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Downtown in the Sixties

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  “Once a Memphian, always a Memphian.” Those words are said by Bob Taylor who sent us a link to one of his blog posts on his website he calls “Istaboa’s Waypoints.” In this blog post he speaks of his return to Memphis and takes us on a little journey of Downtown Memphis during his age of 13, as he recollects …

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Drink-N-Drag Is What We Did

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  We’ve had several people tell us of their fondness for this large lady in red sign. It is no doubt her vibrant mood and color could attract anyone. And we’ve had several people ask of her location. Perhaps this is because you once recognized her as one of Danny’s girls, one of two signs presenting “Danny’s Place”, a topless …

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Erica Qualy on The Lorraine and Memphis

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  Memphis is awesome! So I get really excited when I have out of town friends visit. I’ll list all the places around town that we need to go to, free things we can do and see, and I always always always suggest the Lorraine Motel. While it may not necessarily be one of the most happy and fun sites, …

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Rum Boogie Memorabilia

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  Rum Boogie Cafe may stand out as the most authentic blues bar on Beale Street. Felicia Kirkland, one of the bar’s managers, would attest to that. She tells us they don’t play anything but the blues and that’s exactly what we were listening to while enjoying a tasty southern meal for lunch there on a Tuesday afternoon. Upon entering …

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Lauren Squires on Life Downtown

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Recently, while shooting a story, someone said to me “It’s a shame you moved to Memphis when you did, it used to be so great.” I looked at him slightly confused. And asked what he meant. He said “Years ago Memphis was thriving, there was businesses all over downtown and Overton Square, it was a vibrant community with so much …

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A Tour With the Sign Smiths

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  Ever notice how many name plates are at a First Tennessee bank? Ever wondered who made your notary’s seal that stamped your document? Sign Smiths, formerly known as Advance Rubber Stamps and Accurate Graphics, produce everything from name plates, monument signs, engraving of braille and fuel rails, to all kinds of stamping, not just rubber. Though, sometimes we’re all …

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A Big Happy Five-O

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When Universal Life Insurance Company turned 50, the festivities certainly befit the landmark business. Here’s a neat picture I came across at the U of M library that captured one of their special guests. I’d love to talk with anyone who was present at this speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson or partook in any of the birthday celebrations. Click here …

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Looking for a Miss Universal

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In poring through the Universal Life Insurance Company’s commemorative books, I’ve realized there were quite a lot of beauty queens who were crowned and represented the company. I would love to interview any Miss Universals out there to learn more about how these queens were crowned and what your role was like. If you once wore a ULICO crown or …