Editorial Results (free)
1. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee
- Friday, August 25, 2017
Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.
2. American Paper Optics, St. Jude Promote Safe Solar Eclipse
- Monday, August 7, 2017
In anticipation of the historic solar eclipse Aug. 21, Bartlett-based American Paper Optics (APO) is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to educate the public on safe solar eclipse viewing.
3. Wide Receiver U? That’s So 20 Years Ago
- Friday, May 26, 2017
At the 2015 SEC Media Days, Tennessee coach Butch Jones referred to his school as “the original Wide Receiver U.”
The reference goes back to the days when the Vols were loaded with fast, talented pass receivers on the perimeter. In a heady stretch from 1982-91, UT had six wide receivers selected in the first round of the NFL draft – Anthony Hancock, Willie Gault, Clyde Duncan, Tim McGee, Anthony Miller and Alvin Harper.
4. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School
- Friday, March 31, 2017
Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.
5. New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application
- Thursday, March 9, 2017
1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $1.2 million
Application Date: March 2017
Owner: Crosstown Concourse
6. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village
- Monday, January 9, 2017
Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.
7. Parting Words, Growing Orbits
- Thursday, December 29, 2016
As I read of “Right Stuff” astronaut John Glenn’s Dec. 8 death in Columbus, Ohio, a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke runs through my head. The first stanza goes:
I live my life in growing orbits,
8. More ‘Gilmore’
- Thursday, December 8, 2016
“Gilmore Girls,” a show that ran on the WB, and the CW, from 2000-2007, has been streaming on Netflix since July of this year. I like it. I like the fast-paced dialogue, the pop culture references and the less-burdened Lauren Graham. Netflix’s mini-series revival – “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” – kicked off in late November.
9. Revision Revisited
- Thursday, December 1, 2016
A hundred and ninety-eight years ago – in December 1818 – Thomas Jefferson wrote Robert Walsh Jr. a letter. In it he included an anecdote that speaks to the relative value of revising a document. Who, you ask, is Robert Walsh? And why did the former president correspond with him on such a matter?
10. Cheep Alarm System
- Thursday, October 6, 2016
The following is a true story. It happened to my good friend John Doe. I stress this, so that no one else’s insurance agents will come snooping around with threats to cancel their homeowners’ coverage.
11. Dolly Parton Sharing Love of Reading
- Thursday, August 25, 2016
“You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.” – Dolly Parton.
For the last several years, the Dollywood Foundation, headquartered in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has been promoting a program known as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The idea is, essentially, that every preschool child born in a given community should have the opportunity to receive 60 books between his/her true birthday and his/her fifth birthday. One per month. In the mail. Free of charge.
12. A Summer of Ingestion, Part 2
- Thursday, August 11, 2016
It’s been a summer of ingestion – not indigestion. I’ve read, I’ve watched. Last week I wrote about movies. This week the topic is books.
Not long ago I reviewed Chris Bachelder’s “The Throwback Special” (2015). So, you know I liked that novel about 22 guys meeting annually to re-enact one football play. But let me give you another memorable quote from it: “Chad chewed on the inside of his lip, considering whether or not to tell the story about the nest of mice in his dishwasher.”
13. At the Desk, But…
- Thursday, July 21, 2016
“Author’s obstacle.” Twelve letters. Hint: I prefer neither to say nor write the two-word answer.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge is reported to have described it in 1804 as “an indefinite indescribable Terror.”
14. ‘Owen Meany’ Recalled, Revisited, Reread
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
On a Saturday in February 1962, Owen gets ticked when he sees that Gravesend Academy school psychiatrist, Dr. Dolder, has again left his VW Beetle in the circular driveway by the Main Academy Building. The Zurich-born shrink is known for driving the easily walkable distance from his home to that of the headmaster. Where he’d have a few drinks, then walk home, to prove how responsible he was.
15. Ghosts of Programs Past
- Thursday, December 31, 2015
Once again it’s here. Time for the last column. Of the year, at least. And, though I didn’t do so last year, typically I in essence reprint a column I first wrote many, many years ago. One about winter holiday programs. Once called Christmas pageants.
