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Temperatures hovered around 37 degrees on Dec. 11, 1937, as Memphis leaders gathered to support The Commercial Appeal’s and American Legion’s Christmas charity, the Mile-O-Dimes.

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Recently, at the North American Mature Publishers Association convention, The Best Times received six awards for journalism excellence.

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After more than a year of undergoing a complete restoration by JL Weiler Inc. in Chicago, the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ has returned to Memphis.

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Several famous performers appeared in the many theaters dotting Memphis’s landscape. In the 19th century, opera singer Jenny Lind and noted actor Edwin Booth (whose brother John Wilkes murdered President Abraham Lincoln) played in Memphis while such celebrated vaudevillians as Jack Benny, Mi…

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Beale Street may be the most famous street in Memphis history but Poplar Avenue has also done much to shape the destiny of the Bluff City by providing a transportation corridor connecting Memphis to rural Shelby County and beyond.

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Memphian named Mary Yerger Raymond who wrote a series of romance novels published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper.

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Throughout much of its history Memphis has played a major role in the production of food for the United States and the world.

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Singer Kate Smith expressed the feeling of people across America when her noontime talk radio show came on the air from New York 76 years ago on June 6, 1944,

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On Feb. 15, 1936, Memphian J. Garland Ogden walked into the YMCA building in Shanghai, China, and joined a card game. As he held his pasteboards and watched the other players, Ogden suddenly found himself in a world of trouble. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation rousted the play…

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When Memphians living in the 1930s turned their radio dials to WHBQ at 9 on Wednesday nights, they heard the “Italian Serenaders” program hosted by Sophia Grilli.

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In Roy Rogers movies and TV shows, the horse you often saw instead of the original Trigger was a little publicized horse called Little Trigger.

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The history of a community is often influenced by extreme weather conditions. This was true of Memphis in the summer of 1980 when a severe heat wave killed many of its citizens and strained the resources of city and county government.

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On the sunny afternoon of April 14, 1955, David Norris and Cornelius Hopps left their African American school and headed home. Around the same time, two white teenagers, David Denton and Perry Wallis, were riding bicycles when they spotted a big stick floating in a drainage basin at the inte…

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WKNO-TV’s half-hour magazine-style series called “The Best Times” features segments on the health, finance and lifestyles of Mid-Southerners over 50, based on and produced in cooperation with this monthly publication of the same name, The Best Times. The program is sponsored by The Plough Fo…

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During the 1920s, minstrel show performer Lincoln Perry created a character for his first film role that made him the first African- American movie star. However, his struggle for equal treatment combined with widespread opposition to the character he portrayed, forced Perry to flee Hollywoo…

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For more than 50 years, immigrants from Korea have been settling in Memphis and contributing to the growth of the city. According to the Korean Association of Memphis, the first Korean to move to Memphis was Kim Yeon-ok, who arrived in 1962. Since then several thousand Korean Americans have …

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Enjoy scenes from oldtime Christmases with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadiians as they play and sing “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree” accompanied with pictures from several decades in the past.

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For several years now, I have gone to sleep each night listening to radio dramas from the 1940s and early 1950s. And when I wake up during the night, I listen to them to get back to sleep.

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In 1878 Memphis’ fifth Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s, was opened at the corner of Georgia and Florida streets in the southern section of the city. Designed to serve the city’s growing Italian population, it became one of the oldest and most important Catholic congregations in the City of Memphis.

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Every time I see the jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter on the grocery shelf I think of Sky King, not the TV show, but the radio show of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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The 2016 book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly and the subsequent Hollywood film of the same name chronicled the lives of several African American women who were skilled mathematicians and made many contributions to aeronautics, computer science, mathematics and space exploration.

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Earlier this year, The Commercial Appeal carried a headline that read “Hawaii too pricey for teachers.” Perhaps you resonate to the title because your Visa card is not overprone to handle an exotic trip just at present. Maybe vicarious travel is more compatible with your non-budget. May I re…

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In the early afternoon of June 22, 1949, Frank Goodwin, business manager for the Hull-Dobbs automobile company, boarded an American Airlines Convair passenger plane at the Memphis Municipal Airport.

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Those of us who are now old (let’s face it, not “older” or “senior citizens,” but old) can look back on a golden age of telephonic communication quite unknown to the younger populace.

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In the 1920s, First Baptist Church of Memphis developed a novel approach to spreading the Gospel when they received a license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate a radio station.

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Several Russian immigrants have made contributions to Memphis history, including merchant Samuel Bejach and Will Gerber, who served as Shelby County attorney general. Another important Russian family was headed by Harry and Hannah Shainberg, who owned a grocery and their son Sam, who operate…

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Last week my grandnephew asked me what a circus was like. With increased operating costs and long and costly legal battles with animal rights groups, coupled with movies and television depicting clowns as murderous fiends, I realized he would never have the opportunity to experience the joy …

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A few days ago the world was shocked to hear the news of another mass killing by someone using guns.

