The volume is a compendium of the many celebrities who have visited our area over the last 115 years. It is a thoroughly researched book detailing the thousands of celebrities who have performed or visited here at numerous venues, including Lake Winnie!
The celebrities included are from various professional backgrounds including sports, politics, entertainment, military and other arenas. For example, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were both struck out by a female pitcher in Chattanooga. The annual March of Dimes telethon held at the Memorial Auditorium is particularly memorable. Many musical videos and movies were filmed here, including “42” in which the late Chadwick Boseman portrayed Jackie Robinson.
Especially interesting is the list of well-known celebrities with local connections, including Leslie Jordan, Samuel L. Jackson, Dolly Parton and Allison Krauss. The volume is a comprehensive treatment of our local history. The book is a wonderful collection with lists of names, dates and venues.
“We’ve hosted the stars of the Metropolitan Opera and the stars of the Grand Ole Opry. The Prince of Prussia has visited, as have the Dukes of Hazard,” says Carroll.
Two of the things I personally remember are performances by the Ballet De Russe De Monte Carlo and the Metropolitan Opera as a child at the Memorial Auditorium and the Tivoli, respectively. My introduction to Broadway musicals was through enjoying traveling productions that came to Chattanooga.
This is the complete package. Not only is it a thoroughly researched catalogue of the people who have visited the Tennessee Valley, but it’s also a delightful piece of local history. David Carroll has done it again: entertained, educated and enlightened. David Carroll is a wonderful author with several books to his credit. This book will make a marvelous holiday gift to give and to receive.
by Sonia Young