Sunday, October 06, 2013

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Tigers great Gates Brown,
master of the lost art of pinch-hitting

Gates Brown, an outfielder who played his entire 13-year major league career with the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 74.
Brown played on Detroit's 1968 team that won the World Series, and was part of another title with the Tigers in 1984 as a batting coach.
READ MORE by John Lowe, Detroit Free Presss Sports Writer

Milky the Clown

What’s the magic word?
If your answer is “Twin Pines” you’ve probably spent countless
Saturday afternoons in front of the family TV enjoying the
mystifying magic of Milky the Clown. Milky is one of the legends
of Detroit TV. Clare Cummings was the man behind the legend.

to read more about Clare Cummings
by Ed Golick,

This Twin Pines milk bottle from the estate of Clare Cummings
recently sold on eBay for $154!

Detroit's Mayors

ALBERT E. COBO 1950-1957

LOUIS C. MIRIANI 1957-1962


ROMAN S. GRIBBS 1970-1974

COLEMAN A. YOUNG 1974-1994


VIDEO: WXYZ Reunion History by Megan Saunders and Erik Smith

Read the article
about the WXYZ Reunion held Sept 28, 2013.

VIDEO: The Long Career of TV Anchor Erik Smith in 3.5 Minutes

Detroit Telephone Exchanges

Check out the discussion and view photos of the various
Michigan Bell buildings in the Detroit area.

Thank you to Mike Meredith for the above photos.

Genealogy Roadshow: Detroit

Watch as Detroiters discover their genealogy!

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Interested in discovering more about your genealogy?

Detroit Society for Genealogical Research

A non-profit organization for the preservation and perpetuation
of the records of ancestors and families of the commonwealth,
and to be of assistance to the Burton Historical Collection
Detroit Public Library.

"Quizdown" Featured Local Grade School Students

Attached is a picture that appeared the Detroit Free Press of my appearance (far right, top) on a local quiz show called Quizdown. My whole family came to the broadcast at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Pretty head stuff for an 8th grader!

I recall two questions of the four asked, and I did answer all of them correctly: Where is Corsica? What mammal has a cow for a mother, a bull for a father, and a pup for baby?

Quizdown was pretty popular. The winning team attended a performance of Babes in Toyland.


Bob Walczak

by Ed Golick,
webmaster of

Quizdown aired every Saturday morning on WXYZ radio. The program was sponsored by The Detroit Free Press and featured teams from two local public or private schools competing against each other by answering general knowledge questions as provided by other Detroit area students. Tom Waber was the emcee. Casey Kasem got his first job in radio as an usher on Quizdown. For a brief time the program was simulcast over both WXYZ radio and TV.

Prizes were given to the winning team, including the coveted Quizdown "Highest Honors" medal (at left).

Architecture, restoration showcased in Palmer Park tour

Detroit — From Art Moderne to Venetian, tour guides lead droves of people through the city’s historic Palmer Park neighborhood to showcase the range of architectural styles as well as recent restoration of a several of its apartment buildings.

From The Detroit NewsREAD MORE

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Is There a Detroit-Food Themed Restaurant in Your Town?


Detroit Coney
930 W Broadway
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 219-7430

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Sunshine's Motor City Cafe
7425 S Harl Ave
Tempe, AZ 85283



"Dawgs" Michigan Coney Island Hot Dogs
628 Parker Rd 2C
Fairfield CA 94533
(707) 437-1309

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Bobby's Detroit Coney Island
79630 Highway 111
La Quinta CA 92253
(760) 347-2200


American Coney Island
301 Fremont St
Las VegasNV 89101
(702) 388-2120


           NORTH CAROLINA           

Cloo's Coney Island Hot Dogs
2233 Avent Ferry Rd
Raleigh NC 27606



VIA 313
@ The Violet Crown Social Club
1111 East 6th
Austin TX 78702
(512) 939-1927

@ Craft Pride
61 Rainey St
Austin TX 78701

(512) 609-9405

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Motor City Coney Island
1300 Main Street
Dallas TX 75202
(214) 760-0000


Know of a 'Detroit-themed restaurant 
(not located in or around Detroit) that serves 50s-70s food?
Let's get it added to this list!
Send me an email with the info: