Bumpers: A senator remembered

posted by rexnelson on January 6th, 2016

Dale Bumpers’ charisma isn’t easy to put into words. You had to experience it. It was my great fortune to cover him as a newspaper reporter for several years, experiencing the magic on a daily basis. We’ll never see another one quite like him.

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Red: Born to coach

posted by rexnelson on January 5th, 2016

Red Parker was born to be a coach. Like fellow south Arkansas native Paul “Bear” Bryant, he was dead within weeks of his final game.

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Tomb of Doom (now Boom)

posted by rexnelson on December 30th, 2015

Almost a quarter of a century after it opened, The Pyramid appears to have found (as the real estate folks like to say) its highest and best use. The place that Memphis residents once called the Tomb of Doom has become the Tomb of Boom.

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From Crump to Liberty

posted by rexnelson on December 28th, 2015

The WFL, USFL, CFL, NFL and XFL all have had a presence at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium through the years. Who’s next? We’ll just have to wait and see as the long but colorful saga of Memphis and professional football continues.

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Give me Liberty (Bowl)

posted by rexnelson on December 28th, 2015

The Liberty Bowl has come a long way since the cold afternoon of Dec. 19, 1959, in Philadelphia.

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The Most Southern City on Earth

posted by rexnelson on December 24th, 2015

Thousands of Razorback fans will head to Memphis next week for the Liberty Bowl. The Most Southern City on Earth has a tradition of welcoming visitors from Arkansas.

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Mincemeat pie (and other Christmas treats)

posted by rexnelson on December 21st, 2015

I’m drawn to these six words written by the late Richard Allin: “So many good traditions have passed.” I’m a traditionalist, especially at Christmas. That’s why there will be a mincemeat pie and a fruitcake at our home Friday.”

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Fruitcake lovers unite

posted by rexnelson on December 18th, 2015

You can bet that the Corsicana fruitcake from the Collin Street Bakery, still using Gus Weidmann’s recipe, will be on our table once again this Christmas.

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The Louisiana Purchase survey

posted by rexnelson on December 9th, 2015

Thanks to John Gill, Sharon Priest, Ron Maxwell and the Arkansas State Parks for not letting us forget the survey that changed America.

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Pine Bluff’s turning point

posted by rexnelson on December 3rd, 2015

An entire state is watching to see if Pine Bluff’s government, civic and business leaders can put aside personal interests and pull together to turn around an important Arkansas city.

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