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Ask Vance January 2012

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Tim Johnson

Hint: "Wheel of Fortune" Played a Role. more

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Image courtesy of Paul Craig

Yesterday I posted an image of a postcard, mailed in 1909 to a young man in Memphis named George Cooper James, which contained a rather puzzling message. Well, I must say that we have some exce... more

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I like a good mystery as much as the next fellow, but this one has me stumped. My pal Paul Craig recently sent me a scan of a rather battered old postcard, with this message: "I recently won an... more

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Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

In the February issue of Memphis magazine, I tell the story of one of our city's most fascinating characters, pizza-pie man and health-food guru Mario DePietro. Now, I'm not going to give anyth... more

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Giant crop circles that appeared overnight in English wheat fields were — some people believe — coded symbols for aliens approaching Earth from distant planets. The mysterious Nazca lines that stre... more

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I've written before about John Gaston, and the restaurant, hotel, hospital, and park that bear his name. I won't repeat that charming story here, except to point out that Gaston wanted his prop... more

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PHOTO COURTESY MARION BROWN

In our December issue, I told you about Stella Stevens, the Memphis girl who went on to fame and fortune in Hollywood. Most of our readers, it seems, knew bits and pieces of the life of Stella — re... more

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In our December issue, I tell the story of Stella Stevens, the movie star and pinup queen who was born in Mississippi but raised in Memphis. Back then, she was known as Estelle Eggleston, and she g... more

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