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Flyer Flashback

To mark the Flyer's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at stories from our first two decades.

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This week in 1996, Senior Editor Michael Finger decided it was time to send many prominent Memphians off to summer camp. Not literally, like Gitmo, but figuratively, and with a little gentle humor.

The first Steve Cohen/Harold Ford Jr. contest for the 9th District seat was well under way, and allegations were flying. Finger thought young Ford should head off to "Camp Pop-Sed-Sow," where he would take classes in "Nepotism 101" and "The Pitfalls of Puberty." Finger suggested Cohen would enjoy "Camp Needa-Bea-Kon-Gris-Man," where he could study "Inside the Beltway" and "Gambling: A Sure Bet."

Former Commercial Appeal cartoonist Mike Ramirez was slated for "Camp Gay-Bash-In," with classes entitled "It's Only Balanced When It Leans Right." Recently deposed radio-talker Mike Fleming was set for a few nights at "Camp Rush-Wanna-Be."

Mayor Herenton was off to "Camp Smak-A-Ford." Former state senator John Ford had a rendezvous with "Camp Pah-Lee-Mon-Eee." Har. Har.

Local TV news reporters were all traveling to "Camp Blo-Dry-Ah," where they would take classes in "Sincerity: How To Get It; How To Use It to Your Advantage" and even the Flyer staff went to "Camp Muck-A-Week" for courses in "Lawsuits: Proof That We're Popular" and "Ethics: Cash, Check, or Gift Certificates?"

Ah, those were the days. And, for the record, Michael Finger is still "Won-Fun-Eee-Guy."

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