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2010 crept in under the shadow of a blue moon — the first blue moon on New Year’s Eve in a decade — a hopeful talisman signaling a better year on so many fronts. Facing an unemployment rate of almost 11 percent in the city, a sluggish real estate market heavily seasoned with continued foreclosures, Memphis — like most of America — was ready for a fresh start. 2010 crept in under the shadow of a blue moon — the first blue moon on new Year’s eve in a decade — a hopeful talisman signaling a better year ahead on so many fronts. Facing an unemployment rate of almost 11 percent in the city and a sluggish real estate market heavily seasoned with continued foreclosures, memphis — like most of America — was ready for a fresh start. The year of America’s 23rd censustaking launched with a lengthy arctic blast in memphis that rang in the new Year with a cacophony of bursting water pipes. But that was nothing compared to the pummeling that winter gave the northeast —adding “snowmageddon” to the english lexicon — closing the federal government for four days straight. By mid February, there was snow on the ground in 49 states — hawaii, the lone survivor. Twelve days into the new year, a 7. 0 magnitude earthquake — followed one week later by a 6.1-magnitude aftershock — shattered haiti. Pediatric specialist teams, equipment, and ancillary services from memphis joined others across the world in a race to save the western hemisphere’s poorest nation. Memphis opened its welcoming arms again, providing medical and physical support to the refugees who escaped to the city of Good Abode. The following month, an 8.8-magnitude ‘quake in chile so violently rocked our planet that it shortened earth’s days by an estimated onemillionth of a second. The year’s fresh start had begun with a fury. Springtime marked seven years of war in iraq and more than eight years of war in Afghanistan. By late summer, the last U.s. combat brigade pulled out of iraq, bringing a declared “end of our combat mission” in that country. WikiLeaks seeped into the war zone, publishing battalions of classified documents in an endless stream throughout year’s end. pantone color 15-5519 — known as turquoise, to us commoners — was named 2010’s color of the year, chosen, in part, because it evoked “an effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world.” As such, the aviation industry could have used a turquoise splash. Eight years after 9/11 screwed security down so tight that tweezers and gel candies weren’t allowed onboard, the shoeless masses now faced invasions of the full-body scanners, much to the indignant outrage — and refusal — of some. Adding Insult to bare-all injury, airlines escalated their ancillary fees, and cities followed suit, turning to “niche taxes” — such as fees for plastic grocery bags and 911 calls — to increase much-needed revenue sources. On capitol hill, elena Kagan became the 112th supreme court justice and the fourth woman to ever sit on the high court, placing three female justices together on the bench for the first time. The Affordable health care for America Act became law, essentially requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance and requiring all businesses to offer it to its employees, unsurprisingly fueling debates as hot as the ones that still raged over global warming. And a major financial reform bill passed into law, designed to prevent another financial crisis like the current one that triggered the worst recession since the Great depression. New credit card restrictions took charge, reining in deceptive practices and curbing credit card availability to the under-21 group. By year’s end, cash was king for most consumers, with just 17 percent paying with credit over the thanksgiving shopping weekend. But 2010 may be remembered most for a second Gulf of mexico tragedy that exploded five years after the Gulf’s devastation by hurricane Katrina. In April, the world’s largest accidental marine oil spill and the worst environmental disaster in U.s. history blew up aboard the deepwater horizon, a Bp drilling rig pumping crude from a mile-deep well, 50 miles out in the Gulf. Eleven workers were killed, and the blown well spewed an estimated 200,000 gallons of oil a day over the course of five months, closing commercial and recreational fishing, upending lives and livelihoods, and horrifying the world. On september 19, the “wicked witch well” was declared officially dead, although by that time, there was little cause to celebrate. So when 33 chilean miners, trapped underground for more than two months, were brought safely to the surface, the world erupted with relief that at least one disaster had ended in triumph. One trapped miner, an avid elvis fan who requested elvis goods be lowered into the mine to cheer up the group, was given a Vip tour of Graceland. Had the King of rock ‘n’ roll been alive in his 75th year, he surely would have led the joyous entourage. on various fronts, the year gave us our share of raised eyebrows, laughs, triumphs,And challenges. In march, when the Today Show ranked memphis as the no. 4 city in the nation successfully recovering from the recession, it appeared that the city was, indeed, heading toward a fresh start under a new moon of hope. CLOSER TO HOME in memphis, the year