If this guy still lived in Memphis, we would have put him in the annual Whos Who listing of our sister publication, Memphis magazine, years ago.
This week, Mark Cook, now living in Palm Beach, will receive the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerces Business Leader of the Year Award. Cook is president of Royal Palm Management, which includes a glitzy hotel and several high-profile businesses in Florida, and is active in more than half a dozen charities in the area, among his accomplishments.
And if that last name sounds familiar, it should. He is the son of prominent Memphis businessman Edward R. Ned Cook, whose name just happens to be the Cook part of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
You can read all about the accomplishments of his son here.
Really, they might, and you can ask them during the Rhetoric Society of America 2006 conference being held in Memphis May 26th-May 29th. Topics include: "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word to Say: Official Apology and Rhetorical Agency in Contemporary Danish Politics," "Reintroducing the Body into Ethos Formation and Expression," "Late 19th Century Southern Suffrage Rhetoric and the Tangled Intersections of Racial and Gendered Politics," and much, much more. For more information, go to the RSA Web site here.
"We are unbelievably pleased. This is a piece of history," Geller told Reuters network. "We intend to restore it to its old glory. We would like to bring sick children there (for tours), Palestinian children, Israeli children, American children," the Israeli-born Geller said. "Hopefully one day we might get approval to turn it into a museum."
Geller had originally bid $300,000 last month but a bidding war ensued and the price ballooned, he said. During the process he was approached by dozens of people wanting to go in with him, he said. He chose two, New York lawyer Jim Gleason and Lisbeth Silvandersson, a Swedish-born jewelry maker who lives in England, as equal partners. To read more, go here.
Sachs told the Flyer last year that the film, titled Marriage, is a period piece, set in the 1940s, about a man who decides to kill his wife. Sachs likened the film to great Edward G. Robinson dramas from the 1930s such as Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window.Variety reports production on the film is set to begin in July. No shooting location is mentioned, but Sachs said last year that Memphis wouldnt be a good fit for the San Francisco-set film. For more, go here.
The cross-species bears fur is described as being like a polar bear but with patches of brown. Its its claws, back, and face more closely resemble a Grizzly.
DNA tests determining species paternity are pending. We just have one question: Where has Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz been spending his off-seasons?
This year, its Costa Rica, and there are a number of events going on all over the city honoring the native music, food, and culture of that country. One such event is Costa Rica: Rhythm & Rainforest at The Orpheum tonight. It features dance by Ballet Folklorico, a performance by Costa Rican singer/songwriter Luis Angel Castro, piano music played by Manuel Obregon, and Caribbean cuisine by Chef Oscar. And you get it all for only $11.
For more, go here.
A new book, Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Pottery of Walter B. Stephen, has just been published. You can read more about it here.
Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, and Elliott Yamin (pictured) are the remaining finalists. Yamin, who has had a dramatic rise of late, is the underdog a high school dropout, product of a broken home, deaf in one ear, a diabetic, little, nerdy, and nervous. But, as judge Randy Jackson puts it, This boy can sing!
Our scores: Elliot Yamin schleps all the way up to A+ for If I Can Dream and Trouble; Taylor Hicks gets a B- for Jailhouse Rock and In the Ghetto; Chris Daughtry a C+ for Suspicious Minds and A Little Less Conversation; and Katherine McPhee a D for off-center/over-the-top renditions of a Hound Dog/All Shook Up medley and Cant Help Falling in Love.
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To view Kiplingers slide show go here.
Normally hosted by New Orleans, the show temporarily moved to Memphis as the Crescent City re-builds. Proceeds benefit musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. For more, go here.
At a press conference Monday, U.S. Attorney David Kustoff and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin identified the officers as Patrolman Ted M. Williams of the Traffic Enforcement Unit and Officer Terrance Lashun Harris of the Southeast Precinct. They were arrested Sunday and are in custody pending a Monday afternoon court appearance.
The arrests bring to 19 the total number of Memphis policemen arrested in the wide-ranging corruption investigation.
Williams, 43, has been on the force since 1994. He is charged with robbing drug dealers traveling on Interstate 40 in Memphis. An undercover informant set up a sting operation supposedly involving Mexicans dealing marijuana. Harris, 32, has been an officer since 1997. He is charged with dealing cocaine. An undercover investigation began after IRS agents told police that Harris had assets far in excess of his income. He owns a Dixie Queen fast food restaurant, a house in Southaven, a 2003 Hummer, a 2001 Corvette, and had deposited $132,297 in the bank between March and May of 2004.