Quint Quandry

These are the Dionne Quintuplets. They were not born in Memphis.

“One of the most interesting stories I covered was that of a woman from Drew who claimed Dr. Lucas had told her that she was expecting quintuplets (at that time the Dionne were the only quintuplets who had survived). She apparently was a mental case and a stringer for the Memphis Press-Scimitar from Drew thought that she had an exclusive story.

“So the day she entered the hospital in Memphis, the Press Scimitar filled the paper with huge headlines and pictures saying that the birth was imminent and quoting her as saying Dr. Lucas had told her she would have five babies. I stayed on the phone all day trying to get a statement out of Dr. Lucas and finally that night they called from his office and Russell went down and picked up a statement from him and his lawyer, Hardy Lott, saying that there was no truth to the story and that she was only expecting one baby. It was one of the biggest newspaper blunders ever, and the Commercial Appeal enjoyed it immensely since they competed all the time with the Press Scimitar for fast breaking news.”

Sara spent many of her later days glued to Fox News. I think she got a charge out of their incessant “Fox News Alerts,” complete with dramatic music and graphics. She loved tracking down stories and never wanted to run up on deadline without all the facts. Fox (and all the other networks) could use a few Saras.

About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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