Monday, January 08, 2007

how to sell papers

Dr. William Bass was on the front page of today's News Sentinel. He was hired to see if he could determine whether a man's tissue was illegally harvested by Biomedical Tissue Services in New York. The catch is that the body had already been cremated.

I was reminded of my first interview with Dr. Bass. I asked if he planned on being buried, cremated or studied at his world famous Body Farm. At the time, he said that he was generally not in favor of cremation because of the way it destroyed the evidence.

Since that interview, Dr. Bass has researched the average weight of cremated remains and could compare the actual weight of his "client's" remains against what they should weigh. If some of his bones had been stolen, like they were from Alistair Cooke, the numbers should show it. Dr Bass
describes the case (with show and tell) in a two minute video on the New Sentinel site.

I interviewed Dr. Bass again eleven months ago when he published his first novel. I haven't mentioned him in a while. Readers outside of Tennessee will want to become familiar with his brilliance. While we're at it, how many other names on the list of famous Knoxvillians do you recognize?

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Blogger Nyeboy9 said...

Dr. Bass is in the Guiness Book of World Records 2007 if you want to check it out.

Anonymous Pam Mc said...

Love Dr. Bass!!! Met him when he came to Tennessee Wesleyan College to lecture. Got both his books and love them! He signed them both for me also. He's a wonderful man. Nice interviews Frank.

Blogger Krisha said...

I love me some Dr. Bass.
And as far as the famous from Knoxville.

My mom dated David Keith in high school and I once bought beer for Brad Renfro and his mom.
What a "fun" family they are!!


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