16. Judicial Accountability Site Invites Raters
- Thursday, October 22, 2015
So, I was in Northwest Arkansas a couple weeks ago for a golf tournament. On Friday night I swung by Penguin Ed’s, bought a mess of barbecue, and took it to the home of Sam and Pat Perroni, long-time friends who used to live in Little Rock. They have a beautiful spread a few miles outside Fayetteville, a picture-perfect spot for grand parenting.
17. Pulitzer Deadlock Decided by Dog
- Thursday, August 13, 2015
The 2008 Arkansas Writers’ Conference featured a spontaneous writing contest. Yeah, I know, that was seven years ago, but I was thinking about it recently and, for some reason, thought you might get a chuckle out of what came of it.
18. Murphy, the Realist
- Thursday, June 25, 2015
“Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.” That’s a common wording for the epigram that we call “Murphy’s Law.” Granted, others have said it somewhat differently.
In her 1953 book, “The Making of a Scientist,” Ann Roe (1904-1991) attributed “If anything can go wrong, it will” to an unnamed physicist whom she’d interviewed. In his 1952 book, “The Butcher – The Ascent of Yerupaja,” John Sack cited a saying among mountaineers: “Anything that can possibly go wrong, does.”
19. Carlisle Corp. Gets Tentative OK on One Beale Plan
- Thursday, June 11, 2015
Developers got a tentative green light to move forward with the ambitious One Beale project, convincing regulators that the twin skyscraper development would be a game-changer for the Memphis skyline.
20. Anson VII Has Arrived
- Thursday, May 28, 2015
My great-great-great-great grandfather Elijah Fleming had eight kids and no middle name.
According to an essay by a distant cousin of mine, five of the eight left their South Carolina homes “the night the stars fell.”
21. Schumer's '12 Angry Men' Satire Stings
- Thursday, May 21, 2015
A recent episode of “Inside Amy Schumer” parodies the 1957 Sidney Lumet movie “12 Angry Men.” A “jury” of dudes deliberate whether Schumer is “hot enough” to be on TV. Jeff Goldblum, John Hawkes, Paul Giamatti, Nick DiPaolo and Kumail Nanjiani are spot-on with their mimicry of the original actors from the movie – Henry Fonda, Ed Begely, Lee J. Cobb and others.
22. Cool Catt
- Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Honorable George Rose Smith is depicted in a John Deering wall-mounted bronze relief at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main branch. He’s in his robe, seated in front of a giant crossword grid. The inscription reads: “Wordsmith Extraordinaire – New York Times Crossword Puzzle Author – Arkansas Supreme Court Justice 1949-1987.”
- Thursday, March 12, 2015
On the golf course, a 20-foot putt rolls on a green, slows down, collides with the right half of the hole, spins 360 degrees along the rim, and winds up hanging on the front edge of its destination. “Call nine-one-one!” a player says. “You were robbed!”
24. Long Live the Pasquins
- Thursday, February 12, 2015
Charlie Hebdo promotes itself as having a viewpoint that reflects “all components of left wing pluralism.” Its business is satire. It skewers Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. It has twice been attacked by terrorists. The attack in 2011 didn’t kill anyone.
25. Addressing the Post Office
- Thursday, December 25, 2014
“Dear Judge Vic, I am writing about the U.S. Postal Service. My wife and me send several things each month to the same address in a major city in another state. To the home of our kids. A house we’ve stayed at. A place with a porch, where the mail guy leaves packages. A few weeks ago, we sent a box with some presents in it.
26. According to Foyle
- Friday, December 12, 2014
My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.
“Foyle’s War” is a British detective series created by Anthony Horowitz. As World War II rages, Inspector Christopher Foyle (played by Michael Kitchen) investigates crimes from his headquarters in Hastings, England. He never raises his voice. He’s never puzzled by an inconsistency. Obvious lies from the devious don’t faze him one bit.
27. It’s Art
- Thursday, November 13, 2014
“But is it __?” This clue is used in dozens of crossword puzzles. The answer is ART. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, tucked away in the Northwest Arkansas hills, the question’s answer is “You’d better believe it!” My heart sings to know that Crystal Bridges, open now since Nov. 11, 2011, is a major world player in its field.
