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More inauguration trivia! By Kip Oswald Last week, we began our Presidential Trivia with Inauguration Day, and since then we have had our 45th inauguration! This week, we are going to look at how the Kip rest of the day ended over the years. After lunch, the president watches the Inaugural Parade, a tradition started in 1809 with James Madison. In 1953, a cowboy in Dwight Eisenhower’s parade rode out of the parade and lassoed the president. The whole day ends with fancy celebrations called Inaugural Balls. James Madison’s wife, Dolly, planned the first one. However, the biggest party was Andrew Jackson’s in 1829. He was the first person elected president who was not really rich so he invited everyone to come to the White House to celebrate with him after his inauguration and as many as 20,000 people came. It got so wild inside the White House, the president had to hide until the people left. Likewise, the police had to be called to calm down Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural parties. President Bill Clinton at-

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John Jackson uses music to bring people together By Carol Z. Shane

tended the most balls of any president when he went to 14 during his second inauguration. When Kinzy and I found out that Andrew Jackson in his inaugural speech invited all the people to the White House party, it made us wonder how the people even knew about the inauguration back then, because now we see all about it on social media and television. So we found out that bit of trivia. James Buchanan’s inauguration was the first to be photographed in 1857, but pictures were not seen until weeks later. Likewise, the first one to be recorded on any kind of video was William McKinley’s inauguration in 1897, but people had to go to the movie theater to see it weeks after it happened. People heard the first live inauguration in 1925 when they heard Calvin Coolidge’s on the radio for the first time. The first time people saw an actual inauguration live on television was in 1949 when Harry Truman was president. In 1997, Bill Clinton’s inauguration was the first one broadcast over the internet. Hope you have enjoyed the Inauguration Trivia! Next week: Part one of Presidential Pets! You won’t believe it! Comments to oswaldsworldtn@gmail.com lar skills; uses tablet/laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 215-8700. ■■ Word 1 class, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer”

East Knoxville resident John Jackson has so many musical irons in the fire that he spends his days going from one tuneful commitment to another, all in the spirit of joy and service. Still recovering from a bout of laryngitis, he’s just returned from a Young Life camp in Jasper, Ga. “We went bananas,” he laughs, describing a boisterous group activity. “I can’t do that kind of stuff in silence.” The exuberant Jackson has been music director at Community Evangelistic Church (CEC) on Boyd’s Bridge Pike for more than 23 years, and part-time music director at Freedom Fellowship Christian Church for 12 years. The Sunday services occur at different times, which makes for a busy morning. But, “I don’t see church as a job. It’s like a life you live with people.” He came to Knoxville from Chicago, where he’d been studying music and business at a junior college while working as a mail carrier. In 1986, Robert Shepherd, then president of Knoxville College, visited Jackson’s church to speak about the historic black liberal arts institution. “He was talking and giving his spiel,” Jackson remembers, “and then he turned to me at the piano, pointed, and said, ‘if that kid is proficient in music, we’ll give him a scholarship.’ “He opened that door,” says Jackson, who credits Shepherd with changing the course of his life. “We meet people and through that one encounter God uses that situation to steer us in the direction he wants us to go. That was my bridge to Knoxville.” Newly arrived at Knox-

ville College, he was soon working with Chris Martin, founder of Knoxville Leadership Foundation, who sought Jackson’s help in putting together a choir. “I remember that choir. We had everybody!” Ever since, Jackson has used his love of and proficiency in music to foster relationships. In addition to his church duties, he directs the Emerald Youth Choir and is often involved with urban camps and multicultural camps through the Young Life non-denominational Christian ministry. “I’m doing one this summer – the Latino Initiative,” he says. When it comes to leading kids’ choirs, “it’s not the performance that’s the most important thing,” says the father of two. “It’s the 40 hours that you spend practicing.” Jackson enjoys watching youngsters develop discipline To page A-7

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John Jackson rings in the new year with wife April and son Jalan. Photo submitted

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County Commissioner Bob Thomas hosted the January Bus Safety Awards last week at Ted Russell Ford and five drivers were recognized for outstanding service. Honored were Juanita Acuff (Halls, 44 total years driving a school bus), Anne Coble (Cor-

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