About Sam Venable
Sam Venable is a humor columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. The winner of numerous writing awards, he is the author of 10 books.
The newest collection is called "Someday I May Find Honest Work: A Newspaper Humorist's Life."
In his latest book, Venable chronicles life and all the strange and absurd things that go with it. With his lively commentary and quirky observations, he brings an uncommon perspective to common experiences. But even as he describes these trials and tribulations, Venable admits -- with what you can be certain is a big grin -- "that it sure beats workin' for a living."
List price is $19.95.His other books (that are still in print!) are available through bookstores or UT Press or via Amazon. They are:
- Mountain Hands: A Portrait of Southern Appalachia
- Rock-Elephant: A Story of Friendship and Fishing (Outdoor Tennessee Series)
- You Gotta Laugh to Keep from Cryin: A Baby Boomer Contemplates Life Beyond Fifty
- From Ridgetops to Riverbottoms: A Celebration of the Outdoor Life in Tennessee
- One Size Fits All and Other Holiday Myths: A Walk Through the Four Seasons
- I'd Rather Be Ugly Than Stuppid...and Other Deep Thoughts.
- News Columnist
03/05/1970 - current
Sam Venable: The eternal cycle of life keeps rolling
Published 05/19/2013 at 4 a.m.
In 90 short minutes last Thursday, I participated in two family send-offs.
Sam Venable: Counting the reel cost of a day of fishing
Published 05/18/2013 at 7:31 p.m.
While trout fishing a few days ago in the Cherokee National Forest, I looked a TWRA agent straight in the face and told him a flat-out lie.
Sam Venable: Taking a few liberties with scientific fact
Updated 05/16/2013 at 5:08 p.m.
Two random earth notes composed on a beautiful May morning as spring fever swells to epidemic proportions:
Sam Venable: A redneck lost in high tech
Published 05/15/2013 at 5:23 p.m.
There are lots of newfangled devices I can happily live without during my remaining time on this planet.
Sam Venable: How about some other long cycles?
Published 05/14/2013 at 4 a.m.
“They” say 2013 is going to be a big year for cicadas.
Sam Venable: "Maw' still seems like a call away
Published 05/12/2013 at 4 a.m.
Hardly a month goes by that I don’t think about telephoning my mother to ask a question.
Sam Venable: What really matters to retirees
Published 05/10/2013 at 4 a.m.
Whoa, Nelly! Something is badly amiss.
Sam Venable: Pork by any other name still says hog
Published 05/09/2013 at 4 a.m.
I guess pork isn’t “the other white meat” anymore.
Sam Venable: A math quiz for school's end, By Ned
Published 05/06/2013 at 3:20 p.m.
Teachers: I know classes are about to let out for the summer and you’re trying to cram in the last nugget of instruction before your kiddies bounce off the wall so violently the entire school comes crashing down.
Sam Venable: I 'gnu' it! Gnats make me gnash!
Published 05/05/2013 at 4 a.m.
Morristown storyteller Jim Claborn, one of my partners in crime on the “Talk Is Cheap” comedy tour, has many hilarious routines. One centers around a beautiful girl he once met in a restaurant.
Sam Venable: People who are different from 'us'
Published 06/14/2012 at 4:42 a.m.
Years ago, at a country store near Sneedville, I saw one of the most beautiful women my eyes have ever encountered.
Sam Venable: Tinkering with gear may be even better than the hunt
Published 10/29/2011 at 8:21 p.m.
Among literary treasures from legendary Milwaukee writer Gordon MacQuarrie is "Nothing to Do for Three Weeks," first published by Field & Stream in 1956, shortly before the author's death.
Decades haven't tempered Jack Wade's excitement for catching fish
Published 08/27/2011 at 5:42 p.m.
Norris Lake, spring of 1960:
Sam Venable: A whale of a tale you can sink your teeth into
Published 07/10/2011 at midnight
If you can beat Ed Carter's fish story, consider yourself a master angler - or a talented teller of tales, as the case may be.
Sam Venable: Big-bream addict in search of a fix
Published 06/11/2011 at 9:41 p.m.
It is a wise bream fisherman who carries a long-handled landing net.
Sam Venable: Littering while trout fishing is inexcusable
Published 05/28/2011 at 10:04 p.m.
After a recent trout-fishing trip into the Cherokee National Forest, I have two important announcements to make:
Watts Bar crappie conundrum a whale of a discovery
Published 05/22/2011 at midnight
This is huge news. Stop the presses. Then alert the National Academy of Sciences, the American Fisheries Society and the World Fisheries Council.
Long walk down memory lane forgettable
Published 04/30/2011 at 5:43 p.m.
Alabama author Tom Kelly, rightly known as the poet laureate of turkey hunting, ascribes to the flat-earth theory.
Fireball's memory alive on Chesapeake
Published 12/12/2010 at midnight
A 1920s-era wooden canvasback decoy, memorial to Bill Farrar of Jefferson County, floats into the sunset on the Chesapeake Bay.
Self-taught artist recognized for best-in-show
Published 11/06/2010 at 10 p.m.
MORRISTOWN - William "Bo" Bradford had life pretty much planned out. He was 18 and an accomplished musician, skilled with guitar, fiddle and banjo. Surely this would be the vocation road he would take.
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