Ranting

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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Memphasis > Mining Crap

October 1st, 2015

SO MUCH CRAP. SO LITTLE TIME. Since I allowed Apple to plant iOS 9 on my phone, on my iPad, and in my psyche, my email is a crap shoot, iTunes is no longer playing my song, Siri won’t speak to me, Firefox won’t let me on my own home page and U-verse goes south daily. After several hours of phone fix that left no one satisfied, I’ve developed an unhealthy ...

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Memphasis > Double Stories On The Side

September 24th, 2015

A STORY IN EVERY BITE. Last week’s column reminded me of a couple of stories about food. My main editor – my wife – reminded me that I’ve told them before. That happens a lot. It’s about to happen again. Just think of them as second helpings. The first came from friend Hal – world traveler, retired pilot, former Tiger lineman and current ...

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