Monday, March 05, 2012

Email Inbox ~ March 2012

Hi Eileen,
I like your new format very much. Did you the new format allows printing to PDF without problems? PDF is how I save your Newsletters.


Neil Karl
Livonia MI


EILEEN:  Thanks for letting us know. And yet another benefit of this new format!



Are you still collecting the photos of kids on the ponies? I have one of my mother I can mail you.

Harry Radtke
Sterling Heights MI


EILEEN:  Yes, I certainly am. Email me the photo and I'll add it to the Webshots page. 

For more information on Detroit's Early Cowboys & Cowgirls, CLICK HERE.



The February Newsletter is terrific - just as it is every month.  The new look is wonderful - a vast improvement.

Congratulations for a great job!

Rich Wise
Bloomfield Hills MI

Briggs Stadium by Jim Williams

Briggs Stadium at night in the mid-50's

Original painting and prints will be available soon

See Jim's entire Detroit collection at

MC5 bass player, Michael Davis, passes away

June 5, 1943 – February 17, 2012

Boasting the titles of singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and music producer,
Detroit-born Michael Davis made his name with the seminal and incendiary
proto-punk rock act, MC5.

Pioneers of the hardcore music revolution of the late 1960s, MC5’s political ties and anti-establishment lyrics saw them firmly installed as innovators of punk and flag-bearers for an alternative generation.

Our thanks to Kim Maki (retrokimmer) for her tribute webpage to Michael.

Rise and Shine, Detroit

The fabulous lobby of the Guardian Building

From the March/April 2012 issue of
National Geographic Traveler
By Andrew Nelson

It's not called a “tug” of memory for nothing: I’m outside Detroit’s railroad station,
and I instantly recall my mother’s gloved hand pulling mine as we rushed through the 
vast atrium that was inspired by the imperial baths of ancient Rome. 
We are in a hurry to get somewhere, and Detroit is, too. 
Even a little boy in the mid-1960s notices the tempo. 
The Motor City is in motion. We build America’s cars. 
Thanks to Berry Gordy’s Motown, the world hums our songs. 
 The city, fifth largest in the U.S. by population, is at the top of its game.

Read the entire article:

More Bob-Lo Memories DVD

A history of the Detroit River amusement park that was an annual
tradition for many Detroiters from the time it opened in 1898.

Included in this DVD are the rides, BobLo steamers, interviews, and commercials
that will take you back to the carefree days of summer 
and the unique pastime of taking a steamboat ride down 
the Detroit River to the island amusement park.

More Bob-Lo Memories
is your ticket to re-visit that special place, over and over again!

Offered by Captain of the Fleet,

41 minutes. $24.95 + $4.00 postage


Former WJBK Radio 15 'Good Guy' Clark Reid dies

Clark Reid

Clark Reid, who had been one of the last surviving WJBK 'Good Guys', died Friday, February 3, 2012 at his Novi home. Back in the 1950's and early 1960's, WJBK Radio 15 was one of Detroit's big top 40 hit music dynasties. Their personalities were known on-air and around town as the Good Guys.

In addition to Reid, the lineup over the years included jocks Marc Avery, Robert E. Lee, and "Jack The Bellboy" - a pseudonym used by several different jocks on WJBK radio including Ed McKenzie, Dave Shafer, and Robin Walker (still with us) among others.

Mr. Reid was surrounded by family. Survived by Barbara, his wife of 63 years; children Cathy (Kevin) O'Neil, Jody (Doug) Johnston, David (Carol) Reid, Libby (Jim) Dieterle, and Tim Reid; eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Clark also worked at WJR along with WJBK between 1952-1965. He was a marketing communications specialist with Wilding and Ross Roy until retirement in 1991. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at Nardin Park Methodist Church on 11 Mile west of Middlebelt in Farmington Hills. Memorials suggested to Nardin Park Music Program or Fox Run Benevolent Care Fund.

Art Vuolo comments, "It's rather eerie that this one-time popular radio personality passed on what most radio people consider to be The Day the Music Died - the February 3, 1959 plane crash near Mason City, Iowa that killed three big rock & roll stars: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and JP Richardson (aka The Big Bopper).

Motor City Radio Flashbacks has posted a couple Reid airchecks in remembrance.

Sunday, March 04, 2012