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Monday, April 10

Cincinatti, Louisville, Ft. Knox, Nashville

Nashville has its own Partnenon. As a helpful lawyer explained to us as we wandered around downtown, it is an exact replica of the original in Athens. Normally illuminated at night, last night only interior lighting and the moon outlined the shape, Nashville's Parthenon is right down the street from Vanderbilt University.

455 miles from Columbus to Cincinatti, and then Louisville, Ft. Knox, and finally Nashville.

Henry Johnston taught history for 30 years. Fourteen years ago he retired, and for many of the years since has workedas a security guard at the Ryman Auditorium. We met Henry as he was patrolling, and he told us a lot about Nashville and the Ryman, famous as the original home of the Grand Old Opry. Today it is still home ot the Opry part of the year, as well as other musical acts. Henry told us that this week it will host the Nashville Symphony, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, and a church service.

Why so many musical acts? The Ryman is famous for being one of the two most perfect acoustic halls in the world, according to Henry. The other is the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake. La Scala and Symphony Hall in Boston follow.

Alcohol seems to have played a role in much of the city's history. The Ryman was originally a church, built by one of the leading citizens of the day, a man, who though his family denied it, is reputed to have owned a large number of the 99 drinking establishments in Nashville. He was so moved by a tent revival preacher, that he promised him that if he would stay in Nashville.,he would build him a church where he would never again have to preach under a canvas roof. In front of the capital is a statue of one of the leading publishers of the day, a man who campaigned against alcohol in his paper. He was shot...

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