1. The prime minister of Japan -- a devoted fan of Elvis Presley -- plans to visit Memphis in late June. Graceland is an obvious stop on his tour, and maybe new homeowner Uri Geller can get that house on Audubon fixed up in time. Surely he already knew he was coming.
2. Is it possible that Memphis is actually a city in the Bizarro World? Even though it screams hoax, apparently Mayor Willie Herenton will indeed enter a boxing ring at The Peabody and duke it out with former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier. The whole stunt is designed to raise funds for Herenton's alma mater, LeMoyne-Owen College. If it works, what's next? City Council members mud wrestling to raise funds for our beleaguered park system?
3. It was yet another strange week for robberies. First, two Southaven men steal a truck loaded with a bulldozer. We have no idea what they planned to do with it, but the cops quickly nab them. Then a man takes a truck at gunpoint from Hub Cab Annie in Horn Lake but later tells police he only wanted its fancy rims. That's like stealing a cow just because you like milk.
4. Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer says his next film won't be shot in our city, since it requires mountains for the locale. Well, they may not be much, but we do have Orange Mound, Scenic Hills, and Mt. Moriah. What more does he need?