Ask Vance June 2011


Image courtesy Lee Askew

One day not too long ago, my pal Lee Askew — principal with Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects — showed me a nine-volume set of books in his office called The Art Work of Memphis, just filled with wonder... more

Jun 27, 2011 2:58 PM Ask Vance

Does anyone remember Donley's? Well, you should. The owners of this eatery at 1371 Union had such a high opinion of their establishment that their matchbooks (such as the one shown here) proclaimed it... more

Jun 21, 2011 11:53 AM Ask Vance

So, I woke up this morning, pulled on my trousers and braces, and stumbled downstairs to the living room of the Mansion — one of the few rooms that is still halfway habitable after the roof collapse o... more

Jun 19, 2011 9:25 PM Ask Vance

Over the years, I've enlightened and entertained my half-dozen readers with thrilling tales of Lakeland, the popular amusement park that opened just east of Memphis in the early 1960s. It had rides an... more

Jun 13, 2011 3:02 PM Ask Vance

Awhile back, at some family outing, one of the Lauderdales was yammering away (as usual) about the "good old days" and he happened to remember Sky Rocket bubble gum, which he would purchase by the box... more

Jun 7, 2011 12:56 PM Ask Vance

They were from Starkville, actually. Home of Mississippi State University. The alma mater of quite a few Memphians  — which gives me an excuse to write about that here. Yes, I know, it's a stretch. Bu... more

Jun 4, 2011 8:31 PM Ask Vance

The Original Memphis Five were the Lauderdale family's favorite performers. Many nights, locked away in my little bedroom in the mansion tower, I would place one of their tunes on my old gramophone an... more

Jun 2, 2011 3:12 PM Ask Vance