posted in “local,” blogspot: The Tennessean December 14th, 2012 | by Michael Cass
Introducing Thomas Jefferson biographer Jon Meacham at the Nashville Public Library on Thursday, Mayor Karl Dean veered off the subject of books for a moment to talk a little TV.
Nashville is the subject of a TV show these days, as you might have heard, and Dean told the crowd of about 350 people about an early scene when power broker/dealmaker/dastardly daddy Lamar Wyatt is urging his son-in-law, Teddy Conrad, to run for mayor. Wyatt says our town isn’t just “some backwater hamlet. This is a thriving, prosperous city, an industrial and cultural juggernaut.”
“I obviously love that,” the actual mayor said. “You can’t believe everything you hear on TV. But that’s the gospel.”
Dean then introduced Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Newsweek editor who recently moved here after growing up in Chattanooga and spending many years in New York. Meacham, who is also executive editor of Random House, thanked Dean and then turned to the crowd.
“With that kind introduction,” he said, “I know you were expecting Connie Britton.”