene, gathered at the Comfort Inn in Sevierville outside Knoxville Tennessee from September 17 to 21, 2007. Classmates attending were: Roger and Juanita Madson, out hosts, Paul and Donna Arnold, Bill and Ann Clark, Ed Cope, Rick and Beth Cueroni, Ed and Becky Daniels, Kirk and Jackie Greiner, Ralph and Diane Hill, Bernie and Peggy Hoyland, Bill and Helen King, Bill Kohl, Hal and Sheila Olson, Bill and Fran Plummer, Ted and Mary Frances Smith, Bub Grader and Rita Mehos, Bill and Mickey Reilly, and Wee and Jane Smith. >>PHOTOS<<
    We were all situated on the third floor as was the well used hospitality room.
    On the morning of the 18th, we traveled by bus through the Smoky Mountains stopping at Newfound Gap to enjoy the scenery. Upon return to Sevierville, we had lunch at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant situated near our motel. The food was delicious.
    The afternoon was open with many members taking advantage of the hospitality room.
    At 5 PM we headed to Pigeon Forge and the Dixie Stampede. This was an entertainment dinner attraction originally owned by Dolly Parton. Dinner was served by confederate dressed waiters while those on the other side of the area had Union dress soldiers serving them. During the evening the south fought the north on horseback, buffalo were herded in the area, midget pigs raced, stunt riders performed, ostriches raced and fun was had by all.
    On the morning of the 19th, we traveled by bus to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where the first atomic bombs were developed. We were given a personalized tour of parts of the facility including one of the first reactors. In the later part of the tour we were shown some of the graphical results of several of the programs run on the world's second fastest computers. One of the demonstrations was a map of the United States on which dots appeared sequentially and spread throughout all states. In response to a question to our group asking if we knew what it represented, Ted Smith, to the amazement of the guide and all in attendance said, it was a progression of the Wal-Mart Stores. He was right!
    Lunch followed at the Burchfield's restaurant at the Double Tree Inn in Oak Ridge. Following lunch, we traveled to Knoxville and boarded the sternwheeler Star of Knoxville sightseeing cruise on the river.
    That evening, we had dinner at the Connor's Restaurant in Sevierville followed by open time during which many congregated in the hospitability room.
    On the morning or the 20th, following breakfast at the motel, we again boarded our bus and traveled to Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg. I've been in a number of aquariums and frankly didn't expect much of one located away from the sea but I was amazed at the displays and the unique walking tunnel made of totally transparent glass or plastic through a large aquatic area in which many fish were located. A diver was cleaning the water side of our tunnel accompanied by two other divers who kept the sharks away. It was one of the highlights of our reunion. After a sort shopping tour of Gatlinburg we moved on to lunch at the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge.
    Many of us enjoyed the hospitality room when we got back
    That evening we enjoyed a meal in Knoxville at the Regas Restaurant, one of Knoxville's top locations. We missed those who didn't come. Y'all missed a good time.
    Next year will be our 55 year anniversary. We discussed when those of us present would like to have it. A report of the class meeting will follow when Wee gets time to write it which may contain addition information on our 55th..