Sara Hoover



News and Features
7:30 am
Thu September 5, 2013

The War Tigers of 1942

The 1942 Memphis football team was the largest in the school’s history at the time with 56 players, but due to the draft lost team members throughout the season, contributing to its 2-7 record.
Courtesy of Fred Medling


There is a tradition of likening football to war, and in a dramatic season opener, the 1942 University of Memphis football team combined the two.

That moment shaped the lives of freshmen Fred Medling and Robert Humphreys, who are the definition of BFFs: best friends forever.

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10:16 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Remembering Bobby "Blue" Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1996.
Credit Photo by Masahiro Sumori

Part crooner, part blues howler, the great Bobby “Blue” Bland had a voice that influenced the entire genre of soul music. “The Lion of the Blues” died at his home in Germantown on June 23, 2013. He was 83.

His memorial service was held at First Baptist Church – Broad on Thursday, June 27. The funeral procession, en route to Memorial Park Cemetery, made a detour down Beale Street, where Bland’s storied career began.

A group of musicians joined in playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” as the coffin and a string of Limousines passed the onlookers.

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Mid-South News
10:07 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Sputnik Monroe Wrestler… And Troubadour

Sputnik Monroe in the wrestling ring.
Credit Courtesy Natalie Bell.

When people think of wrestler Sputnik Monroe’s records, they think of his stance against segregation and his wrestling titles. They don’t think of the songs he recorded on vinyl, his literal record. But the man who in the late 1950s desegregated Memphis’ main wrestling auditorium, one of the first things to be desegregated in the city, was also a trailblazer of another sort. In 1959, Monroe became one of the first wrestlers to ever cut a record.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Still Not Out: Tigers’ Baseball Icon Is World's Longest Serving Bat Boy

Stan Bronson Jr. takes a bow at the end of the seventh inning during a University of Memphis Tigers baseball home game in May 2007.
Credit University of Memphis Athletics

If you think you’ve been at your job for a long time, think again.

Stan Bronson Jr. has been the bat boy for the baseball team at the University of Memphis for more than half a century. He holds the “most durable bat boy” title in the Guinness Book of World Records, has a retired jersey on the outfield wall, and is a beloved icon to generations of students and Tigers fans.

To acknowledge Bronson’s years of service, at the end of the seventh inning of each home game, Bronson stands on home plate, tips his hat and takes a bow.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Nothing Fishy About It: Gas Station Sushi That’s Also Gourmet

Lee's Fresh Sushi & Deli BP gas station at the corner of Poplar and Ridgeway avenues.
Credit Sara Hoover

The idea of gas station sushi might conjure images of raw fish sitting out for hours, and rice that has turned crispy and hard. The thought is so shudder-inducing, the insurance company, Esurance, made a commercial comparing raw fish bought by the pump to sketchy auto insurance. “We all make bad decisions,” the voiceover for that commercial goes, “like, say, gas station sushi. Cheap is good, and sushi good, but cheap sushi—not so good.”

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