Memphis, TN – Fifty years ago a guy named Arthur Meyerhoff was issued the first patent for a non-stick cooking spray. As a product of Arthur Meyerhoff, naturally he named it PAM. And PAM is right up there today with Tabasco, Morton's Salt and Heinz Catsup as one of the most ubiquitous brands in American kitchens.
Memphis, TN – In 1848, a little school by the name of the Masonic University of Tennessee was founded in Clarksville, Tennessee. In 1850 the name changed to Montgomery Masonic College and still later was renamed as Stewart College in honor of its president William M. Stewart.
Memphis, TN – Downtown Memphis is full of beautiful but forgotten architecture. One example is the Sterick Building on Madison. Today it is run down, with a poor paint job and dirty windows. But in its prime, the Sterick was known as the Queen of Memphis.
Memphis, TN – This is a government story with a definite business angle. Because government always is the fastest growing business in America. New York City spends over 13-million dollars a year on rat control. New York has a lot of rats. But the city's only measurement of success is the number of rat bites reported annually.
Memphis, TN – The Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, has had a long uneven history. When the hotel first opened in the 1920's, it was called the Windsor. In the era of Jim Crow segregation, it was one of the few hotels which welcomed black travelers.