began with an interim shelby county mayor and the first new city mayor since 1991. When Forbes magazine ranked memphis the third most miserable city in the country, new memphis mayor A c wharton Jr. Turned it into a rallying cry: memphis is many things, but miserable? Let us show you how wrong you are! For only the third time in local history, voters were asked to decide the fate of their metro charter that would move toward consolidating city and county government functions. As predicted by many, the hotly debated referendum passed in the city and failed in the county. Rep. Steve cohen retained his district 9 congressional seat after a half-hearted challenge from former memphis mayor willie herenton, and former shelby county sheriff mark Luttrell Jr. Became shelby county mayor. Memphis international Airport remained the world’s largest cargo airport for the 18th straight year, widening the gap between its tonnage (3.697 million metric) and that of its longtime rival, hong Kong international Airport (3.35 million). Nonstop trans-Atlantic service from memphis to Amsterdam marked 15 years, while on the ground, exhausted motorists’ fuming at the long lines in vehicle inspection stations resulted in extended hours and a real-time webcam for better planning. Vehicle registration renewal also went online. On June 14, Headline News rated memphis “the worst weather in the nation” because of the 105- to 110-degree heat index. And that was just the harbinger of what would be the second hottest summer on record — making memphis the second hottest city in the nation that summer, with a maximum heat index of 118 (hit on 3 days), 34 heat index days at or above 105, 15 heat-index days at 115, and 108, 90-plus-degree days — another record. Even as late as the second week in october, we were setting record-high temperatures. By november, shelby and tipton counties in tennessee, desoto and tunica counties in mississippi, and every county in Arkansas Were declared natural disaster areas because of the lingering effects of drought. Panhandling got tougher with an ordinance that restricted passive begging to certain areas and placed citywide distance restrictions on panhandling near Atms, banks, gas stations, and other areas. On the green scene, shelby county got a breath of fresh air when the U.s. environmental protection Agency certified that memphis met federal clean-air standards — just days before the epA proposed stricter health standards for smog. The city implemented a pay-as-you-throw trash collection policy and hired its first bicycle/pedestrian coordinator and its first-ever “brand manager” to cultivate the image of memphis as a city of choice for middle-class families. The first mile of the 30- mile wolf river Greenway opened — a $70 million greenway project that will connect the mississippi river to Germantown — as well as a new 200-foot pedestrian bridge spanning the wolf river in shelby Farms park. DOWNTOWN Ker-pLUnK! Memphis appeared to finally land Bass pro shops after trolling for the sporting goods mega store for five years. After yet another delay — this time over seismic issues — Bass pro announced it would open for business at the pyramid in november 2011. The renovated U.s. customs house and post office on Front street opened as the new home to the cecil c. humphreys school of Law. Downtown’s brain trust further grew with the openings of the Visible school: music and worship Arts college and the memphis college of Art’s graduate school The Beale street Landing stayed afloat after the city council infused $10.5 million to the project, whose construction costs continued to escalate. Work began on the third phase, which includes a commercial building, parking lot, floating dock, 60-foottall helical ramp, and plaza area. Revitalization of the soFo district received federal funding to start a 10-year triangle noir project, a still-evolving plan to redevelop 20 city blocks from Union to e. h. crump and transform the downtown area south of FedexForum into a mixed-use, mixed-income development. the perennially weather-challenged Beale street music Festival sang through one of its most challenging weekends as April signed Off with unrelenting tornado sirens and a torrential downpour that dumped 14 inches of rain on the county in a three-day period. Ten tennessee counties — including shelby — were declared disaster areas. Rum Boogie, the cornerstone matriarch of modern-day Beale street, turned 25 years old. Performa entertainment, which put Beale street back on the map and managed it for nearly three decades, ended its run. And pinnacle Airlines corp. flew into downtown, moving its headquarters into one commerce square and making pinnacle one of the biggest corporate offices to locate downtown since AutoZone in 1995. MIDTOWN overton square survived a suburbanstyle redevelopment threat by outside developers, saving the district’s old buildings from demolition. The midtown district overlay — new development guidelines designed to create a more pedestrianfriendly environment that protects existing buildings and reflects the character of the neighborhood — was adopted. The Union and cooper intersection was probably the most spotlighted of the year, with the new $12.5-million playhouse on the square state-of-the-art theater opening on the northeast corner; walgreen