Friday, June 28, 2013

Arizona's Most infamous Murderess


Bus Tour Follows the Footsteps of Infamous Winnie Ruth Judd and the Phoenix Trunk Murders

Marshall Shore steeps himself in the history of Phoenix that others might overlook: the cultural anomalies, the fads, the dreamers, the artists and the eccentrics that provide a unique window into our city’s past.  One such character was the infamous Phoenix trunk murderer, Winnie Ruth Judd.

Back in 1931, the nation was rocked by the grisly details of this gruesome crime. On October 16, 1931, Winnie purportedly killed her two roommates, one of the bodies was cut up, both were stuffed into trunks, and taken by train to Los Angeles.  It was a big job for a small woman, and the twisted tale of adultery, jealousy and murder was complicated by rumors, speculation and uncertainty. Bits and pieces of the story continue to come to light, even to this day.

“As I talk with people in my research, the most interesting things come to light, ” said Marshall, “Just recently, my phone rang and someone began telling me about the Winnie Ruth Judd victim that was cut up in their house’s basement.” 

Saturday, Oct 12th, in true Marshall Shore style, he’s hosting a bus tour covering the historical crime. The tour runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and begins and ends The Clarendon Hotel.  The bus will travel along the old Brill trolley line, which will give tour-goers an idea of the shape and size of Phoenix back in Winnie’s day.  Other stops will include the houses where she lived and where she met Jack Holleran, a well-known Phoenix businessman with whom she had an adulterous affair; the Grunow Clinic (still a medical clinic!) where she worked; the house where the murders took place; the train station where she attempted to board with the oozing trunks; and the old Maricopa County Courthouse where the trial took place. 

Marshall promises a few surprise stops along the way and tour participants will be among the first to hear about details in the story that have recently come to light. The tour will cover more information than found in any book.Tour participants can park at the Clarendon

When: Saturday, Oct 12th, 2013, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Where: Bus leaves from the Clarendon Hotel at 401 W. Clarendon, Phoenix.
What: A guided bus tour hosted by history raconteur, Marshall Shore, who shares
the hidden history of these sites.

Tickets are available: http://wrj12.eventbrite.com


Legend City Opening Day: 50 Years Ago




Found video of that magical day! June 29, 1963. The start of so many memories. During a recent 50th Anniversary celebration I had the opportunity to meet the brains behind it, Louis Crandall and the legs, Printy. She was one of the original cancan dancers in The Coca-Cola Golden Palace Saloon (later called the Red Garter.)
Also, had the opportunity to meet another performer, Vonda Kay Van Dyke, Miss America 1965, who worked at Legend City as a ventriloquist, that was also her talent in the famous beauty pageant. Celebrating and watching the found video makes me wish I could go there and cool off. Here's to Legend City and hoping you cancan keeping cool.

Liberace of BINGO

What great night of BINGO at the Crescent Ballroom sponsored by Jackalope Ranch and hosted by The Hip Historian, Marshall Shore and Jenny as my uumm... straight man and ball girl (I know you wish you had one.) Fabulous prizes were won and everybody had a blast! There are already plans for another round in Aug. Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

One Night Only! B-I-N-G-O Comes Downtown

B-I-N-G-O. Phoenix New Times culture blog Jackalope Ranch presents an evening of free bingo in the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom starting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 17. Arizona's resident Hip Historian Marshall Shore emcees the game night, complete with custom bingo cards by Phoenix artist Sarah Hurwitz.

Day: Monday, June 17, 2013
Time: 7p
Location: Crescent Ballroom, 302 N. 2nd Ave

Route 66 in Mesa


Yep, you read that correctly! Hip Historian, Marshall Shore will present a program on Route 66 during this week’s Arizona Historic Preservation Conference: “Making Preservation Relevant” at Hilton Mesa East on Wednesday, June 13.  On-site registration is available.

Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian will present an insider’s look at the Arizona section of Route 66. He’ll share the history of America’s most iconic highway through a look at its place in pop culture and images of some of the famous sites along the way, including both the ruins and the preservation successes. This program was created for the celebration of Grapes of Wrath as part of the Big Read/ One Book Arizona. The multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and storytelling magic by Marshall Shore wearing a one-of-a-kind Route 66 suit coat hand-painted by Phoenix artist Hugo Medina.
Day: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Time: 10:10-11, in Pueblo C
Location: Hilton Mesa East, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa

Peony On My Lapel

Why the big peony on my lapel?  It was part of my costume for a keynote presentation at the Pioneer Cemetery 30th annual Memorial Day observance. When they asked me to speak they said I could dress vintage, so I donned a snappy boater hat and my Arizona jacket, but the outfit needed a little extra something to make it pop. Perhaps a big flower? A poppy? An iris? My Mom reminded me that in Indiana we would clip peonies from our backyard and take them to grave sites. I happened to be at a local cafe and noticed they had peony bouquets on the tables, so I took it as a sign and borrowed one. While researching Memorial Day, I'd learned that it was originally called Decoration Day and the date was chosen because it was when the most flowers would be in bloom across the nation. That peony was just what I needed.

I was honored to speak amongst so much history and happy that I was able to personalize the experience with a nod to my own history by wearing the peony on my lapel.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Arizona by Design

Does Arizona have a design aesthetic worth remembering? Join Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian, on Thursday, April 25 at the A.E. England Building in downtown Phoenix for his insights on the impact of three iconic Phoenix designers, including:

Lloyd Kiva New – He played an important role in revolutionizing Native American fashion design from the 1950’s on. Learn about his lasting impact in both Arizona and New Mexico. Get a glimpse of some of his important designs on living models.


Charles Harrison – He attended Carver High School in South Phoenix and became a successful product designer, who went on to create the iconic Viewmaster. Learn more about his unheralded impact in product design.

Glen Guyett – He is the man responsible for some of the most familiar business signs in the Valley, including Bill Johnson’s Big Apple, My Florist, Mr. Lucky’s, the Buckhorn Baths, and Courtesy Chevrolet, among others. His expertise in creating twinkling lights brought a new level of flash that still delights us today.

When: Thursday, April 25th, 2013, from 7-8 pm
Where: AE England Building @ 424 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
What: A multi-media presentation by Marshall Shore, featuring found film footage,
old photographs, ephemera, live models and artifacts to share the stories of three
significant Arizona designers.

Cost: $7; get your tickets at http://azbydesign.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Bunny of a Different Sort

Now that Spring has arrived and that bunny business is over. Let's chat about the other Bunny. Yes, the Hugh Hefner inspired black and white Playboy Bunny. More specific the Playboy Club that was right on Central. Across from what is Park Central, at 3033 N. Central. Located at the very top, not the 8th floor, but squint and strain your eyes for a glimpse of the elusive penthouse on top of the 9th flr and it's large balcony.
Fifty years ago, in the valley, would have been the first time your classic cocktail have been served with the world famous Bunny Dip, by a young lady wearing her custom made suit donning a tail and ears. All the clubs had closed in mid 80's. Though, with it's live music venue that featured the likes of BB King, strict rules against customer/ server relations and a support female environment there are many fond memories of prior guest and former employee. In memory let's do the Bunny Hop

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Celebrate the Valley's Mother Road: Route 60


Tonight is very special indeed. We are celebrating our own famous Route.... not 66, but 60. As the car began to move folks around to Vegas or LA They would venture Grand Ave, Apache Rd. and Main Street in Mesa. Those weary travelers needed a place to stay and Route 60 responded by becoming our motel row. You can see what the stretch looked like by driving out through Mesa and seeing the motels with the great signs. Which bring us to the reason of this post. The Diving Lady, a sign that went up in 1960 to let every passerby know that the Starlite Motel had a special amenity a... POOL. This was before every hotel, motel and auto camp had the luxury of a swimming pool. The neon diving lady sign was a blown down in a wind storm in 2010 and
Charles Phoenix
found and saved by the Mesa Preservation Foundation. And tonight she officially get energized and will be diving again. Come out, join my friend Charles Phoenix and myself  and join us as we celebrate The Diving Lady and our history. 


