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Memphis has been home to several important historians who have chronicled our city’s storied past. One of the most significant was Fred L. Hutchins, who preserved a part of Memphis history that would have been lost without his dedicated effort.

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Big Round Records’ new archival recording – “Berl Olswanger and the Olswanger Beat” -- is the label’s third release of digitized records by the popular Memphis musician known as Mr. Music.

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Many agencies are remembered to this day -- the Civilian Conservation Corps, Tennessee Valley Authority and the Works Progress Administration.

One agency that has been forgotten is the National Youth Administration, which allowed many students to stay in school and helped others to gain skills that assisted them in finding meaningful employment. NYA offices were established across the nation, including in Memphis.

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For information about health, finance and lifestyles of Mid-Southerners over 50 watch WKNO-TV’s half-hour magazine-style series called “The Best Times” airing Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO Channel 10.

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In 1910 a Japanese immigrant named Kuni Wada opened a bakery in the Crosstown neighborhood of Memphis. When curious Memphians sampled his bread, pastries and biscuits they quickly made it the most popular bakery in the city.

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Mississippi River pilot has inspired many writers to celebrate the folklore and history of perhaps America’s greatest body of water.

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In the 1840s a young Italian named Amanze Pacini visited Memphis before returning to his home in Valdottavo. This brief visit had a profound effect not only on his family and the development of Memphis, but also the history of American popular music.

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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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Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration declined to recommend the agency approve Covid-19 booster doses for everyone who got vaccinated six months ago or longer. CNN's Don Lemon discusses the decision with medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner.

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Whether you're dealing with anxiety, fighting an illness, or want to feel your best, a good night's sleep is extremely important. Here are some tips to help you sleep better.

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CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains when you should stretch and why stretching may increase your longevity.

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When digging into the details of Macy’s earnings report, it is clear that much of their boost comes from the online world. When compared to this time last year, online sales are down six percent. At this time last year, all stores were closed. Therefore,...

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August is what some call the Sunday of summer. But don’t worry, I can help you find the best money-saving deals that will certainly help you get through these dog days of summer. Check out my list below to find out how your dollar can...

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Chances are, your Festival Essentials checklist does not currently mention any items weighing in at over 10,000 pounds. We’re suggesting an edit: if you’re alphabetizing, “Recreational Vehicle” fits quite nicely between “portable charger” and “sunglasses.” Can we convince you that an RV is as critical...

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Ready to vacation, but on your terms? RV travel has spiked in popularity since the pandemic and shows no signs of slowing. If you’re new to this sort of getaway, a good way to learn the ropes is to rent. Beyond the big box agencies,...

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Broadry — Tiny homes are a BIG thing. The little vacation-rentals-on-wheels are gaining popularity with outdoor enthusiasts seeking a unique mini cabin-like campground experience. Guests can book these budget-friendly mini homes like they would any other campsite or glamping accommodation — most range between 175 and 350...

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Broadry — While major national parks and large family attractions tend to grab travel headlines, there are still plenty of under-the-radar destinations to consider visiting this summer. RVshare, the largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, put together a list of some of their top camping-friendly picks: South...

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In this week’s Ask Brad, Brad Wilson from Brad’s Deals gives his take on how to score potential discounts on Apple products: Advertiser’s disclosure: If you purchase something through a Brad’s Deals link, the site may earn a commission. Pricing and product availability are accurate...