More Glimpses of Detroit's History from the Pages of Hour Detroit Magazine
by George Bulanda
Most people “begin at the beginning” as a natural progression, but for many readers of Hour Detroit magazine, they “begin at the ending,” for on the back page of each issue is a feature on Detroit history called “The Way It Was.” With each new issue, subscribers often flip first to the final page to look at a historical photograph, complemented by explanatory text.
This book, the second of a series to be published, is a compilation of “The Way It Was,” published in Hour Detroit magazine from 2005-11. The photos evoke a time and place that have passed, but fond memories are impossible to extinguish. In this new edition, you’ll find such local landmarks as Old City Hall, the Guardian and Penobscot buildings, Awrey’s, Tiger Stadium, Olympia Stadium, the Grande Ballroom, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Mercury, Eastown, Madison, Shubert, and Punch and Judy theaters, as well as such notable Detroit figures as Berry Gordy Jr., George Romney, Coleman A. Young, Edsel Ford, Hank Greenberg, Charles Lindbergh, and Joe Louis. Even Carol Channing and Presidents Eisenhower and Reagan are captured in photos when they visited the city.
So turn back the clock and prepare for a nostalgic journey into Detroit’s golden years.
Detroit. The Motor City. Motown. By any name, the city ‘on the strait’ that Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded in 1701 has arisen to become one of the most influential, volatile, intriguing, and inspiring locales on the planet. From the rise of the auto industry to the phenomenal success of Motown Records to the Grande Ballroom scene that fostered some of the most influential musicians in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, it can’t be denied: An uncommon number of amazing people have called Detroit home.
Through compelling portraits and raw interview transcripts that allow them to tell their stories in their own words, Heart Soul Detroit presents 50 of the most influential, successful, fascinating, and beloved Detroiters. From super-athletes like Nicklas Lidstrom, Barry Sanders, Al Kaline, and Tommy Hearns to internationally admired musicians like Smokey Robinson, Jack White, Eminem, and Martha Reeves to business visionaries such as Berry Gordy, Lee Iacocca, and Bill Ford Jr., Heart Soul Detroit showcases some of the men and women who put The Motor City on the map.