Monday, December 03, 2012

Remembering the Holidays in Detroit

 Photo courtesy of Wayne State University
I've put together a new photo album (on SmugMug) called
"Holidays in Metro Detroit during the 50s, 60s and 70s"

Basically it's everything I could find in my collection
including Hudson's, Downtown Detroit and the Ford Rotunda.

CLICK HERE to view the album.

If you have photos you would like to add to this album,
please email it/them to me at
Please include as much information as you can.

SHOP NOW for the Holidays!

Just a reminder that the Detroit Memories store (
has a lot of terrific gifts for the upcoming holidays! 
We offer embroidered
"Exported from D"
and "Detroiter At Heart"
t-shirts / sweatshirts / ball caps and more!
(Deadline to order in time for the holidays is Dec 7th.
We also offer Detroit-related

"You Know You're From Detroit If..." posters,
Posters & Prints,
Books about Detroit,
Favorite Detroit Snacks,
Motown Music & DVDs,
License plate frames & decals,

City Limit Signs
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Proceeds from the store help support the website and this Newsletter.

Books by Detroit author, Armando Delicato


Detroit's Cass Corridor
Italians in Detroit
Detroit's Corktown

Hi Eileen,

I was born in Detroit and attended Cooley High School, the University of Detroit and Wayne State University. I taught social studies at Earhart Junior High and Murray-Wright High School in Detroit before becoming a media specialist in Westland, then in Farmington Hills.

I have given a number of lectures about various aspects of Detroit's history and conducted tours. I have been involved in the saving of Orchestra Hall in the early 1980s and have been involved with Cityscape Detroit in the late 1980s.

Currently I am working with a small group to establish a museum in the Cass Corridor. (See Facebook for details).

I think it is wonderful that you are promoting Detroit to former residents and others.

Thanks a million!

Armando Delicato

Musin’ on the Motortown Revue

Blogger Marsha Music writes about attending the
Motown Revues
at the Fox Theater.

In an annual Christmas week ritual of the 60’s, for a few years
Motown’s “Cavalcade of Stars” staged shows for throngs of Detroiters,
black and white, who lined up around the Fox Theatre. It was better than
the movies, the circus and Ice Capades wrapped up in one."


The Michigan Accent

Unique Words and Phrases
by Eric Weaver, Webmaster, "Michigan Native"
Alright. Now you can make the words sound Michiganian,
but if you don't use them in the proper way,
people will think you're either a freak
or that you're making fun of them.
Here are some common phrases:

Friday, November 16, 2012

WANTED: Your Detroit Holiday Photos from the 50s, 60s or 70s

Check out the entire album of holiday photos submitted by
Detroit Memories subscribers:

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Shown above: Jim & Robert Genat ~ Christmas 1950
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Have a Detroit holidays photos you'd like to share?
Email it to me at

Detroit Memories Celebrates 10 Years!

2012 marks the 10-year anniversary date of the
www.Detroit website.

The first single-page website was created in 2002,
but quickly grew as visitors submitted
more and more of their memories.

Thanks, everyone, for all of your terrific support over the years!

Don Schuster 1970 W4 Detroit Radio Air Check

Don Schuster worked at multiple Detroit radio and TV stations, including positions as an on-air DJ, programming management, account executive, and sales management.
His life-long interest in being a DJ began when he was seven years old and his older brother suggested they “play radio station.” Don thought it was the “funnest” thing he had ever done. From that day forward, he had his sights set on being a DJ.

His vision stayed right on track when he got his first job at a major Detroit radio station while attending Harper Woods High School. One month after graduating, Don became a full-time, on-air Detroit-based disc jockey, where he remained until he began attending college at Wayne State as a business major. During college, Don became the youngest Program Director of a major radio station in Detroit…a rock music station known as

After several other radio jobs, as well as a stint as an instructor at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, Don worked for WWJ 97.1FM in Media Advertising Sales, WOMC 104.3FM, and, eventually Sales Manager at WWJ Newsradio 950.

During his five-year stretch as an Account Executive at WDIV-TV NBC Channel 4, Don decided he would like to “go back to his roots” as a DJ. In 1990, he started his own DJ Service and has been full-time in his business ever since.

Arizona-Detroiters Lunch a Great Success!

Check out more photos taken by Mike Bieke at

Nearly 60 'Detroiters' attended the Detroit Memories event
on Sunday November 10th at Sunshine's Motor City Cafe.

We had a really fun time and enjoyed lots of coney dogs,
Better Made potato chips, Faygo and Vernors pop,
and Sanders hot fudge creme puffs!

Our Special Guest was Terry Livingston, daughter of Toby David,
better known to most of us as CKLW's Captain Jolly.

Thanks to Al & Michelle Taylor (who hail from Warren MI), owners of Sunshine's Motor City Cafe, for all of their hometown hospitality!

We'll be meeting there again on Dec 16th at 2 pm to watch the
Detroit Lions play the Arizona Cardinals.

