For more than 50 years, The Tennessee Magazine has been the official publication of our electric cooperatives, keeping consumer-members informed about their co-ops, showcasing the wonders of electric service and highlighting the special events around the state.
The cover of the February 1972 magazine featured a wildlife painting by Tennessee artist Ralph J. McDonald. Inside, readers learned about meat inspections and all-electric nursing homes and were introduced to Miss Tennessee Electric Cooperatives Margie Shepard, a student at the University of Tennessee and handler for the school’s beloved mascot.
While our fashions, appliances and recipes have significantly changed since our first issue in 1958, our mission to entertain, educate and inform our readers has not. Here’s a glimpse of what members saw 50 years ago in The Tennessee Magazine. View the entire February 1972 edition below.