Ranting

Memphasis > The Duck, the Dog, and the Farm

March 21st, 2013

GOING TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY. My column last week prompted a number of you to share your memories of the creatures that came home with you from the cages at Katz Drug Store. My friend Bill Haltom, attorney and storyteller, sent me this: “For Easter one year, Mom and Dad took me to Katz and bought me two ducks and a chicken. The chicken didn’t last a week. In ...

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Memphasis > Shared Bites

March 14th, 2013

OF KATZ AND RATS, DADS AND DONUTS. Howard and I were having breakfast. It was supposed to be about business. Turns out it was about monkeys and parakeets and donuts and dawns and day-olds, about his Memphis and mine, about ours. Something one of us said reminded us of Katz Drug Store and we were off, transported to that exotic world beneath the huge turning cat head, a ...

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Memphasis > Failing Every One Of Us

March 7th, 2013

FAILING TO DECIDE. I once heard advertising legend and certifiable-one-of-a-kind Jerry Della Femina give the keynote address at an Ad Age Creative Workshop in San Francisco. He was bemoaning the loss of creativity in American advertising at the time and the homogenizing of our colorful national character into a colorless blob. As I remember it, he said he’d had a ...

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Memphasis > A Higher Order of Sausage

February 28th, 2013

GOD’S SAUSAGE. “You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been ...

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Memphasis > Granddad, Hambone and the KKK

February 21st, 2013

IF THE KLAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK. An Exalted Cyclops of the KKK – must be just one hole in his hood – recently told Channel 5, also quoted in The Huffington Post, “Y’all are going to see the largest rally Memphis, Tennessee, has ever seen. It’s not going to be twenty or thirty – it’s going to be thousands ...

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