mikehill1957 
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Re: “She Doesn't Want to Go to College

Come on, get the college degree and chase the dream. I wanted a job in public service (policeman), but my parents said no way and urged me to pursue something less dangerous. I went to college and had a great time and learned some invaluable lessons. It was time well spent and in my fourth year of college, the job offer came. I quit and became a policeman, and a year later I went back to college and completed my degree. Later (18 years), when I grew tired of police work, the degree got me a job training police men and women. It was all worth it. Bottom Line: Get the Degree.

Posted by mikehill1957 on 06/26/2011 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Sears Catalogued

In the early 60's, my parents took me there every September to buy new school clothes. We'd place the order at the catalog counter and then shop the store until the appointed time to come back and get our packages. The candy counter was always fun and they roasted their own peanuts in the store. It was a great store, they even had Santa land in a helicopter on the parking lot....that did scare the hell out of me though.

Posted by mikehill1957 on 10/08/2010 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Sears Catalogued

In the early 60's, my parents took me there every September to buy new school clothes. We'd place the order at the catalog counter and then shop the store until the appointed time to come back and get our packages. The candy counter was always fun and they roasted their own peanuts in the store. It was a great store, they even had Santa land in a helicopter on the parking lot....that did scare the hell out of me though.

Posted by mikehill1957 on 10/08/2010 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Jack Pirtle's Fantastic Neon Sign

Jack Pirtle's was one of the great eateries on Highland during my days at Memphis State ('70s). The best chicken, biscuits and gravy plus the burgers and steak sandwiches, and their ice tea. Next favorite was Danver's Ranch House with the waitresses in cowgirl outfits and the cold mugs of beer. Highland also had the only movie theatre in town that served beer and popcorn. There was a Shakey's Pizza Parlor on Highland too and later on Prince Mongo's Pizza Palace. "Across the Tracks" was a great place too, and don't forget the Buntyn Cafe just down the street on Southern. Thanks for the memories, Vance.

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Posted by mikehill1957 on 07/04/2010 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Barbecue Team Name Contest

"I Did Not Have Pork With That Woman"

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Posted by mikehill1957 on 05/07/2010 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Charlie Vergos, 1926-2010

RIP Charlie Vergos. A true gentleman who ran a top shelf restaurant. So many memories of going to the "Vous" after Tiger football games, and Charlie was always there, a true Memphis celebrity and icon who meant so much to downtown. He joins the heritage of outstanding Greek gentlemen (all departed) who ran great restaurants in downtown Memphis: Harry Zapatos-The Arcade and Sam Zambelis-The Bon Ton. RIP my friends.

Posted by mikehill1957 on 03/31/2010 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Sambo's

There was a Sambo's on Poplar Avenue at Kirby Parkway in 1979, across the street from Kirby Woods Mall (also another name and structure now) and I believe Sambo's stayed open till about 1981-82. When Sambo's closed, it was replaced by a Denny's I think, then it was a Steak-n-Shake (?) and then later torn down all together. It was a strange restaurant and a strange atmosphere, particularly strange being situated on the edge of Germantown, but then at that time G'town wasn't the affluent place it is now.
No more strange though than the old George Lindsey (Goober from Andy Griffith) Steakhouse on Park at Mendenhall during the late 70's. It stayed open for a while but closed and the building was turned into a nightclub and then finally the new home of Buntyn's.

Posted by mikehill1957 on 12/29/2009 at 6:56 PM

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