Sunshine's Motor City Cafe is located at
7425 S. Harl Ave, Suite 2, Tempe AZ 85283
Hours:  Mon-Sat, 11 am - 2 pm

Detroit Tigers Photos ~ 1901-2012

For more photos, go to

Thanks to Mike Goff for submitting this link.

Life and Times: Growing up on the East Side of Detroit

Hello Eileen ~
Just wanted to share some news with you about my dad, Rodney Bork. His book, "Life and Time: Growing up on the East Side of Detroit," has been selling quite well – with thanks to you for helping him get started.
We finally got the book on Amazon – as well as his Music Makers CD (should be on Amazon in a week or so). He had to order a third printing of 1,000 books (by Amazon – they do a fantastic job) for personal signings.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you for encouraging and helping my dad, as well as offering me much needed advice. The book was never intended to be more than something for family and friends. We ended up having to take it to the next level (the paperback version) due to requests for it. Somehow a professional writer got the book and wrote a review. Dad’s even gotten requests for his book from Warsaw Poland and Alaska, of all places.
My dad had a hip replacement early in the year which resulted in some complications and a prolonged healing process. He gets tired easily now, but has been invited to do a book signing at an event in Hamtramck in a couple weeks. They're expecting around 400 people to attend. I think it helps him feel alive and connected. 
We had an 80th birthday party for them in August and enjoyed the company of close to 100 family & friends. 

Anyway, just when you may have thought you may have been forgotten, your kindness to my dad has not been. He even plugged your website in one of his articles a year ago
God Bless you Eileen,
Anthony Michael

NEW BOOK ON KINDLE: Dog Water Free (a Detroit story)

Dear Eileen,

My name is Michael Jay and I am a proud son of Detroit. I am also a fan of "Detroit Memories." 

I am writing to let you know that my coming-of-age memoir, DOG WATER FREE (A Detroit Story) has achieved a TOP TEN BEST RATED Ranking on Amazon.

As for my background, I was born at Henry Ford Hospital in 1952. I grew up on a street called Faust in the shadow of Cody High. I attended nearby St. Suzanne and later Detroit Catholic Central (' 70) on W. Outer Drive and Hubbell, thanks to support from an anonymous benefactor. My older brother attended Sacred Heart Seminary on Linwood and W. Chicago. My older sister attended Rosary High. I now reside in Idaho.

While I am extremely proud of the eighteen Five-Star reviews that have posted on my DOG WATER FREE Amazon page in the past few weeks, I sure could use some help with exposure, which is why I am sending this message to you. If you can take a moment, I've provided the direct Amazon link to DOG WATER FREE here: CLICK HERE where you can "Look Inside" to read the complete excerpt. Alternatively, you can download a shorter PDF version at

I hope you enjoy the excerpt of DOG WATER FREE on Amazon. Thanks so much.

Sincere best, 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

This Is How L.A.-Detroiters Roll...

Skateland, Northridge, CA

Long live roller skating, Detroit style! 
Left to right, kneeling: Rita "Coco" Rivera, Eddrianne Cunningham ("Redd")
Middle row: Rita Versey, Marilyn Coleman (Socks), Linda Brown
Back row: Reggie Stephens,
Lawrence "Larry" Marcus Blend
(president of West Coast Detroit Skaters)
and Jerry Jaywndr Flowers
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Got a photo of your 'Detroiters' group?
Send it to and I'll include it in the Newsletter!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Twin Pines Diecast Trucks

As it turns out, Detroit Memories will not be offering the 
Twin Pines milk trucks, but you can find them at 
Diecast Direct in two sizes, 1:43 and 1:87.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

NFL great Alex Karras dies at 77


July 15, 1935 - October 10, 2012

Alexander George "Alex" Karras, nicknamed "The Mad Duck," was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras is noted for his role as Mongo in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, and for starring in the ABC sitcom Webster (1983–89) alongside his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father.

Watch the interview with Alex in 2004.

Red Wings announcer Budd Lynch dies


Aug. 7, 1917 - Oct 9, 2012

Longtime Detroit Red Wings public address announcer Budd Lynch has died.

Officials with the team confirmed Tuesday the Hockey Hall of Fame announcer died earlier in the day. He was 95.

He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting issued by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

Read the full story in The Detroit News

Sam Roberts - Detroit '67

Try listening to this song without tapping
your foot or fingers...
or bustin' out a move.
Some terrific footage of Detroit from 1967.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oak Park Shopping Center 1974

An 18-second film clip of the shopping center at 10 Mile and Coolidge.
This center was reconfigured with the construction of I-696.

Thanks to Ken Ellegood for submitting this link.

Arizona-Detroiters Sunday Lunch

If you're planning to be in the Phoenix area
on Sunday, Nov 11th, come join us!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Motown’s Marvelettes Nominees for 2013 R&R Hall of Fame Induction

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Motown’s girl group The Marvelettes have been nominated for induction in 2013. The group scored Motown’s fist number one Pop hit with “Please Mr. Postman” in 1961.

