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CONTENTS

Features

April 2018

Signature Memphis • 12 Don Hutson CEO of U. S. Learning strives to be an inspiration to others

StreetSeen • 14 Dr. Noelle Trent Life path led to the National Civil Rights Museum

StreetSeen • 18 Richard Copley Telling unforgettable stories with his photographs

RSVPhillippi • 49 Dennis Phillippi Demographics if television advertising says a lot

Events

Hunter and Kim Thompson

Bodine Bash • 24 Fundraiser commemorated the school’s 45th anniversary

Julie Escobar and Stephanie Connelly

Memphis Moments • 16, 20, 22, 30, 31, 36, 42, 44 & 46

Cover Photo David and Angela Moss at the Mid-South Heart Ball Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo Mississippi River Landing, Memphis Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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Andre and Monica Wharton

Mid-South Heart Ball • 32 Event spreads awareness of cardiovascular disease and healthy living

Lauren Yoakum and Madelyn Gray

Hand of Hope • 38 Auction Party benefits the Exchange Club Family Center


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April 2018 Publisher Roy Haithcock

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Account Executive Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

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Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Virginia Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Gaye Swan Rebekah Yearout Art Director Kim Coleman Photographers Baxter Buck Don Perry Steve Roberts Rebekah Yearout

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LayLay JayJay and LayLay are two little chihuahuas that we pulled from a shelter in Dyersburg. They're the cutest pair that absolutely adore being able to explore a new yard or sit in someone's lap and cuddle. LayLay has a large mammary mass that we are constantly monitoring at this point (more health info can be given to any interested adopters). They are both eleven years old with JayJay weighing 9 pounds and LayLay weighing 6 pounds. These two oldies need a forever home to spend the rest of their lives at together!

Daisy and Louise are two poodles with a ton of personality! We also pulled them from a shelter in Dyersburg. Louise has Cushings disease and an old eye ulcer that ruptured while Daisy has bilateral cateracts (more health info can be given to any interested adopters). However, neither of these girls act like anything is ever wrong! They get around just fine and have confidence like no other. Louise is ten years old and weighs 12 pounds. Daisy is eight years old and weighs 12 pounds. These two outgoing poodles would love a home to call their own!

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Carter is native Memphian and a veteran of the broadcast industry, and magazine publishing. He is also a freelance voiceover talent and can be heard on WKNO 91.1FM on Sundays. Carter is an avid animal lover and likes to work with aquariums as a hobby. He enjoys his East Memphis home with his wife and 2 dogs, and 6 cats.

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From the Editor

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t is exciting to see that the annual “Greening of Memphis” is happening. Flowering trees and all sorts of bulbs are in bloom. The landscape is awakening its softer side after the winter and its time for us to get outside while the temperatures remain relatively mild. Check out the many trails at the Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Or meander the garden paths at The Dixon. With Food Truck Fridays returning this month, admission to the gardens is free on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Looking to add to your own little patch of green? You’re in luck because this is also the month for our local Spring Plant Sales. Dates for the one at MBG are April 12, preview party; and April 13 & 14, plant sale. Lichterman Nature Center will hold its sale on April 13, too. The Dixon will not hold its Spring Plant Sale this year; however, some plants will be for sale when they host the Memphis Flower Show, April 14 & 15, which is open to the public, free of charge. The Dixon is also offering Saturday morning tours of its Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden. Another way to “get your green on” can be found at our area farmers markets. Locally grown produce that has been nurtured on area farms and is now making its way to a farmers market near you. But before you head out the door, there are a few markets that, for one reason or another will be missing this seasons: Arlington Open Air Market - Walker Street; Church Health and MIFA Farmers Market - Union Avenue; Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market - Cherry Road; and MFM Squared - Court Square in Downtown Memphis. Some of these markets, like the one in Arlington, expect to return in another season or two, with bigger and better facilities. The others...well, not so much. But don’t despair, there are plenty of markets taking place across our community, and many of them will open this month. If the timing of these markets doesn’t mesh with your schedule, there’s something new since last Spring that might help — a Farmers Market delivery service call SingBean. You can pick and choose what you want and how much you want from a variety of farmers by going online to www.singbean.com. Customers can pick up their orders at Trolley Stop (704 Madison) on Wednesdays, from 3 - 8 p.m. Free deliveries are available on Wednesdays, 3 - 8 p.m. for orders of $25 or more, in selected zones (see the delivery map on their website). Watch for them to grow their hours as the summer season progresses.

