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.
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.
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.
I have a friend who keeps a loaded schedule all week working with a lot of people. Most weekends he decompresses with marathon golf. He can usually be found a few hours a weekend plugged into a televised PGA tournament; and, it seems the game is sufficient to let the week go and relax the me…
With the change in leadership in our country, I realized that it is difficult to opine on anything financial this month as it may not be relevant next month. So let’s talk about something different.
In this dreadful time - where walls of intolerance appear to divide us - it is hard to find refuge from the deplorables and nasty women whom we’ve been told are all around us. However, sanctuary can be found in the many acts of compassion that are practiced every day in our great nation. Whe…
Television came to Memphis on an evening in December of 1948. My first view of it was at Howard Morris’s hardware store on Walker Avenue, near what was then Memphis State College and is now the University of Memphis.
Editor’s note: After almost 30 years on the corner of Peabody Ave. and Bellevue Blvd., Church Health will be moving to Crosstown Concourse, formerly known as Sears Crosstown. Church Health has been described as the building’s anchor tenant.
In the 1950s Memphis produced one of the nation’s most popular singers; a young man with an unusual moniker whose appearances on television caused teenagers to scream in delight.
Aside from Christmas, there are at least two other celebrations that take place in the month of December. Hanukkah is one of the celebrations. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, will be celebrated Dec. 12-20.
Dear Old Man: I have a collection of Nicodemus Pottery Birds that were given to me. What can you tell me about them? What is their value and who is Nicodemus? J.D.
The show was first broadcast on Jan. 31, 1933, on WXYZ, a radio station in Detroit. It was the brainchild of George W. Trendle, owner of the station who wanted a western hero created for a radio series. Writer Fran Striker, director James Jewell and probably some other people participated in…
Music, theater, other arts, food and lots of other activities for both adults and youngsters will abound Sept. 23-25 during the annual Eye Full of Paris Weekend in Paris, Tenn.
In 1905 three Memphis African Americans joined forces to combat Tennessee’s Hancock Law which required segregated seating for black and white citizens riding on public transportation. Although mostly forgotten today, their struggle paved the way for the broad-based civil rights movement that…
A few feet away from the denuded datura was a patio tomato, which had also been stripped. The three-inch-long caterpillar had eaten all the tomato leaves and then crawled over to the tomato’s cousin for dessert. I used a pair of clippers to lift the caterpillar and bisect it over the garbage can.