They had a stream of other hits during the ‘60’s including “Playboy,” “Beechwood 45789,” “Too Many Fish In The Sea.” “Don’t Mess With Bill,” and “The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game.”

For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. 

Beginning on Thursday, October 4 and continuing through December 5, the public can cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.

Vote For The Marvelettes To Get In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Tribute To Tiger Stadium


For the lyrics to this song, go to

Thanks to Mike Goff for sending this link.

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11 am - 2 pm
Sunshine's Motor City Cafe

Sunshine's Motor City Cafe will be open just for us! And they'll be serving Coney dogs,
Better Made, Faygo, Vernors, Sanders and other items from their terrific menu.

I'll be there giving away Detroit Memories posters as well as other door prizes.

Drivers of restored vintage cars (1969 or older) will receive a Coney Meal
(two coney dogs, bag of Better Made and a Faygo (or other fountain drink).

so the restaurant can plan accordingly,
but you're welcome to stop by even if you don't.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Motown Legend Frank Wilson Dies


                      December 5, 1940 – September 27, 2012


Motown producer and singer Frank Wilson has died at the age of 71.

Wilson passed away on Thursday, September 27th following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

Starting his career in the new Motown office in Los Angeles in 1965, Wilson moved to the label's spiritual home in Detroit, Michigan and began writing and producing tracks for artists including Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes.

Some of the biggest songs he helped write include The Supremes' Love Child, All I Need by The Temptations and Chained by Gaye.

He also enjoyed a brief time in the spotlight as a vocalist following the release of his only single Do I Love You (Indeed I Do), which went on to become a huge hit on Britain's Northern Soul scene and is now the world's most expensive disc due to its rarity - with one copy selling in 2009 for $40,000 (£25,000).

Wilson left Motown in 1976 and was ordained as a Christian minister.


Tuesday, August 07, 2012

No September 2012 Newsletter

We'll see you back here at the beginning of October!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Louder Than Love : The Grande Ballroom documentary

Filmmaker Tony D'Annunzio is a successful sound producer turned documentary filmmaker. His very first film, Louder Than Love, won at the Las Vegas Film Festival for Best Documentary Michael Moore picked it for the Traverse City Film Festival and has been championing it on public radio and in interviews. After four years of working on the film whenever he could spare a few moments, getting help and getting people excited about the project, he's got a really solid film on his hands.

READ MORE by Deborah Stambler

Motown bass player Bob Babbitt dies at age 74


At Motown Records in the late ’60s, Babbitt’s thick, fluid bass lines drove the groove on songs by the Temptations (“Ball of Confusion”), Stevie Wonder (“Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours),” Rare Earth (“Losing You”), Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (“The Tears of a Clown”) and many others.  

READ MORE by Brian McCollum, Free Press Music Columnist

You may never have heard the name Bob Babbitt before today, and you may not recognize his face… but we can guarantee you've heard his music.

READ MORE Written by Linnea Crowther

Woodward Dream Cruise Saturday (Tempe AZ)


11 am to 2 pm
Sunshine's Motor City Cafe
7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 2, Tempe AZ


In honor of the Woodward Dream Cruise being held in Detroit on that day, Sunshine's Motor City Cafe is opening the restaurant for us! They'll be serving Coney dogs, Better Made, Faygo, Vernors, Sanders and other items from their terrific menu.

Drivers of restored vintage cars (1969 or older) will receive a Coney Meal (two coney dogs, bag of Better Made and a Faygo (or other fountain drink).

I'll be there giving away Detroit Memories posters. Stop by and join us!



When Things Were Black & White
by Dan David

When Things Were Black and White is a fact-based novel that documents the seemingly stable time in Detroit history when televisions, photographs, attitudes, neighborhoods were distinctly black and white, and how that era ended with the desegregation of schools, the 1967 riots, and the ultimate white flight to the suburbs.

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Check out all of the Detroit-themed books on Amazon!

Happy 99th Birthday, Harry Jarkey!

Harry Jarkey, a Detroit TV personality and nightclub entertainer
in the late '50s and '60s, was best known for a morning variety program
called Our Friend Harry, which ran from 1957-59, as well as The Fun House ,
a children's show with Ricky the Clown. He continued his career at places like
The Roostertail and Bay City's Wenona Beach Amusement Park's casino,
where he worked for 30 years, until his retirement at age 75.
He moved to southern California in the '70s to live near another
former Detroiter and friend, Danny Thomas.

Ed Golick, webmaster of,
has put together a Happy Birthday Harry Jarkey! email campaign.

to send Harry a birthday greeting
Include your memories of him, if you have them.

Even if you don't remember Harry, send a birthday wish anyway!

Ed will compile all of the emails to send to Harry on his birthday.
Some of you may recall that we spearheaded a similar campaign for Harry
when he turned 96. He was absolutely thrilled that we remembered him.
His daughter, Linda, tells us his mind is still sharp as a tack.

For more information about Harry's TV career in Detroit, go to 

Or watch the interview that Mike Collins had with Harry in 2011: