Ask Vance June 2012


Image courtesy Key Magazine

I put a question mark after the "Lost Memphis" in this title here because even though Friday's — at one time the centerpiece of Overton Square — is long gone, I hope the nice-looking old building i... more

Jun 28, 2012 1:33 PM Ask Vance


Photo by Vance Lauderdale

Every day, people drive past this impressive ruin overlooking Crump Blvd., close to Riverside Drive, without realizing it was once home to one of the largest mail-order companies in America. Th... more

Jun 19, 2012 2:31 PM Ask Vance


Photo courtesy Mark James

In our June issue, I tell the remarkable story of Jimmy Brawner, a handsome kid from Whitehaven High School, who transformed himself into Kurt Von Brauner, one-half of a "mean German" wrestling tea... more

Jun 13, 2012 1:56 PM Ask Vance


Image courtesy Historic Aerials, Inc.

Well, it just keeps getting better and better for local historians. A few weeks ago, I told you about an amazing website called that allowed you to view aerial images of Memphis... more

Jun 11, 2012 11:02 PM Ask Vance


Image courtesy Doris Jacobs

Last month, I told you about Henderson Business College, an establishment that stood on Linden but is now a parking lot. A reader, Doris Jacobs, wrote to tell me that she had been researching a... more

Jun 8, 2012 2:00 PM Ask Vance


Photo by Walt Drissel

I've written about the old Lakeland amusement park before on these pages and in my regular "Ask Vance" column in Memphis magazine. And working with my pals Bonnie Kourvelas and Kip Cole, we produce... more

Jun 7, 2012 10:32 AM Ask Vance