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Re: “The Shelby Foote Estate Sale - Empty Rooms Now

Southeast corner, I think Vance means.

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Posted by Steppendackel on 03/09/2011 at 4:30 PM

Re: “The Shelby Foote Estate Sale - Empty Rooms Now

Not that anyone asked, but the original owner of that unusual home was John Sneed Williams, a cotton man who died in 1972.

It strikes me just now that some of the design features--the high-ceilinged 'great room' with the opening to the master bedroom in particular--might have inspired some of the 1970s-'80s houses built out east. And pursuing the thought, do you think it was a modern house in the Tudor style, or perhaps a copy of an English original?

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Posted by Steppendackel on 03/08/2011 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Treasures from the Shelby Foote Estate Sale!

Frau Steppendackel and I arrived at the Foote house about 11:30 Sunday morning. The line was out to the street, but it moved pretty quickly and we were inside by noon. Only the cheap stuff and the expensive things were left (I'd like an original Cloar as much as the next guy, but 45 large? Please).

I interviewed Mr. Foote at his home about 15 years ago. He graciously answered my questions in his workroom for about an hour and a half. Knowing I was an academic, he had me sit in a very soft, very low easy chair, which put my knees about on the level of my clavicle.

He stated unequivocally that he had destroyed the research and reference notes for his historical magnum opus, and I believed him! It will be interesting to see what Rhodes got in that category.

Posted by Steppendackel on 03/07/2011 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Remembering "Monk" — aka Tony Cassatta

John Martin was the waving man at Walnut Grove and Holmes. He was a retired railroad man, and not a street character like Monk.

Anyone remember "Dancing Jimmy"?

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Posted by Steppendackel on 12/14/2010 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Remembering Ted Rust 1910-2010

What, there's a sculture of Charlie Diehl sweeping? I'll look for it if I'm ever allowed on that campus again.

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Posted by Steppendackel on 08/05/2010 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Jack Pirtle's Fantastic Neon Sign

Frau Steppendackel (another E. Memphis kid) recalls the JP on Highland also having the suicidal-chicken sign.

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Posted by Steppendackel on 07/30/2010 at 4:05 PM


My friends and I used to follow the Merrymobile around our little part of East Memphis, just hanging out. Spent the better part of a few days doing that, circa 1965 or '66. The college-kid driver was glad to have the company.

Posted by Steppendackel on 07/15/2010 at 4:14 PM

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