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Letters and comments from Flyer readers ... The Dixie Flyer, 25 Who Shaped Memphis, Adrian Rogers, Wendi Thomas' departure

About Bruce VanWyngarden's article, "The Origin Story" ...

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Memphis Flyer. Congratulations. However, I have to say, as a founding staff member of the Dixie Flyer, that I highly resent editor Bruce VanWyngarden's reference to our publication as "a hippie paper that was published in Memphis for a time in the 1970s."

It wasn't a "hippie" paper, the inference being that it was an inferior product put together by a bunch of pot-smoking losers. In addition to myself as music editor, executive editor Sara Van Horn, and art director Eddie Tucker, we had many other talented people working very hard to produce a paper of which the community could be proud. And none of us got paid a dime. Contributors included Joe Mulherin, John Fergus Ryan, David Less, Phyllis Tickle, Gordon Osing, and many other fine writers, as well as photographers Ebet Roberts, Richard Sidman, Elbert Greer, and other talented people.

I would venture to say that a lot of our features and commentaries were much superior to anything the current Flyer had in its infancy. "Hippie paper" indeed. The truth is that the Flyer put big bucks behind our idea and, 25 years later, they are doing quite well. A little respect for the Dixie Flyer, Bruce. We blazed the trail in the 1970s and your organization turned it into an eight-lane expressway.

Gordon Alexander

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About the article, "25 Who Shaped Memphis" ...

I can't believe you left out Adrian Rogers, given the religious and political effect that Bellevue Baptist Church has had and continues to have on many Memphians — religious, nonreligious, straight, gay, etc.

Brunetto Latini

Bellevue Baptist is emblematic of why I and so many others have disdain for the suburbanite mob. They hit that sweet spot between ignorance and righteous indignation.


You left out Jesus.

CL Mullins

About Chris Davis' post, "Commercial Appeal Metro Columnist Wendi Thomas Has Been Reassigned" ...

Perhaps we can now have a more balanced approach to race relations in the CA. The divisiveness that was Wendi's M.O. was particularly unsettling to this northern transplant.


Since when is pointing out the obvious being "divisive"? Oh, that's right, when you want to pretend that we are in a post-racial world, got it! Oy.


There is much prejudice in the hardcore white commenters in the CA, and it is hard to go against that tide. She will probably go and make an impact somewhere else within the next couple of years. What I can say with certainty is that she always treated me with respect and she helped me in my time of need. Wendi has helped Memphis in many ways and I hope one day she will be more appreciated in the community than she has been.


Every kid will be named "Trevon" in Wendi's articles.


Is this only being posted to attract the CA comment trolls?


About a visit to Memphis ...

My wife and I, with our daughter and son-in-law, visited Memphis to celebrate my 70th birthday with a visit to Graceland, as I have always been a big fan of Elvis. While we were there, we decided to go to the BBQ fest. Having never seen it or even heard about it before, we didn't know what to expect, but what a surprise! The contestants made us feel really welcome and even gave us T-shirts to remember them (along with a few beers and food). So, we would like to say a very big thank you to all the friends we made in Memphis that day. We truly have never met more friendly people.

Jack, Cindy, Mandy and Choo

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