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.