co. Buying ike’s — and agreeing to keep it ike’s — on the southeast corner; preservationist groups battling cVs/pharmacy over the survival of the crumbling but historic Union Avenue United methodist church’s fate on the southwest corner; and Loeb properties purchasing the long-abandoned circle K gas station on the northwest corner. A proposal to close madison Avenue for a few hours on sunday for recreational use was couched, but midtown went to walking the dogs with the city’s first-ever dog park, a fenced 1.5 acres at Avery and hollywood. A few blocks away, Libertyland amusement park at the mid-south Fairgrounds lost its last signature landmark, the Zippin pippin wood roller coaster, which was dismantled and sold to clear the way for new development. The ride’s name, design, cars, and history found a new home in Green Bay, wi. Finally, University of memphis’s University center opened, the largest capital construction project in campus history, with offices, technology hubs, meeting halls, ballroom, theater, and food court. MUSIC NOTES memphis increased its lead as the city mentioned in more recorded song lyrics than any other city on the planet. The list of commercially recorded songs expanded to 1,074, featuring more than 800 unique titles. Meanwhile, the rap-style song “pants on the Ground” became the year’s first viral video sensation. The 26th annual international Blues challenge flooded the city with more than 9,000 people, 100-plus acts, and four days of music competition. Kirk whalum, Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist and ceo of soulsville Foundation, and the 45-member overton woodwind ensemble were selected to perform at every musician’s dream: carnegie hall. The memphis symphony orchestra found a new conductor to replace retiring maestro david Loebel. Taiwan-born mei-Ann chen, a rising star with an impressive resume, became the orchestra’s fourth music director. The iconic poplar tunes retail record store sign spun into a new home in the memphis rock ‘n’ soul museum, and the legendary house of Blues studio d, which recorded artists such as sam the sham, isaac hayes, and three 6 mafia, left for a new gig in nashville. The sony walkman, a cassette device that forever changed music listening by introducing ear plugs, thus making music portable, faded out of existence. THAT’S SHOWBIZ! The Broadway rhythm ‘n’ blues musical Memphis, The Musical won four tony awards for best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best orchestrations, while memphis music–inspired Million Dollar Quartet, a musical set at sun studio, won for best performance by a featured actor in a musical. Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the memphis-inspired story The Blind Side, which was one of 10 movies nominated for the Academy Award for Best picture. Tnt launched a new tV series, Memphis Beat, featuring a quirky memphis police detective with a passion for blues music. And the first memphis-made vampire feature film sank its teeth into the city with the debut of Daylight Fades, an indie set in present-day memphis. The “Golden God” of rock, robert Plant, was given a star on the orpheum’s sidewalk of stars, followed by a star for the orpheum’s president and ceo, pat halloran, commemorating his three decades of service leading and growing the historic theater. At the movies, 3-d ruled. James cameron’s science-fiction, 3-d epic film, Avatar, upended Titanic as history’s highestgrossing film, and down in the rabbit hole, Alice in Wonderland set an opening weekend earnings record for a 3-d film. On the national screen, Jay Leno got the last laugh, returning to late-night television after an experimental prime-time slot bombed, knocking conan o’Brien and his $45 million severance package out of the host chair on The Tonight Show. Barbara walters rolled up the red carpet and called an end to her celebrity sit-down interviews that have been a staple of the Academy Awards since 1981. Indefatigable Betty white hosted Saturday Night Live, and talent help us, we saw simon cowell’s last season as the curmudgeonly judge on American Idol. And after more than 20 years, At the Movies, the movie review tV show made popular by roger ebert and Gene siskel, reached the end. SCIENCE PROJECTS swine flu activity went belly up. The world health organization announced that the global h1n1 pandemic — first announced in June 2009 — was over. But the med remained in critical condition. Attempts to resuscitate the ailing safety-net hospital included millions of dollars infused by the city and state. Relapses were caused by state budget cuts and the unprofitable nature of being a “safety net” hospital. With a new ceo bringing new vision to the operating table, the prognosis is hopeful for the med’s future success. St. Jude children’s research hospital was named the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital, and in outer space, nAsA’s hubble space telescope marked its 20th year of tirelessly circling earth, sending back photographs of faraway galaxies and nebulae, as it reached back for a record 13.2 billion years in time and space. GOOD SPORTS with the nation at its back, dem new orleans saints went marching into the super Bowl for the first time in team history and Defeated the indianapolis colts — who dat? — in a game of mojo that symbolized the gritty