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Dr. Ruth Stephens made history clear

Jim Tumblin
History and Mysteries

Lindsey Nelson (1919-1995) was perhaps best known nationally as an American sportscaster who had a long career as a play-by-play announcer for college football and the New York Mets baseball team. However, many Vols for life will remember him at a much earlier time when he announced UT football games for the Vol network.

Nelson was a 1941 University of Tennessee graduate who served as a captain in the U.S. Army in World War II in North Africa and in Europe. One of his history professors at UT was Dr. Ruth Stephens. He kept up correspondence with her while overseas and in one long letter he described things he had witnessed and places he had been.

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