Dr. William “Bill” Bass, founder of the “Body Farm” at the University of Tennessee, and radio personality Frank Murphy have appeared together many times since Murphy began interviewing the renowned forensic anthropologist each time a new Jefferson Bass novel was published.
“I’ve worked on four different radio stations in Knoxville and have interviewed him on all four,” said Murphy, afternoon show host on Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX.
Bass and Murphy will appear together again on Saturday, September 28, at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge as Bass discusses the science behind the Jefferson Bass novel “Bones of Betrayal,” a collaboration between Bass and co-author Jon Jefferson. Set in Oak Ridge, the novel explores the murder of a physicist, involved in the Manhattan Project race to build the bomb, whose body is discovered in a frozen swimming pool.
Bass will speak at 7 p.m., and Murphy will emcee the benefit presentation hosted by the Children’s Museum at 461 West Outer Drive. An earlier VIP reception begins at 5:45 p.m. Food may be purchased from Lanai Food Truck and Razzleberry’s Café, and beverages, including beer, wine, water, and soda, may also be purchased. Doors open at 5:30pm.
The joint appearances of Bass and Murphy continued after Murphy became president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association. He made arrangements to have special book signing events with Bass and Jefferson the night before the novels went on sale at bookstores.
“We did this three or four times, and we usually held the events at funeral homes, because I found that to be amusing,” said Murphy. After that, the Bones Zones team that arranges Bass’ speaking engagements invited Murphy to introduce the anthropologist at events and lectures.
Bass draws on his experiences as a forensic anthropologist and founder of the “Body Farm,” the UT Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, for the Jefferson Bass novels, including “Carved in Bone,” “Flesh and Bone,” and “The Devil’s Bones.”
After his presentation, Bass will answer questions and engage with the audience. “I use my improv training to facilitate questions from the audience, which helps Dr. Bass, who suffered significant hearing damage in the Korean War,” said Murphy, a member of the comedy improv group Einstein Simplified.
General admission tickets for the 7 p.m. presentation are $62 per person. VIP tickets to an earlier reception at 5:45 p.m. September 28, including a meet and greet with Bass, are $130 per person, and include reserved seating, an event poster, and one drink ticket. If paying by cash or check, tickets are discounted to $125 for VIP and $60 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org, by phone at (865) 482-1074, or at the Children’s Museum, 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge. Autographed books and Bone Zones merchandise will be available for purchase.
This press release and photo were submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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