Ranting

Memphasis > A Shared Journey

April 14th, 2011

TRUE NORTHMy oldest big brother fell recently. He took a header off the basement steps and landed on his hip. He lives in the Adirondacks, 15 miles from any group of anything larger than four, if you don’t count critters. His wife can’t pick him up, and their two labs, well trained as they are, can’t fetch an orthopedist.We were supposed to go fishing in May with my other big ...

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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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