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No, no, no! The first word in the title above is no misspelling (although a lot of people misspell the word “misspelling”). It’s the last name of a fellow who would love to regale you with his repertoire of baseball stories, namely, Houston Akin. His house is like a baseball card museum. If …

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Betcha don’t know who Frances Octavia Smith is. We’re talking about the one from Osceola, Ark. She may well have been the most popular woman in the world at one point (“Give me a break,” someone’s thinking aloud).

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The most important trait of Memphis music is the bending and melding of different styles -- blues, country, jazz and rhythm and blues - to create a new musical whole. One of the greatest of these Memphis-style musicians was Lil Hardin Armstrong, whose compositions and performances expanded j…

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On New Year’s Day 1933, former river pilot Captain Neff Dukes, 90, was in the mood to reminisce. He wanted to see the Mississippi again. His son Hamilton drove him from their home at 1731 Galloway to the old Kate Adams steamboat wharf located near the foot of Union Avenue. While gazing out o…

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For decades, Memphis and other cities had small, independently owned grocery stories scattered in their residential neighborhoods.

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Every year when my wife and I were growing up, we listened to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on the Sunday night Hallmark Playhouse. And by comparing notes, we discovered that we both had made it only so far in the show until hearing those horrendous, clanking chains of Marley’s ghost before o…

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In the 1930s and 1940s, Swing was one of the most popular styles of music in Memphis. The Peabody Skyway, the fairgrounds’ Casino, the Cascades Roof Garden at the Claridge Hotel and several other nightspots across town provided audiences a steady stream of Big Band performances by such artis…

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In the 1950s the City of Memphis was one of the most important economic centers in the Southern United States. The economy was so strong that many entrepreneurs relocated to the Bluff City to grow their portfolio. One such businessman was Levi Shelton Hartzog, the owner of a small bakery in …

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By Broadry Newsroom As attractive as it may be to get away from it all, vacationing can also be expensive — even if you skip the airfare. Fortunately, there are some incredible, road-trippable destinations that are both highly sought-after and budget friendly.  To help you...

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Childhood sweethearts Dick Meek, 89, and Shirley Meek, 87, passed minutes apart from Covid-19, three days before they were scheduled to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Their grandchildren tell CNN's Alisyn Camerota more.

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Capes, exaggerated sleeves and ruffles, lace and short dresses are all taking the spotlight in 2021.

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Planning the perfect event is hard. There are countless details to consider all while trying to stay on budget and make sure everyone is happy. Now add a pandemic. On top of all the expected stress of planning your perfect day, you have the health of your loved ones riding on your shoulders. It’s almost too much.

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Grooms and their guys get a fair share of attention on their big day, so it’s important to find a style that suits them.

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Designing every detail of your dream wedding is exciting until you ask yourself the big question: Who is paying for this? Traditionally, the bride’s family covers most expenses. But this might not work for every family, and in the year 2020, it’s OK to switch it up a bit.

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"The Terminator" actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a video on Twitter of his experience getting the coronavirus vaccine at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Go There heads to rural Montana and Texas, where small clinics overwhelmed by the pandemic prepare to face another challenge: receiving and distributing vaccines. For hard-to-access clinics, the virus has brought on unique challenges -- from health care workers being forced to drive long dis…

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Stacker used data from the American Kennel Club's most popular breed rankings from 2019 to put together a list of the 30 most popular large dog breeds.

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Using data from the American Kennel Club dog profiles, Stacker compiled a list of the 30 most popular small dog breeds. From Chihuahuas to French bulldogs, these 20-inch or smaller pups are among the country’s favorite canine companions.

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By: Broadry, National Lifestyle Content Desk Looking for a last minute gift for the food lover in your life? Here’s a roundup of some top picks from our editors: McCrea’s Candies: Holiday Party Box Does someone on your list have a sweet tooth? McCrea’s Candies...

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By: Brad Wilson, National Lifestyle Content Desk In this week’s Q&A, Brad Wilson from Brad’s Deals answers questions on how holiday shoppers can cross off their lists without overspending — and tips for using credit cards wisely. Q: How can shoppers avoid going over budget this season? Brad:...

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By: Julie Loffredi, Broadry National Content Desk In this week’s Q&A we dive into the job market. Brandi Frattini, CareerBuilder’s talent acquisition team lead, tells us what industries are hiring, tips for writing a resume, and what specific jobs are in-demand right now. Q: What...

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By: Broadry, National Lifestyle Content Desk Founded in 1880, Steiff is the manufacturer of high-end toys and collectibles. The original founder, Margarete Steiff, was recently inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. In this week’s Q&A, we discuss this achievement with Steiff Spokesperson Liza Marques...