[tz] Liberal and conservative time zones in 1950s Nashville
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Apr 7 06:02:16 UTC 2015
In 1950s Nashville a public clock had dueling faces, one for conservatives and
the other for liberals; the two sides didn't agree about the time of day. I
haven't found a photo of this clock, nor have I tracked down the TIME magazine
report cited below, but here's the story as told by the late American journalist
John Seigenthaler, who was there:
"The two [newspaper] owners held strongly contrasting political and ideological
views. Evans was a New South liberal, Stahlman an Old South conservative, and
their two papers frequently clashed editorially, often on the same day.... In
the 1950s as the state legislature was grappling with the question of whether to
approve daylight saving time for the entire state, TIME magazine reported:
"'The Nashville Banner and The Nashville Tennessean rarely agree on anything but
the time of day — and last week they couldn't agree on that.'
"It was all too true. The clock on the front of the building had two faces — The
Tennessean side of the building facing west, the other, east. When it was high
noon Banner time, it was 11 a.m. Tennessean time."
Seigenthaler J. For 100 years, Tennessean had it covered. The Tennessean
2007-05-11, republished 2015-04-06.
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