Saturday, December 07, 2013


Christmas Carol (Maureen Bailey)
puts the finishing touches on a model car.

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Celebrate the Holidays with memories of
Detroit during the Holiday Season.

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season!


by William Moss

The 36th Annual J. L. Hudson Company Thanksgiving Day Santa Parade started at 9:25 a.m. on November 22, 1962.  At 10:53 a.m. Santa arrived at the Ice Castle and was greeted by Christmas Carol and Channel 4 weatherman Sonny Elliott.  Mayor Jerome Cavanagh presented Santa the nicest key of all – the key to the hearts of good boys and girls. Notice the yellow fork lift that brought Santa from his Reindeer Float to the Ice Castle.

Reprinted with permission. 
See more works by William Moss

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William Moss has captured Detroit's past in his limited edition lithographs, along with a DVD which brings to life the memories of the city that he knew. 

Bill has a passion for Detroit and shows it in his work - you can almost feel the vibrations from the passing street cars on the brick streets, taste a Boston Cooler at Vernors, or hear the roar of the crowd at the corner of Michigan & Trumbull.  Remember standing on the deck of the Bob-Lo boat in a balmy breeze, or feeling the blustery winds while watching Santa arrive to receive the Key to the City of the Straits?

Bill was born on Detroit's East side in 1943. His daily commute to Cass Technical High School heightened his interest in the history and architecture of his home town. He graduated from Cass Tech in 1962 and continued his education at Wayne State University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1966. His highly detailed style of painting is a result of combining extensive historical research with a career as an architectural delineator.


Karen Vander Putten (nee Kloss), age 5, 
at J.L. Hudson's in 1955. 
Pershing 1968 graduate.

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Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Sunshine's Motor City Cafe
Tempe AZ

What a fun time we had with Robin!



Longtime Detroit broadcaster Dwayne X. Riley, a 35-year veteran of Channel 4 (WWJ-TV, then WDIV) died Wednesday after heart surgery at St. Johns Hospital in Detroit. He was 84.

Riley was one of the dwindling number of TV anchors who came to the medium from radio and print and were more prized for their writing ability and unflappable delivery than for on-camera pizzazz.

READ MORE From The Detroit News, Susan Whitall

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Upcoming Class Reunions

Saturday, March 24, 2014
Warren Fitzgerald High School is having a 40-year reunion for members of the graduating class of 1974. The reunion will begin at 6 p.m. at Club Monte Carlo, located at 50265 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, call (586) 291-7998 or (248) 496-8916.