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 WHEN THE HOLIDAY SEASON ARRIVED BY MAIL

It was the most exciting day of the year for a boy from Memphis.  It was a day in November when a very special publication arrived in the mail. 

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A QUESTION FOR THOSE WITH COVID-19 VACCINATION HESITANCY: WHY NOW?

Vaccinations have protected humans against a myriad of diseases for decades.  The COVID-19 vaccine will do the same. 

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HOW GROWNUPS TOOK OVER HALLOWEEN

When I was a boy growing up in north Memphis in the 60s, Halloween was a big night for me and the other kids in my neighborhood.  We dressed like ghosts and goblins, roamed the streets, appeared on front porches, rang doorbells, yelled “Trick or Treat!” and demanded that strangers gave us candy bars.  And they did.  Bagfuls of them.

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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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