Join Mark, Joe and our guests as we take a look at Memphis during the heyday of streamboats, the riverport, and river traffic from the early 1800’s to today.
Our panel for this episode consists of the top river historians in the Memphis area.
James (Jim) Lee – Jim’s family has been in the riverboat and steamboat business since 1862. His knowledge of the steamboat business and history is unsurpassed in the Memphis and surrounding area. His website is a treasure trove of information, pictures and antidotes of life on the Mississippi River.
Robert Cox – Rob graduated from Christian Brothers High and in his junior year at Mississippi State University joined the US Coast Guard as a reservist Seaman Recruit in 1971. After graduating from Basic Training he was assigned his first duty station in Yorktown, Virginia to attend Boatswain Mate “A” school.
Rob has been awarded too many awards to list including the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device and 2 gold stars,
Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon and the Secretary’s Outstanding Unit Award. He was also nominated for President Bush’s Thousand Points of Light Award.
Rob has saved numerous lives during his duty on America’s waterways as well as working major floods, waterside security for the space program and after being called back to active duty conducted threat assessment and counter terrorism duties along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
Bio coming Soon!
Research team: Joe V Lowry, Carlyle Acosta, Jim Lee
Moderator: Mark White
Editor: Trish Gully
Producer: Mark White