VOL. 11 | NO. 30 | Saturday, July 28, 2018
July 27-August 2, 2018: This Week in Memphis History
2010: The body of Lorenzen Wright is found on a back road near a wooded area known as Callis Cutoff near Hacks Cross Road. Wright, center and power forward for the University of Memphis basketball team who played professionally for the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, was last seen July 18. He had been shot numerous times.
The day he was last seen, a Germantown 911 dispatcher got a call from Wright’s cell phone hearing multiple gunshots before the call disconnected. Eight years later, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Robinson would be charged with the murder and is currently awaiting trial.
2009: Willie Herenton’s resignation as mayor takes effect and Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery becomes mayor.
1984: Groundbreaking for Agricenter International. B. Lee Mallory III, the immediate past chairman of the Agricenter board tells those at the ceremony “today the Agricenter International goes from concept to concrete.”
1966: The Where the Action is Show tour at the Mid-South Coliseum is topped by The Young Rascals along with Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Knickerbockers, The Critters, B.J. Thomas, Steve Alaimo and Tina Mason. The tour is an extension of the popular afternoon show hosted by the Raiders and produced by Dick Clark.
1958: Dave Gardner opens a three-night stand at the Rainbow Terrace Room of the Silver Slipper nightclub. A year earlier Gardner had a top 20 hit with the song “White Silver Sands.” But Gardner’s comments and routines between songs were part of a shift to comedy with “Brother Dave” recording his first comedy album for RCA a year after the Silver Slipper shows. By the time of the Memphis dates, Gardner is already making appearances on the Jack Parr Show. The Memphis bill includes Patty O’Day and June Nance.