Ask Vance February 2012


Probably NOT the Davis White Spot.

A popular TV show called Without a Trace features the FBI searching for people who have run away, been kidnapped, or otherwise vanished "without a trace." By the amazing miracle of television, they... more

Feb 28, 2012 10:58 AM Ask Vance


photo from 1951 "DeSoto" yearbook

Well, the big news lately is that the University of Memphis is now a member of the Big East, so that should make Tiger fans happy — for a while. But over the years, it seems the university has ... more

Feb 22, 2012 10:05 PM Ask Vance

Our city has been the birthplace of so many wonderful things, among them: rock-and-roll music, Sun, Stax, FedEx, Holiday Inns, the world's first self-service grocery store — oh, the list just goes ... more

Feb 16, 2012 11:36 AM Ask Vance


Photo courtesy James K. Ingram

You probably drive by these massive structures on North Parkway, Southern, Summer, and elsewhere in the city without even thinking about them, and that's a shame, because they play a critical role ... more

Feb 15, 2012 1:16 PM Ask Vance 1 Comments


Photo courtesy C.L. Mullins

In the past few weeks, I've devoted a good bit of space here to the old (and now gone) Madison Heights Methodist Church. My pal C.L. Mullins sent me this interesting photograph, showing the chu... more

Feb 8, 2012 3:10 PM Ask Vance


Photo from THE ART WORK OF MEMPHIS, 1912

In the January issue of Memphis magazine, I told the story of Madison Heights United Methodist Church, a fine-looking stone structure that stood for more than a century at the corner of Monroe and ... more

Feb 6, 2012 12:05 PM Ask Vance 1 Comments

Even by modern-day standards, East Parkway has never seemed, to me, to be a particularly busy street. But goodness gracious, it's like the Autobahn compared to how it used to look 100 years ago. ... more

Feb 2, 2012 3:56 PM Ask Vance