28. Mr. B’s Cross-Examination
- Thursday, July 17, 2014
Several years ago, a Mr. B. testified as an expert witness in a plane crash case. The lawyer cross-examining him worked awfully hard. And provided some entertainment along the way. The issue was whether the pilot should have been warned of bad weather seen earlier by six FAA employees.
29. For the Red, White & Blue
- Thursday, July 10, 2014
Let’s start this column with holiday quiz:
1. Who immortalized Paul Revere’s “midnight ride” and how?
2. Which body of water did Washington and his men cross on Christmas 1776?
3. According to legend, who sewed the first American flag?
4. Who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”?
5. Which European countries fought for the colonies and which did not?
6. What was thrown into Boston Harbor in 1773 and why?
7. Who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence?
8. Which state whose name starts with V was not one of the original 13 colonies?
9. How did John Adams explain to Abigail the colonies’ defeat at Long Island?
10. What was the approximate population of the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776?
30. Little Rock Film Festival Shines
- Thursday, June 5, 2014
The latest version of the Little Rock Film Festival was the best yet. Ask anyone who gathered at the Old Statehouse Sunday, May 18, for the Awards Gala. The enthusiasm of the filmmakers was infectious.
31. One and One for the Morrisseys
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
Robin and Darren Morrissey, wife and husband, finished one and one at the 2014 Clinton School Puzzle Festival. That would be first place in crosswords and first place in Sudoku.
32. House Approves Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs
- Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.
The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote was delayed by an hour amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures.
33. Grisham Thriller Smacks of Dickens
- Thursday, March 13, 2014
At the pretrial conference, big-city lawyer Wade Lanier does an “evidence dump.” His witness list includes 45 people not previously disclosed in discovery. Local lawyer Jake Brigance moves for a continuance. Lanier says that with two weeks remaining before trial, there’s plenty of time for Jake to call these folks. Judge Reuben Attlee denies the motion. What will Jake do?
34. High Colorado
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
“Friends around the campfire, and everybody’s high.” I cannot but think that John Denver was a prophet after all.
In January, Colorado’s long-running “grass”-roots campaign took another step, as retail marijuana shops started opening. This surely has solidified the movement begun by a 2012 statewide initiative. Fifty-five percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment that reads, in pertinent part,
35. Ghosts of Holiday Programs Past
- Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It’s that time of year again. Time for holiday programs.
Such as the one recounted by John Irving in “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” The one directed annually by Rev. and Mrs. Wiggin. The one that made Owen mad, because the little kids were “disguised as turtledoves.”In costumes “so absurd that no one knew what these children were supposed to be”! They looked like “science-fiction angels, spectacular life-forms from another galaxy, as if the Wiggins had decided that the Holy Nativity had been attended by beings from faraway planets.”
36. Obama Mocks GOP for 'Crazy' Obamacare Predictions
- Friday, September 27, 2013
LARGO, Maryland (AP) – With just five days to go before Americans can begin signing up for health care under his signature law, President Barack Obama on Thursday ridiculed Republican opponents for "crazy" doomsday predictions of the impact and forecast that even those who didn't vote for him are going to enroll.
37. When Siri Speaks
- Thursday, September 26, 2013
My smartphone was, of course, in my pocket. Apparently, though, I’d unknowingly pressed the button that activates it. Through my judicial robe and the fabric of my trousers. The lawyer in front of me wound up his remarks. There was a longer-than-normal pause.
38. Henry Named Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Collierville
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Edgar L. Henry II has been named sales manager for Mercedes-Benz of Collierville, scheduled to open next spring. In his new role, Henry will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership.
39. Building Permit Filed for Volvo of Memphis
- Tuesday, August 6, 2013
7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Cost: $2.3 million
Project Cost: $3.5 million
Permit Date: Applied August 2013
Completion: Summer 2014
Owner: Wenco Properties LLC
Tenant: Volvo of Memphis
Architect: Fleming Associates Architects PC
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: The ownership group of Volvo of Memphis has filed a $2.3 million building permit for the company’s new dealership at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.
