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Archive: 2021

Watch Bill Haltom's Interview With WREG

Posted on September 23rd, 2021

What started as Sears Crosstown has become Crosstown Concourse and now its past, present and future have been captured in the newest book from Mid-South author Bill Haltom

Click Here to watch the interview 

The Snail Darter is Alive and Well, But Where is My T-Shirt?

Posted on September 16th, 2021

The snail darter, at the time one of Tennessee's endangered species, proved to be a feisty little creature.  It was fruitful, multiplied and survived.

STATE SHOULD HONOR THREE TENNESSEE MEN INSTRUMENTAL IN RATIFYING 19TH AMENDMENT

Posted on August 23rd, 2021

Placing busts of Reps. Joseph Hanover, Banks Turner and Harry Burn in the State Capitol will tell the story of their role in suffrage for women. 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CROSSTOWN'S MANY PHASES

Posted on August 12th, 2021

This article and podcast, "The Sidebar", features my recent interview with Eric Barnes and Todd Richardson.  It is reprinted with the permission of The Daily Memphian.  

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! REMEMBERING RON POPEIL

Posted on August 3rd, 2021

Last week America lost one of its greatest inventors with the death of Ron Popeil.  He ranks in the pantheon of legendary device-developing geniuses, alongside Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Henry Ford. 

CIVICS CLASS, "SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK" DIDN'T PREPARE US FOR MODERN POLITICS

Posted on July 27th, 2021

The following is my column from today's issue of The Tennessean, and it is reprinted with the permission of the Tennessee USA Today Network.  

Between partisan fights and filibusters, bills face previously unimaginable roadblocks to becoming laws on the state and federal levels.

MEMORIES OF MY SPACESHIP

Posted on July 21st, 2021

In 1961, when I was 9 years old, I built a spaceship.  It was made of cardboard, and it sat on a launching pad in the driveway in front of my house.  My mother and father parked on the street in front of our house for several days before the scheduled launch so as to avoid running over my space craft.

TOO MUCH NEWS, TOO LITTLE JOURNALISM

Posted on July 8th, 2021

I am a news junkie.  I read five newspapers each morning, not from cover to cover, but from screen to screen. 

My favorite time of the week is early Sunday morning.  I get the big thick Sunday newspaper (that’s a news Paper, not a news screen!), crawl in it, and read my way out of it! 

A TRIBUTE TO THE FINEST DAD I EVER MET

Posted on June 15th, 2021

This is from my book, Daddies: An Endangered Species.  It was published back in 1996 and dedicated to my father.  Dad passed away in 2013.  As we approach Father’s Day, 2021, these words I wrote a quarter century ago remain a tribute to him and to all wonderful fathers. 

"HOW YA DOING?" WHY THAT QUESTION TURNED GREETING WILL SAVE CIVILITY

Posted on June 7th, 2021

In these increasingly uncivil times, let's preserve civility by greeting one another, and even strangers, by asking, "How ya doing?" and quickly adding, "Bless your heart!"  

THE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY MARRIAGE

Posted on May 18th, 2021

Some 40 years ago this week I played a very small role in a wedding at the Holly Avenue Methodist Church in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.  I was the groom.  

A VERY SHORT SPEECH ON LAW DAY

Posted on April 28th, 2021

This Saturday, May 1st, is Law Day, the annual day when we Americans should celebrate one of the things that makes America great … the Rule of Law.

I'M NOT A LAWYER'S CLIENT, BUT I PLAY ONE ON TV

Posted on April 19th, 2021

AMERICA IS OBSESSED WITH THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY AND WANTS ITS OWN

Posted on March 21st, 2021

HOW GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY SAVED MEMPHIS' BELOVED OVERTON PARK

Posted on March 3rd, 2021

One Man, One Vote, But No Choice: Gerrymandering is Destroying Democracy

Posted on February 24th, 2021

PEYTON MANNING RETURNS TO BOWL GAMES

Posted on February 9th, 2021

On Sunday night, Tom Brady proved that middle-aged quarterbacks can still lead a team to victory in the Super Bowl.  But Tom Brady is not the only old quarterback who can star in bowl games these days. 

DONALD TRUMP SEARCHES FOR PERRY MASON

Posted on February 3rd, 2021

Next Tuesday, February 9, former President Donald Trump is scheduled to go on trial for impeachment in the United States Senate.  His prospects for an acquittal look excellent. 

IF ONLY THERE HAD BEEN A BRIEF CONCESSION SPEECH

Posted on January 19th, 2021

Some of the greatest political speeches I have ever heard have been concession speeches.