Ranting

Memphasis > Funny Way With Words

November 5th, 2015

HIGH IQ OR NOT, STILL FUNNY. Friend Gene sent me something – as he often does – that was very funny. It was also something – as it often is – we’d both seen before but forgot. It was called “The Washington Post Mensa Invitational, ” a purported annual contest inviting readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by ...

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Memphasis > Can We Talk?

October 29th, 2015

WE’RE SIMPLY NOT COMMUNICATING. I’ve been saying for years that our city, as a city, does not understand or value the role of marketing and branding in the city’s game plan. Doesn’t look like we’re dressing out for this administration either. Using the playbook analogy they’ve employed, I was encouraged by last week’s ...

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Memphasis > Around here, you hear Belz.

October 22nd, 2015

BELZ IS AT IT AGAIN. AND THAT’S A GOOD THING. If you think you know Memphis, and you don’t know about him, you don’t know Jack. Following his father Phillip as patriarch to the Belz family, Jack Belz led Belz Enterprises for decades, a company close to or at the top of Tennessee property owners for all that time. A quiet philanthropist and quiet ...

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Memphasis > Ghosts Of A Paper

October 15th, 2015

–30­– In 1936, she was the society editor and all of 24 and he was a graphic artist for The Commercial Appeal and barely 21. A man walked up to her desk, the first one you came to off the elevator at the front of the old city room, and asked, “Could you tell me where I could find Cal Alley?” “Certainly,” she politely replied, and ...

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Memphasis > A Pothole 26 Years Deep

October 8th, 2015

CRUISING LIKE IT’S 1989. Let’s pretend you can get three cans of tomato soup at Seessel’s for a buck instead of just one, a six-pack of Bud for four bucks instead of six or seven, and a pound of hamburger for 89¢ instead of five bucks. Hell, let’s pretend there’s a Seessel’s. Let’s pretend a Hershey bar, a liter of Coke ...

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