I saw you at the Church, but I was unable to go out to Shelby Farms.
I met Lynn when I was 9 and played on a baseball team of 10-12 year olds that included Lynn, Jerry, Lee Harber, Charles Kelly, and Doug Strawn, later from Central . He was always a nice guy and his parents were lovely people.
In about 1973, I was living in Nashville and drove here for a weekend visit . About halfway home I was struck with a kidney stone attack and my Father in Law drove me straight to the Baptist ER. I was in agony, but they would not give me any pain relief without a referring Physician. Since I lived in Nashville, I did not have one here and was suffering greatly. At that time I heard a page for Dr. Lynn Conrad and without a clue as to what his specialty was, I asked the Nurse to ask Dr. Conrad to come in and see me. He did and gave me a shot for the pain and became my Urologist from that point on.
He took great delight in having a great looking Nurse ( of which there were many ) always give me any shot I needed in my hip with pants down at the Nurse's Station in full view of all assembled .
He will be missed.
This morning, Linda found Larry on his favorite heat vent, but he wasn’t moving or breathing; his pupils were fixed and dilated, and he was without a heartbeat. He was dead.
He was the last of a pair: Larry & Leo, gray tabby and orange tiger. In 2003, we fostered for a no-kill animal shelter in Franklin, and they came to us as a matched set: brothers and litter mates, who had been declawed by their previous owner. We immediately recognized their potential; they were magnificent cats: tall, graceful, long tailed. They were kind to our smaller wards and took to humans with equal charm. They were keepers and became part of our permanent household.
Two years ago, Leo died of kidney failure. Standing over his brother’s still warm body, Larry let out a long, mournful howl. He knew. Leo had been Linda’s cat. Under the covers, he’d curl up next to her as her personal heater. Larry was mine. Most nights, he’d ball up under my right arm.
Larry was a cat diplomat. If strays came into our back yard, he was there to greet them. In the old days, when we got another foster, Larry was the first to befriend him. Three months ago, we got Gus, a re-homed border terrier, who came in like a furry tornado. He’d spent 7 months in a condo and in a cage. Our other cats fled in panic; the pup was more than happy to chase them, but not our old, gray tabby. When Gus met Larry, in his excitement, the puppy was about to bowel the old guy over, but Larry sat back, boxed him on the nose with his clawless paws, and they settled down to a sedate friendship. He’d give Old Lar a passing sniff, and only occasionally would the tabby bother to open one eye.
We’ll miss Larry almost as much as Gus and our other cats will.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Dr. Flinn ; I found this yesterday . No date on it , but early Memphis radio Hotel Peabody I think W R E C was in the Peabody hotel ? I do not know of " Buddy Fisher and the Union "Maybe a band playing there at the time .Steve & Dean McFarland collection - Steve
As one of your on-air requests is for listeners to call in re: their 1st. car. I authored this article, a few years ago, in my monthly newsletter Smoke Signals,which I send to my CHS'63 classmates. Obviously, I can't call this in, but I thought you'd get a kick from it. Bob Pepper C.A.F.E. promo champ
Piggly Wiggly®, America's first true self-service grocery store, was founded in Memphis, Tennessee Sept 6, 1916 by Clarence Saunders
Speaking of Memphis memories, weather, and Christmas, we were, weren't we? Here's a picture and a narrative written by a Central graduate that addresses all three.
My friend, I want to wish you a very Blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Bob Pepper C.A.F.E. promo champ
Dr. Flinn ;
I heard you yesterday on a call about Clarence Saunders and the Pink Palace . Here is a great photo of it for your site with brief information on the back of it - Steve McFarland collection , Steve
Sunny Radio Concert with 20 Piece Orchestra
I have heard some talk about the baseball and softball diamonds that were at the Fairgrounds in the 50's and 60's and I thought I would put in my two cents worth.
As I recall, there several diamonds there over the years and they were numbered in the order that they were built. This could lead to some confusion later as diamonds were added and they were not renumbered. The smaller fields were used as baseball fields for Junior League baseball and for softball games at night under the lights while the two bigger parks were used for High School and American Legion games as well as Senior league play.