40. Immigration Backers Plan Push for Reform
- Monday, July 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Backers of comprehensive immigration legislation are gearing up for a campaign to push the House to act, even as some begin openly voicing fears they're already losing the fight.
41. Old Ads Still Funny
- Thursday, June 20, 2013
Cleaning off a shelf, I came across the 2005 issue of “Uncle John’s Fast-Acting, Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader.” This series, by the way, has been around for a quarter-century now, and I’m long overdue to order the 2012 issue: the “Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.”
42. Love of Public Service Drives Caldwell to Law School Role
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
In 2008, the Tennessee Supreme Court laid out a strategic plan to get attorneys more involved in pro bono work.
Though it isn’t required of the state’s professionals, there is an inspirational goal of 50 hours per year of public service that is heavily encouraged by the justices.
43. Apostrophe Yes or No?
- Thursday, April 18, 2013
Henry Chu of the Los Angeles Times reported in late March that “To grammarians’ delight, officials in southwest England who had considered expunging apostrophes from street signs threw out the idea … and vowed to follow the rules of proper English.” Ha! Good luck with that!
- Saturday, February 23, 2013
Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.
45. Did They Really Say That?
- Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thanks for the cards and letters regarding how much you enjoyed the past few weeks’ return to our roots – our roots being quotations from “The Record,” that large, vague compendium of things people have actually said or written in court proceedings.
46. Lost Crosswords: Part 2
- Thursday, June 28, 2012
This is Part 2 of a series. Don’t miss Part 1, next week. (I know what order series normally go in! Get over it already!)
Maggie the Cheagle and I decided to watch “Lost” again. Last year, we watched for the first time, with Susan along for the ride. We went through all six seasons in about two months.
47. Restaurants Make Market Entrée at Crescent Center
- Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Poplar/240 corridor soon will add a pair of national restaurant tenants to its already booming portfolio of dining options.
The Land Use Control Board unanimously approved in April a planned development to add two upscale freestanding restaurants to the Crescent Center office building site at Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road.
48. Gripping Tales Of True Crime
- Thursday, April 19, 2012
During the past 16 months, NPR has featured a couple of creative police-blotter writers in stories filed by Don Gorenstein and Alexandria Gutierrez.
In January 2011, Gorenstein reported on John Nolan, editor of the Rochester (N.H.) Times, who writes up the local police’s doings, and is known to inject puns and rhyme into his work. For example:
49. Many Questions Raised Before Going Public
- Monday, April 16, 2012
As Facebook prepares for its multibillion-dollar initial public offering (IPO) next month, it sheds light on how companies – including local ones – decide whether to go public or not.
Memphis-based pharmaceutical company GTx Inc. went public in 2004 and local paper producer Verso Paper Corp. held its IPO in 2008, but the overall number of publicly traded companies both locally and nationally has dropped over the past two decades.
50. AIA Honors Industry’s Local Activity
- Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Despite hard times, there has been a whirlwind of activity in Memphis’ design community over the past year.
That’s the message Josh Flowers, general counsel at Hnedak Bobo Group Inc. and president of the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, gave Saturday, March 31, at the annual Celebration of Architecture Gala and 2012 Design Awards at Circuit Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St.
51. Littler Mendelson Opens Memphis Law Office
- Friday, January 20, 2012
Littler Mendelson P.C., the largest labor and employment law firm in the nation representing management, has opened an office in Memphis.
The firm has joined with Memphis labor firm Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC to form one of the largest labor and employment specialty practices in the region. The Memphis office is Littler’s 56th office and its second in Tennessee.
52. Less-Than-Angelic Christmas Programs
- Thursday, December 22, 2011
Again it is the time of year that reminds me of Christmas programs. Such as the one recounted by John Irving in “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” The one directed annually by Rev. and Mrs. Wiggin. The one that made Owen mad because “the smaller children were disguised as turtledoves. The costumes were so absurd that no one knew what these children were supposed to be; they resembled science-fiction angels, spectacular life-forms from another galaxy, as if the Wiggins had decided that the Holy Nativity had been attended by beings from faraway planets.”
53. Peppers Joins Lifeblood To Grow Donor Base
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Jeanie Peppers has joined Lifeblood as senior donor relations account manager.
Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.
54. The Law of Crosswords
- Thursday, November 3, 2011
“Dear Judge Vic, I’ve heard that crosswords are considered mentally healthy. Can you address this topic? Also, I’d like to work on your crosswords, but I hear they have legal themes. I worry I might not be qualified. /s/ New Kid.”
55. National Parking, Part 1
- Thursday, October 13, 2011
West Yellowstone, Mont. This hamlet of 1,000 residents is said to have 4,000 motel rooms. But I don’t have time to count. There’s a park to be explored.
It’s our first trip to the world’s oldest national park (established 1872), a rectangular tract of some 3,500 square miles that, at first blush, appears to be wholly in Wyoming. However, small chunks of it are in Montana and Idaho.
56. Ford to Add 5,750 US Jobs as Part of New Contract
- Wednesday, October 5, 2011
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will add 5,750 jobs and invest $4.8 billion in its U.S. factories as part of a new contract deal with the United Auto Workers union.
57. Have ‘Mondegreens’ Had Their Day?
- Thursday, September 1, 2011
The word “Mondegreen” made it into the dictionary in 2000, 46 years after it was coined. I guess I haven’t written about it since before that time.
The word was come up with by American writer Sylvia Wright, in a 1954 essay in Harper’s. As a youth, Wright heard her mother read from “The Bonny Earl o’ Moray”: “They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray/ And laid him on the green.”
58. Would I Lay to You?
- Thursday, August 4, 2011
One of Richard Lederer’s books is “Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay (and that’s no lie).” Subtitled “Practical advice for the grammatically challenged,” it’s a good book to keep handy.
59. Kanda Joins Electronic Vaulting Services as VP
- Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Amit Kanda has been hired by Electronic Vaulting Services LLC as the new vice president of IT and business development.
60. Good English, Plus ‘Who am I?’
- Thursday, February 10, 2011
True story. It happened in front of me.
The defendant, Ms. Martinez, who had recently moved to the United States from Argentina, was charged with failure to yield in connection with a motor vehicle accident.
61. Use Puns, Name Change, Win Books
- Thursday, January 27, 2011
Words are the toys of a civilized world. Playing with them often results in good will and better friendships.
Consider, for instance, the pun, a tool no lawyer, or other problem-solver, should ever be without.
62. Whatever Happened to Horace?
- Thursday, January 20, 2011
Where is Horace Rumpole when you need him most?
The barrister whose cases and antics entertained me (and millions of others) on PBS’s “Mystery” series for many years is not on the airwaves in these parts anymore.
63. Shadows of Doubt
- Monday, November 29, 2010
As the housing market continues to improve, a significant backlog of foreclosed and distressed properties that have not been put on the market could bring the recovery to a screeching halt.
Many lenders across the nation – mostly banks – are struggling to keep up with the overwhelming number of borrowers who have stopped making their mortgage payments. And with the fledgling recovery in housing still weak, banks, institutional investors and even some homeowners who want to sell their homes are waiting until the market shows marked improvement.
64. Three Popular Restaurants Undergo Notable Changes
- Monday, November 1, 2010
In 2008 and 2009, restaurant news tended to be depressing because it usually involved restaurants that were closing, sometimes old favorites.
Today’s news, however, deals with moves and additions.
65. No Set Rules for Delivering ‘On the House’ Food, Drinks
- Monday, October 18, 2010
So, you’re a couple celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, and you go to a nice restaurant, sit at the bar, chat with the bartender and somehow it comes out that, oh, this is exactly where you were sitting two years ago when you got engaged. The bartender says, “Folks, congratulations, two glasses of champagne, on the house!”
66. Wal-Mart Names New CFO as Schoewe Plans to Leave
- Friday, October 1, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Financial Officer Tom Schoewe is retiring, the retailer announced Wednesday, and it has promoted Charles Holley to be his replacement.
67. Wal-Mart Q2 Profit Rises 3.6 Pct on Cost-Cutting
- Wednesday, August 18, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 3.6 percent increase in second-quarter net income and raised its earnings guidance for the full year as it benefits from cost-cutting and robust global growth in China, Brazil and Mexico.
