Rotan Lee, who became something of a household word in Memphis in 1998 as a consultant on MLGW, died this week of heart failure in Philadelphia. He was 57.
Lee came to Memphis at the invitation of Mayor Willie Herenton, who wanted to explore the possibility of selling publicly-owned MLGW. The study never went anywhere, and Lee soon became a lightning rod for criticism. He was paid $150,000 plus expenses.
Lee was a well-known figure in Philadelphia. He was school board president, newspaper columnist, and radio talk-show host among other things.
It wasnt just Lees imposing 6-foot-4 stature that made him hard to ignore, wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer in an editorial Wednesday. He was one of the most articulate champions of educational achievement for all children that Philadelphia has ever had.
Move over, Pat Kerr Tigrett. D.I.Y. designers are taking over the Bluff City. Who needs fancy name brands when you can make your own duds with some vintage fabric and a few safety pins?
Light Years Vintage on Cooper is holding an open-call for aspiring designers for their Summer D.I.Y. Fashion Bazaar to be held the second week in June. Theyre looking for handbags, reconstructed clothing, screen-printed tees, whatever.
Herd up your Stitch n Bitch buddies and get to work fast because the deadlines May 15th.
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You can now. The Memphis Scooters Vespa dealership on Poplar at Humes is now for sale on eBay, and the price is a bargain just $159,000. With gas prices at all-time highs, the business cant help but expand, claims the seller, who is relocating.
The buyer gets the building, scooters, parts, displays, clothing, TV monitors, and more.
Check it out, and bid now, on eBay here.
Awesome choices, huh? Maybe Adam Pacman Jones will be there
In more evolution news, is it just happenstance that Dembskis visit coincides with the opening of Theatre Memphis run of Inherit the Wind? Read Flyer staff writer Chris Davis take here.
Ford continued: "Freedom and liberty are the same in every language. But we sing our nation's Anthem in the language of our historic common understanding and language of Francis Scott Key. We sing it in English."
O, puede usted ver por el bullshit temprano del amanacer?
Last week, the Scientology-loving, former South Park chef Isaac Hayes dined on raccoon meat at House Speaker Jimmy Naifehs annual Coon Supper in Covington.
At the annual political schmoozefest, Tipton county native Hayes greeted Naifeh as his homeboy. Hmmm .we see a rap album in Naifehs future. Could Homeboy Naifeh be the next Crunchy Blac?
And whats with the coon supper? Apparently, its been going on every year since 1945, but doesnt that seem a bit Confederate South? Come on, its 2006. Lets get a little more sophisticated. Like say sushi?
With his Golf Channel reality show and his legions of screaming, beer-drinkin fans, Long John Daly is arguably the most popular golfer on the PGA tour. On Monday, his status will become legendary when he releases his autobiography, My Life in and out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All That Bull**** You Think You Know About Me. We smell a National Book Award, John. An excerpt:
I'm off those ... medications. I don't drink JD [Jack Daniel's] anymore. I don't beat up on hotel rooms and cars as much. Only gambling remains a problem, he wrote.
Gambling? Drinking? Who knew? Daly goes on to claim hes lost more than $50 to $60 million from his casino love. Heres an ESPN article on the book. If you gotta have the book, you can pre-order from Amazon here.
Miller started last year but had no problem playing a backup role as the team adjusted to roster changes, Grizzlies president Jerry West said. Read more about it here.
You know what they say: You can never have too much barbecue, especially if its a pulled pork sandwich with a heavy molasses sauce. Read more here.