My name is Berry Brooks and that was my uncle's property. I'm named after him. I've grown up hearing the craziest stories about that place.
I would love to get this book, Living To Tell Of Death. If anyone has any info on how I can get a copy, would you please email me @ email@example.com Thank you in advance.
Has anyone heard of a show called "Young America Sings" hosted by Dick Hawley in the '50s?
My parents owned the Vault Club at 81 Madison. I spend years 'down there' loving being downtown when Memphis was still the old guard and felt ever so much safer. The club was private to accommodate members ability to have libations since only 'private club' members could drink. It was considered a downtown extension of the county clubs (bars). The lay out was simple enough. There were two entrances - (not a death trap!!). One was through the main entrance of the 81 Madison Building and the other was to the west side of the building, a 'tunnel' like entrance down some steps by the alley. The main entrance brought you to the reception desk with the Vault entry into a lounge and further into the actual bar. (The bar also connected to the kitchen). I remember the lounge being very 'sexy' or maybe you'd call it, 'romantic'. Sofa's, club chairs, soft lighting. A very nice place to have a drink and 'flirt' your way into romance. Or, you could go to the left into the lovely dining room where lunches were served to the businessmen or fine dining at night. There was an entrance/exit in the dining room. It was the 60's. It was a very cool time. Beatles. Stones. Great R&B. Music was everything then. My mother ran the club/dining room along with a manager. I helped them keep the membership books. My dad was a career DuPont man, but he was also a musician and his group played at the club regularly. The Executives. Preservation Hall met there and jammed on a monthly basis - and (::gasp gasp::) on Sundays when most of Memphis was in church. My parents didn't care about color - so the club (closed to the public on Sunday) was open house for the fantastic blues musicians from NOLA to Chicago. They were friends as well as musicians. It was something I will always remember - that and the huge jars of freshly peeled shrimp and bacon wrapped petit filets the cook always had ready for us. And fountain cokes from the bar. If anyone has quesitons, please don't hesitate to reach out. MGMVault@me.com Mary Gay Preslar
I rember a show that captain bill and snoopy not sure about much else I was about 3
I can still play the theme song in my head nearly fifty years later.
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
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.
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.
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
Fix that baby up again.
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Folk's Folly Prime Steak House
Seriously? Huey's is in the same class with Andrew Michael, Flight, Folk's Folly and Restaurant Iris?
I guess every Huey's employee has a cell phone, a home computer and some friends and family...
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.
Hot cardio barre girl
an unmitigated waste of time, space, & resources for every category except "Best head shop" or whatever they now call it. That's the one area in which MF readers have knowledge & experience.
Can we give Dave Brown the title "Best Weatherperson Emeritus?"
When the Flyer voters miss the mark, they really miss.
Best day to be a Memphian? Naaaaaaaa.
I'm shock of all winners
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
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