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Don Hutson Speaker, Author, Sales & Negotiations expert, and CEO of U. S. Learning Meaningful affiliations: The U of M Board of Visitors; The Society of Entrepreneurs; Founding Board, Past President of The National Speakers Association.

Hometown: I was born in Norman OK, but didn’t care for

Oklahoma, so moved to Memphis when I was 6 months old… here ever since.

Favorite Song: Rhapsody in Blue (and anything else Gershwin)

Your Lucky Charm: My wife, Terri Your Best Quality: Genuinely wanting to be an inspiration to others

A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite to Dinner: Sir Winston Churchill. If he’s tied up, Mark Twain. If another guest is allowed, I would love to have Jesus join us.

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Boating on the Mississippi River Favorite Place to Travel: Singapore Best Memphis Hangout: The University Club First Car You Owned: A ’57 Oldsmobile 88 Coupe Place You Go to Think: My study, my deck or our community park Best Advice You Ever Got: Think abundance, not scarcity, in everything you do. Your Most Annoying Habit: To some, I’m sure it’s my endless optimism. The Highlight of Your Day: Waking up healthy and happy in America! Proudest Moment of Your Life: Walking down 6th Avenue in New York City with Dr.

Who Would Play You in a Movie: Mel Gibson Something You’ll Never Live Down: My nickname from high school, “Duck.” One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: I’d like to achieve total peace and joy in knowing I’ve had a life well-lived — I’m still working on it!

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Dr. Noelle Trent Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts

All roads led to the National Civil Rights Museum


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r. Noelle Trent, a native of West Chester, PA, moved to the Washington, DC area as a teenager. She remained in DC for college, and earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, at Howard University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate. Although she started college with an undeclared major, it soon become clear that American history was her calling. “It wasn’t a great surprise for me that my career path led me to working in a museum,” explained Dr. Trent. “I grew up going to art museums, history museums and African-American museums. But even more influential was my relationship with one of our church members, an anthropologist who had a collection of black dolls, some dating back to the 1830s. These African-American images made me wonder about the stories connected with those dolls. That curiosity spilled over into questions about people. I found I was passionate about their histories and experiences. And being in DC, that’s like being in the ‘Hollywood’ of public history.” Dr. Trent’s academics were combined with internships at some of the nation’s most prominent institutions, like the National Archives and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She later worked as a Park Ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. These experiences cemented her desire to preserve people’s stories and their legacies. After graduation, she worked as a freelance researcher and contributed to the permanent exhibitions at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. With an eye toward doing something different, she began a job search that led to a posting for a position at the National Civil Rights Museum. “I had only been to Memphis once for a brief stay, but I liked what I had seen,” recalled Dr. Trent. “After a series of interviews and an in-person tour of

the museum that included meeting a number of staff members, I waited to hear their response. When the phone call came that they wanted to hire me, I was on my way to Memphis within two weeks. That was in August 2015.” Now as Director of Interpretation, Collections, and Education at the National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Trent is having a profound effect on the face and the future of the facility. “If you want to look at, learn about or donate something, you come see me,” explained Dr. Trent. “I have team of five staff members that facilitates how the public interacts with the core exhibitions, items, programs of the museum.” Also, Dr. Trent works with the museum’s

Collections Manager, discussing possible acquisitions and traveling exhibitions. She explained that the exhibit “MLK 50: A Legacy Remembers” will include rarely seen photos from 1968, Dr. King’s last year. Of the museum’s 23 galleries, Dr. Trent recommended starting with the introductory film. “It gives background to help understand why the civil rights movement needed to happen,” said Dr. Trent. “Another place not to be hurried through is the Memphis Sanitation Workers exhibition. I think the museum does a really great job of honoring the voices of the sanitation workers. Also, through our presentation guests can hear a recording of Dr. King talking about his commitment to the workers. And what everyone wants to see is “The King Room,” Room 306 in the Lorraine Motel. That room has a very strong sense of ‘power of place’. It is one of the things that sets our museum apart, being on location where history happened.” Dr. Trent also pointed out that the museum’s outside courtyard offers iconic views and interpretive facts. “We want to inspire people to see themselves as part of the continuum for positive change,” concluded Dr. Trent. “Now, as it was then, regular, everyday people deciding to step up and take action.” For information about the National Civil Rights Museum and planned events, visit mlk50.civilrightsmuseum.org.

