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Updated on June 15, 2018 at 11:09 AM

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This is the "take-out" or ending point of the Ghost section of the Wolf River (aka Ghost River), one of the best wetland canoe trails in America. More info at

Posted by bridgman on 04/27/2011 at 6:02 PM

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Re: “WEVL — Time to Change the Station

I love that radio station! Whenever I meet someone who is spending a few days in town, I tell them to tune their car radio to 89.9 so it can be the soundtrack to their visit. WEVL has been my soundtrack for over 30 years, and the year I spent as a volunteer editor for their Program Guide (1990) helped me land my first publishing job. Today, I'm OK with continuing to grow old while listening to WEVL, as long as WEVL doesn't grow old as well.

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Posted by bridgman on 08/23/2018 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Q & A with '68 Comeback and T.A.M.I. Show director, Steve Binder

In addition to the show's ahead-of-its-time "male, female, black, white, gay, straight" representation, it also featured a handicapped musician. Moulty Moulton, drummer for the no-hit-wonder Barbarians, lost part of his left arm in an accident a few years earlier and wore a prosthetic arm rigged to hold a drum-stick. The Cape Cod band was profiled in the Boston Globe in 2010, who also interviewed Steve Binder. Binder's comment on the "hook":
"I questioned whether or not I should have a close-up of it. Nobody came to me and said anything, but I remember in my head thinking, Should I be showing this in a movie? Heres a guy playing his heart out on the drums, so why not? Its part of his body. He was fantastic.

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Posted by bridgman on 08/10/2018 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Food Service: A Confidential Tie that Binds

I haven't carried a tray in 24 years, but whenever I go to sleep stressed, i still have the endless in-the-weeds dream where I'm the only waiter in a bistro packed with customers who have been sitting there for hours glaring at me as I rush around the place. And I'm rushing around in search of a box of matches to light the stove because no one is working in the kitchen either.

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Posted by bridgman on 07/16/2018 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Consider a visit to Westy’s

Thanks, thyons901! That is one of my college-era nostalgia triggers, in part because it was never overplayed here, which kept it more personal for me (in fact, it was only played here via MTV). I eventually bought the MP3 on iTunes after wracking my brain trying to remember either the band's name, the song's title or even a scrap of lyrics. I made the lights at Google HQ flicker and dim trying to figure it out with general descriptions. Finally resorted to scrolling through cheesy "80s New Wave Classics" lists and "Save It for Later" popped up (on screen and in my memory) in a matter of seconds. I will look up more of their music.

Posted by bridgman on 07/06/2018 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Stormy Daniels at the Pony

The Parkway Village Conservatory of Performing Arts
(I grew up in that Zip code, so...)

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Posted by bridgman on 06/15/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Consider a visit to Westy’s

I remember Claudia and Rico and I'm pretty sure it wasn't them. (Didn't Rico play the bongos with xylophone mallets? Cause I remember some bongo slappin' going on along with the sense that it was an art-school band, ifyaknowwutimmatalkinbout

Posted by bridgman on 06/15/2018 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Consider a visit to Westy’s

Westy's was called The North End for its first 20 years of operation under Mr. Jake. Today, it seems to be in the middle a lot of bustle and progress, tucked in between St. Jude, the Pyramid and the Convention Center. But it seemed so isolated when I first visited the place in early 1984, when it was still surrounded by the mostly unoccupied 19th/early 20th century buildings of the Pinch District.
I was a sophomore at Memphis State, and until then, I'd only been in college bars, a couple of Overton Square joints and a couple of loud encounters at the Antenna Club. The North End was like stumbling into the basement bar in the English Beat's "Save It for Later" video [it's on YouTube] that was getting lots of MTV play at the time. The band had a bongo drummer! And some guy in a fedora was blowing bubbles and pointing a 60's style psychedelic kaleidoscope projector at the band. This place was interesting. (Never saw the bubbles/projector after that tho).
The next day, my coworkers at Seessel's Supermarket (Balmoral) thought I was making all this stuff up. But that weeknight visit to the North End marked the beginning of my long buttoned-down bohemian phase, preferring places like Zinnie's, Alex's Tavern and Murphy's Oyster Bar over the Varsity Inn or forgettable brass-and-glass douchebag dens.

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Posted by bridgman on 06/14/2018 at 6:02 PM

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