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  • Apr 24-30, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1000

News

  • Ask Vance: A Nazi in Memphis?
  • Ask Vance: A Nazi in Memphis?

    This week, Memphis magazine resident historian Vance Lauderdale peeks into his mailbag:

    Robert Lanier of Memphis recently sent me an Associated Press newsclipping from a Washington, D.C., newspaper. The headline was "NAZI IN FULL UNIFORM ARRESTED IN MEMPHIS" and it was dated August 14, 1945....

  • Memphis' Grand Illusions
  • Memphis' Grand Illusions

    It took the Flyer almost 20 years to produce this, our 1,000th weekly issue. By the time we crank out issue number 2,000, Memphis as we know it may be unrecognizable. At the moment, developers and promoters are still presenting grand schemes for many of our city's landmarks: The Pyramid, Beale Street Landing, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the Mid-South Coliseum, the old Mid-South Fairgrounds site, and Shelby Farms.

    It remains to be seen how many of these plans remain forever on the drawing boards. Not to be too pessimistic about it, but it might be instructive to look back at a few other grand illusions in our city's past...

  • The Memphis Week That Was
  • The Memphis Week That Was

    It was a bad week for vice. The cops cracked down on prostitution and beer sales to minors. It was a good week for the local television stations, which got ride-alongs and some nice take-down footage of busted whores and johns. No doubt that was partly the point. The crackdown seems selective and aimed at the underclass. What about prostitutes in the lobbies of some of our finer hotels? The latest sweep would not have netted the likes of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer or his prostitute. And I wonder if it can be sustained. And at what cost...
  • What could you do with $1,000?
  • What could you do with $1,000?

    The dollar may not go very far these days, but what about 1,000 of them? In honor of the Flyer's 1,000th issue, here's a list of what you could buy in Memphis if you had a spare grand.

    -- 10 shares of FedEx stock (at $95.09 a share).

    -- 1,000 rides on the downtown trolley (2,000 if you only ride during lunchtime -- 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m.)...

  • Fire Countdown Sign Erected on Union
  • Fire Countdown Sign Erected on Union

    Some 50 years ago, motorists could keep track of traffic deaths in Memphis thanks to a handy illuminated sign erected at the corner of Poplar and Highland that counted the number of fatalities throughout the year.

    Well, the Fire Museum of Memphis has adopted a similar approach, with a twist...

  • Save the Date: Weekend Event Round-Up
  • Save the Date: Weekend Event Round-Up

    Kick off the weekend with the undead at the second annual Memphis Zombie Massacre, a South Main parade of Memphians decked out in fake blood and zombie costumes. Don’t know how to achieve a deathly pallor with pancake makeup? No problem. Just place an "x" on your shirt with duct tape, stroll around the South Main Trolley tour, and wait for the zombies to show up and "eat your brains" (a.k.a. zombify you with fake blood and makeup). The march steps off at 7:15 p.m. tonight in front of the New Daisy Theatre and ends at Earnestine and Hazel's.

    Or if you prefer a classier evening, head to the Germantown Community Theatre for The Underpants...

  • Corker Urges $60 Million Food Aid to Haiti
  • Corker Urges $60 Million Food Aid to Haiti

    From a Senator Bob Corker press release:

    U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member on the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, has sent a letter to President Bush strongly urging the administration to provide no less than $60 million in emergency food assistance for Haiti ...

  • In the Grand Scheme of Things
  • In the Grand Scheme of Things

    In the past 1,000 issues, Flyer staffers have written plenty of words about issues that, quite frankly, just don't matter in the grand scheme of things.

    "The Girls Next Door" by Kate Leneham (July 1989)

    Although the city government and the private sector had poured money into rejuvenating South Main in the mid-'80s, Leneham's story highlights the street's age-old prostitution problem, which just wouldn't go away...

  • Prostitutes Nabbed In Memphis Police Sting
  • Prostitutes Nabbed In Memphis Police Sting

    A white woman, wearing a too-tight leopard print shirt and cut-off jean shorts, is loitering outside the Mystik gas station on Jackson Avenue. As a tan car pulls up and rolls down the passenger-side window, the woman leans in and mouths something to the male driver. She opens the passenger door and nonchalantly hops in.

