The Commercial Appeal
25 years ago — 1998
Remembrance of things past yields tired clones. The ’70s are back with a vengeance. A new version of “The Love Boat” premieres on UPN next month. ABC is developing an updated “Fantasy Island.” But first, we get two variations on “Three’s Company” but without the leering. Thank goodness for small favors. How can it be that two shows with almost identical premises end up premiering two days apart on two different networks? Call it creative drought.
50 years ago — 1973
NASHVILLE – The Senate, by a one-sided vote Thursday, approved a bill which, if held valid, would circumvent the pairing and clustering of public schools.
75 years ago — 1948
When President Truman nestles his head onto a White House pillow this night, he can be free from worry over one question: “I wonder if Ed Crump down in Memphis really meant what he said last week about voting for any Democratic nominee but me at Philadelphia?” For Mr. Crump — figuratively — looked President Truman straight in the eye yesterday and said: “I will be a candidate for delegate-at-large from Tennessee at the Philadelphia convention in July on a platform against Truman and his civil rights program, pledging never to vote for Truman under any circumstances.”
100 years ago — 1923
CHICAGO – Syncopated and jazz gowns have passed with the syncopated ways of the flapper, but in their stead the “chappie doll,” a three-foot mannikin worn tied to the wrist, will accompany the extremists in fashion this season. It is a fad imported from England and much in vogue there.
125 years ago — 1898
ATLANTA – Memphis is all right, and the members of the Southern Publishers’ Association appreciate that fact, for they intend to hold the next meeting in Memphis, during September. Richmond was a candidate and the gentlemen from North and South Carolina and Virginia strove manfully for Richmond, but the Memphis delegate won after a sharp struggle.