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Ask Vance June 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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