perseverance and determination of a city that five years ago had been largely washed away by hurricane Katrina. That game, watched by 106.5 million viewers, became the mostwatched television program in U.s. history, dethroning the 1983 broadcast of the final episode of M*A*S*H. The winter olympics went for the gold in Vancouver, British columbia. The 21st winter competition opened on a tragic note with the death of a Georgian luger during a practice run. The games then fought mild winter weather that challenged organizers, spectators, and contestants alike, but triumphed with an “oh, canada!” overtime hockey win, giving the host country 14 gold medals, a winter olympics record for any one country. Overall, the U.s. won 37 medals, the most by any country at the winter Games. On the courts, wimbledon played host to the longest tennis match in Grand slam history, which lasted more than 11 hours, played over three days. Serena williams surpassed Billie Jean King on the all-time career Grand slam list after winning her fourth wimbledon singles title. Baseball saw the 19th perfect game pitched in major league history, quickly followed by the 20th — the first time two perfect games were thrown in the same season, and Babe ruth’s record of 2,873 career hits fell to new York Yankees derek Jeter. Chicago slapped away a 49-year title drought — the longest of any franchise in the 30-team league — by winning the stanley cup. The Los Angeles Lakers slam-dunked its second consecutive nBA championship, and Graeme mcdowell became the first european in 40 years to win the U.s. open. The Giants won the world series for the first time since moving from new York to san Francisco in 1958, and president obama made sporting news by taking an elbow to the mouth during a game of pickup basketball, receiving 12 stitches in his lip. Golf superstar tiger woods stayed in the rough, with his “irresponsible and selfish behavior” ending in divorce and a disruption to his typical championship play, unseating him as golf’s no. 1 player for the first time in five years. Vuvuzelas trumpeted the arrival of soccer onto the nation’s psyche when the U. s. entered into competition for the world Cup, tying england 1–1 in the first game, but getting the boot round 16. On the memphis playing field, AutoZone Liberty Bowl sold out for the second time in three years. Tiger Lane roared onto the scene, with blue-lighted parking and tailgating areas and a massive, eight-acre green front lawn — about four football fields long — leading from east parkway to Liberty Bowl memorial stadium. But the tiger football season, alas, ended with a mew, with just one victory under a new head coach. University of memphis tigers basketball won 64 c-UsA conference games in a row, tying Kentucky for the ncAA’s longest conference winning streak. The ncAA infractions Appeals committee rejected Uofm’s appeal to have its 2007–2008 season — with 38 wins and a Final Four appearance — reinstated, erased by the ncAA because of sAt score violations by a player. Air ball. The memphis redbirds baseball team was named one of two tennessee professional teams of the Year by the tennessee sports hall of Fame in a season that saw the redbirds scoring a franchise record 10 runs in one inning and a second consecutive pacific coast League American northern division championship. The nBA Grizzlies tipped off a decade in memphis with season-long celebrations of their 10th year, although it missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season and racked up its fourth consecutive year with a losing record. The memphis Force became one of three U. s. amateur boxing teams in the new world series of Boxing, making memphis one of 12 international cities to have a team in the new franchise-based league. A cordova man won the st. Jude marathon, and a University of memphis research associate won the halfmarathon. Back on track, the 342-acre memphis motorsports park was auctioned off to a Florida investment group that included the park’s former ceo, and hometown Fedex returned to the role of title sponsor for the Fedex st. Jude classic, the pGA golf tournament held in memphis for more than half a century. TECHNO-LOGICAL Although the tV industry entered the third dimension with sets capable of broadcasting 3-d programs, the average U.s. consumer Now spends as much time in cyberspace as watching tV — a big shift in how the country spends its leisure time. And another chapter ended in the history of hardcover books when Amazon announced that sales for its Kindle e-reader outnumbered those of traditional page-turners. The Apple’s ipad made its debut at onehalf inch thick with a 9.7-inch glass touch screen. It became so wildly popular so fast — selling 1 million in the first month after its launch — that Apple had to delay the overseas debut — twice. As more tablets and network devices flooded the market — and as personal computer habits and needs changed — speculation rose over whether the era of the pc was nearing memory capacity. Internet explorer 6 officially died, as Google, Youtube, and other sites discontinued support for the browser, and sony ejected the floppy disk, announcing it would stop producing the 1990s data storage device next year. In cyberspace, the Girl scouts take cookie sales and marketing online. Google added bicycle directions