Quotes from The Commercial Appeal newspapers


For this month’s “Memphis Memories” quiz, we dip into the archives of Old Reliable, more formally known as The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper that in one form or another enlightened, challenged, frustrated and delighted readers for more than 180 years. 

The format is different, and, I think, fun: Each question contains a passage pulled from a story in the newspaper. So this quiz celebrates not just Memphis history but Memphis writers and words.

This is the sixth of a series of seven monthly quizzes that concludes in August with an all-Elvis edition. As with its predecessors, the quiz consists of 21 questions (because the year is 2021, see?); and, as before, the purpose is as much to entertain as to inform. 

So, let’s begin. The answers, as always, appear at the bottom of the quiz.

Visiting Irish matchmaker Jimmy White, right, passes out shamrocks to the huge crowd participating in the St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl on March 17, 1982.


1. “Emily, who drove to Memphis yesterday from her home in Charleston,  Mississippi, started to cry. Then she started to scream. Then she started shaking her head wildly and pounding her knees with her fists.” What explains young Emily Strider’s behavior?

a) She was experiencing her first ride on the Zippin Pippin roller coaster on the opening day of Libertyland, on July 4, 1976.

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