Ask Vance, Book One
Originally published in 2003.
Meet Vance Lauderdale: Memphis magazine's master of history and mystery.
"As a Lauderdale," he says, "I was clearly destined for better things." But when the family fortune dwindled over the years, Vance Lauderdale was forced to take a job as a columnist for The Memphis Flyer, Memphis' alternative newsweekly, and, later, Memphis magazine, Memphis' monthly city magazine. For more than a decade, the eccentric recluse has roamed the highways and byways of Memphis, searching for the answers to questions posed by the readers of those publications.
This book contains more than 50 columns that originally appeared in the pages of Memphis magazine from 1995 to 2003. Fully illustrated and indexed, Ask Vance discusses such compelling mysteries as: the pair of empty graves in Historic Elmwood Cemetery, the log cabin concealed within the walls of a Rhodes College sorority house, the hazard of the time capsule buried at the Mid-South Fairgrounds, and the "bomb" planted in the front yard of a home in East Memphis.