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
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
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. 😥
See Bianca Phillips article
"Construction Kicks Off for Epping Way Section of Wolf River Greenway"
for more info on this property.
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
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.
It absolutely wasn't Tony Cassatta. It was probably Dancing Jimmy.
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....
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.
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.
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!
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.
The final group of WHBQuties included Renee Singer, Carol Tate, Melissa Hammett, Carol Easley, Renee Greer, Becky Stallings. Most on Facebook.
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We used to ride our bikes from Normandy Lane all the way down White Station to the Tropical Freeze.....and the only flavor we ever got was the Tropical Freeze flavor, it was the most unique and yummiest flavor of them all! And anytime my dad was out in the car we'd always stop at the Tropical Freeze and get a "Tropical Freeze" milk shake. Hope some family member kept those recipes. Don't know why they didn't pass the business on to someone that would love to keep it going. I do miss it so much.
I grew up at 3505 Scenic Hwy. (turned into James Rd. at Highland). We were less than half a mile from Epping Forrest. My parents built their home about 1950. We always heard the peacocks and occasionally one would end up in our front yard,?fully expand, and make that sound. I grew quite proficient at mimicking them. As we drive by EF on the north side, James Road, we could see the many cows. The house, itself, was never visible because it was surrounded by trees.
I agree that the land, club, and apartments on the south side of James Road was probably donated to MCS for a tax write off. There was never a school on that property. Now that MCS are no more, I guess this property should be listed as SCS as an asset? Probably not even on their books.
It was a beautiful, fun, and exciting to grow up in during the 50's and 60's. We roamed the many woods, rode our bikes up to the Raleigh Library, walked or rode bikes to swim in Windermere Lake, and swam at the Moose Club because our dad belonged to the Moose. It cost $10 for a family swimming pass. Scenic Hills started as an up-class subdivision in the 50's, Scenic Hills School was built, and the area was very safe for kids to roam from dawn to midnight.
Raleigh was truly a magical place for our childhood.
I remember stopping in Memphis on a cross-country flight from Corpus Christi, Texas to Washington D. C. My flight leader took us to Mario's for pizza. It was on a dark street in what looked like a residential neighborhood. No lights on the house, no signs, it looked totally deserted.
We pounded on the door and yelled "Mario, open up". A light soon came on and a slender elderly man opened the door and lead us to a booth in a small room. There were no other customers. The table in the corner booth was covered with stacks of old newspapers. There was a can of what appeared to be old grease nailed on the wall with a hand made sign that said "This is what you get from most pizza".
We ordered pizza and a bottle of wine. Mario handed me the wine and said "You drink this. you too scrawny. It will make your d**k stiff". The wine and the pizza were excellent.
Another couple banged on the door and was ushered to another booth. Meanwhile we ordered another bottle of wine. Mario took our empty bottle and returned shortly with the wine. It was the same bottle! I'm sure he makes it himself.
I understand that he rides his wooden bicycle to and from work every day. He is definitely one of a kind. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get back to Memphis while Mario was still alive but this was an unforgettable moment in my life.
I thought I went to the Tropical freeze on the northeast corner of Highland and Park before it moved "out east "to Poplar and White station
In Memphis in the late 40s & early 50s, the poor & Italian immigrants were definitely at a disadvantage.. In Memphis, the poor were treated like Crap..I was among the poor. So I should know. In the 40s & the 50s.
Thanks for the local history. I lived in Memphis for 17 years downtown, Bartlett, and Olive Branch. I always wanted to get out and explore but most of the areas today not safe to explore. So until the tide of history changes your history lesson and other folks contribution of first hand experience will have to suffice. Thanks for sharing this and all the folks experience of life in Memphis.
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