Memphis, TN – Edward Lawson Bruce was born into a sawmilling family in Kansas and opened several lumberyards of his own. Unfortunately, he lost his first three sawmills to two floods and a fire in 1912. In 1914, he moved his business to Little Rock, Arkansas.
Memphis, TN – In the 1940's, the Memphis City Commission changed the name of Beale Street to Beale Avenue, because all east-west roads were designated "avenues." Twelve years later, entertainer and St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas launched a protest.
Memphis, TN – Southern Automobile Manufacturing was only in the city directory for one year, 1921, when the company made history with the construction of the Southern Six. At most, three cars were produced.
Memphis, TN – A struggling actor, born on January 6th, 1914 as Amos Muzyad Jahoob, once knelt down in prayer in front of a statue of Saint Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. He asked for guidance and help in his career, pledging in return to build a shrine to the saint.
Memphis, TN – John Malmo is chairman emeritus of Archer/Malmo Advertising and an independent marketing consultant. For more about Mr. Malmo - and to obtain a copy of his book of 110 two-minute business pearls - go to johnmalmo.com.