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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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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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With the world beginning to normalize after a pandemic year of modified and postponed events, one highlight returning to St. Joseph’s calendar is this month’s Juneteenth celebration.

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In this week’s Q&A, we are asking Outdoorsy Co-Founder and CMO Jen Young about the RV boom and advice for those looking to get into the RV rental game. Q: What’s the first thing you typically tell someone when they are considering buying an RV...

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In this week’s Ask Brad, Brad Wilson from Brad’s Deals reveals his top suggestions for finding the best deals on Amazon and his predictions for Amazon Prime Day 2021. Advertiser’s disclosure: If you purchase something through a Brad’s Deals link, the site may earn a...

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Broadry — Millions of people visit America’s national parks every year. And, those looking to maximize their outdoor experience may consider extending their stay at a nearby campground. According to the latest data by RVOnTheGo.com, there are many campgrounds and RV resorts in close proximity to...

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In this week’s Q&A, Brad Wilson from Brad’s Deals answers questions from Kohl’s shoppers on finding the best deals and using rewards. Note: If you purchase something through a Brad’s Deals link, the site may earn a commission. Pricing and product availability are accurate as...

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(Broadry) — For a large part of the country Memorial Day is the beginning of the warm stretch of summer months. The day is synonymous with barbecues, parades and camping. Every year families flock to outdoor destinations and campgrounds to enjoy some quality time after...

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By RVshare If you’re new to the world of RV camping, the lingo and things to know about each type of vehicle can be daunting. There are Class A motorhomes and fifth-wheel toy haulers. Some vehicles require you to provide a truck for towing and...

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By Broadry Newsroom  Whether you’re a soundbar aficionado or wondering why in the world you need an extra thingamajig to watch TV, we hear you. Basically, soundbars are less expensive, more convenient alternatives to surround-sound systems—and they provide much better audio quality than most (meh)...