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Memphasis > Memphis Representative

August 27th, 2015

4,880 MILES MORE SOUTHERN. There he was again. Nora and I were watching a show about historic homes in Memphis on WKNO and when they paused to pitch for support, he was one of the volunteers manning the phone bank behind those pitching. Of course he was, we chuckled, because it seems he’s everywhere. The first time I heard about him – in fact, three ...

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Memphasis > Poor Performance

August 20th, 2015

OUR POOR KIDS ARE GETTING THE BIRD. During political seasons – that’s pretty much all the time – I’m often reminded of what my first boss once told me, “You know that beautiful, almost iridescent, blue-gray dot in the middle of chicken shit? That’s chicken shit, too.” In the first paragraph of a recent guest column in The ...

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Memphasis > Thank you, thank you very much.

August 13th, 2015

A THANK YOU NOTE FROM A COPYWRITER TO ELVIS. Elvis was once asked what kind of music he played.  “I play all kinds,” was his response.  That pretty much sums up Memphis, and Elvis was pretty much the sum up of its parts. Part gospel and part blues, part country and part soul. And all original. Part dirt poor and part flashy rich, part ...

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Memphasis > Hey, I’m back here.

August 6th, 2015

HOT? GET IN LINE. I have three absolute favorite expressions for hot – everyone who lives in the grits belt needs at least one. My third favorite is Halle Berry hot – substitute your mercury raiser. My second favorite comes from Neil Simon and the play Biloxi Blues when the character Jerome steps off the train from New York in Biloxi and declares it to ...

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Memphasis > Haunted History, A Story Retold

July 30th, 2015

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes. At the time of this story – one I shared first in a 2013 column – it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to ...

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