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Memphis Moment

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Alpha Omega Veterans Services Military Masquerade Ball

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he second annual Military Masquerade Ball was a spirited fundraiser designed to raise money to help veterans and spread awareness about Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS). Cordell Walker, executive director of AOVS, explained, “Alpha Omega Veterans Services is a nonprofit organization that helps homeless and disabled military veterans reintegrate into society by providing them with housing and other essential supportive services.” In keeping with the Mardi Gras theme, guests were encouraged to wear masks with their party attire. Colorful strand of beads decorated tables and Chef Gary Williams showed off his Creole cuisine with traditional dishes of red beans and rice, chicken and sausage jambalaya, crawfish etouffée, and bread pudding. Chef Erling Jensen spiced things up with an offering of buffalo meatballs. The Mighty Souls played lively tunes while guests perused silent auction items and later in the evening Memphis rapper Al Kapone brought his brand of music to the stage.

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Mayor Jim Strickland and Cordell Walker

Katy Langston, Nathan Berry and Bevan Lee

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Oona Mitchell and Al Kapone

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Capturing history in photographs

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts

Copley Richard


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ichard Copley grew up in Memphis. He went to Kingsbury and was a member of the first class to attend there for all 12 years. Upon graduation in 1964, he had begun to develop an interest in photography. In that way, the proverbial apple didn’t fall from the tree.

“My father was a really good amateur photographer,” recalled Copley. “And, my mother was gracious enough to let him use our only bathroom as his dark room. I fondly remember negatives and prints dripping from the shower rod over the bathtub to dry.” One of Copley’s first jobs after graduating high school was at Blue Light Studio, on the corner of Main Street and Beale. On Friday and Saturday nights, he says, “every walk of life would come in to get their picture taken.” Copley also found that he could earn extra income shooting weddings. Things moved up a notch while Copley was a student majoring in journalism at Memphis State. One of his fraternity brothers hooked him up with a parttime student job in photo services. “It was there that I met my mentor, Gil Michael, who was director of photo services at that time,” said Copley. “He called me in one day and told me that there was a union that needed some pictures taken. I was 22 years old at the time and had no idea what I was stepping into. It turned out to be the most important job of my life.” The union of reference was involved in the 1968 sanitation strike. “On Dr. King’s first visit to Memphis at Mason Temple, I covered that speech and he promised to come back to lead a march,” said Copley. “Then came a huge snowstorm that completely shut down the city, so the march was postponed. But on March 28, Dr. King led a march that started at Claiborne Temple and went to Beale Street. Sadly, the march turned violent. There was screaming and glass breaking — all hell broke loose. Almost immediately I was sprayed with pepper gas and tear gas, but I could still hear what was going on. It was a very sad day in Memphis.” Copley continued, “The National Guard was called in with tanks and patrolled the streets of Memphis. The next day there was a peaceful march that went on without incident and I managed to take my favorite photo of the civil rights movement.” That photo, titled, “Dignity,” features two sanitation workers wearing their Sunday best and stern looks, with

the word “Dignity” stenciled on a sign. However, Copley said his most famous photo from that time in Memphis is called “I am a Man”. Copley thought his goal was to become a photographer with National Geographic, but that didn’t happen. Five or six days later the sanitation strike was settled and he was back to being a college student — without any idea of the magnitude of the pictures he took being as important as they are today. As Copley’s career progressed, he became notable for other Memphis photos featured on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and shot live pictures from a helicopter showing limousines pulling out of Graceland for Elvis’ funeral. Copley worked in New York City providing photo coverage for NBC, CBS and ABC. He covered Katrina from Biloxi, and was on the top floor of “30 Rock” with Tom Brokaw doing the news the night of the 9/11 attacks. Fifty years after the MLK assignation, Copley’s iconic images are still taking him places. “I have an exhibit on display at the Stax Museum, as well as a show called ‘Striking Voices’ at the main library,” explained Copley. ”The latter photos are combined with photographs by Darrius Williams, who took portraits of family members of the sanitation workers.” Also, Copley is starting a countrywide tour to take his images to places that held significant events during the Civil Rights Movement, such as Greensboro, NC, where the International Civil Rights Center & Museum is located and where the now famous sit-in took place at a Woolworth counter. “The AFL/CIO is putting up an exhibit of my images in Washington, too,” added Copley. Copley’s iconic images are back in circulation, helping to tell the unforgettable story that happened right here in Memphis. For more information about Richard Copley and his photographs, visit https:// www.facebook.com/Richard-L-CopleyPhotography-122796538477005/.

