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Famed Memphis Trivia Expert

Last Known Survivor of 1925 M.E. Norman Steamboat Disaster Dies in Memphis

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The 1949 Grand Opening of Lowenstein's East

Lowenstein's was the anchor store for the first major shopping center built outside downtown.

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New Book — "Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis" — Is Now Available!

This year's special Memphis magazine gift subscription offer.

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The William R. Moore Cottage Mystery

What happened to the cottage built by William R. Moore students in the 1940s?

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Russwood Park's Early Days as Red Elm Bottoms

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Rare Footage of the Chickasaw Ordnance Works Ruins Near Millington

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Some Happy Thoughts on American Funeral Customs

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Lillybeck Drug's "Germ Destroyer"

In the early 1900s Memphis' long-gone Lillybeck Drug Company offered a "germ destroyer."

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Lost Memphis: T.G.I. Friday's

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Look! MORE Photos of the Nineteenth Century Club

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Ask Vance

Famed Memphis Trivia Expert

About This Blog

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and MBQ: 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.

Got a question for Vance?  Email him here.

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