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

A Customer's View of a 1950s WeOna Grocery Store

You could buy everything in this case for what you'd pay for one T-bone steak today.


Building the White Station High School Gymnasium

People probably drive by today without noticing that this was an architectural marvel in its day.

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Joseph Culligan — the Iron Man of Memphis

He didn't build the gates at Graceland, but Joe Culligan's work adorned many homes and businesses in Memphis.

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Pal Shoaf and the Kennedy Loan System Robbery

He claimed he beat Jack Dempsey, but he took a knockout punch when he turned to life of crime.

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A Memphis Medical Miracle: The Miller Conjoined Twins

For only the second time in medical history, Memphis surgeons separated twins joined at the head.


Lost Memphis: Before Briarcrest School, There Was Eugenia Buxton's Briar Patch Estate

Briarcrest School stands on the site of Briar Patch, the estate of one of our city’s most accomplished musicians and photographers.

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Pay As You Go: A Close Look at the Toddle House Cash Box

The "honor system" was the way customers paid for their meals at Toddle House diners across the country.

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Rare Photo: Wooten Bomb Shelter Being Constructed

Hoyt Wooten's private bomb shelter became a Whitehaven tourist attraction. A stack of old photos shows it under construction.


Remembering Tony's Fruit Stand

Who could have imagined that a little sidewalk shop selling fruit, soft drinks, cigarettes, and chewing gum would become a Memphis institution?

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A Mysterious Death in Court Square

Hard to believe, but a young boy died in the Court Square fountain, and nobody did a thing to save him.

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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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