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 November 1972 magazine featured a painting by Ralph McDonald depicting the mockingbird, Tennessee’s state bird. Inside, readers learned about Rutherford County’s brand-new high schools — Oakland and Riverdale — and found an array of offers for mail-order goodies like TV remote controls and family Bibles.
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 November 1972 edition below.