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25 years ago — 1993

LOS AN­GE­LES — Rock mu­si­cian Frank Zappa, who rode to fame in the late 1960s as leader of the ec­cen­tric Moth­ers of Invention, died Satur­day evening at his Los An­ge­les home from the com­pli­ca­tions of prostate cancer he had been bat­tling for years. He was 52. The pro­lific gui­tarist was one of rock’s pre­mier icon­o­clasts. In an era of in­creas­ing com­mer­cial­ism, he never tired of com­pos­ing, strum­ming, singing and phi­los­o­phiz­ing to the beat of a wildly dif­fer­ent drum­mer. “Peo­ple think of me as some sort of de­ranged co­me­dian,” Zappa once said in a mag­a­zine in­ter­view. Or, some might say, a mu­si­cal coun­ter­part to Mad Mag­a­zine.

50 years ago — 1968

The 44-year-old Ho­tel Clar­idge, plagued by poor busi­ness for sev­eral years, will be de­mol­ished start­ing next spring to make way for a 25-story of­fice-ho­tel build­ing, which is to cost be­tween “seven and eight mil­lion dol­lars.” De­vel­oper Sam Dat­tel and his fam­ily own the Clar­idge and the en­tire block from Jef­fer­son to Adams and from Main to Front. Mr. Dat­tel said the in­abil­ity of the ho­tel to re­gain fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity, an oc­cu­pancy rate of “less than 50 per cent” and a grow­ing need for new high-rise motelof­fice con­struc­tion dic­tated his de­ci­sion to raze the 400room Mem­phis land­mark ho­tel.

75 years ago — 1943

“In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the gallery’s twenty-fifth an­niver­sary and in grate­ful ac­knowl­edg­ment to Mrs. Samuel Hamil­ton Brooks for her gen­er­ous gift to the cit­i­zens of Mem­phis.” Th­ese words, pref­ac­ing the 25th an­niver­sary brochure of Brooks Me­mo­rial Art Gallery in 1941, yes­ter­day gained added sig­nif­i­cance with the death of Mrs. Bessie Vance Brooks, widow of Samuel Hamil­ton Brooks and donor of the gallery to the city. Mrs. Brooks died yes­ter­day at her home in Day­tona Beach, Fla., where she had lived the last 25 years. Brooks Me­mo­rial Art Gallery was do­nated in 1916 by Mrs. Brooks in mem­ory of her hus­band’s pub­lic-spir­ited devo­tion to the city for 54 years.

100 years ago — 1918

In re­sponse to gov­ern­ment re­quest, “Amer­i­can­iza­tion Day” will be ob­served this af­ter­noon at the Nine­teenth Cen­tury Club. Mrs. C.P.J. Mooney and Mrs. G.T. Fitzhugh will ren­der vo­cal num­bers and Miss Sarah Wright will give a dra­matic read­ing.

125 years ago — 1893

It is ut­terly shame­ful that the Cos­sitt Li­brary, on which ev­ery ar­chi­tec­tural adorn­ment was lav­ished, has been com­pleted al­most a year and is still with­out books. Napoleon Hill, one of the li­brary’s di­rec­tors, is ad­dress­ing him­self earnestly to rais­ing a book fund. Ev­ery adult Mem­phian should con­trib­ute im­me­di­ately.

From left, Mr. and Mrs. Don Kessinger, Mr. and Mrs. Wil­liam B. Tan­ner and Mr. and Mrs. De­Witt Shy talk rac­quet­ball at the Rac­quet Club of Mem­phis on 6 Dec 1975. They were at­tend­ing a brunch and the topic of con­ver­sa­tion was the up­com­ing Wil­liam B. Tan­ner Pro-Am Rac­quet­ball cham­pi­onship. BAR­NEY SELL­ERS / THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

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