I'm partial to the 1973 contestants.
If I was lucky our trip there coincided with the train passing by on the tracks located behind. When my sisters and I would hear the whistle and the clang of the bells at the crossing on White Station we would jump out of the car and run around to the back of the building. The approaching train drowned out our mother's pleas to not get too close to the tracks. The sights, sounds and smells of the rumbling train were frightening and thrilling at the same time.
Interesting that the smallest person Vance has ever written about was born in Pontotoc, MS, and the largest he has ever written about is buried there.http://www.memphisflyer.com/AskVanceBlog/a…
I can remember the musical Douthit-Carroll commercials on the radio in the late '60s. It started with," 'Oh Mr. Douthit!' 'Yes, Mr. Carroll?' " and ended with "...'our down payments are so low, terms to meet you as you go—'
'Absolutely, Mr. Douthit?' 'No, Pontiac, Mr. C!'"I believe their last location was on Union just west of the Interstate where the Church Health Center is now located.
It was always a bonus if the train came by while we were there. We would go around back and watch the train while eating our ice cream.
There are several interesting photos inside Signature Flight Support, which is located in the old terminal building at the airport.
I lived off of Goodlett and worked on President's Island in the late '60s and early '70s. I stopped there often for a dip cone. They also served their hot dogs in a paper container that was shaped and printed to resemble a dachshund.
By Richard Alley
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