As one of her babies, I think it safe to say she will live in our hearts forever. She illumined so many lives and welcomed so many stranger (who didn't stay that way for long). R.I.P., my friend.
Not defending the CK's owners in any way about their modus operandi for closing the locations, but at least they indicated they told their employees.
When the Montesi family sold and closed their supermarkets in 1983, the vast majority of the employee population found out about it by watching Brenda Wood and Action News 5 at Noon on Christmas Day. We left work on Christmas Eve wishing everybody the best and found out about the loss of our jobs via a television news broadcast in those pre-internet days. Even store managers were blind-sided.
On December 26, we were escorted through our former places of employment by security guards to retrieve any personal belongings, no matter our level of employment within the grocery chain. The reason given by the for the closing, according to the Commercial Appeal, was "[Fred] Montesi [III] blamed the closings on several factors but said the bottom line was the company was losing customers to other stores and not making money anymore."
Apparently, as songwriter Peter Allen opined, "Everything old is new again."
Yo, Chris, I think you should receive an Ostrander nod for your performance as a nerve-and-technology-wracked poster of Ostrander nominations.
Thank God Ron left the roofing trade. I'm sure they never missed him. How bereft our community would be without his vision and his voice.
Barry Fuller is a local cultural treasure, and he has done much on stage and behind the scenes during his years in this city to help create the wonderful climate of theater and pool of talent that we are blessed to enjoy. He is, truly, a legend. Chris, thanks for such a wonderful profile of a wonderful man many of us are fortunate to know personally.
Chris, I saw the show twice, once at Preview and again this past Saturday. One of the observations I made on my Facebook status post is that I wondered if there would ever be a time when "The Crucible" was a poignant period piece rather than being a relevant testimony to whatever time we presently live in. I honestly think it will always be frighteningly relevant.
I have no doubt in my mind that Steve Cohen will be seated in Congress while Willie Herenton sits back and analyzes where he went wrong.
That's an idea: The Flyer should do an article asking Memphians when Herenton jumped the shark. For me, it was the New Year's Day Prayer Breakfast where he proclaimed that he was God's man for this city. I honestly wasn't aware that God had put forth a candidate for mayor.
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