Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Ghost of Memphis School?

Do you see it?

I know we're still a couple months out from Halloween, but take a closer look at one of the images that Russ Kawentel recently shared with us. Look at the center basement window in the lower left side. There seems to be some type of apparition in the school gym.

During the time I was posting the images below regarding the demolition, I couldn't help but to notice what appears to be a face looking back at Russ during the time he snapped this picture.

Do you remember the eerie experience I had when I visited the school back in October of 2006, eight months before it was torn down? I posted the story back on October 1, 2011. To summarize the event, I entered the school one evening, and during the time I was walking up the stairwell to the third floor, I heard a loud banging noise that sounded like it came from the school gym. Halfway up the stairs, the banging stopped. When I got to the third floor, I saw a silhouette of what looked like someone holding their hands up over their head. I couldn't tell if they were looking at me or out the opposite stairwell windows. Freaked out, I ran down the stairs two and three steps at a time!

Could the above apparition be related to what I saw that one October evening? And you guys thought I was crazy! :o}

Now you really know we need your stories! Please send them in!!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Demolition of Memphis School

It was back in June, 2007 that our old school came tumbling down. Fellow Memphis Alum, Russ Kawentel, captured the last days of Memphis School. Click on any image to enlarge.

After studying Russ' pictures, they reminded me that there was a huge tunnel like area on top of the third floor. During the time I was hired to photograph the school years before it was demolished, I remember going into a huge area that covered the entire footprint of the school. However, it was a cat-walk, you couldn't stand up and basically had to stoop your way around. It was above the third floor. You can see it in the above image and the next two images.

I actually planned to explore the cat-walks, but chickened out at the last minute. This was when I brought a huge, high candle-powered flashlight with me, but as soon as I got up there, the flashlight I brought turned on, but strangely, didn't light anything up!

I'm pretty sure this is looking into the auditorium.

Please find the time to write your memories down and send them to me at:

We'll post your Memphis School story and it will help offset the sad images above of a great school that was ours, but for a flicker of time.