68. Wal-Mart Merchandising Chief Announces Departure
- Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wal-Mart says Chief Merchandising Officer John Fleming is leaving the company, effective Aug. 1.
The world’s largest retailer says he will be replaced on an interim basis by two executives. Jack Sinclair, executive vice president and general manager, grocery, will oversee food and health and wellness merchandise. John Westling, executive vice president, planning, pricing and replenishment, will oversee general merchandise and replenishment.
69. Shelby County Schools Files Permit For Millington Central Renovations
- Tuesday, June 8, 2010
8057 Wilkinsville Road
Millington, TN 38053
Permit Amount: $3.9 Million
Project Cost: $5 million
Permit Date: Applied June 2010
Completion: July 2011
Owner: Shelby County Schools
Tenant: Millington Central High School
Contractor: Barnes & Brower Inc.
Architect: Steve Landwehr, Fleming/Associates/Architects PC
70. Memphis College of Art Buys South Main Building
- Tuesday, February 23, 2010
477 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $400,000
Sale Date: Feb. 12, 2010
Buyer: Memphis College of Art
Seller: Southeastern LSC Holding Corp., formally known as Lewis Supply Co. Inc.
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: Feb. 15, 2010
Maturity Date: March 1, 2013
Lender: J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation
71. CCC to Post Webisodes of Downtown Fun
- Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A fictional character named JG cuts a rug on the crowded dance floor at The Rumba Room, Downtown Memphis’ Latin-flavored nightclub. He savors mojitos and surveys the floor for salsa partners.
One giveaway that he’s not a regular patron is the microphone he carries with a label attached to it that reads “Get Down.” JG – whose alter-ego is Memphis actor Brett Magdovitz – is part of a Web-based production called “Get Down” that’s launching Thursday at noon on www.livefrommemphis.com and www.downtownmemphis.com.
Comprised of 10 roughly four-minute “webisodes,” the project is by volunteer arts group Live From Memphis in partnership with the Center City Commission. As its name suggests, the series will showcase a smorgasbord of what Downtown has to offer while unfolding around the antics of the series’ fictional characters.
It’s promoted on Live From Memphis’ Web site with the tagline: “No fluff, just fun on the bluff.” Webisodes will be available for viewing Thursdays at noon.
To a monitor near you
The concept is not unlike what Comedy Central’s popular faux news program “The Daily Show” pulls off each night, where members of a fictional news team satirize the business with their unique spins on covering real news.
“We hired Live From Memphis to create a series of viral webisodes, but we really wanted it to be more than a documentary,” said Leslie Gower, vice president of marketing and communications for the CCC. “We wanted it to be funny and bizarre and crazy enough that people wanted to send it around to other people.
“The concept was to have a variety show, with these two characters using Downtown as sort of their playground. So you see them shopping, partying and doing all sorts of different things Downtown.”
The Live From Memphis producers met with representatives of the CCC last month and pitched the idea. After getting a thumbs-up from the Downtown agency, shooting on “Get Down” began during the last week of August and stretched into the first few weeks of this month.
‘Playful and fun’
Magdovitz and John Pickle are the Memphis actors tapped to bring the series to life.
“Chris Reyes and myself came up with this concept to do a variety show,” said local filmmaker Sarah Fleming, referring to Live From Memphis’ founder.
She and Reyes co-produced “Get Down.”
“It’s kind of like the way ‘The Ali G Show’ and ‘The Daily Show’ touch on stuff that’s cool and happening, and at the same time it’s very playful and fun,” Fleming said. “There’s not really a plot. Nothing is scripted. Basically we took some professional actors here in town, worked with them to develop characters and then took those characters and put them in real situations.”
After tomorrow, a new episode of the show will be posted every Thursday for the next nine weeks. One of those goals, besides promoting Downtown’s unique atmosphere and culture, is for the episodes to be memorable enough for viewers to want to share them with friends.
“That’s one of the reasons we decided to go a comedic route,” Fleming said. “Those things are more likely to get shared.”
The production represents a further push into social and new media outlets by the CCC, which already interacts with people and promotes events through tools such as the Internet networking sites Twitter and Facebook.