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Page Robbins Winter Gala The Emerald City

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uests “followed the Yellow Brick Road” to the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody for the 2018 Page Robbins Winter Gala. The evening began with socializing and hors d’oeuvres. Attire for the event was black tie optional, but some partygoers showed up dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters. Inside the ballroom, music from the iconic movie added to the festive atmosphere. Gala chairs Dodd and Carole Williams welcomed the crowd and Father Jeff Marx, Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, gave the Invocation. A live auction, led by Terri Walker of Walker Auctions, added to the coffers of the evening in support of Page Robbins Adult Daycare Center. Attendees danced until midnight to the sounds of The Soul Shockers and a photo booth, sponsored by Renasant Bank, offered the opportunity for partygoers to capture their visit to “The Emerald City.”

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Association for Women Attorneys Annual Awards Banquet

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he Association for Women Attorneys paid tribute to The Hon. Claudia Haltom during its 2018 banquet. Haltom accepted AWA’s Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to women in the legal profession. Upon retiring from Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court, Haltom’s experience of serving as juvenile court magistrate for 17 years led her to found A Step Ahead Foundation. Since 2011 the foundation has provided Shelby County women free access to the most effective, long-acting, reversible methods of contraception. Its resources help women prevent unplanned pregnancies and enable them to plan their lives and their families. The banquet also included inductions of AWA’s 2018 officers and scholarship presentations to four students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis Judges Garland Erguden, Mitzi Pollard, Terre Fratesi and Loyce L. Ryan

Claudia Haltom and Tanja Mitchell

Tiffany Bowders, Anne Davis and Leah Hillis

Eileen Kuo and Laurie Christensen

Kimbrely Dandridge, Melody McNally, Diana Comes and Jeremy Holliday

Elizabeth and Judge David Rudolph

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Megan Warden and Jenna McDonald

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Sapphires & Blue Suede Shoes

he 2018 Bodine Bash was a lively event that took place at the Memphis Grand Carousel Pavilion and Ballroom at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The fundraiser commemorated the Bodine School’s 45th anniversary and celebrated the organization’s positive impact on numerous children and their families since the school’s founding in 1972. “Bodine is a nonprofit independent school serving students in grades 1-6 who have been diagnosed with dyslexia,” explained John Murphy, Head of School. “Bodine School’s mission is to lead the Mid-South in teaching students with dyslexia to read and succeed. Bodine students thrive in an excellent, well-rounded elementary school environment with an emphasis on research-based language arts instruction.” With the theme of Sapphires and Blue Suede Shoes, it was no surprise to see that Elvis was in the building. Actually, it was professional Elvis tribute artist Brian Lee Howell, and he made sure things stayed upbeat and “all shook up,” as attendees enjoyed a dinner on the pavilion catered by A Moveable Feast & Hog Wild Catering Co. Complimentary red and white

wine and four unique beer selections were provided by Memphis Filling Station, along with nonalcoholic sodas and bottled water. Guests made their way through tables laden with one-of-a-kind auction items like sporting event tickets, a beachfront vacation, and Memphis restaurant experiences. People used their mobile phones to place their bids on Bodine’s on-line auction site. Many of the party-goers also kicked up their heels and took a spin on the recently restored 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel. Live music by Memphis Soul Remedy closed out the evening. “This year’s fundraiser was sponsored by FedEx,” said Gretchen Klobucar, Director of Development at Bodine. “Proceeds from this event will enable Bodine School to make enhancements to the excellent elementary school experience that it provides for students with dyslexia. Charitable support helps make the school more accessible to mission-appropriate students across the Mid-South. Bodine School’s transformative programming is an essential educational resource for the Mid-South, as it is estimated that up to 20% of the population displays characteristics of dyslexia.”

