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Re: “"All Aboard with Mr. Be"

I can still play the theme song in my head nearly fifty years later.

Posted by Christopher Tielens on 01/19/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Sambo's

Being a Sambo Corp. Asst. In !970-80. And Opened new stores everywhere and in Detroit and Pontiac Mich. were 90 percent of our employees were black. Never heard about racism about the name then. The press made it racist name. It was a great company to work for . Took care of it's employee's equally. We had Benefits for our hourly employee's and we believed in promoting from within. Wish we were open today. Teach employers how to treat employee's who are making them money.. Jeff Tomashek

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Posted by Jeff Tomashek on 01/06/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “The Epping Way Mystery

It was a country club opened by my brother in law in the 70's. A very eccentric man built a mansion there and his house was full of exotic taxidermied animals, there were over 100 peacocks on the property. It was a beautiful place to live. So sorry to hear it has been closed down. I moved from
There in 1976.

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Posted by Roxie on 12/22/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Unanswered Questions

The Peter Thomas from NOVA (and Forensic Files) was indeed the same Peter Thomas who was at WMC TV5 in the late 40s and early 50s. Here's an interview he did for public television in Bradenton, FL:

He says the show he did in Memphis was his big break. Someone from New York saw it and invited Peter to come work in the big city.

Posted by Shaun on 12/15/2016 at 10:46 PM

Re: “The Grave of the Goat Gland Doctor

I haven't heard any of those topics, but they do seem very interesting and I would love to learn more about it. JR Brinkley was a seemed like a hardworking man

Posted by Angelique on 12/15/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “When the Sterick Building Was Supreme

Fix that baby up again.

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Posted by LoveBC on 12/07/2016 at 9:34 PM

Re: “The Grave of the Goat Gland Doctor

I grew up in Del Rio, Texas. (and still live here!) The Brinkley story has always held a fascination for me. When my sisters were toddlers, my mother said the Brinkley's held Easter egg hunts there every year. Later, when my eldest sister was a preteen, she and John Jr.s daughter, Angela, were friends. My sister spent the night at the mansion at least once. She remembers Angela playing the massive organ on a "sort of stage", looking away and back again, and the whole organ/Angela had disappeared! The wall and stage had turned around while Angela played.
That was it for me! I was intrigued to no end! Being an avid Nancy Drew fan, mysteries were my thing. So when I was about twelve and the mansion held an open-house for tours, my mother was REQUIRED to take me! During the course of our exploration, I discovered a 5"X13" (approximately) hidden door near the floor in one of the hallways. It opened as an oven door might open. Inside was an envelope, stamped and previously opened. I didn't know whether this was a prop or a treasure, but I simply put it back and was secretly thrilled with my discovery. Next, in a sort of living space, I remember touching a corner wall where the wood trim was not matching and a two foot tall space turned around as one of those kitchen corner "lazy Susan's" might turn. Small shelves lined the space and they were empty. To me it felt as if I'd "discovered" another mystery. We traveled downstairs to a hospital like room, complete with stainless steel tables, refrigerators, and bad lighting. It was haunting to say the least.
This is what my over-active, twelve year old imagination remembers.

Posted by PattiM on 10/25/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Does Anyone Remember This TV Show?

The original Looney Zoo show was on WMCT, Channel 5, hosted by Harry Mabrey. There were 3 puppets; an owl, a fox and an alligator that were manned by Ken Berryhill behind the stump. There was a children's audience that participated with the puppets and Harry.

I know because I randomly produced the show and worked the puppets in Berryhill's absence. It was a classic kid's show in Memphis and had high ratings and was lots of fun.

Brings back fond memories of live television in the 1950s and my days in the WMCT TV control room on Madison Ave.

Jack E. Dunning
Cave Creek, AZ

Posted by Jack E. Dunning on 09/06/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Does Anyone Remember This TV Show?

The original Looney Zoo on WMCT, Channel 5, was hosted by Harry Mabrey, with Ken Berryhill doing the 3 puppets (an owl, a fox and an alligator). It had a children's audience that participated with the puppets and Harry.

