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Memphasis > Overton Eagles Soar

May 20th, 2010

Overton eagles soar.For 104 years, longer than any other, one golf course has introduced this city to the game, more than any other. Short and certainly sweet, first pars are found on this course, first birdies sing, and first eagles soar. And they come back for a lifetime.This is more than a golf course. It is one of our city’s storied venues, a living, green archive, open to all and as ...

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Memphasis > Committees

May 13th, 2010

Creativity goes to committee meetings to die.“In all the towns and all the cities there are no statues to committees.”Unknown, probably someone shot down by a committee“So,” he said to the committee, “I’ll buy a bunch of jets, fill them with cardboard envelopes, and guarantee overnight delivery … and all I need to get started is, oh, about a zillion ...

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Memphasis > Godshot

May 6th, 2010

All part of these parts.“Son,” my Father said.When my Father wanted me to take note of something, when a life lesson was about to follow, it was always preceded by “son.” Like when he observed, “Son, a pipe smoker is either concerned with great things, or with nothing at all.” Or when he advised, “Son, buy all your tools and appliances from Sears, and ...

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Memphasis > Howard and Bill

April 29th, 2010

Two halves make a whole.In the 60s, Howard Robertson was a black postal carrier moonlighting as a waiter at the capital of white money dining in Memphis, Justine’s, housed in an antebellum mansion.  Bill Loeb was a successful white businessman, owner of ubiquitous laundry branches about town, and the brother of Henry Loeb, mayor during the 1968 sanitation strike.  Loeb lived in a ...

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Memphasis > Worldview

April 22nd, 2010

You may not know them, but they know you.Paris.Cabs in Paris are about the size of clown cars, and putting more than three passengers in one has the same effect. So, when the five of us arrived – us, our kids and my mother-in-law – we split up in two cabs.  Gaines, five at the time, and I had the all-guy cab. The front seat passenger was a dog, part poodle and part Charles De ...

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