This feature is meant for alums of the Chips Quinn Scholars program to periodically post updates, especially as our alum base grows and our Scholars scatter across the globe.
New York City
Chipsters on the money. Melvin Backman (Summer 2012) and Leezel Tanglao (Summer 2003) in front of the CNNMoney screen in New York City. Backman is [...]
by Christiana Cobb
The convenience of a fast food burrito or hamburger does not compare to the Southern-comfort home cooking and family atmosphere of Wendell Smith Restaurant. Those attributes are all the restaurant needs to withstand the generational changes in culture and food diversity.
Wendell Smith’s is a Southern-style restaurant nestled between Miel Restaurant and Bobbie’s Dairy [...]
by Samantha Clark
Jakie Cook was a clerk at the eponymous Wendell Smith’s liquor store in 1958, when Sylvan Park was a rural community just outside Nashville, Tenn. He married the boss’ daughter, Beverly, and then took over the Wendell Smith Restaurant. These days, son Benji Cook runs the eatery.
“Nothing has changed,” Benji Cook said. “Well, [...]
Harold Goodridge (Summer 1997) is manager of digital content at 13WMAZ in Macon, Ga., a Gannett-owned TV station. He writes, “I can’t say enough about how much I love my job.” Previously he was a business editor for The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.
Simone Weichselbaum (Summer 2001) is a reporter for The Marshall Project, an Internet [...]
by Alex Corey
When the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn., reopened last fall, it was without two of its most prized stand-up basses and an old acoustic gourd. Four years ago, a flood struck Nashville and Middle Tennessee, taking 26 lives and causing $2.4 billion in property damage.
The three instruments are still [...]
by Elizabeth Hernandez
Randy Hunt heals broken necks, ribs, backs and shoulders, yet he boasts no medical degree.
Hunt is a luthier—one who crafts and repairs stringed instruments—at Williams Fine Violins on Music Row in Nashville, Tenn. During his six years at the store, he says he’s seen his fair share of string instrument tragedies, but the [...]
Chips Quinn would have celebrated his 59th birthday on July 20, 2014.
John C. Quinn thought his son’s birthday would be an appropriate occasion to reprint a copy of the final memo Chips wrote to his staff while editor of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal — and to remind Chips Quinn Scholars everywhere that his spirit [...]
by Nolan D. McCaskill
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Roger Bess is considering retirement after working for nearly 45 years at Vanderbilt University. But before he says goodbye, he has one burning desire to finish what he started.
Bess wants to oversee the completion of the university’s conversion from burning coal to natural gas.
“I’m pushing 68; I should have retired at [...]
We are deeply saddened to inform you that John Seigenthaler, our dear colleague and founder of our First Amendment Center, passed away today, resting peacefully at home with his family by his side.
John Seigenthaler was a gift to our country. His pledge of allegiance to the Republic was not routine recitation nor passive expression of [...]
by Colleen Fitzpatrick
The Chips Quinn Scholars program lost an abiding friend when John Seigenthaler died on July 11 at age 86.
Seigenthaler, a former newspaper editor, special assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy during the freedom rides of 1961 and the founder of the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., was a familiar [...]