Bernie Quayle
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The first two pictures are at WNOX, on the left, recording in the production suite. On the right, the spiral stairs leading to the office area with a host of awards on the wall behind me. In 1970 the station was 50 years old, one of the oldest in the USA.  To celebrate, they gave away a Lotus Elan sports car, specially sprayed gold, in a competition - I got to drive that one as well.

Pete Dreyer and Don Armstrong were very good at promotions, I did all kinds of crazy stunts for the station, everything from camel racing to sleeping in a major store's window in downtown Knoxville. 
It was on a gigantic luxurious waterbed and I broadcast my breakfast show from there all week. I didn't get much sleep though, people kept knocking on the window asking me to jump up and down on the waterbed.  There was an intercom link-up to the people in the street. On the right, I'm doing my pre-flight check on the plane I was learning to fly.  WNOX did a big promotion when quail hunting season opened and they decided that this Quayle, should learn to fly.  They had ringed 50 farm reared quail with the station's call letters and then released them.  They offered $99 to anyone who bagged one of them. The police stopped the promotion I'm glad to say, they said it was  on the grounds that the hillbillies in Tennessee would probably shoot me just to claim the prize money

The Draft Dodger

Within days of my arrival in the USA, I was drafted to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam - panic stations! WNOX 
manager, Pete Dreyer was immediately on the phone to his friend the Senator to tell him they didn't import me just to have me shipped off to war.  I was recruited 
to promote the recruitment drive which was underway.
So many young Americans were dodging the draft in a variety of ways, it was hoped they could get guys to enlist for a war no one wanted.  I did numerous PR jobs and promotions for the US Air Force and as a result, my draft card was shuffled to the back of the box till I was just outside the draft age,of 28.
On the left is the certificate I received for my services.
By an amazing coincidence another Quayle was dodging the draft at the same time as me - see below.
The following extract on Vice President J Danforth Quayle is from the official US Senate website.
Intending to go to law school, Quayle realized that his draft deferment would expire when he graduated from DePauw in 1969. He therefore chose to join the Indiana National Guard, which would most likely keep him out of the Vietnam War. Countless other young men of his generation were making similar decisions, but this act would have serious consequences when Quayle was selected to run for vice president. Grilled by Bush's staff regarding whether he had any regrets about going into the Guard rather than to Vietnam, he replied, "I did not know in 1969 that I would be in this room today, I'll confess." A related question was whether Quayle's family pulled any strings to get him into the Guard. Interviewed during the convention, Quayle could not recall any special connections but speculated that "phone calls were made." Identification with his family's newspaper had further helped gain him assignment as an information officer with the Guard's public relations unit.
To the best of my knowledge, I am not related to the former VP, but there is another amazing coincidence.  His great-great 
grandfather had been a carpenter for a firm on Well Road Hill in Douglas before emigrating to America - my great grandfather
Ned Quayle, was also a carpenter working for the same firm on Well Road Hill before moving to Wavertree in Liverpool.
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