'Last Reunion' scribe to speak to OR group

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Jay Searcy, author of  “The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 Comes Home to the Secret City,” will speak during the upcoming Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association monthly meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 10 in Midtown Community Center, also known as Wildcat Den, at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

Searcy has been touring East Tennessee to promote his new book. In hihs travels, he shares stories about his time in Oak Ridge and his knowledge of the area.  

He has been collecting Oak Ridge stories most of his adult life.

“The Last Reunion” is a collection of memories from him and his classmates.

The book includes unpublished interviews with Alvin Weinberg, the noted Oak Ridge physicist who revealed that Germany would have had the atomic bomb before the United States had it not been for a calculating error by German’s top nuclear physicists.

Also in the book is a previously unpublished interview with John Rice Irwin, founder of the Museum of Appalachia.

Irwin’s family was forced off its land as part of the War Department’s takeover in 1942.

Searcy will have copies of his book available for purchase after the meeting, and he will autograph books as well.  
Visit www.JaySearcy.com for more information.

ORHPA is a non-profit organization formed to prevent further demolition of Oak Ridge’s historic structures and the loss of its unique history.

The association’s mission is to preserve Oak Ridge's history and its built environment and develop economic, education, and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Call 865-481-0542 or visit www.ORHPA.com for details.