MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Longtime WMC5 sportscaster and radio broadcaster Jack Eaton always had a way with words -- often in his poems. Now, his family is saying goodbye to thousands of mementos saved through the decades.
Big Jack died in February 2016 at the age of 86. He spent 35 years at WMC5 and had a voice and poetic spirit that we still talk about to this day.
"The 1973 Finals when UCLA and Memphis State played for the championship, and that little plastic cup, that's just something that Jack brought back with him from the game," said Jerry Copeland of Copeland Estate Sales.
Everything from press passes to his personal china collection and handwritten poetry is up for sale.
People like Chris Luhrs stood in line to see what kind of items were available to remember Jack Eaton by...all in line for something to honor a man known for lighting a victory cigar after a Tiger's win.
"Nobody else will do Memphis sports like Jack did," he said.
Eaton's home is located on Rabb Road, near Quince Road in Southeast Memphis.
Thursday marked the first of three open houses being held at his estate. Another will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.