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Famed Memphis trivia expert Vance Lauderdale answers reader questions weekly here on his blog!

Remembering a Bookworm Cat

A cat named Dudley served as the mascot of Albert Wilckes’ bookstore overlooking Court Square in the 1940s.

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Elevator Excitement

When Bass Pro Shops opens, visitors can pay $10 to ride an elevator to the top. More than a century ago, another downtown elevator offered a similar attraction.

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Hidden Gems in Historic Homes

When someone dies or moves away, an estate sale is an easy means of selling their belongings. But they also provide a glimpse into the finest homes in Memphis. If you’re not a Lauderdale, how else are you going to get inside?

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An Interesting Gadget from 1903

Typewriters were the laptops of yesteryear, and inventors came up with interesting ways to protect a valuable business tool.

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Does Anyone Remember Poco Taco?

It didn’t last long, but Poco Taco offered some of the tastiest Mexican food in Memphis.

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The South’s Finest Bowling Alley?

Empty, with its fate uncertain, Imperial Lanes on Summer was at one time this city’s finest bowling alley.

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A Marathon Mystery!

A 1933 “Commercial Appeal” advertisement told readers about “The International Walkathon Marathon” but what it was is quite a mystery.

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How Many Modern-Style Homes Did Frank Burt Build?

Local architect Frank Burt built himself a very distinctive residence in East Memphis. But did he build a “twin” just a few blocks away?

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Storm Watch 1961

A 1961 Whitehaven High School yearbook photo of the school’s “Best Citizens” shows how weather forecasting has changed in 50 years.

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Lost Memphis: Cap’n Bill Killebrew

Bill Killebrew hosted one of the most popular and longest-running kids’ shows on local television.

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Famed Memphis trivia expert Vance Lauderdale answers reader questions weekly here on his blog!

About This Blog

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den. 

You can find him from time to time in the pages of the Memphis Flyer and MBQ, on WKNO television, and on Facebook. When he is not exploring the highways and byways of Memphis, he spends his time sleeping, napping, and dozing.

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