Ask Vance October 2012

Last week, one of the copy editors for our sister publication, the Memphis Flyer, nudged me from my slumbers and asked if the proper name was the Chisca Hotel or the Hotel Chisca. After pondering t... more

Oct 30, 2012 11:01 PM Ask Vance


Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

I've written before about Berl Olswanger — musician, composer, music store owner, and all-around great fellow. In fact, I had so much to say about his remarkable career that I devoted an entire col... more

Oct 29, 2012 10:46 AM Ask Vance

In the olden days — and I'm talking, oh, 1950s here — to get to Maywood you drove out Lamar until it became Highway 78 (nowadays Old Highway 78), and you eventually reached your destination, with i... more

Oct 22, 2012 11:59 PM Ask Vance

I've been looking through a box of color prints that I converted years ago from 35mm slides, when I came across this. Please accept my apologies for the poor quality of the image. The original ... more

Oct 18, 2012 8:58 PM Ask Vance


Photo by Vance Lauderdale

In the November issue of Memphis magazine, I tell the dramatic story of the original Summer Drive-In — not the Summer Twin that most of you remember. Just as a tease for that — a prelude to the... more

Oct 14, 2012 10:13 PM Ask Vance

In our October issue, I tell the story of William R. Moore — businessman, philanthropist, and a whole lot of other things. I alluded to the fact that he had one of the most imposing monuments in Fo... more

Oct 12, 2012 11:02 AM Ask Vance