I know since I randomly produced the show and even worked the puppets in Berryhill's absence. Looney Zoo was a classic children's show in Memphis and was highly rated in its day.

This all brings back fond memories of my days in the WMCT TV control room in the 1950s on Madison Ave.

Jack E. Dunning
Cave Creek, AZ

Posted by Jack E. Dunning on 09/06/2016 at 7:23 PM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

I remember this place very well. Was our stop on the way home from willow oaks swimming pool. Served the best Yankee snow cone. The smell of the foot long corn dog would fill the air for miles.😋 The pic nic tables to sit atop of for the seating area just right of the building to where you would enjoy the delicious most exciting treat to any night and to smell the air filled with the most delicious food being prepared in that tiny building. Never will there ever be another that will be remembered and talked about for decades like this place. 😥

Posted by Stacey on 08/22/2016 at 9:57 PM

Re: “The Epping Way Mystery

See Bianca Phillips article

"Construction Kicks Off for Epping Way Section of Wolf River Greenway"


for more info on this property.

Posted by Swaney on 08/18/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Wilson Field and Amelia Earhart

my dad took his first flying lessons there. and at memphis flying service. I remember crawling around on the old planes in the weeds. but most had wasp nests in them at the time

Posted by Dan Mitchell on 08/14/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Remembering "Monk" — aka Tony Cassatta

Thank you J Tagg, Tim worked as the football equipment manager for years at Christian Brothers HS, Germantown HS and now at Houston HS as a volunteer. I asked Coach Nix (CBHS) one Friday night after our game if my brother Tim could ride the bus back to school with the team. Coach Nix said yes and Tim rode the bus sitting next to one of the greatest HS Coaches of all times. After that Tim was a fixture at CBHS and Coach Nix put him to work.

Posted by John Fox on 08/08/2016 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Remembering "Monk" — aka Tony Cassatta

It absolutely wasn't Tony Cassatta. It was probably Dancing Jimmy.

Posted by CL Mullins on 08/07/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Remembering "Monk" — aka Tony Cassatta

Who was the guy that used to hang at Murphys on Madison,He had a TCB necklace and would dance like Elvis?He slung his sweater around and spilled all our beers.Could have been him....

Posted by ChefGeno on 08/07/2016 at 5:29 AM

Re: “Remembering "Monk" — aka Tony Cassatta

He was my great uncle. I was in the 1st grade when he passed away. He left me his baseball and glove. Oh and a few pencils...I am just now seeing this article. Wow is all I can say.

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Posted by Joe Cassatta on 08/07/2016 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Remembering "Monk" — aka Tony Cassatta

My mom worked at the Katz/Skaggs/Osco/KBs in midtown at Poplar and Avalon for many years. And I often saw Monk there. Somehow I recall him talking about gardenias.

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Posted by David Steele on 08/06/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “The Epping Way Mystery

I grew up in Scenic Hills 1970-1978 & had my wedding reception at the Epping Forest Club in 1983. It was a nice little private tennis & swim club. So many things in Raleigh that we grew up with have gone away!

Posted by ksbrown923 on 07/22/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “The Epping Way Mystery

My husband, John, worked for Allen and O'Hara and we were sent to open the Epping Forest Club, in Raleigh, in March of 1975. So, we were the original everything. I decorated the club while my husband prepared the opening and the membership drive. Our first social director, was Madge and she was replaced by Debbie Freeman. We knew the Brooks and enjoyed being guests in their lovely home. While we were there, we had a regular monthly social, which included Christmas dinners, Luau's, costume parties, picnics etc. It was a lovely club and I'll always treasure our time spent there. It is rather sad to hear that time has ravaged this beautiful place.

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Posted by Lynda on 07/05/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “The WHBQties - Wow!

The final group of WHBQuties included Renee Singer, Carol Tate, Melissa Hammett, Carol Easley, Renee Greer, Becky Stallings. Most on Facebook.

Posted by Peach Pie on 06/27/2016 at 6:21 PM

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