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Memphasis > A Memphis Marvel

June 2nd, 2011

THE REAL-LIFE ADVENTURE SERIAL.

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Memphasis > Building Models

May 26th, 2011

 A 99.6% SUCCESS RATE. We’ve seen the letters to the editor, heard the guy two stools down, the geniuses spitting into talk show microphones, “It’s not the teachers, it’s the parents.” If I’m 17 in south Memphis right now, we don’t have time to teach or reach my parents to teach or reach me. I have little brothers and sisters I’m responsible ...

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Memphasis > High Water/Tall Tales

May 19th, 2011

TRUTH DROWNS IN HIGH WATER.

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Memphasis > Marcus and Davy

May 12th, 2011

KINGS OF THIS WILD FRONTIER.Marcus Winchester was the son of one of our founders, and he was our city’s first mayor, first postmaster and the proprietor of our very first store. He was also the agent for something called the Rice Tract, two adjoining 5,000-acre parcels on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff acquired by Andy Jackson, John Overton and the Winchester family. That land would become ...

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Memphasis > Go With The Flow

May 5th, 2011

 LORD KNOWS THE CREEK DID RISE.The last time the Mississippi was lapping at the top of Tom Lee Park I’d been lapping at a number of things for a couple of days myself.On May 15, 1983, the river crested at 39.2 on the Memphis gauge, and the river and I were both way over flood stage on anybody’s gauge. Very early that morning, I opened my eyes and found myself alone. And on top of ...

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