Down in southwest Arkansas

posted by rexnelson on March 4th, 2016

In some ways, southwest Arkansas is the forgotten part of our state. But it has its charms.

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The 1836 Club

posted by rexnelson on February 25th, 2016

There’s new life for the Packet House in the area of Little Rock once known as Carpetbaggers’ Row.

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Lenten thoughts on NOLA

posted by rexnelson on February 11th, 2016

A new New Orleans has evolved in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. And it’s worth a visit.

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Fat Tuesday musings

posted by rexnelson on February 9th, 2016

On this Fat Tuesday, there’s much to celebrate for those of us who know what it means to miss New Orleans.

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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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