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Peabody hits 'jackpot,' finds 'dream Duckmaster'

Jimmy Ogle (Source: WMC Action News 5) Jimmy Ogle (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The Peabody Memphis’ world famous mallard ducks are marching under a new Duckmaster!

Well-known historian, public speaker, tour guide, story teller, and all-around Memphis ambassador Jimmy Ogle joins the ducks as the new Duckmaster.

“Because the Duckmaster acts as a brand ambassador to The Peabody and to the destination by extension, it’s important that the person who fills that role be someone who is passionate about Memphis and embraces our unique Southern traditions, such as the Peabody Duck March,” Doug Browne, President of Peabody Hotels & Resorts, said. “In that regard, we’ve hit the jackpot with Jimmy. He is our dream Duckmaster.”

The Duckmaster role originated at The Peabody Memphis more than 80 years ago, hotel officials said.

Ogle is the sixth Duckmaster in the hotel’s history--a job he said is not all glitz and glamour. 

"I wasn't told in the original interview how well I had to squirt a hose to clean the duck pallets," Ogle said.

Thursday was Ogle's first time leading the duck march--luckily, he had a sidekick. Luke Gregory was the honorary duck master.

Luke was pleased with the results, even if the ducks turned things into a stampede.

"It's a great honor; it's something that I've aspired to for a long time," Ogle said.

Jimmy helped make memories for visitors like Bill and Geri Douglas, visiting from Bakersfield, California. The two waited 25 years to see the march, and even got Jimmy's autograph.

"It was pretty special," Bill Douglas said. "It's something I've wanted to see a long time; got to see it twice actually."

Ogle is now entrusted with the tradition started by Edward Pembroke, who handled the ducks for 50 years.

"Longevity counts I guess," Ogle said. "I don't know how long I'll be here--not 50 for sure."

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