Remembering Downtown What do you remember about Downtown Memphis from the 1900s to 1970s? A new Memphis Memoirs documentary planned by WKNO needs photos, films, and stories from that time period for the latest production in this celebrated nostalgia series. The nationwide popularity of nostalgia programs has created a countrywide phenomenon called a “shared memory experience,” and those shared experiences — and the programs they spawn — become a city’s scrapbook, of sorts. The phenomenon in Memphis began in 1995 when WKNO called for memories and memorabilia of fun places and events from Memphis in the 1930s through 1950s. This led to the premiere “Memphis Memoirs: Remember When?” of what would become 17 shows — soon to be 18 with this most recent production, scheduled to broadcast this August. To help collect and recapture the excitement and timeless charm of Downtown Memphis, submit your memorabilia by June 30 by calling 325-6525 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call, email, or visit wkno.org. Achieving Initiative Jodie Vance, the Downtowner magazine’s founder and publisher, was recently honored with a Women of Achievement Award for Initiative. Recognized for seeing a need in the community and using her talents to address it, Jodie was thanked for launching a publication devoted not only to promoting the positive aspects of Downtown Memphis at a time when Downtown suffered from negative media coverage and erroneous perceptions, but also to improving and assisting Downtown’s growth and revitalization. Today, in its 19th year, the magazine’s mission remains unchanged. Jodie joined six other award recipients at a celebration that also marked Women of Achievement’s 25th anniversary of discovering, celebrating, and documenting local women who make outstanding contributions to the community: In Memoriam: The Father of Downtown Living Award-winning architect Jack Tucker was one of the first people to not only see the potential for residential growth in an ailing Downtown Memphis in the mid 1970s, but also one of the first to start building it. With his ingrained love of older buildings, Jack was the architect and co-developer of Downtown’s first condominium conversion, transforming a former cotton warehouse at 41–43 Union into ground floor retail and office space topped with two floors of contemporary, chic lofts named The Timpani Building. It was Downtown’s first multi-use rehabilitation project, and it launched the residential revitalization growth that followed to this day. Jack was an architectural activist, educator, consultant, and preservation advocate. He served on numerous boards and committees and won many awards and accolades for his talent and vision over the years. He was a true urban pioneer, and the “Downtown that Jack Built” is the priceless legacy he leaves to the city he loved. Memorials may be made payable to the American Institute of Architects, indicating a donation to the Jack R. Tucker Memorial Student Travel Grant. Mail to: AIA, 2282 Madison, Memphis, TN 38104.
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