to Google maps, and when Google and china waged war over censorship matters, that ended with Google’s departure from the mainland. AoL dialed up a quarter-century milestone of telling people, “You’ve got mail!” as memphis competed unsuccessfully to be selected by Google as one of its launch cities to test Google Fiber network, an ultra-high speed broadband network experiment designed to deliver internet speeds more than 100 times faster than currently available. Social media continued making new friends. A big sinkhole on northbound i-240 that snarled traffic and temperaments got its own Facebook page. We saw the first ceo resignation tweeted on twitter, and the Library of congress began archiving the collected works of twitter. In the white house, president obama made presidential history by becoming the first commander-in-chief to tweet. The first lady sent her first tweet a few months later, “from flotus [first lady of the United states]: here at dinner this is officially my first tweet. I am looking forward to some good laughs from the potus and jay.” even Fido got in on the act with puppy tweets, an electronic dog tag that sends the owner a tweet whenever the dog moves or barks And at year’s end, mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and ceo, was named TIME magazine’s person of the Year for connecting more than half a billion people and changing social relations on the planet. 2010 MEMORABLE MISCELLANY An ashy icelandic volcanic eruption was felt around the world, shutting down airports and airspace across the european and Asian continents and causing the worst air traffic chaos since the september 11 terrorist attacks. On day five, Great Britain dispatched the royal navy to pick up stranded passengers. Political power couple Al and tipper Gore split after 40 years, while Britain’s power couple, prince william and longtime girlfriend Kate middleton, announced their engagement. The Ground Zero mosque debate — over a proposed islamic center that is neither a mosque nor situated on Ground Zero — inflamed emotional wounds and made religious tolerance a hot topic. Ford drove the mercury brand into the junkyard, where it joined plymouth and pontiac. Meanwhile, Gm’s hummer line whistled into the sunset. Frito-Lay’s made-in-memphis biodegradable sunchips bag bursts onto Facebook, Youtube, and the front page of The Wall Street Journal as the LoUdest snack bag in existence. Within a couple of months, the snack-maker returned to its original, quieter packaging. On the memphis front, nation’s restaurant news magazine named charles Vergos rendezvous restaurant as one of 50 All-American icons, the only tennessee restaurant on the list. And reactions ran the gamut when it was discovered that legendary civil rights photographer ernest withers also worked as “me 338-r,” an Fbi informant. AND FINALLY, WHEN NO ONE WAS LOOKING the first comic book featuring superman sold for $1 million, a comic book price record, which was — holy out of control! — shattered three days later when a 10-cent, 1939 comic book in which “the Batman” debuted topped it by $75,500. Then, faster than a speeding bullet, the record price for a comic book was ka-powed for a third time with the 1938 edition of Action comics no. 1, which debuted superman. Elsewhere in the comic kingdom, snoopy did his happy dance when the rights to peanuts sold for $175 million. After 40 years of consumer frustration, heinz squeezes out a new to-go ketchup packet that holds three times more ketchup, is designed for french fry dipping, and — praise be! — is a snap to open. The world’s tallest tower soared into existence in dubai at 2,684 feet — more than half a mile. Bubble wrap popped into its 50th year, as did La-Z-Boy recliner and the office copier. Boy scouts of America saluted 100 years, and pAc-mAn turned 30. Meanwhile, the national pork Board retired its 23-year slogan: pork. The other white meat. Thirty-six pages of firsthand, eyewitness testimonies of the 1881 earp brothers’ gunfight at oK corral were found, and the new $100 bill debuted, with Benjamin Franklin sharing the c-note with 3-d security ribbons and a color-changing inkwell bell, designed to fight counterfeiters. In the art world, a painting that picasso created in a single day, Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur, sold for $106.5 million, a world record auction price for a work of art. An elvis presley mr. potato head debuted, wearing a white, sequined jumpsuit. And for the first time in 145 years, the recipe was changed for sweethearts — the no. 1–selling non-chocolate Valentine’s day candy. The pastel-colored, heart-shaped candies, imprinted with phrases like “Be mine” and “sweet LoVe,” were changed to brighter, better flavors, and more current messages, such as “teXt me” and “tweet me.” AULD LANG SYNE As 2010 came to a close, eyes once again turned skyward to the moon. A total lunar eclipse of a full moon on the winter solstice parlayed the cold night with a three-hour game of peek-a-boo. The first and only total lunar eclipse of the year transitioned through a variety of colors as it moved through earth’s shadow. One of those colors — honeysuckle — is pantone’s color of the year for 2011: “courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color for a brave new world.” STORYBOARD 2010 We covered a lot of