Can you remember what was going on in 1986?
We can. Television introduced us to a big personality named Oprah Winfrey, and you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing Lionel Ritchie, Whitney Houston, Prince or Culture Club. Music videos were still on MTV. Phantom of the Opera opened in London, and Halley’s Comet passed over planet Earth. My wife’s jackets had shoulder pads, which I didn’t understand exactly, and soon my closet was full of pleated trousers.
Top Gun was the top-grossing movie, followed by Crocodile Dundee, Platoon and Aliens, which still has a place in our favorite DVDs, even if it’s easier to stream it.
The new hot neighborhood was a swatch of Shelby County called “Cordova,” and families were flocking to its affordable houses and convenient access. Fresh out of UT’s Orthodontic Residency, I rented a tiny space with two chairs and hung out my shingle: Fred Piper, DDS, MS opened for business Nov 1, 1986. I was 27 years old.
As we begin our 35th year in practice, we have nine chairs, three times as much space, and my knees feel about like they should after 30 years. Boxed impressions (the plaster of Paris models of patients’ teeth) occupy most of the attic space. The numbering system we use passed the 10,000 mark about two years ago. So I figure I have straightened somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 teeth.
And I can straighten yours. I’d love to see you if you’re considering braces. They say the fun really begins at 35. We even have the same phone number: 901-756-4316.
Dr. Fred Piper
92 Timber Creek
2670 Union Avenue