“We are looking at new ways of communicating with our market,” Gower said. “So we sort of gave (the Live From Memphis team) a loose framework of what we were looking for, and they came up with a concept that we loved.”...
72. Thain Resigns from Bank of America
- Friday, January 23, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street bonuses, a sore point as the government gives billions of dollars in bailout money to the financial industry, have apparently cost former Merrill Lynch & Co. CEO John Thain his new job at Bank of America Corp.
- Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Talk Shoppe will present “The Greening of the Mid-South: How You Can Help While Saving on Your Utility Bill” with environmental conditioning specialist Mark Cardona today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.
- Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Talk Shoppe will present “How to Best Prepare Your Home for Sale to Ensure a Successful & Profitable Outcome” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.
75. Founders of Grand Events Sell Company’s Warehouse
- Tuesday, June 24, 2008
3347 Pearson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.5 Million
Sale Date: June 13, 2008
Buyer: Schwarz Properties LLC
Seller: Hoyt Mark White and John Stanley White
Loan Amount: $2.1 million
Loan Date: June 12, 2008
Maturity Date: N/A
Details: Asheboro, N.C.-based Schwarz Properties LLC has bought the 130,925-square-foot warehouse that houses Grand Events and Party Rentals, which now will lease the space.
76. New School to Rise On Church Property
- Tuesday, February 19, 2008
675 National St....
Memphis, TN 38122
Permit Cost: $5 million
Project Cost: $5 million
Permit Date: Applied February 2008
Completion: August 2008
Owner: Highland Heights Baptist Church
Tenant: Collegiate School of Memphis
Architect: Fleming/Associates/Architects PC (Memphis)
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Details: Collegiate School of Memphis, a recently formed independent secondary school, is conducting an interior renovation of 90,000 square feet at Highland Heights Baptist Church for CSM's campus, said head of school John Avis.
The renovation includes 70,000 square feet of an existing three-story educational building at the church for classroom and office space, and 20,000 square feet of an existing two-story gymnasium.
Construction will begin this week with completion expected for August, in time for the school to open its doors for the first time. Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC won the $5 million construction bid last November.
Collegiate School of Memphis is an urban, college-preparatory, Christian high school that will open in the fall with a complete seventh-grade class, adding a new grade each year. Each grade is expected to have about 90 students.
"We'll be pleased with whatever numbers we have," Avis said. "We're committed to providing that kind of Christian, college-preparatory education in that location and we hope to be a presence there for a long time."
Collegiate School of Memphis soon will purchase the church property and lease the sanctuary back to Highland Heights. The benefactors who provided funding to start the school have asked to remain anonymous, Avis said.
77. Court Rules in Favor Of Railroads In Valuation Challenges
- Thursday, December 20, 2007
Railroads and government can be a volatile mix. Each guards their interests closely and those interests intersect frequently.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month clears up a controversy that's been awaiting a court decision since it became a footnote 20 years ago in a related ruling by the high court.
78. Frey Named Alpha Eta Society National President
- Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Dr. William R. Frey recently was selected as the national president of the Alpha Eta Society, the largest scholastic honor for allied health professionals. The organization has more than 60 chapters throughout the U.S.
79. Report Says Climate Change Moves Up on Corporate Priority List
- Tuesday, September 25, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - The world's biggest companies are making climate change a higher priority, in part through more widespread disclosure of carbon emissions, according to an annual report released Monday by a nonprofit group.
80. Shrinking Ocularist Field Has Foothold in Memphis
- Monday, May 14, 2007
Matt Singer was keeping an eye out for the ABC television news crew scheduled to visit his eighth floor office suite in Morgan Keegan Tower Thursday.
That is to say, it was a literal eye being kept and which attracted the ABC cameras to the immaculate office and lab space of Singer Prosthetics overseen by Singer, an upbeat, fast-talking former makeup artist and special effects whiz from Hollywood. While it's not immediately obvious from his booming voice and movie-star charisma, Singer and company operate in a shrinking and little-publicized corner of the world of prosthetics - that of crafting artificial eyes.
