VOL. 11 | NO. 8 | Saturday, February 24, 2018
This Week In Memphis History: Feb. 23-March 1
2008: Shelby County Commissioners and Memphis City Council members hold a rare joint meeting to talk about several plans for a new use of The Pyramid. At the time of the meeting, three years after the arena closed, the structure is jointly owned by the city and county governments. The two primary ideas are a Bass Pro Shops plan Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s administration is pursuing and a theme park and set of attractions developer Greg Ericson is proposing. Bass Pro Shops executives aren’t at the meeting.
Ericson encounters some resistance as he presents his plan. “Show us the money,” councilman Shea Flinn tells him at one point.
“We just want to know we have a deal,” Ericson says, highlighting the problem of who would commit first to such a reuse plan for The Pyramid.
“I think negotiations are just beginning,” county commissioner Mike Ritz says later. “I’m sure some people think they’re about to end. There really hasn’t been much public discussion about it. … The substance of the Bass Pro proposal has never met the light of day.”
1976: On the front page of The Daily News, all draft board offices are to be closed by the end of the month, according to Col. William F. Sanders, Tennessee director of Selective Service System. The closings, which include laying off 33 employees across Tennessee, come after registration for a possible draft is ended a month earlier.
“This means there will be no registration or lottery drawing in the foreseeable future, no classifications actions and young men will no longer have any requirement to report changes of address or anything else to their local boards,” Sanders said.
The draft itself had ended in 1973 when it was not renewed. President Jimmy Carter would renew the registration requirement in 1980 in response to the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.
Source: sss.gov, official website of the U.S. Selective Service System
1944: Among the new privilege licenses listed in The Daily News, Shelby Distributing Co., 2099 Madison Ave., for “five pinball machines, four music machines and two ray guns.”