Graceland in Memphis Hosts Major Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

What a delicious looking candy apple. Scrumptiously juicy. Gloriously red. Covered in tempting caramel. The sweetness seems ready to melt in your mouth. Ah, but this is a Walt Disney apple. Most people are aware of what that means. Yep, this is the poison caramel apple used in the 2007 Disney film Enchanted. And we know what happened to the beautiful young lady who took a bite of the poisoned fruit in that fairy tale. However, this …

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Snack fit for a king

Memphis – Now I know why Elvis loved them so much. I also know why he packed on so many pounds. With the American Queen riverboat now based in Memphis, Tennessee, I have another good reason for visiting one of my favorite cities. I also make it a point to drop by Graceland whenever I’m in town. Not only is there always something new to see at Graceland and something old to remember, there is also that …

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Bikes rumble on Beale Street

  The deep rumble of motorcycles joins with the blues riffs of horns for a noisy symphony on this busy street. It’s Bike Night on Beale Street in Memphis, where folks come to see and be seen — with or without motorcycles. At one end of Beale is 77-year-old Marvin Shackelford, lounging near his 2005 red, white and blue Harley. How long has he been riding? “I started riding in 1947,” he said. “I’ve had more bikes …

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Peabody Hotel duck march a tradition

As new Duckmaster at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Anthony Petrina has no doubts who is boss. After trailing the fowl on their daily march to the elevator, Petrina acknowledges the obvious. “The ducks don’t actually follow me,” he admitted. “They lead me.” As only the fifth Duckmaster in the history of the legendary Peabody, Anthony does a great job of being in charge of the popular birds. At 11 each morning, the ducks step to John …

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Snack fit for a king

Now I know why Elvis loved them so much. I also know why he packed on so many pounds. Fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches are not for sissies. They aren’t cute little banana slivers atop skinny slices of whole wheat bread with a wispy hint of peanut butter. Nope. This is the king of all sandwiches — drenched in butter and dripping with enough calories to reduce pants’ fit by a whole size. Take a look …

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Former home of Elvis opened to public 30 years ago

“Welcome to my world,” Elvis sings as our shuttle crosses the street to enter the musical gates of Graceland. The former home of Elvis is a strange bubble in time. It is not near as grand as many visitors think it would be. Rock stars and other entertainers have far more elaborate homes today. It is a tribute that Elvis chose to live in his hometown – and he is still a powerful source of income for …

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Sun Studio where Elvis, many others started

When 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio for the first time, he was asked who he sounded like. His reply, “I don’t sound like nobody.” When he sang, “That’s all right, momma,” listeners agreed. Sun Studio became known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. “It was phenomenal,” said studio tour guide Jayne White. “You’re walking on hallowed ground when you come in here.” On July 5, 1954, Elvis recorded his first single, “That’s All Right,” …

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Memphis shop was clothier to Elvis

As a teenager, Elvis Presley would soak up the music of Beale Street and admire the fashions in the Lansky Brothers shop. Of course, buying fine clothes was out of reach for the poor boy. One day, shop owner Bernard Lansky saw the teen outside his window and invited Elvis in to look around. Admiring the wealth of clothes, Elvis said he didn’t have any money. But when he got rich, the boy vowed, he was going …

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American Queen chooses Memphis for new homeport

If you happen to see the American Queen cruising along one of America’s rivers, take a close look at that name beneath the big red paddlewheel. Proudly posted on the back of the riverboat is the American Queen’s new homeport – Memphis, Tennessee. “We are very happy to be the new home of the American Queen,” said Jonathan Lyons, public relation manager for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our city officials worked hard to get that …

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