Apr 3, 2018
EPISODE 01 SUMMARY
In Nashville Retrospect, Episode 01, host Allen Forkum (editor of The Nashville Retrospect newspaper) interviews Larry Brinton, an award-winning reporter who worked for the Nashville Banner in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Brinton discusses some of the stories he covered, including: the civil rights sit-in protests, the Stringbean killings, the Marcia Trimble murder, the Bill Powell trial, competition with The Tennessean, the samurai sword case, and more (segment begins at 07:30).
Forkum also tells the story of “Golden Slippers,” a slave song recorded by the Fisk Jubilee Quartet in 1909 (segment begins at 33:10).
And finally, Forkum reviews old newspaper articles reprinted in the April 2018 issue of The Nashville Retrospect, including original 1968 coverage of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assassination and the resulting violence in Nashville (segment begins at 01:30).
Larry Brinton being interviewed in his home in March 2018.
From the November 2010 issue of The Nashville Retrospect: On July 22, 1974, Dist. Atty. Gen. Tom Shriver (left), Banner reporter Larry Brinton (middle) and Metro Detective Davie Roberts wait as police divers search a nearby pond for the Stringbean’s satchel, which Brinton and some confederates had secretly recovered earlier in the day in order to scoop The Tennessean on the story. In the background, John Brown, who had shot and killed Grand Ole Opry star David “Stringbean” Akeman the previous November, is seen walking, handcuffed and under escort. (Image: Nashville Public Library, Nashville Room, photo by Jack Gunter)
A list of stories relating to this episode contained in back issues of The Nashville Retrospect (back issue can be ordered by clicking here):
• “75 Students Arrested,” Nashville Tennessean, Feb. 28, 1960 (The Nashville Retrospect, February 2010, page 1)
• “Nashville Banner & The Sit-Ins” by Larry Brinton (The Nashville Retrospect, February 2010, page 8)
• “Slain Girl Found in Woodbine Lot,” Nashville Banner, Dec. 2, 1969 (Kathy Jones murder, The Nashville Retrospect, November 2009, page 1)
• “Before Marcia Trimble” by Larry Brinton (The Nashville Retrospect, August 2011, page 8)
• “Police Push For Killers Of Stringbean, Wife,” Nashville Banner, Nov. 12, 1973 (The Nashville Retrospect, November 2010, page 1)
• “The Stringbean Murders” by Larry Brinton (The Nashville Retrospect, November 2010, page 6)
• “Samurai Sword” by Larry Brinton (The Nashville Retrospect, April 2010, page 6)
• See the April 2018 issue of The Nashville Retrospect for other stories referenced on this episode.
Other referenced articles:
"At the Hippodrome," Nashville Tennessean, Nov. 15, 1915
"Slave Music," Daily American, May 18, 1885
"The Gallows In Georgia," Daily American, May 31, 1883
"Fisk Quartette At Home," Nashville American, Jan. 1, 1910
Links relating to this episode:
Music: “Golden Slippers” by the Fisk Jubilee Quartet (Victor Talking Machine Co., 1909); “Near You” by Francis Craig and His Orchestra (Bullet, 1947); “Quiet Outro” by ROZKOL (2018); “Covered Wagon” by Ted Weems and His Orchestra; and “The Buffalo Rag” by Vess L. Ossman