ground in these pages over the past year! Here are just a few snippets from the 2010 memory book. (Visit our website, memphisdowntowner. Com, to read these stories in their entirety in our archived issues!) Oh, what a terrible massacre it was. We hacked and whacked. We cursed. That poor tree died a slow, ugly death. It was kind of a sad Christmas that year, and not just because the only present I bought my husband was a chainsaw. — So It Goes: A Cut Above [December] “Our job is to teach healthy cooking techniques and habits. Any recipe can be renovated and made healthier — if you’re just taught how to do it.” — Now Serving: Church Health Center Nutrition Training Kitchen [October] Of the approximately 3,000 homeless individuals in the Memphis area during the course of any given year, about one-third are veterans. AOVS, the nation’s father of homeless veterans services, has spawned sister and brother organizations dedicated to repairing all that war has broken. — Discovery901: Alpha Omega Veterans Services [January] The party that night included a highheel shoe sculpted of ice, revolving fashion shows from two Manhattan boutiques, “baubles” from three of Manhattan’s top jewelry stores, and 15 chocolate desserts — just for starters. — Now Serving: Robert Hayes Catering–Events [December] “Can the plan succeed? We don’t have a crystal ball here, but we’re going to let the people speak for themselves, and we’ll listen as best we can. The basic obstacle is cynicism. These people have been planned to death.” — SoFo Redux [January] “The part of Santa’s suit that wears out first is the seat of the britches and the top of the knees where children sit. The part of my Santa suit that gets dirtiest first … Oh, I get stains all over. Whatever can come out of a child’s body, it has been on my suit!” — My 2 Cents: Santa Claus! North Pole Helper Jim Kyle [December] So the whole community had one mysterious industry until Hiroshima. It came as a great shock to learn that we lived where they had split the atom. — My 2 Cents: Marilou Awiakta, Native American Poet and Storyteller [January] “That’s me, screaming. George and Harold — they’re troublemakers — are running. The giant toilet is knocking over buildings, causing fires, and trying to take over the world. Captain Underpants is trying to save the day.” — Downtown Elementary School Art Contest: Campus Canvas [December] These days, the sheer number of options available for tailoring custom-made fitness plans is limitless. It’s enough to get your heart pumping. — Taking Shape [March] Keep in mind that there is an opposing and equally valid viewpoint floating around out there somewhere, a perspective that should be heard. It just won’t be heard here. — So It Goes: Reality Check [January] “I wasn’t particularly embracing in the beginning. I’m thinking, ‘What does Pertalion want?’ and I’m expecting the worst. His answer floored me.” — IRIS Orchestra: Concerted Effort [December] Just go ahead and remove your clothing in the lobby at check-in, let everyone get a good look, and be done with it. This not only saves time later on, but also serves as an icebreaker with the hospital staff. — So It Goes: To Your Health: A Patient Primer [October] Galloway’s business had started in the late 1800s, but by the early 1930s, he had bought a franchise system based on a special-purpose automobile built in 1921 by John Hertz — of today’s rental car acclaim — known as the taxicab. — Discovery901: Premier Transportation Services Inc. [February] Immediately, the masses rose from their tables in angst: Please don’t change the restaurant! — Now Serving: McEwen’s on Monroe [March] … one of his early ideas in 1986 was a Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame, with tangible embodiments of the many talented people who had put Memphis music and Beale Street on the world map. — Top Brass [February] Wayne’s is a lot like the gum in the center of a Blow Pop: a little unexpected, long-lasting, and covered in candy. — Now Serving: Wayne’s Candy Company [November] “As Shelby County’s first black mayor, I felt my faith restored in the goodness of people — black and white — who said that this county would never, ever tolerate two black mayors, no matter how good they are.” — My 2 Cents: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. [February] Also, he offers free towing for the first week after the sale, which has come in handy in the past. — So It Goes: Car Tunes [February] You don’t have to know your arias from your arpeggios to experience the city’s tempo of encore performances. The 2010–2011 overture has begun … take your seats and enjoy the show! — 2010–2011 Performing Arts Schedule [September] Rodriguez’s ability to sculpt concrete into natural forms was uncanny and unprecedented. Over the next eight years, Hinds would watch the artist spin out creation after creation. — Discovery901: Memorial Park Cemetery [March] “Before moving to Glenmary, I would go a week and have no contact with another human being, except maybe the mailman. I was going crazy watching TV, renting movies, and buying DVDs. I haven’t bought a DVD since I’ve been here because I don’t have time to watch them! — The Glenmary at Evergreen: Homing In [November] Science — and a few phone calls — has answered the question, “Are there other Memphis, USAs?” And yes, there are. — Memphis10 [March] Fasten your seatbelt and place your tray table in its downright position, because a new concept has taken wing … Diners are apt to see three of everything arrive at the table … — Now Serving: Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar [February] “In fifth grade, I remember sitting in my parents’ room watching the Lakers play the Celtics on television. