Memphis taxi driver shares tales in new book

(WMC-TV) – Memphis isn't much of a taxi town, but when you do need one you're lucky if Eddie Tucker is behind the wheel. Tucker is a man who's driving his own destiny with plenty of taxi tales.

Cabbie Eddie Tucker is a natural story teller.

"I've been into every hood there is in the city," Tucker said. "I've been to places I never knew existed."

"There were two women, and well, they look like they had been beaten with an ugly stick.  One of them had a whip, and the other looked like a man, and they got in the cab.  And that was pretty much it.  That was the start of my day."

Tucker has been working for Yellow Cab since 2010. After the recession hit in 2008 business for Tucker's design firm dried up, and he needed to supplement his income.

"The only thing I know how to do is advertising or design. I can cook, but I didn't want to be a chef, and I thought driving a cab would be nice cause I was used to working alone," Tucker said.

But when you drive a cab, you're never really alone. At least not for long. And at the end of his shift, Tucker usually has a couple of stories to tell.

"My wife suggested that I start a blog, so I did that, and then after writing the blog for two years I decided to take that material and turn it into a book," he said.

That book is Taxi Tales from the Streets of Memphis

"I did it more for a sense of accomplishment than to make any serious money on it," he said.

From pedal pusher to published author, Tucker says it's been a worthwhile ride, and he doesn't plan to turn on his "off-duty" light any time soon.

"It's like an adventure, because every day, I don't know where I'm going to go or who I'm going to meet," Tucker adds.

Maybe WMC will make it into his next book. He's already started writing Taxi Tales Two.

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