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  • Greg Cravens

On the cover story "The Lipscomb Affair" ...

Please stop referring to Robert Lipscomb as a "city planner" or "planner." Nothing could be further from the truth. He devised his projects and proceeded to implement them without a bit of input from other city agencies or the public. He implemented them WITHOUT a plan visible to any of us, but I suppose envisioned by him in his own mind. He caused various divisions like police, fire, parks and public works to change their long term plans to comply with his projects. The problem with Memphis right now is that it is "planning deprived." Robert was king of his own kingdom. His real name should be Robert "Moses" Lipscomb and that is not meant in the biblical sense. Please refer to Robert Caro's The Power Broker. Robert Moses was the original power broker and brought NYC to its knees through his control of the park commission, turnpike authority, and housing authority, among other posts. Their lives are parallel.


On Susan Wilson's Last Word "One Man's Trash" ...

I had to delete my profile from Nextdoor. I couldn't stand it anymore. I decided it's better to be "uninformed" than to start to hate my neighbors.


On the Fly on the Wall post "U of M Plans John Calipari Celebration and Other Weird Stuff" ...

Very well done! Except for that completely INSANE, IDIOTIC stuff about UM honoring Calapari. That's too stupid even for a wild-azz parody.


On Susan Ellis' Letter from the Editor "Finding Promise in Turmoil" ...

Regarding your Letter from the Editor in the latest issue of "Memphis Feces Flinger":

Would it be true social activism for someone to use Power Box's list to create a list of alternate, white-owned businesses and distribute that list to people who support falsely accused law enforcement officers?

No, it would not. It would be racist, divisive, and stupid.

Whatever. At least she is trying to do something positive with Power Box.

I hope the businesses on the list do well. That would create something positive from something disgraceful, pathetic, and hope-crushing.

Memphis rules!


On Frank Murtaugh's cover story "Encore?" ...

Frank Murtaugh's story calling last season "the Tigers' finest in school history" is inaccurate, to say the least. The 1963 team finished 14th in the country — not 25th, as last year's team did. The '63 team beat No. 11 Mississippi State, tied No. 3 Ole Miss, had five shutouts, and their coach (Murphy) was National Coach of the Year. Their running back (Cassinelli), led the nation in rushing and won the national scoring title. Harry Schuh and Chuck Brooks were All-Americans. The Mississippi State game was considered "the toughest game the Tigers ever played." The Tigers' quarterback (Vollmer) came back to the game to lead the final drive to victory from the hospital after being knocked down some concrete stadium stairs. The Ole Miss game was the first in which Ole Miss did not win. Last year's team lost badly to a lower-ranked Rebel team. The undefeated '63 team turned down an invite to the Sun Bowl expecting a Gator Bowl invite. If the '63 team had played 13 games as last year's team did, they most likely would have finished 12-0-1 — not 10-3. I don't know how much research you did, Mr. Murtaugh, but your declaration on last year's team is blatantly wrong.

Bob Joralemon

On God and Taxes ...

Wait. Don't move. Don't talk. God is talking to me. God is telling me not to pay income taxes. God says they are evil and illegal. I figure that bit in the bible about "give Caesar what is Caesar's" is a moot point. Caesar's been dead a long time. God's will is most important, and God does not like income taxes. Who am I to question God?

Dagmar Bergan

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