    Little did she know, the driver of the tan car was actually an undercover officer wearing a wire. When she made the offer for her sexual services, other officers were listening in and waiting to pounce...

  • Millington's Grand (L'il) Ole Opry
  • Millington's Grand (L'il) Ole Opry

    To celebrate the Flyer's 1000th issue, our writers have written stories loosely themed around "grand." Here's Preston Lauterbach's take on Millington's Strand Theater:

    The first time I encountered the Strand Music Hall, while driving and gawking around downtown Millington, I stopped the car and pulled up behind the building for a closer look. In so doing, I nearly smashed a wet, mangy cat ....

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Politics

  • Kurita vs. Barnes: A Serious Contest?
  • Kurita vs. Barnes: A Serious Contest?

    Is state Senator Rosalind Kurita, who brought the long reign of Lt. Gov. John Wilder to an end, in trouble this election season or not? Opinions differ in Nashville, where various pols size up the Clarksville Democrat's primary race against challenger Tim Barnes.
  • Bredesen Says “Plan B” Needed to Expedite Super-Delegate Decision
  • Bredesen Says “Plan B” Needed to Expedite Super-Delegate Decision

    Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen told reporters in Nashville Friday that he felt an obligation to "step out" at the end of the primary season in June so as to expedite a decision by Democratic super-delegates on committing to a presidential nominee. Bredesen's statement came two days after 8th District congressman John Tanner publicly pledged his support to Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.
  • Kim McMillan Makes First Move in 2010 Governor's Race
  • Kim McMillan Makes First Move in 2010 Governor's Race

    The first hat has been thrown into the ring in the 2010 Tennessee governor's race, and it belongs to former state Rep. and House Majority Leader Kim McMillan of Clarksville. A spokesman for Democrat McMillan said Saturday that she had filed papers to form an exploratory committee for the race.
  • Towns, Running as 'Average Joe,' Blasts Tinker as Corporate-Backed 'Neophyte'
  • Towns, Running as 'Average Joe,' Blasts Tinker as Corporate-Backed 'Neophyte'

    State Rep. Joe Towns, a dark horse candidate in the 9th Congressional District Democratic primary, came charging out of the gate Wednesday - quite literally, with most of his charges being levied against opponent Nikki Tinker. The Whitehaven legislator also downplayed the importance of race in selecting a representative for the largely inner-city district.

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    A few months ago, one of my girlfriends introduced me to one of her male friends through MySpace. I've been trying to get over my ex, so I thought I might give dating a try. This guy was hot, smart, and he played in a punk band. Sounds perfect, but there's one problem -- he lives two hours away ...

Music

  • The Guilloteens' Original Drummer Dies

    Joe Davis, the relentless, hair-tossing, drummer for Memphis' notorious garage band The Guilloteens passed away on April 20th, in Dallas, Texas. He was 63.

    In the mid 1960s, The Guilloteens stood out even in a fertile scene that included Flash & The Casuals, Tommy Burke & the Counts, and The Box Tops....

Film/TV

Books

Art

Food & Drink

  • Just for Lunch Reopens
  • Just for Lunch Reopens

    Just for Lunch is an "old-new" restaurant that opened at Chickasaw Oaks Plaza two weeks ago in the space recently vacated by Elfo's.

    "Just for Lunch came before Just Catering, but people who haven't been in Memphis for the past 27 years might not know that," says Ann Barnes, the force and soul behind both businesses.

Real Estate

Sports

  • Grand Guignol: The Tigers' Final Game
  • Grand Guignol: The Tigers' Final Game

    In honor of our 1,000th issue, Flyer writers tackled stories loosely themed around "grand." Greg Akers tackled the University of Memphis Tigers final game, a true case of "Grand Guignol."

    Grand Guignol: a dramatic entertainment featuring the gruesome or the horrifying, often with a grisly climax; named after the Paris theater that created the genre ...

  • FROM MY SEAT:  Redbirds in the Outfield
  • FROM MY SEAT: Redbirds in the Outfield

    Noting that eighty percent of the St. Louis Cardinal outfield has connections to Memphis, Frank Murtaugh offers a look at the players who chased flies at AutoZone Park before earning their current gig up the River a bit.

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