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How Bessie Smith Really Died

Tom Graves, 'White Boy' (Devault-Graves), 2019

THE LONGEST AND best job I had during the 1980s not long after I got my college degree was as the copywriter for a major manufacturer of orthopedic and otology devices, Richards Medical Company in my hometown of Memphis. It paid well and I worked with a great group of talented creative people. I even liked my boss most of the time. I lasted there nearly seven years, a record, until I began my life as a college professor.

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