Lost Memphis: Rainbow Lake and the Rainbow Rollerdrome

One of this city's largest roller-skating rinks offered something for everyone.

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Rainbow Lake

This is where I and thousands of other Memphis children learned to swim in the 1950's and 1960's. My mother took my brothers and I for private lessons, and we had a nice picnic there under some shade trees. I also was bussed there for swimming lessons by a summer day camp held at Rhodes College that was owned and run by Madeline Richardson, with the help of Camille Deadrick. My parents were good friends of Leo Pieraccini and his wife.

Cary Schwartz 193 days ago

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Vance Lauderdale

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of four 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), Vance Lauderdale’s Lost Memphis (2013), and Vance Lauderdale’s More Lost Memphis (2014). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards (including “Best Blog - 2017” from the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards), the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den.

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