Paul Scates 
Member since Jun 12, 2015

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Re: “Thanks to The Geeker

One of my late mother's favorite memories of George was when he would drive up to the window when she was a teller at the old Union Planters Poplar Plaza branch, in his yellow Cadillac that Elvis gave him. Also seeing the Gentrys on Talent Party, after they won the overall talent competition on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour.

Posted by Paul Scates on 09/02/2018 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Tony Isbell Awarded Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Achievement in Memphis Theater

I went to high school and college with Tony in Martin. Everybody pretty much knew Tony had talent and was a little different than most of the other locals. He got a really solid background with Bill Snyder and the Vanguard Theater group at UTM. Glad I got to see Tony develop and go on to live his dream in Memphis, my old stomping grounds. Tony was a born actor, as evidenced in many of the plays put on by the Vanguard gang and Mr. Snyder. I had a front row seat to Tony's early development. Memphis was a perfect fit for his skills, determination and hard work. Congrats on all your success, Tony. Been wanting to tell you this for a long time.

Posted by Paul Scates on 08/26/2018 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Legends of Memphis Barbecue

Great article and stories about the genesis of these incredible places. But....ya gotta include some Memphis mainstays who've turned out the world's best BBQ, day in day out, for a long long time: Leonard's, Tops, Three Little Pigs, Payne's (and Cozy Corner mentioned above). I realize space is limited in the Flyer and you guys are too young to remember when these places ruled the roost. All is forgiven. I live in Nashville and much has been written about Nashville's claim to best Memphis when it comes to serious BBQ. Wrong. Lots of folks up here trying, but it is simply not the same. The bar is so high. Barbecue is a gift to the human palate, and just better when it's from Memphis. Looking forward to coming down this summer and sampling the fare from several of the places in this article.

Posted by Paul Scates on 06/08/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Three (Quick) Thoughts on the Lawsons' Exodus

@GroveReb84 and @Salim Rivers; All valid points, well stated, but the U of Memphis basketball program is sadly becoming just a memory of past glory. I too, respect Coach Smith. He's done some remarkable things. But, the truth is, his glory days are behind him. Hate to hit another raw nerve, but look at the success Josh has had at GA Tech in such a short time. Lotta folks couldn't wait to see him leave. He was young, he was Calipari's Asst. and he had a great basketball IQ. But he was too mellow and polite. All this blathering reminds me what I heard Alabama fans gripe and cry about when Bear Bryant croaked. Honestly, no coach worth his salt wants the Memphis job. Look at the talent that left under Josh and now Tubby. John Calipari was still a fairly young man when he got the Memphis job, but mature enough to reign in the egos. All of whom weren't from Memphis. I emphasize the word ego. So many of these young players were just too big for their britches. Their "talent" wasn't what they thought it was. Yet, the coach falls on the sword. The coach isn't on the court missing free throws and taking bad shots. If this gets any worse, it's back to C-USA. Memphis will simply be a non-factor in college basketball and the local talent will keep fleeing for greener pastures. Kudos to Tubby for trying and keeping it classy.

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Posted by Paul Scates on 04/06/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “CA Advertising Staff Asked to Re-Apply for Their Jobs

I assume these employee will be "advised" to "accept" a lower salary due to "rising costs" and other veiled BS. This is code for Corporate Execs. to making even more money. And if you did a little digging, you'd most likely find NONE of these corporate executives have much in the way of a Journalism background. Just overpaid paper-shufflers. Banking and investment backgrounds. God Bless the hard-working reporters, writers, editors and all the staffers who work hard to put news and information on to the printed page.

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Posted by Paul Scates on 04/06/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Gannett Unveils Plan for The Commercial Appeal

@OakTree: I agree with your assessment 100%. I lived in Memphis when we had the afternoon Press Scimitar. We got breaking stories too late for the morning CA news. Political views shouldn't be an issue with the gutting by Gannett. But reporting of facts and stories should be. Especially on the local level. It takes guts and hard work to be a reporter, whether local or national. Gannett gutted the Tennessean several years ago and many long-time employees got the axe. It was a sad time and a harbinger of things to come. I support all newspapers, regardless of their content. We have the right and the power to choose what we read. Once we lose the freedom of the press and independent news gathering, it's over.

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Posted by Paul Scates on 03/31/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “NEW UPDATE (More Names Added): More Layoffs Hit The Commercial Appeal

@LongDuckDong: the people who gave you thumbs down have no CLUE as to who the persons you named are. Mike Royko? Art Buchwald? Ask these twits if they know who Erma Bombeck was. Or Jack Anderson. Putin's plan is working perfectly. Keep the minions (the public) ignorant and uniformed. This Gannett takeover/ "downsizing"/ restructuring happened in Nashville about 7 or 8 years ago. I should have warned you. When the people get their "news" from the "internet", we are doomed. All the real journalists are being dismissed across the country. I was a Journalism major. I knew all about Watergate. I knew the details of the Patty Hearst ordeal. The Chicago Seven trial. These youngsters have NO IDEA what history is. Plus, they don't care. If it happened last week....ahhh, it's "old news" and irrelevant. Wait til their corporate masters take their phones away. Don't think it can't happen. Wait til there's only ONE service provider for cellular service. Off to the camps.

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Posted by Paul Scates on 03/30/2017 at 6:40 PM

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