Its music, its triumphs and its low points have affected my spirit and my life.
I have spent 20 years in Hotel Management and several years on the Memphis Convention & Visitors Board, but in recent years, I have enjoyed the position of Hotel Historian and I am one of the two "Duckmasters" at the Peabody Hotel, the South's Grand Hotel as well as a Narrator on the Island Queen Riverboat. I have been fortunate to have met or known notables ranging from the Father of the Franchised Hotel to the man who discovered and recorded Elvis to the Queen of Beale Street and we'll talk about them.
Just by working in the Hospitality Industry in the Memphis area, I've enjoyed the priveledge of meeting and talking to Robert Plant, David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Yanni, Dionne Warwick, the Zombies and the Doobie Brothers among others. Memphis is a very special place to all these people and I'm motivated to show you why.
A Recent Review of this guide
Doug was very flexible on a rainy day in Memphis. He has a great deal of information and great stories about the various entertainers over the years. As a "Duckmaster" we got a special tour of the Peabody Hotel and the duck parade.
Education: BBA w/ History concentration, U of M
General Manager certifications: Marriott, Hilton and Holiday Inn.
Memphis History certification, Memphis College of Art.
Instructor, Hospitality Mgmt., Southwest TN College.
Currently Hotel Historian/Duckmaster, Peabody Hotel, Memphis.
Finalist for 2016 Historic Hotels Of America Historian of The Year Award