Ask Vance January 2012


Tim Johnson

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

Jan 29, 2012 11:12 PM Ask Vance


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

Jan 26, 2012 2:41 PM Ask Vance

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

Jan 25, 2012 1:36 PM Ask Vance


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

Jan 24, 2012 12:03 PM Ask Vance

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

Jan 21, 2012 12:12 AM Ask Vance

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

Jan 19, 2012 1:37 PM Ask Vance



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

Jan 18, 2012 12:06 PM Ask Vance

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

Jan 7, 2012 11:24 PM Ask Vance