It's great to see Pat in this first column back making up for lost time with his customary brand of clear-thinking analysis and prognostication (qualities we recognized in the Scene's 2010 Best of Nashville issue). He also plans to use part of his Friday column for the next several weeks telling "the story of what I have experienced since the end of June and how it has and still is changing my life." In the first installment Nolan describes experiencing a medical emergency at the Metro Courthouse on a hot June afternoon while there to interview three of Nashville's former mayors as part of Metro's 50th anniversary doings:
I don't know when it started (I‘d like to go back and watch the interview tape), but by the time I was interviewing Mayor (later Governor) Bredesen, I began to notice I was slurring my words. I never do that. But since I didn't feel bad, I didn't think much about it and continued the interview. I WAS HAVING A STROKE (and I had no idea).... Fortunately, while I was clueless, my DVL colleague Anna Hardaway and of two of Mayor Deans' top aides (also both former aides to Mayor/Governor Bredesen) Janie Conyers and Tam Gordon, were not. They saved my life.
Read the rest here. Great to have you back, Pat.