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Ask Vance December 2011

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PHOTO COURTESY BENJAMIN HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY

Times have changed. Half a century ago, Santa didn't have to trek back and forth to his workshop at the North Pole when he needed to refill his bag with toys for Memphis boys and girls. And neither... more

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Memphis has always had more than its share of colorful characters. Here's the latest example: While rummaging through an old bookstore years ago, I turned up this old black-and-white postcard for "... more

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Union Avenue, as you may know, was once a fine residential street, lined with grand homes, though it really takes quite an imagination to picture it that way. During the 1940s and 1950s, especially... more

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With the holidays approaching, I wanted to share with you a nice old postcard showing a fine nativity scene on the grounds of the George Vincent Hotel. And in the not-so-holiday spirit of "killing ... more

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Downtown Memphis has certainly made a dramatic comeback after years of dormancy and neglect, but I have to wonder if Main Street will ever resume its rightful place as THE place to shop during the ... more

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Gosh-a-mighty, I don't know how these things happen, but it looks like we somehow printed a handful of extra copies of my new book, "Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's Hi... more

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