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Science of Beer Popular Local Brewers Shine at the Pink Palace

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t’s been said that a little bit of hope can make big and wonderful things happen. For more than two decades, the Exchange Club Family Center has been in the business of hope and has made life better for fragile families throughout the Mid-South through trauma-focused counseling, group therapy and educational services. More than 300 supporters gathered at the Ballet Memphis Center at Overton Square for the 2018 Hands of Hope Auction Party, an annual fundraising gala. Guests arrived at valet parking and were ushered inside where they were greeted with glasses of sparkling wine and checked in for bidding in the silent auction. Among the many treasures up for grabs were tickets from Playhouse on the Square and The Orpheum Theatre, a case of fine wines from Southern Glazers Wines and Spirits, a $200 gift certificate to Capital Grille with a set of fine cutlery, and a black mink coat by Christian Dior. Others who generously donated items included Sissy’s Log Cabin, with an array of fine jewelry, FedEx St. Jude Golf Association, Nike, Advanced Dermatology Bounty on Broad, McEwen’s, Little Red Treehouse, Visha Skincare, and Silver Dunes of Destin. The live auction, presided over by Hunter Morris, featured paintings by local artists including Paul Edelstein, Rose

Sitton, Grace Skertich, Katelyn Russell and John Warmath. There was a wine and whiskey pull, as well as handcrafted birdhouses by Family Center clients, which could be purchased for a donation. Partygoers lined up for premium libations from the fully stocked open bar and feasted on mouth-watering goodies from CFY Catering. There was hot brown mac and cheese and cola braised Claybrook Farms short ribs served over smoked cheddar stone ground grits and cups of fresh vegan tomato soup. Desserts included lemon berry tartlets, white chocolate peach bread pudding and dark chocolate mousse cups. A fun addition to the party came from Marcy Milman Productions, who set up a photo booth, complete with props, for a unique picture memory of the evening. Guests danced the night away to the soulful sounds of Peabody Rocket. Presenting sponsors were IBERIABANK and State Systems. Other supporters included Ballet Memphis, Buster’s Liquors, North Berkley Wine, Holliday Flowers and Events, inferno, Bluff City Jaguar Land Rover, MCR Safety, Grinder Taber and Grinder, Ring Container Technologies, Signworks, Memphis Made Brewing, Autozone, AC Electric, Macy’s, and Morgan and Morgan.

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Literacy is Key A Book and Author Event

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elicious aromas filled the air at the annual Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) Gumbo Contest, as a lively crowd mingled and sampled the savory treats. Presented by Memphis Hilton, this year’s Mardi Gras celebration boasted 18 teams who competed for prizes awarded by a panel of judges, and by guests who voted for their favorites. Rouxing on the River won first place from the judges, while Roux-thless Dames captured the hearts (and tastebuds) of the people. “We are proud to do this for the eighth year,” said Jonathan Cole, chair of the event. “Gumbo is a very egalitarian dish that brings different ingredients and people together.”

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Wine for Wishes Benefiting the Mid-South Chapter of Make-A-Wish

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he Make-A-Wish Mid-South Associate Board hosted the eighth annual Wine for Wishes at The Cadre Building. Over 400 guests enjoyed wine tasting, a wine pull, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Buster’s Liquors donated the 16 featured wines, Staks Pancake Kitchen donated the desserts, and guests were treated to a signature cocktail donated by Old Dominick’s Distillery. The bartenders were courtesy of Memphis Bar Ties. Attendees enjoyed the sounds of Charvey Mac as they mingled and bid on the many silent auction items. “The Associate Board is a group of 19 young professionals who meet monthly to raise awareness for Make-A-Wish within our age group. Wine for Wishes is our premier event, and we are so happy with this year’s turnout. We expect to raise enough money to grant at least seven wishes,” said event chair Mallory Podesta.

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L ike a of people, as I get older I’m more and more likely to watch a rerun of an old television show than I am to watch a new one. It seems like By Dennis Phillippi most new TV shows are either about forensics, off brand superheroes, or some kind of contest where the idea seems to be to see which terrible person can be the most terrible. For me there’s great comfort in watching a sitcom from when I was younger, or even catching up on a silly detective show I never watched when it was new. The shows themselves are the broadcast equivalent of comfort food. Reruns of Cheers or Castle are like mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. The problem is that all of these shows appear on networks where the advertisers seem deeply concerned about my prostate health, possible malpractice suits I should file, or how much supplemental insurance we’re carrying. Which, by the way, is none. I refuse to take life advice from a duck. This had started to bother me because I thought; why on earth are they running ads on this channel? This is where I get my daily fix of M*A*S*H. Why aren’t they aiming at their ideal demographic? Then it started to really bother me when I realized I am their ideal demographic. Advertisers target different age groups for different things. Your 12-17 year olds are rich in stupid, so computer games and acne treatments get aimed at them. 18-24, believe it or not, is even thicker with dumb, that’s why they’re the ones flashy cars, energy drinks, and gym memberships are pushed towards. When you get to the 25-34 range you’re starting to get to people who have earned some actual money, and here come the ads for pricey booze, unpalatable but expensive beers, and websites to help them buy houses in safe neighborhoods. 35-44 is where the real moola can be found and they’re the ones who get non-stop encouragement to invest in risky things, go on ridiculous vacations, and websites to find houses in even safer neighborhoods. By the time they get to 45-54 the ads are all about the fact that the people in that demographic range are becoming aware that they are slowing down, so they need dietary supplements, cosmetic dentistry, and drugs to make a man more...manly. Then along comes my generation, I’m 54 but the 55-64 ads are mainly about whether or not using any of the things you were sold in your forties have given you a disease you don’t know you have.

