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BEHIND THE TIMES

BEHIND THE TIMES

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On Sunday, September 23rd, The New York Times published a detailed story about Lansky s, the famous Beale Street clothing store now located in The Peabody. The story touched on everything from owner Bernard Lansky s infamous uncle Meyer to the aesthetic value of mohair. And of course it played Lansky s lifelong relationship with Elvis to the hilt. Lansky was quoted as saying to the King of Rock-and-Roll, Call me Bernard. My father s Mr. Lansky. To which Elvis supposedly replied, Yessuh, Mistuh Lansky. It would seem, based on the inclusion of words like Yessuh and Mistuh that the Gray Old Lady has somehow confused poor old Elvis (who was, let s face it, a little mush-mouthed) with a character in Uncle Tom s Cabin.

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