Corey Osborn

I just read on the Downtown Memphis Blog that a BB King’s regular musician Corey Osborn died yesterday in a car accident. The story in the Commercial Appeal is pretty vague but does confirm this hard and sad truth.

Commercial Appeal Story

I’ve personally never intentionally gone to see Corey play yet have heard him perform a time or two. He and Kirk Smithhart would play together from time to time at random places. I shot a game of pool with him and  Kirk a while back at about 5am in an after hours bar. He laughed at the things I could name about Kirk because I used to see him play all the time about 11 years ago. He seemed like a pretty cool guy. I know the Memphis Music community will miss him.

Godspeed Corey


Cheap Goods

Anyone living in the Memphis Metro area have some bad news job wise but good news price wise. Circuit City announced that it will be closing a couple of area stores in it’s national down sizing.

The Memphis Daily News reports that it will be closing the store on Winchester Rd and the new one in Collierville. The stores close today and will reopen with liquidation pricing tomorrow.

It might be time for me to get out there and pickup that 360 now.

About Letter from the CEO’s

I think it is pretty ironic that the CEO’s see this as a problem with oil speculation and not a general energy problem. I can’t disagree with the message that the letter delivers. I honestly have no clue as to whether what they state is true or not. I know I keep hearing about oil speculation in the news everyday so I have to assume it must be on point.

I am actually interested to see what this whole is all about when he goes public with his ideas shortly. I see the commercial on CNN all the time. I guess I need to take a few minutes to read up on his ideas.

Have these CEO’s taken a pay cut by the way? Has any CEO in the US taken a pay cut this year when every business is in a down turning economy? I’ve seen plenty of my friends recently loose their jobs yet hear nothing of a decrease in salary for any of these people. People follow leaders not egos. Maybe this could have been prevented had real leaders emerged.

On a Memphis note, if you check out my flickr link to the left you will find many pictures that I shot the last night Muvico Theater was open at Peabody Place. Another thing to list on the Lost Memphis website I guess…

Letter from the CEO’s

Here is a copy of an email I received from every air carrier that I use. I found it interesting and guess I should share it since it does pertain to the locals here in Memphis being that NWA is hubbed here.

Dear Mitchell Brewer,

An Open letter to All Airline Customers:

Our country is facing a possible sharp economic downturn because of skyrocketing oil and fuel prices, but by pulling together, we can all do something to help now. Visit

For airlines, ultra-expensive fuel means thousands of lost jobs and severe reductions in air service to both large and small communities. To the broader economy, oil prices mean slower activity and widespread economic pain. This pain can be alleviated, and that is why we are taking the extraordinary step of writing this joint letter to our customers.

Since high oil prices are partly a response to normal market forces, the nation needs to focus on increased energy supplies and conservation. However, there is another side to this story because normal market forces are being dangerously amplified by poorly regulated market speculation.

Twenty years ago, 21 percent of oil contracts were purchased by speculators who trade oil on paper with no intention of ever taking delivery. Today, oil speculators purchase 66 percent of all oil futures contracts, and that reflects just the transactions that are known. Speculators buy up large amounts of oil and then sell it to each other again and again. A barrel of oil may trade 20-plus times before it is delivered and used; the price goes up with each trade and consumers pick up the final tab. Some market experts estimate that current prices reflect as much as $30 to $60 per barrel in unnecessary speculative costs.

Over seventy years ago, Congress established regulations to control excessive, largely unchecked market speculation and manipulation. However, over the past two decades, these regulatory limits have been weakened or removed. We believe that restoring and enforcing these limits, along with several other modest measures, will provide more disclosure, transparency and sound market oversight. Together, these reforms will help cool the over-heated oil market and permit the economy to prosper.

The nation needs to pull together to reform the oil markets and solve this growing problem. We need your help. Get more information and contact Congress by visiting

Robert Fornaro
Chairman, President and CEO
AirTran Airways

Bill Ayer
Chairman, President and CEO
Alaska Airlines, Inc.

Gerard J. Arpey
Chairman, President and CEO
American Airlines, Inc.

Lawrence W. Kellner
Chairman and CEO
Continental Airlines, Inc.

Richard Anderson
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Mark B. Dunkerley
President and CEO
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

Dave Barger
JetBlue Airways Corporation

Timothy E. Hoeksema
Chairman, President and CEO
Midwest Airlines

Douglas M. Steenland
President and CEO
Northwest Airlines, Inc.

Gary Kelly
Chairman and CEO
Southwest Airlines Co.

Glenn F. Tilton
Chairman, President and CEO
United Airlines, Inc.

Douglas Parker
Chairman and CEO
US Airways Group, Inc.

New Blog

This is the place where my new blog is going to reside for a bit or maybe indefinitely. I have been having issues with interfaces and not using the current ones because of it. So, I’ll try out this one to see if I like it any better. The old one can still be found at .

I was thinking about importing the old posts but I believe I will leave that alone and use the clean slate I have here.

Stay tuned, more to come.