How I Work: John Robilio

John has been a part of the Our Memphis History from the very beginning. He has narrated several episodes and participates in a good amount of our research. Read his complete bio here

How long have you lived in the Memphis area?
Seventy-three years

What first got you interested in history?
The Second World War; THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH by William Shirer.

What is/was your career?
Teacher: 1968-1972; Public Relations and Advertising-1972-1979; Business-1979-2013

What resources are critical to your research?
Books, Articles, Magazines, Newspapers and Oral History accounts.

What tools do you use in your research?
Internet and the Library.

If you could tell visitors one thing about Memphis, what would it be?
Rich in diversity and history.

Tell us your favorite Memphis history story.
Conversing with Dayton and Justine Smith, founders of Justine’s Restaurant, and their exceptional experiences as restaurant owners.

If you could have dinner with any past person, who would it be?
Admiral Chester Nimitz.

What’s the last book you read?
Wade McCluskey and the Battle of Midway.

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