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Famed Memphis trivia expert Vance Lauderdale answers reader questions weekly here on his blog!

Lost Memphis: Cap'n Bill Killebrew

Bill Killebrew hosted one of the most popular and longest-running kids' shows on local television.

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The Whitehaven High School Hangout

For decades, Chenault’s Drive-In was one of the most popular eateries in Memphis and an after-school hangout for the Whitehaven High crowd.

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Travelers Would Find This Beautiful Tourist Court Hard to Resist

Bob Berryman, owner of the famed Silver Slipper Club, also opened a stunning tourist court in South Memphis, built in an eye-catching adobe style. Here’s how it looked when it first opened in 1937.

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The Man in Black - When He Was Just a Kid

Before he became a famous singer, known as “The Man in Black,” Johnny Cash was just a regular kid, named J.R. Cash. Here’s how he looked in high school.

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When Did the Loeb Companies Operate Turkish Baths?

The Loeb Companies, known for everything from BBQ to real estate, at one time operated Turkish baths in Memphis.

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Snipping the Ribbon To Open Julius Lewis’ Newest Store

In 1956, Julius Lewis opened a new store downtown at Main and Gayoso.

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More Fun Times at East End

The Bennett Collection, archived at the main library, offers rare views of our city’s past.

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What Is it? Where Is It?

The first of a series of photo mysteries by Vance Lauderdale. Do you know where this is, and what it is?

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Lost Memphis: East End Park

Photos from an old album take readers back to the days of East End Park, a Midtown resort that was once billed as “The Coney Island of the Mid-South.”

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What happened to the globe on top of the Welcome Wagon Building?

Welcome Wagon installed an illuminated globe on the roof of its downtown headquarters. The building is still standing, but the globe has disappeared.

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Famed Memphis trivia expert Vance Lauderdale answers reader questions weekly here on his blog!

About This Blog

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business.  Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den. 

You can find him from time to time in the pages of the Memphis Flyer and MBQ, on WKNO television, and on Facebook. When he is not exploring the highways and byways of Memphis, he spends his time sleeping, napping, and dozing.

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