A link to a simply amazing New York Times piece on a member of the Ford family. Here is the story of Victoria Ford.
You really have to read this for yourself. The only thing I’ll say is for decades the Ford family has been regarded by many as a monolithic political entity that, oh by the way, also happens to be a family. Some Memphians don’t even bother to distinguish one Ford from another. That includes those seeking the family’s help as well as those who scorn the family.
There is another side to that. It is a very private side maintained by a family with a very public life in other regards. Only rarely in the last 40 years have we had more than a glance at the dynamics and inner workings and conflicts of the city’s most storied political family. There is a public life that goes up to a certain point and then there is a formidable barrier. All families have this kind of barrier. Few have this kind of public life that serves as the front yard to that wall behind which are the answers about key events in that public life.
Well, politics and public service may be the Ford family calling. But there is a writer in the family and she has written about the family.
You’ve heard about the bike paths and walking trails. The Memphis urban environment is getting another signal that the city is more pedestrian friendly.
It is, literally, a traffic signal.
I spotted it this morning at the corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Poplar Ave., an intersection that can be intimidating to even the most watchful pedestrian.
One of the crosswalk signals now includes a numeric countdown that counts down the number of seconds you have to cross.
It’s a big change from the still more dominant crossing signals that begin flashing after just a few seconds even though there is still plenty of time left to cross without running afoul of the flow of the motorized in Memphis traffic that is increasingly becoming more diverse.
In an online grassroots campaign reminiscent of the one that landed actress Betty White as host of Saturday Night Live, Opera Memphis is campaigning for hometown superstar Justin Timberlake to perform the role of Frosch in Die Fledermaus at Opera Memphis.
On the Facebook page of Justin Timberlake: Perform in Die Fledermaus at Opera Memphis, which now has over 1,000 likes, Opera Memphis writes:
Dear Justin Timberlake,
It is no secret that you have climbed every mountain you have come across. You are an absurdly talented singer and dancer, a bona fide movie star, a gifted comedian, and a canny entrepreneur.
Traders at the New York Stock Exchange observed a spontaneous moment of silence Wednesday.
Tributes poured in from around the nation’s business community, including from the likes of the chairman of Boeing and from former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan .
Memphis financial advisor David Waddell was interviewed by Haines on CNBC. Waddell said “he was a very good interviewer and never let you get away with an unsubstantiated comment … I really appreciated his integrity.”
Chris Low, chief economist for FTN Financial (a unit of Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank), is interviewed frequently in the financial press. In a note sent to his email list Thursday morning, Low said his first TV appearance many years ago was with Haines on the CNBC show “Squawk Box.”
“Impeccably dressed above the desk in a blue suit jacket, white shirt and solid tie, Mark was wearing faded blue jeans and scuffed basketball sneakers under it,” Low said. “He was as tough with me as he was with any of his guests, but he also recognized the deer in the headlights fear in my eyes, because, before we went on air, he told me to relax.
“Then he said, ‘I’m going to come at you hard, but if you believe in your forecast, come right back at me. That’s good TV. Don’t take it personally, and don’t worry about hurting my feelings.’ It was just the right thing to say to a rookie, and was typical of the man. I will miss him.”