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to play in the NBA … But I knew that if I couldn’t play in the NBA, I still wanted to stay in the game.” — My 2 Cents: University of Memphis Men’s Tigers Basketball Head Coach Josh Pastner [March] He expanded those offerings, given free artistic license from the Brooks — except for two things. “I was told not to touch the peanut soup nor the chicken salad!” — Now Serving: The Brushmark Restaurant [April] ... we had to have the repairman out so many times that we finally just moved him into one of the kids’ old rooms upstairs. — So It Goes: Lean, Mean, Fighting Machines [March] The dog’s favorite game is Throw the Damn Rope. … Other activities she enjoys include Scratch the Damn Floor, Howl at the Damn Train, and Sleep on the Damn Sofa. — So It Goes: What a Bite! [November] “In September 2002, we opened the largest single-specialty teaching entity of its Kind in the country for eye health and vision care. Our Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Service … is the largest of only three such services in Memphis specializing in care for individuals who have lost vision due to disease or trauma.” — The Eye Center: Seeing Progress [October] That exhibit showcases a three-and-ahalf– story replica of a boy whose parts were brought in piece by piece via crane. “You can climb everywhere — into the stomach, the lungs, and the brain! You can slide out the back and … be wasted!” — Discovery901: Haizlip Studio [April] Most of us would never have been so lucky. Our bus would have taken a right, and we would’ve ended up at a Starbucks ordering, “Vodka latte — shaken, not stirred, with a twist.” — So It Goes: Bond. James … Who? [August] “The idea was to record the fastestdisappearing parts of our culture. We made films about mule traders, faith healers, and everyday people who didn’t have a voice … stories like, ‘Saturday night was the fabulous night on Beale Street. We put on our good shoes — the ones that hurt …’” — Center for Southern Folklore: A Delta Treasure Hunt [April] An international criminal darts through a crowd and ducks around corners, casting furtive glances left and right for the federal agents hot on his trail. … And the star agent is four feet tall, who just fulfilled his lifelong dream and is grinning ear to ear. — Make- A-Wish Foundation: Wish Upon a Star [November] “… everybody was already flipping in the ‘hood. A lot of people get put out at the housing projects, so when people threw out their mattresses, we’d meet up and start flipping on them until the repo man came — usually a week or two.” — My 2 Cents: Rarecas Bonds, Founder of the Beale Street Flippers [April] … a man with a dream and a mission that resulted in Memphis’s only black repertory theater and the nation’s only black theater museum. — Discovery901: Hattiloo Theatre [September] So here we have two Southern boys who made it big. Among other things, they both gave their houses names, both left this world before their time, and both recorded “Hound Dog.” Okay, Faulkner didn’t record “Hound Dog,” but I have it on good authority that he hummed it a lot … — So It Goes: The Sound and the Jury [April] “She was adamant that absolutely nothing would hinder the company or the nurses if the worst happened. I thought it Was just a formality. We didn’t know she had stage four cancer.” — My 2 Cents: Denise Burnett, O.R. Nurses Inc. Co-Founder [October] At the time, there was no Harbor Town or Auction Street Bridge, and Mud Island was just a dumping ground. But Royer knew he had stumbled upon one of the city’s greatest treasures — and one of the area’s best opportunities for outdoor recreation. … “We tell people, ‘Tighten up! You’re about to get into the Big Daddy!’” — Discovery901: Recreation on the River [May] “I read a want ad in the Village Voice for a ‘hippie puppet show.’ And it just so happened that I had been working on a show that I classified as black comedy theater of the absurd — but okay, a hippie puppet show, sure.” — Pulling Strings [September] “I’m not a size 2. I’m an average woman. I wanted something that was complimentary, something that made me feel good about being 40, good about being me.” — Make- Believe! Fashion Shoot [May] “As Miss Tennessee, I traveled with Miss USA and Miss Universe to the Orient, and the extraordinary embroideries there fascinated me! Those were the early seeds that started my passion for collecting antique textiles and laces, not having any earthly idea then that I would have the museum-quality collection I have now.” — My 2 Cents: Pat Kerr Tigrett, Memphis Philanthropist and Chairman/ CEO/Designer for Pat Kerr Inc. [May] … two young guys sat down and asked the bartender if he could make a Flaming Moe. The bartender proceeded to mix this weird concoction that included cough syrup, and it was, indeed, flaming. — So It Goes: Cultured Pearls of Wisdom [May] “But I couldn’t go home, so I went to Chicago. I was