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We Lauderdales are set in our ways. Actually, I feel kind of bad about the whole situation, to be quite honest with you. Every time I'd write something for Memphis magazine, my editors would say, "Good God, Vance, can't you just get to the point? And then, when I'd post something on the blog, the tech-folks here would whine, "Vance, you're using up way too much band-width and giga-bytes and mega-hertz" and all sorts of mumbo-jumbo that I didn't pretend to understand. It didn't seem to be my problem, to tell you the truth. But I certainly got a sense that everyone thought I was wasting valuable space with my ramblings, musings, dronings, and general That's what they told me, anyway: We hope you're happy.

So I had a choice: So that's what I'm doing. Don't worry, it will still be called "Ask Vance" and it will still be penned, or typed, or dictated, by Yours Truly. But it does have a brand-new blog address, so go HERE , and then bookmark it, or "favorite" it, or "friend" it, or "follow" it, or dang it all, just write it down on your shirt sleeve, I don't care.

Now let me make it clear the the new website is still a "work in progress" so bear with us while we work out the kinks. I just wanted to tell you where to find me, that's all. Now you can still come back here from time to time, if you haven't gotten your fill of the entries I've posted on my beloved "old" blog. But in the future, if you really want to read about new things.

Well, I mean old things, but with new words, go to the new address. I really can't make it any easier for you.

See you soon at my new home! Permalink Post Comments 1. My serfs okay, they prefer to be called "interns" are still cataloging and filing away the more than 43, items I purchased at the recent Shelby Foote estate sale. Every few hours, they will clamber out of the basement to show me something of interest, but I think that's just an excuse to get a sip of water, a spoonful of porridge, and a breath of air.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

But occasionally, they really do find something intriguing, and this is a good example. It's a birth announcement, but cleverly written and designed as if it were introducing a new model car. This particular "model" was released on June 19, The proud parents are H. Craver , "designer and chief engineer," and Dallas Craver , "production manager. McCaughan listed as "technical assistant.

It's curious, at least to me, that the baby girl's name is not given on the announcement.

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Even so, she came fully equipped with such special features as "two-lung power, double bawl bearing, free squealing, economical feed, scream-line body, water-cooled exhaust, and changeable seat covers. This was apparently the Cravers' first child, and they wanted to make sure that everyone understood there would be no additional children anytime in the immediate future: I wanted to find out more about this rather clever family, but so far I'm stumped.

I'm sorry to admit that the Lauderdale Library is missing some copies of old city directories, such as the edition.

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But later editions, from the late s through the early s, do not show this family as living in Memphis, and another family entirely is occupying Mignon. Birth, marriage, and death records online at the Shelby County Register's Office don't show this family, but that's not too unusual because most of those records don't cover the s anyway. I'll have to do some further research before I can tell you just who the Cravers were, and where they went.

Shelby Foote , H. Craver , Dallas Craver , J. Permalink Post Comments 8. Well, I begged and pleaded for years, and look — the good folks at Memphis magazine finally bought me a new computer! Permalink Post Comments 4. In the March issue of Memphis magazine, I gathered the children around me and told them the beautiful, inspiring, and ultimately heartrending tale of Cibo's Pizza. The story was so compelling that now Hollywood has come a'calling, and I'm presently reviewing several scripts for a movie to be called Searching for Cibo , with Johnny Depp slated to play the lovelorn chef, and But let's just say that Julia Roberts was such a hit in Mystic Pizza that it seems to me, anyway a natural career move for her to star in another pizza movie.

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It can only help her. For those of you who have yet to to read the March column, Cibo was a short-lived pizza chain in Memphis, and in my typically thorough telling-you-more-than-you-asked manner, I even tracked down the addresses of all the branches in town. According to old telephone directories, one of them was located at Summer, close to Perkins. But they all closed years ago. So what am I to make of this photograph, submitted by my pal Pat Rohrbacher , showing a genuine old Cibo's sign mounted on a pole behind Grahamwood Cleaners , close to the intersection of Summer and Graham, which is quite a long way from Perkins?

As far as I know, no Cibo's was ever located here. Furthermore, the sign isn't even visible from either Summer or Graham. Now, just as soon as I can borrow a quarter for the pay phone, I'll call the folks at Grahamwood Cleaners to see what they know about it. I'm pretty sure I dropped some change in the sofa here.

Richard Halliburton was one of our city's most famous celebrities — an international adventurer and author, whose books about his many exploits — swimming the Panama Canal, crossing the Alps on an elephant, and more — were bestsellers in the s, '30s, and 40s. He died as he had lived, trying to sail a Chinese junk across the Pacific during a typhoon.

Halliburton Tower at Rhodes College stands in his memory. But Halliburton didn't always get the respect he deserved.

In a edition of The New Yorker , I came across this curious little item. The New York World-Telegram newspaper was announcing the author's latest book, saying:. I made a return visit to Shelby Foote 's former home on East Parkway today, just to see what wonderful treasures were still left for the taking. I have to admit, these really were magnificent butterflies. Even so, it was certainly a treat to wander through the interesting old house, which is constructed inside and out in a rambling Tudor style, with uneven brickwork, tile floors, massive rough-hewn beams, hand-carved mantels, and curious creatures is it a deer or a dog?

The most fascinating part of the house, to me, was Foote's former study, a vaulted room with a massive brick fireplace. I had seen plenty of images of him sitting at a low desk, ink pen in hand, with a mosaic of photos and letters neatly pinned to the wall behind him. Here's the same desk above as it appeared on Monday afternoon, looking rather forlorn and empty, with just sun-faded outlines showing where he had mounted his things to the wall.

Shelby Foote , Carroll Cloar. More than 4, people lined up to peek inside the charming Tudor-style mansion of Civil War historian Shelby Foote today, and I was one of them. Foote died in , and his family held an estate sale on East Parkway so history buffs could purchase treasures from one of the greatest writers of our time. The house was packed with precious books many signed by Foote himself , lovely sculptures, beautiful paintings, vintage photographs, old guns and canes and pottery and even a stunning collection more than 40 glass cases of butterflies.

The trouble is, I already have all that stuff, as anyone who has tried to walk through the Lauderdale Mansion can attest along with the fire marshalls. But what it means, and being a decal, where it was supposed to go — well, that's a mystery. Permalink Post Comments Do you remember what I wrote? If not, I can't help you. It's pretty much been the main topic of conversation along the Greenline for weeks and weeks. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now.

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But with the family fortune squandered on ill-conceived business ventures, being a Lauderdale isn't what it used to be, so Vance is still scribbling the answers to questions about local history and trivia submitted by the readers if Memphis magazine. Vance's first book included more than 50 columns that originally ran between and This volume picks up where that one left off, with 60 columns published between and the present day. Fully illustrated and indexed, Ask Vance - Book Two explores such compelling curiosities as: If you want to know about Memphis history, Vance Lauderdale knows it all.

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