What: Relighting the Diving Lady
Where: Starlite Motel, 2710 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ
When: Tuesday, April 2nd 6-8 with a brief program at 6:30
Cost: Free


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

KJZZ's Here and Now interview

Here is the the link for the Wed, March 27 interview by Steve Goldstein of Marshall Shore and tour info.

Winnie Ruth Judd
When: Saturday, April  6th, 2013, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Where: Bus leaves from the Clarendon Hotel at 401 W. Clarendon, Phoenix.
What: A guided bus tour hosted by history raconteur, Marshall Shore, who shares
the hidden history of these sites. 

Cost: $30; get your tickets.

Haunted Phoenix
When: Saturday, April  6th, 2013, from 3:30-5:45 pm
Where: Bus leaves from the Clarendon Hotel at 401 W. Clarendon, Phoenix.
What: A guided bus tour hosted by history raconteur, Marshall Shore, who shares
the hidden history of these sites. 

Cost: $30; get your ticket.
 
Scottsdale's 'Most Western" Mid-Century Gems 
When: Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Where: Tour starts and ends at the Scottsdale Center for Arts
What: A guided bus tour hosted by well-known history raconteur, Marshall Shore.
Cost: $40; get your tickets. Don’t wait, this will sell out!



Arizona by Design
When: Thursday, April  25th, 2013, from 7-8 pm
Where: AE England Building @ 424 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
What: A presentation by Marshall Shore, featuring found film footage, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life.

Cost: $7; get your tickets.
 



Arizona by Design

Does Arizona have a design aesthetic worth remembering? Marshall Shore, HIPstorian, shares his unique take on Arizona history by exploring the 20th century fashion, architecture, and other design that shaped our state. As the “Unofficial Arizona HIPstorian,”  he uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in entertaining and educational presentations.


When: Thursday, April  25th, 2013, from 7-8 pm
Where: AE England Building @ 424 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
What: A presentation by Marshall Shore, featuring found film footage, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in entertaining and educational presentations.


Cost: $7; get your tickets!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Visit Scottsdale’s ‘Most Western’ Mid-Century Gems

When: Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Where: Tour starts and ends at the Scottsdale Center for Arts
What: A guided bus tour hosted by well-known history raconteur, Marshall Shore.
Cost: $40; get your tickets. Don’t wait, this will sell out!

Join Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian on Saturday, April 20 during the
Modern Phoenix Expo for a bus tour showcasing some of Scottsdale’s modern
architecture gems. The tour will begin and end at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts,
so participants can continue on to attend the expo and lectures.

The tour will include:
• Glass and Garden Community Drive-In Church, designed by E. Logan
Campbell in 1966, featuring a modern fa├žade with southwestern details.
• The St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, designed by John Parson in 1967, with
its Expressionist sculptural style and thin concrete construction.
• The Motorola electronics plant, opened in 1957, which includes the 1970
tower addition by Peter Lendrom.
• The Ralph Haver designed Triangle Building built in 1962.
• Craftsman Court designed by T.S. Montgomery in 1955 and listed on the Scottsdale Historic Register.
• The Royal Garden Townhouses, a Dell Trailor housing development from 1970.
• Plus additional surprises!
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When: Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Where: Tour starts and ends at the Scottsdale Center for Arts
What: A guided bus tour hosted by well-known history raconteur, Marshall Shore.
Cost: $40; get your tickets. Don’t wait, this will sell out!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Gallery





Hashknife Ride 2013

Route 66 Presentation


Route 66 @ Phoenix Metro Retro

Roosevelt VIP Home Tour

ASU Barrett Bus Tour

Marshall Out and About

Marshall Out and About


Arizona Bicycle History in Scottsdale

Check out the kitsch tie

Marshall in a Bear's head


A night at Cattletrack


Centennial

Coronado Home Tour

Ignite 13

Check out the cool Hashknife sticker



Jason Hill and Marshall in Mesa, AZ

Nerd Nite

Marching on

Marshall and Ronnie Burkett

A gaggle of Arizona Historians

Devoured 2013 W/ Catherine Slye

Portrait

Centennial Train

Statehood Day 2012

Ms. Dottsy and Marshall on the town

A night at the Orpheum

Picnic with a Fish in Scottsdale