East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists

Front Page Follies

Sunshine Boys 2008
[updated 7/11/08]

The Front Page Follies is an annual roast in which a cast of journalists, community members and a sprinkling of cameo appearances poke fun at newsmakers and events that amused us during the previous year. All ticket sales benefit journalism education through scholarships.

The Thirtieth Annual Front Page Follies will be staged July 19, 2008, at the Knoxville Convention Center. The honorees are “Sunshine Boys,” News Sentinel editor Jack McElroy and first amendment attorney Richard Hollow, caricatured at left.  Please see “2008 Honorees” page for more about why they are our choice for this year’s honor.

Tickets are available at $100 each or a pre-reserved table of ten for $1,000. Your ticket proceeds go toward an endowment fund at the University of Tennessee, which is growing to a point where it will become self-perpetuating, generating funds for the scholarships in perpetuity. Our goal is to fund two endowments of $25,000 each and we are halfway there.  Income from the Follies also funds a scholarship for a student at Pellissippi State Technical Community College who plans a career in journalism. We are excited to have come so far and hope you’ll join us in making this year’s show a success!

To purchase individual tickets or a table of ten, please send your check to FPF, 302 Communications Building, 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville TN 37996.  Checks should be made payable to “University of Tennessee” with “FPF” in the memo line.  If you are ordering a table of ten, your table will hold a sign with your or your company’s name on it.  Please specify this at the time of ordering.  Please also indicate if and how many vegetarian meals you would like, as they must be reserved in advance.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please phone Jennifer Horner in the UT Development Office, (865) 974-7073.  If you have other questions, please call Jennifer or e-mail her at jhorner@utk.edu or contact ETSPJ’s communications coordinator at etspj.communications@gmail.com.

On Saturday the 19th the evening gets underway with open bar and reception around the silent auction tables at 6 pm.  Dinner is served at 7, followed by a live auction and then the show at 8 pm.

To pay for items purchased at the Follies Auction via PayPal and a variety of credit cards, please click
Auction Donation.  You are welcome to donate to our scholarship here as well if you are not able to attend!  Thank you.

2008 Follies Cast

2008 Follies Cast


This year’s cast is pictured to the right. Front – left to right: Kristina F. Canan, Carol Zinavage, Jean Ash, Anne M. McKinney.  Rear – Adina Chumley, Ernie Roberts, Karen Hood, Alan Carmichael, Lisa Hood Skinner, Jim Stovall, Michael Holtz, David Haley Lauver.  Not pictured: Megan Venable Smith, Clint Woodfin, Christine Jessel, Michael Grider, Stacy Stiles.


2007 Follies Cast

The 2007 Follies cast is ready to ride into the
sunset in a 1982 pickup truck as a tribute to the
25th anniversary of the World’s Fair in Knoxville.
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