The International Paper Money Show, better know simply as Memphis, was born from an idea by Mike Crabb and the Memphis Coin Club. The first show was held in June 1977 at the Holiday Inn Rivermont. The Rivermont was a nice hotel with a restaurant and the convention hall all under one roof. It stayed at this location until the Rivermont closed in the mid- 1980's. The show then moved to the old run-down Cook Convention Center. The show never had the same feel after the move. A few years ago Lyn Knight bought the show from the Memphis Coin Club and moved it to the other end of the convention center. This was a great improvement . Lyn spent a great deal of time and effort to make the show look and seem better, and it was.
Because of a hotel that had become difficult to deal with and high air fares into Memphis it was necessary to move the show to Kansas City, Missouri. I wish Lyn the best of luck in the new venue.
I attended all 40 Memphis shows. I always looked forward to Memphis and the thrill of the hunt for new notes for my collection. The best year for me was 1995 when I found 14 notes for my collection. The worst were the 9 years ( including the last 4 ) that I did not find any notes.
Memphis was also about seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Sadly some of my Memphis friends are no longer with us. Among them were Sam Bettis, T. Homer Brooks, Grover Criswell, Lou Davison ,Sr., Paul Garland, Joe Hensley, John T. Hickman, Carroll E.Hilliard, Curtis Iversen, Marie Jones, Art M. Kagin, Art Leister, David Levitt, Bob Medlar, Steve Michaels, Vernon H. ( Ossie ) Oswald, Helen Oswald, Jasper Payne and Edwin A. Richt.
Memphis was also about the food. Some went to the Rib Restaurants and some went to the Barbecue Restaurants. I preferred Anderton's Restaurant and Oyster Bar. I probably went there 50 times including in, some years, every night that I was in Memphis. Anderton's closed in 2005. It was my favorite restaurant in the country.
I will not be going to Kansas City this year. It is about 3 times farther to travel to than Memphis plus I have not had any luck finding new notes for my collection, at the show, the last 4 years.
It was a great run! R.I.P. Memphis.