My generation gets a lot of commercials about reverse mortgages, because those really safe neighborhoods don’t come cheap, invisible, comfortable, water proof undergarments and prepaid funerals.

For one thing; no one at your funeral is under oath. I don’t plan to settle for a formulaic sermon from a minister I’ve never met. I plan to have a eulogy delivered by a minister who has never met me all right, because he’s going to be reading a eulogy written by me and it’s going to be chock full of lies. Mourners are going to walk out of that service with a whole new appreciation of me. That’s the one that gets me. These ads are pure scare tactics that if you don’t go ahead and pony up the dough for your last hurrah, then you’re going to bankrupt your family, which will

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make them hate you for dying. At first the idea of spending money on something so ghoulish was disturbing. It’s the ultimate example of paying for something you will not get to enjoy. Like paying into Social Security. Then it dawned on me; I have the power to dictate my own swansong. I’ve been to a lot of funerals that were obviously part of a list of options the funeral home already has in place. It’s an awful time when you lose a loved one and it’s a lot easier to just choose package B, that comes with this price range coffin, this type of flowers, and one of the many soothing musical choices. It’s perfectly understandable that a family in this situation would take the easiest possible option, but what if you planned ahead? For one thing; no one at your funeral is under oath. I don’t plan to settle for a formulaic sermon from a minister I’ve never met. I plan to have a eulogy delivered by a minister who has never met me all right, because he’s going to be reading a eulogy written by me and it’s going to be chock full of lies. Mourners are going to walk out of that service with a whole new appreciation of me. They’ll stand around before heading to the graveside discussing how they had no idea I saved all those kids form that burning orphanage. What a surprise that a guy who talked about himself so much never once mentioned his Nobel Prize. How modest he was, they’ll say. “I had no idea he was a marine”, one would say. Another would mention my relentless efforts to eliminate homelessness. Sure, they could hear a true eulogy, which would amount to saying; “He was married for a really long time, and is not leaving his wife with crushing debt because he didn’t plan his funeral.” Oh, and don’t think for one second I won’t be making an appearance. I might not look like George Clooney now, but I’m sure I look better than I’m going to look just before I have my very disappointing visit to the Pearly Gates. Lately I’ve been thinking about going ahead and shooting my final farewells. I just won’t mention anyone by name because there’s no telling who is going to idiot themselves right out of my final farewell between now and then. Then comes the really fun part; the visit to the graveside. People might not remember my tearful goodbye or the minister’s stirring description of my many heroic deeds, but that tombstone is going to be there until the dinosaurs come back and you’d better believe it’s going to be big, have my face carved into it, and have a long list of the lies I made that poor minister read. And the last demographic? It’s just 65+. Anything over 65 is apparently considered bonus time.

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his wonderful picture of young dancers all decked out in their tutus, ballet slippers and holding floral-festooned hoops, is part of the Nadia Price Collection at The Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Although we don’t know much about this particular photograph, we do know that Ms. Price was a premiere photographer in Memphis from the mid 1940s though the early 1970s. Memphians “of a certain age” will certainly remember her studio, Photography by Nadia, located on South Cooper Street. We welcome comments and/or information about this photograph, which is #84 in the Price Collection and simply titled “1958 Festival Garland Dance.” Photo courtesy of the Nadia Price Collection If you have a past photo you would like to share with RSVP readers, please contact Emily Adams Keplinger at 276-7787 ext. 105 or e-mail the photo and caption to editor@rsvpmagazine.com All photos will be returned promptly.

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