Monday, May 05, 2014

J.L. Hudson's History

Check out the on-line museum of North America's independent department stores. The museum holds all sorts of information about classic department stores which either no longer exist, or are changed beyond recognition. A few of them are still with us, and provide an interesting connection to North America's retail past. The others are presented so that they may be properly remembered as a tangible part of the lives of their customers, shopping destinations where memories were often made.


Deon Jackson
Soul singer and songwriter

Deon Jackson sat in front of me in English class at Ann Arbor (Pioneer) High School in 1964.  He was on the bus with me to Detroit's historic Fort Wayne facility for our US Military Draft Physical and was managed by the same man who discovered Del Shannon, Ollie McLaughlin of "Ollie's Caravan" on local station WHRV 1600, now WAAM in Ann Arbor.  The 50th Class Reunion of AAHS is coming up in July.  Deon almost made it.  Damn shame.

He was best known for the #11 pop hit, "Love Makes The World Go Round," and died at his home near Chicago April 19. He was 68. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Deon was signed by producer Ollie McLaughlin while still in high school. After a couple of regional Detroit hits on Atlantic Records and much touring, he broke through with his composition of "Love Makes The World Go Round" on the Carla label in 1966. The song reached #3 on the R&B charts. Three more singles, however, failed to crack the top 60, but Deon kept performing—a fact that he kept secret from his students at a Wheaton, Illinois school where he later served as a counselor. They finally discovered him in 2008 on YouTube.


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Edgewater Park commercial

Edgewater Park Roller Coaster Video

The Pure Michigan Statewide Singalong

What happens when 4 guys take 7 days, drive 3000 miles 
and hit up 50 different cities? 
A Statewide Singalong!

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US Navy marks upcoming debut of 6th USS Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Navy has held a ceremony to mark the upcoming launch of the sixth warship named for the city of Detroit.

The USS Detroit is under construction at the Lockheed Martin Marinette Shipyard in Marinette, Wis., and will be launched and christened this summer. The Littoral Combat Ship is set to join the fleet in 2016.

Authorities held a ceremony Friday at Port Detroit to unveil the ship’s crest. Participants included Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority chief John Jamian, County Executive Robert Ficano, Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon and Barbara Levin, wife of U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin.

The British built the first USS Detroit at Malden, Canada, in 1813. The U.S. Navy captured the 12-gunner in the Battle of Lake Erie that year.

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Builders Show
Courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Helping Detroit's historic Catholic Churches

Catholic Mass Mob to crowd pew-struggling, 

historic Detroit churches


Victor Lim's Menu ~ 1963

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