gambling, robbing prostitutes, living at the 8th Street Y. I was homeless, basically.” — My 2 Cents: George Hunt, Visual Artist [September] The scent of roasting nuts — roasted onsite, fresh daily — and popping popcorn wafts out the door, floating over the Main Street Mall and triggering hunger pangs for a “tasty little something.” — Now Serving: The Peanut Shoppe [June] That this particular activity was on my Bucket List in the first place is where the mistake came in. I have another list — Just Shoot Me Now — and the ballet was supposed to appear on that one. — So It Goes: On Tiptoe [September] The challenge included Harrover painstakingly including every twist and Turn of the river, measuring and showing the respective depths. And, again drawing from the expertise of the same group who first turned the island into a pile of mud, Harrover relied heavily on the Army Corps of Engineers and their topographical maps. — Discovery901: Mud Island River Walk [June] “We are in the South, so sugar is very important here, whereas other places I’ve worked in the country, Southern desserts would be too sweet-tasting.” — Now Serving: The Peabody’s Pastry Chef [September] The stuff we keep, the things we carry, the mementos we display from our various travels during our journey on Earth — each reveals a snapshot of the personalities and experiences that shape our complicated, celebrated selves. — A Quick Study [June] Patrons can choose to dine outside on the patio while watching tugboats pass by (as the restaurant’s name suggests) or inside the panoramic dining room … — Now Serving: Tug’s Casual Grill [August] “… my father was murdered at Thomas and Chelsea — right in front of me. I was 10 years old.” — My 2 Cents: Larry A. Godwin, Director of Police Services for the City of Memphis [June] “Beer is so much more versatile at the dinner table than wine … There are more varieties of hops than there are grapes.” — Now Serving: Ghost River Brewing [May] And that’s the problem, in my opinion. Vacuums these days are too complicated. When you use one of the things, it’s like trying to clean the house with a space shuttle. … I don’t want my HEPAs filtered. I don’t want my wide path cleaned. I don’t want my cord automatically rewound at twothirds the speed of sound. — So It Goes: Hosed Again [June] As the saying goes, you can’t un-ring a bell. When David or Peggy hits a wrong note, people for blocks around hear it — for quite a while. — Discovery901: The Idlewild Carillon [December] “We were really kind of the Frankenstein of guitars. We wanted to paint them every color, cut them every shape — the crazier, the better.” — Discovery901: Strings & Things [July] “The historic buildings on the property were in terrible shape — and so was the organization, really. I mean, even United Way was on the verge of de-funding us.” — My 2 Cents: Michael V. Warr, Porter-Leath Children’s Center [November] … the stand-up bass, baby grand piano, vintage organ, guitars on stands, and oversized stereo speakers offer clues that the person who lives here must love music. And then there’s the guitar-shaped swimming pool in the backyard … — Inside Sounds: The Music Within [July] So you’ve decided to chart your career destiny Frank Sinatra–style. You think you’ve got enough capital to hang on until you can turn a profit; you think you’ve got the experience and drive; and you think you’ve got the nerve. Now what? — Top Rung [August] “Sometimes I’d get up in the middle of the night, just because I wanted to play. I would tap my mother awake. She’d ask, ‘You want to play, don’t you?’ and I’d say, ‘Yes’m. Do you mind?’ She’d say, ‘No, but let’s put on our clothes.’” — My 2 Cents: Di Anne Price, Storytelling Piano Player [July] In the 12 years of the pneumatically controlled talking horse’s life, the script has not been changed. And that’s a good thing. Ol’ Billy’s eye and mouth movements are synchronized with the script, another aspect that brings the story to life. Discovery901: Ol’ Billy, the Fire Museum’s Talking Horse [November] “I’ve heard this place described as ‘cozy’ a thousand times. People are comfortable here. … this isn’t just a place to come and have a beer. This is a place to come hang out and make new friends.” — Now Serving: Escape Alley Sundry [July] “I found that I really did not like law school that much! … I stuck with it because my attitude was the same as when I started law school: ‘Well, I’ll graduate, and if I don’t like practicing law, it’s still a good degree to have.’” — My 2 Cents: Janice M. Holder, Chief Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court [August] When people ask how I like my coffee, I tell them that I like my coffee with real cream, two sugars, and a Marlboro 100, but I guess I’d better take it black. — So It Goes: Writer’s Cramp [July] The originator of mid-stream fueling keeps chugging along, through post-9/11 security, the Gulf oil spill, and the occasional canoeist in distress. — Discovery901: Economy Boat Store [August] “There is so much love in every one of these little pieces, you just can’t imagine. There’s an incredible amount of detail about the history of Le Bonheur and what the hospital does for children — Discovery901: Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: Dose of Art [October]
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