This week in Memphis history: September 20-26

Saturday, September 21, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 39

1993: Elvis Presley Enterprises joined the ownership group for the proposed Memphis NFL franchise that city leaders were seeking. William B. Dunavant Jr., the leader of the effort, announced Graceland’s role in the ownership group during a reception at Graceland. Others in the ownership group included Fred Smith, Mike Starnes, J.R. “Pitt” Hyde and Paul Tudor Jones.

Shareholders of Leader Federal Bank for Savings voted overwhelmingly to convert the savings and loan to a federal stock charter bank.

1973: First Memphis Plaza, the newest office building in Whitehaven, at 4466 Elvis Presley Boulevard was leasing up with Samuels & Shainberg as Realtors.

Construction began on Germanwood Townhouses, a $5 million townhouse condominium development on Germanwood and Farmington Boulevards with 212 units in wood exteriors and interior courtyards.


1972: David Bowie played the North Music Hall at the Auditorium in the second American stop on his Ziggy Stardust tour. Carnegie Hall was the next date, four days later. The tour began in England the previous February.

1963: At the Mid-South Fair, appearing at two shows with the World Championship Rodeo were The 3 Stooges – Larry, Moe and Curly Joe. Rodeo admission was $3 for reserved seats in the arena. The Fairgrounds, where the fair was held, did not yet include the Mid-South Coliseum. Advance tickets to the fair itself were 65 cents and included an “atomic display,” diving mules and “great acts from the four corners of the world.”