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Memphasis > Spinning East

July 1st, 2010

The view from Downtown is central to Memphis.Memo to Phil Trenary: Land Pinnacle’s headquarters in Commerce Square.The view of the river is spectacular, and a daily reminder not only of things eternal, but also of why this city is here, and why our location is vital to national and international commerce. And things like, you know, airline hubs and connections.The former NBC lobby is ...

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Memphasis > Look Who's Here

June 24th, 2010

“38 regular,” I told the chimp.Take a minute and look around. You may see a story. And it may last a lifetime.Before he was Prince Mongo, he was Robert Hodges. Oh, he was clearly from a place far, far away, but he had not yet assumed the title. When I first became aware of him, the heir apparent to the house of hinky used to ride around town on a motorcycle in a leather jacket and ...

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Memphasis > Independent

June 17th, 2010

The party’s over.You haven’t seen your date in an hour. You haven’t seen anything clearly in longer than that. Nobody can come up with enough money to pay the band for another set, and you don’t know where your keys are. Yet you’re still there, wondering why everybody else is leaving.That could be my memory of a party in The King Cotton Hotel, or a metaphor for party ...

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Memphasis > Talking about the Memphis "It" on Fox 13

June 15th, 2010

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Memphasis > One Of A Kind

June 10th, 2010

Really unique is really not. Memphis is.Nothing is really unique. Unique is unique. If there is more than one of it, it isn’t.Memphis is et up with unique.The Peabody is unique. Two hammered duck hunters dump their live decoys in the lobby fountain. One is actually the hotel manager, and instead of getting him fired, that drunken prank makes the place world-famous. Almost 80 years later, ...

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