Regarding your story ‘Passing the torch’


Thank you for such a nice article on the bars of Knoxville TN. I was there in those days with Tony Carlisle and Jamie Chambers. My sister and Jaime went back before the days of Huddle and Carousel when they started out on Gay St at Ruth Ann’s Bar bringing the frist gay drag show to Knoxville. A lot people never did give Jamie his due credit he stood up to local law and actually beat a rap they had tried to pin on him to shut up and cancel his radio show. If you are able to send Tony a email please forward my contact and tell him I said hello I think we last seen each back around 1982. Again thank you for putting some history out there those days it took many of us strong ones to make the path they have today. Thanks Ron Perkey

Ron Perkey
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New York, NY