Fly on the Wall 

Elvis Economics

The global economy may still be sagging, but the market for Elvis hair appears to be surging. Last week, Fly on the Wall reported that a wad of Elvis' hair was on the auction block and had an estimated value of $416. The hair, which came with a certificate of authenticity, ultimately sold for $1,770, more than four times its projected value. That's still a fraction of what Elvis hair has sold for previously. In 2002, a hunk of Elvis' hair sold for $115,000.

Sensationalize much?

Various Memphis news outlets, including Eyewitness News 24, teased stories about the impending trial of Heather Ellis, claiming, "Woman faces prison time after cutting in line at Walmart." Or some variation thereof. While technically true, it's a little like saying "man arrested for DUI after waking up thirsty," since Ellis' charges — valid or otherwise — are related to alleged verbal and physical altercations with store employees and the police, not cuts and cuts back.

Oneness

Commercial Appeal editor Chris Peck has a dream. It's a dream about bumper stickers and billboards and T-shirts and stuff. "The bumper stickers would say 'One Memphis,'" Peck wrote in a recent column, imagining a massive citywide advertising campaign paid for by ... well ... somebody.

"[The stickers] would be pasted on the buttoned-down Germantown BMWs and the outrageous Orange Mound Chevys with the big spinners. ... Billboards, TV spots, and newspaper ads for One Memphis would all feature somebody in an 'I am Memphis' T-shirt. The faces above the logo would reflect who we are in this metropolis — black and white, old and young, rich and poor, urban and suburban."

Peck, failing to note that he was borrowing Mayor A C Wharton's campaign slogan, said the idea "came to him a few days ago" while "listening to a roomful of passionate Memphians talk about what ails Memphis and how to fix it."

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