Ask Vance November 2012

In our November issue, I tell the story of the old, and original, Summer Drive-In, which opened in 1948 at the corner of Summer and White Station. I'd tell you more, but I certainly expect you to b... more

Nov 27, 2012 10:25 AM Ask Vance

In my ramblings through local graveyards, I often come across tombstones with carvings or family names that make me stop and think, "Hey, wait a minute." And so it was with this marker in Calva... more

Nov 26, 2012 1:09 PM Ask Vance


courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

Just a few days ago, I wrote about the wonderful murals that local artist Maysie Dimond had painted across the walls of Ellis Auditorium. I'm sure you remember that charming story, and told it to y... more

Nov 20, 2012 11:08 AM Ask Vance

Digging through a box of dusty 35mm slides purchased at a Memphis estate sale, I found the usual stuff — family photos, shots of Christmas trees, lots of living rooms and kitchens, and lots and lot... more

Nov 18, 2012 8:47 PM Ask Vance 2 Comments

Last week, I told you — yes, I'm talking to YOU — about the remarkable murals that Memphis artist Maysie Dimond had painted across 150 feet of the walls of Ellis Auditorium. When that building was ... more

Nov 11, 2012 12:02 PM Ask Vance


menu courtesy Gene Gill

Regular readers of this blog — you know who you are, because I send you Christmas cards every year — know that I have embarked on a personal crusade to find a verified, authentic, CLEAR photograph ... more

Nov 9, 2012 2:38 PM Ask Vance


photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

A few years ago, I wrote a wonderful, amazing, thrilling article that I called "Pieces of the Past" — about all sorts of architectural artifacts that had been saved when landmarks were demolished, ... more

Nov 7, 2012 2:57 PM Ask Vance