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 (1979 or older) will
receive a Coney Meal (two coney dogs, bag of Better Made and a Faygo (or
other fountain drink). Stop by and join us! UPDATE:PHOTOS from the Event. Hot outside but we had a great time!
By Kevin Mayer Facebook / Captain Boblo The Ste. Claire is on her way to a grand comeback. Tremendous work has been done on the ship changing the question from “If she comes back” to “When she comes back!” The plan for the Ste. Claire is to bring her out to Wyandotte in either September or October of 2014 as a permanently moored dockside attraction for a couple of years. All money generated from the attraction will be put back into the ship until she is ready to sail once again. Although there are many ideas being kicked around on how to power the old girl, the pistons will be made to work as we all remember. Some of the attractions offered include:
1. A two deck haunted house (adult haunt at night and a children’s haunt and other family activities during the day). 2. Guided tours of the ship. 3. Souvenir and concession sales. 4. Large movie screen on 4th deck for free movies in the park 5. Special events for seniors and families 6. Booking for private parties 7. Possible year-round use ____________ EILEEN'S NOTE: Dr. Ron Katoo, the owner of the Ste. Claire, has now brought in professional crews to expedite the restoration. I have asked Kevin to email me when they need volunteers, knowing that lot of folks who read this Newsletter would be willing to help out. CHECK IT OUT! FILM: Boblo Boats have a role in the new Transformers movie!
From Leon "Lee" Dixon A bizarre Detroit thing happened recently while I was at a Packard Meet.
the days of yore, young boys (myself included) in Detroit were trained to
supervise kids crossing the street at each corner on the way to school. We wore a special white belt made of webbing similar to a seat
belt in today's cars. This belt went around the waist and at a diagonal
up and over one shoulder and across the chest and back. It was a real
thing of pride to wear back in the 1950s and early
60s. (The belts were later changed to dayglo orange.)
At the Meet, I got talking with a fellow by the name of John
Ambrogio. We discovered we'd both attended Hilger Elementary
School on the east side— although he was there a few years before me—and that we were both on the Safety Patrol. When I mentioned that I was a lieutenant, so was
he! We talked about the special white belt we
wore and the fact that officers on the Patrol had special badges attached to the belt. At Hilger, there was a captain and two
lieutenants. When I mentioned that I'd save my badges, he said... "Wait a minute, I think I saved a couple, too."
Sure enough, he reached into his case and pulled out a captain's and a lieutenant's badge! I
scanned the badges here along with my last original ID card. (I think I
re-used the ID card after I left and penned older ages over what
originally was "9-10" years old). I also believe that Hilger is
misspelled on the card...think it had only one "L". The Safety Patrol was sponsored by AAA Automobile Club of Michigan, hence the "AAA" on the badges.
You could show your Safety
Patrol ID and get into various things for free or greatly reduced price. The cards were honored at Tiger games at Briggs Stadium (before it became Tiger
Stadium) and the donut shop would give you one free donut. Once a year
AAA hosted a special day in the spring where all Detroit Safety
Patrol Boys were taken to Briggs Stadium for a free baseball game that
included hot dogs from a Detroit area company and Vernor's Ginger Ale.
DSR busses would line up at key schools and pick up the boys for a full
day of baseball bacchanalia.
I recently published a book called The Motor City and Me: Our Story. It highlights the rich history of Detroit and how the Motor City has left a lasting impact on me. Paralleling the rise and fall of Detroit with the ups and downs of my own life, I demonstrate how Detroit values strengthened and reassured me throughout difficult times. I was born and raised in Detroit. I experienced a happy 1950s Detroit childhood, attending east side Catholic schools and enjoying the once flourishing city. I graduated from the University of Detroit. I have 28 years of teaching experience, including time during the Detroit's period of racial unrest in the 1960s. I believe my book would interest those Detroiters who follow your website since I discuss the Detroit time period 1950s - 1970s. The Motor City and Me is available onAmazon.
The taping of a new PBS series titled Genealogy Roadshow took place a few weeks ago in Indian Village. The show will premiere nationally this fall. Described as part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover Americans' family stories. The show's first season is to feature participants from Detroit; Nashville, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; and San Francisco. One of the genealogists featured in the show is from Detroit. Kenyatta Berry graduated from Cass Tech, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. From the Genealogy Roadshow website:
While Detroit is known mainly for two things — cars and Motown — there is much more to the city, which boasts one of the most diverse populations in the country. After its settlement by French-Canadians, Detroit attracted a large number of Europeans and immigrants of Middle Eastern descent, making it now home to the largest Arab-American community in the country. As well, hundreds of thousands of African-Americans moved to Detroit from the rural southern U.S. as part of The Great Migration of the 20th century. Detroit was the first place in the country to have a stretch of concrete highway and a four-way, three-color traffic light. It supplied 75 percent of the liquor during the Prohibition era and was the birthplace of the ice cream soda. For more info, go to: