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Today in Johnson City History: September 22

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Sep 22, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Sept. 22, 1887: The Comet reported that its printer’s devil had called on his "best girl" and during the evening she had occasion to tell him he was "conceited." He felt highly complimented until he looked up the word in the newspaper’s office dictionary and learned what she meant.

Sept. 22, 1955: Elvis Presley performed at neighboring Kingsport’s Civic Auditorium. Also on the bill were Grand Ole Opry star Cowboy Copas, the Louvin Brothers and the Alabama Dusters.

Sept. 22, 1971: The Chamber of Commerce coordinated a trip to Nashville to talk with Gov. Winfield Dunn about the need for a medical school in Johnson City. 

Sept. 22, 1979: Moe Bandy performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sept. 22, 2006: Todd “Professor Smart” Victor performed his “Fun with Physics” show at Hands On! Regional Museum in downtown Johnson City. A graduate of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College, Victor was in town to teach the principles of physics in hopes of inspiring children to see the fun in scientific exploration.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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