Ask Vance October 2011

Today's edition of The Commercial Appeal (October 24) carried the obituary for Betty Vansickle McGough, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 72. The death notice certainly gives the impression... more

Oct 24, 2011 6:42 PM Ask Vance

As a Lauderdale, I so rarely make mistakes that it's hard for me to relate to the incompetent boobs who do. But on those occasions — oh, maybe every 12 years or so — when I somehow publish the ... more

Oct 21, 2011 4:39 PM Ask Vance

I just turned up a great old aerial photo of the Memphis Steam Laundry, one of our city's architectural marvels, so I thought I'd share it with you. And look — at the top of the image is Russwood P... more

Oct 19, 2011 10:12 AM Ask Vance

Last week, I told you the compelling story of Memphian Roy H. Noe, who invented an exercise device that he claimed would not only build muscles but would improve your body in many ways. Well, i... more

Oct 16, 2011 6:34 PM Ask Vance

Roy H. Noe was an enterprising fellow. He first appears in Memphis city directories in 1923, working as a salesman for Swift & Company, the meatpackers. Then, it seems, he found his true calling in... more

Oct 14, 2011 10:47 AM Ask Vance

Brothers Arnold and Walter Klyce opened Klyce Motors, Memphis’ only Studebaker dealership, on South Cleveland in 1945. Newspapers praised the building’s clean design, created by Memphis architect Z... more

Oct 10, 2011 3:13 PM Ask Vance

I know just how you feel: It's so tiresome to have your chauffeur drive you to an actual bookstore to purchase a book. You have to walk through the store, stand in line at the register with "regula... more

Oct 7, 2011 11:57 AM Ask Vance

This intriguing photo was circulating on eBay for a long time, so I finally bought it because it puzzled me. The seller's description claimed it was a vintage photograph of a "French fire engine in... more

Oct 4, 2011 11:12 AM Ask Vance