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Memphasis > Two Ways To Look At It

April 7th, 2011

IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR POINT OF VIEWComing from Arkansas, it looks like Oz.It appears suddenly, just past that truck in front of you, between that truck and the one next to you, glimpsed between rearview mirror checks of that truck behind you. You’ve somehow survived the concrete gauntlet of West Memphis and the semi cowboys whipping their rigs into a frenzy, driving them to market across ...

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Memphasis > You Get Fries With That

March 31st, 2011

HOT AND FRESH. ALLOVER AGAIN.The deal on Electrolux was handmade, and comes with whatever you want on it and a couple thousand jobs. Mitsubishi is going to fire up transformers bigger than doublewides, heavier than river barges, and they come with $200 million and an extra large order of fries. While we wait for our aerotropolis order with a third highway river bridge on the side, we can crack ...

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Memphasis > Character Stacks Up

March 24th, 2011

STACKED AGAINST GIANTSA few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the 40th anniversary of the Overton Park/I-40 decision, a uniquely Memphis accomplishment by unique Memphians. Since then, many of you have told me stories about your involvement and/or the involvement of those you knew. I'd like to share one. It comes from a good friend, David Sims, a Memphian who now lives in Wilmington, North ...

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Memphasis > Paradise Found

March 17th, 2011

A BRIGHT BLUE NIGHTJust about any weekend anybody in the Gant button-down crowd could catch a concert at the Coliseum or Ellis Auditorium, crash a party at Clearpool, or hear a great band in a gym somewhere in Weejun town. This was Memphis in the early '60s. You could see Elvis at a stoplight, Jerry Lee in a restaurant, and listen to Wooly Bully on the radio waiting in line for auto ...

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Memphasis > No Time For A Cuckoo Clock

March 10th, 2011

TIME FOR A RENAISSANCEOne of my favorite movies is the 1949 classic "The Third Man," written by the incomparable Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Trevor Howard. Is it my imagination, or was Trevor Howard in every movie made for 20 years that needed a hardnosed Brit? Anyway, the movie is about a divided melting pot of a city and those who would keep it that way ...

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