I’ll let you in on a little secret: I had my reservations about you.
When an opportunity presented itself to work for WMC, I was excited about the prospect of joining a talented, dedicated team of journalists. But because I’m a reporter and naturally curious, I decided to do a background check on you.
Before that, all I knew was that Memphis was the home of Graceland, the Grizzlies, barbecue and Beale Street. So I watched a documentary, I asked questions.
After my research, I’ll admit I was nervous, but something kept pushing me, telling me to give you a chance. So, I accepted the position, moved to Memphis and haven’t regretted it one bit.
I’ve spent the last 10 months browsing your book stores, rummaging through your thrift shops and more recently running around your beautiful parks. I’ve met some terrific people along the way, natives of Memphis who love their city to its core. Why wouldn’t they?
You are a city with grit; a city with soul; a city fighting for respect – and you deserve it.
You’ve produced musical and pop cultural icons, amazing athletes and companies that literally keep America moving on the ground and in the sky.
Yes, you’ve got your fair share of challenges. Most cities do.
But one of the best things I’ve learned about you is that you’re a city that doesn’t give up. You keep moving forward, despite the haters.
That’s what I admire about you, Memphis, and why I’m proud to now call you home.
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