81. Archived Article
- Tuesday, March 28, 2006
1441 E. Brooks Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Cost: $1.5 million
Borrower: BSK Group Inc.
Lender: CIT Lending Services Corp.
82. ABWA Chapter Names Woman of the Year
- Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Cheryl D. Fleming of Crye-Leike, Realtors, was named 2005 Woman of the Year by the local chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Fleming currently serves as president of the association.
83. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, February 2, 2005
MAAR Inducts Officers, Names Realtor Award Winners
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors announced the following 2004 award winners: Lee McWaters of McWaters & Associates, Realtor of the Year; Sally Isom of Prudential Collins-M...
84. Archived Article: Real Recap
- Tuesday, June 29, 2004
6101 Hickory Ridge Trail
Virginia Company Finances Waterstone Landing
6101 Hickory Ridge Trail
Memphis, TN 38115
Cost: $12.2 million
Borrower: Hickory Gardens Associates LLC
Lender: Wachovia Bank NA
Trustee: Michael Champlin
85. Archived Article: Real Review
- Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Scimitar opens Downtown brokerage office
Scimitar LLC financed $1.1 million through Trustmark National Bank, securing the loan with a building at 8 S. Third St. at Madison Avenue, according to a trust deed filed in the Shelby County Re...
86. Archived Article: Wolf River(lead)
- Tuesday, November 5, 2002
Wolf River office center nearing completion
Loeb Properties Wolf River center nearing capacity
By SUE KIRSTEIN
The Daily News
Loeb Properties, under the name Wolf River Professional Center, sold one of its last vacant lots in a 22-acre p...
87. Archived Article: Fleming
- Friday, July 30, 1999
By LAURIE JOHNSON Development begins on Fleming Gardens in Collierville By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Land development is underway on Fleming Gardens, a residential subdivision planned for what may one day be the "new heart of Collierville.&...
88. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, March 8, 1999
March 8 March 8 The Memphis Area Radio Stations Association will sponsor a seminar at the Ridgeway Inn featuring consultant Irwin Pollack. His topics will be radio ad selling from 8:30 a.m. to noon and radio station management from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ...
89. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, November 9, 1998
Nov Nov. 9 The International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet at 6 p.m. at Berclair Baptist Church, 4854 Summer Ave. For more information, call 762-9060. Nov. 10 Buckeye Toastmasters will meet at 7:15 p.m. at Germantown United M...
90. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, September 30, 1998
US LEC Appoints Director Of Sales Todd Nelson has been appointed to director of sales for US LEC. He previously was a national account manager. John McCullough has been named vice president of finance and secretary-treasurer for Memphis Light, Gas a...
91. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, October 29, 1997
Jeff Kelly has been appointed president of Fogelman Properties Inc Jeff Kelly has been appointed president of Fogelman Properties Inc.s property management subsidiaries, Fogelman Management Co. and Fogelman Management Services LLC. Kelly most recent...
92. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, October 22, 1997
Joe Labetti has been appointed managing director of the U Joe Labetti has been appointed managing director of the U.S. risk control consulting division for Sedgwick Inc. Labetti formerly was with Travelers Insurance Co. He has a bachelors degree fro...
93. Archived Article: Schools Chg
- Thursday, September 25, 1997
By CAMILLE H City schools takes bids on White Station project By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Bids will be taken next month on the construction of a new White Station Elementary School, which will replace the current school and be located on the...
94. Archived Article: Collierville Farms Lj
- Thursday, June 5, 1997
lj 10/5 cates Road improvements to shift Collierville residential focus By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Roadway and infrastructure improvements in the southern part of Collierville have begun to usher new development into the area, including one pr...
95. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, March 19, 1997
Larry Lewis, president of Lewis Ford, was elected chairman of the board for the Better Business Bureau for 1997-1998 Larry Lewis, president of Lewis Ford, was elected chairman of the board for the Better Business Bureau for 1997-1998. Other elected ...
96. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, December 26, 1996
By SUZANNE THOMPSON Joining the judiciary Williams and McCarroll join and rejoin, respectively, Circuit Court bench By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Circuit Court Judge Karen R. Williams is seated in her chambers, surrounded by walnut paneling and...