The Way We Were in 1958

Suzi Billig and Michael Nius at a bar mitzvah party



Bar mitzvah parties were held in the gym at the Jewish Community Center on Vine Avenue. Here are Suzi Billig (now Candy) and Michael Nius, both several years younger than that day’s bar mitzvah boy, gracing the dance floor in a photo very likely taken by Suzi’s father, renowned local photographer Joe Billigz’l. Michael’s family left Knoxville in 1963, initially moving to Atlanta. Suzi’s cousins Scott Hahn and Allison Leeds Sexton live in Knoxville.


Thanks to Mary Linda Schwarzbart for donating the photograph and recognizing Suzi, and a host of folks in Knoxville and around the country but particularly former Knoxvillian Teresa Loef Friedman, who identified Michael.



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