Ask Vance August 2012


Photo courtesy White Station High School

A standard feature of old (and maybe recent) high-school yearbooks is to pose groups of students in popular settings or hangouts away from the school. And so the editors of the 1964 edition of the ... more

Aug 23, 2012 11:23 AM Ask Vance 2 Comments

The one good thing you could say about the old Palomino Motel, just past the city limits on Summer, was that it had a cool-looking neon sign. But just everything else about this place was bad n... more

Aug 20, 2012 2:05 PM Ask Vance

Various biographies mention that I "probably" am the only person on the Memphis magazine staff (if not the entire city) who has his own personal shock-treatment machine. I can't say if that is ... more

Aug 16, 2012 11:28 AM Ask Vance


Photo courtesy Benjamin Hooks Central Library

The Memphis Room at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library contains a marvelous collection of old photographs: buildings, streets, people, and events. Many of the images are so well-known — to history ... more

Aug 13, 2012 7:44 PM Ask Vance

Consider this a "tease" for a longer piece I intend to run on the old Pitchfork BBQ restaurant, located on South Second, close to The Peabody. It's entirely possible that another Memphis landma... more

Aug 8, 2012 7:13 PM Ask Vance 1 Comments