Sears Crosstown in Memphis

When it opened in 1927, Sears Crosstown, now Crosstown Concourse, was the southeastern regional warehouse and distribution center for the Sears Catalogue mail-order empire. Each day, more than forty-five thousand orders were processed by more than 1,500 workers. As a result, Sears Crosstown became known locally as “the Wish Building.” For more than half a century, the iconic building and its surrounding neighborhood flourished until the decline of Sears in the 1980s. For decades, the once dynamic destination for commerce was vacant and shuttered. Then a unique group of Memphians emerged to resurrect Sears Crosstown with a plan most thought was impossible.  In his latest book, Bill tells the story of “the Wish Building”—its past, present and future.

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REMEMBERING BOB SAGET: THE LAST GREAT TV DAD

When I was growing up watching TV in the 1950s and the 1960s, it was a golden era for TV dads.  All the heroes on TV at that time were either daddies or cowboys or both, like Ben Cartwright on “Bonanza,” the wonderful father of Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. 

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UNTIL THEN, WE’LL HAVE TO MUDDLE THROUGH SOMEHOW

It is one of the greatest and most popular Christmas songs of all time.  But over the years, some of the lyrics of the song have been changed.  This Christmas we need to remember the original lyrics and the powerful message they conveyed. 

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REUNITED WITH MR. BINGLE

When I was a little boy growing up in Memphis in the 1950s, we never had a white Christmas.  But we always had a Christmas snowman.  His name was Mr. Bingle, and he was a Memphis Christmas icon. 

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Why Can't Mother Vote?
Why Can't Mother Vote?

On August 18, 1920, thirty-year-old Tennessee State Representative Joseph Hanover walked through the lobby of The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville to be greeted by cheers and jeers. Joe Hanover had become the nation’s leading male voice in the fight for woman suffrage. The most powerful forces in Tennessee opposed him. But Joe Hanover, a Polish immigrant, was not going to back away from the fight. He asked, “Why can’t Mother vote?” And then he set about to take care of the unfinished business of Democracy.

In his latest book, Bill tells the inspirational story of this unsung hero of woman suffrage.

Available December 23, 2019. To order email Bill at Whaltom@comcast.net or Jacque Hillman, Publisher, hillhelengroup@gmail.com, or call 731-394-2894. Mailed orders: $28 includes shipping.

The book will also be available at Burke’s Books and Novel Memphis, and online at Amazon.com and other booksellers.

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Full Court Press: How Pat Summitt, a High School Basketball Player, and a Legal Team Changed the Game
Full Court Press: How Pat Summitt, a High School Basketball Player, and a Legal Team Changed the Game

In his latest book, Bill has teamed up with a brilliant young writer—Amanda Swanson—to tell the story of a game-changing lawsuit, Victoria Cape v. the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. 

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