Monday, August 04, 2014

Al Kaline - Most popular Detroit Tigers player ever

Al Kaline was voted the most popular Detroit Tigers player ever in a weeklong, bracket-style competition at He beat current Tigers star Miguel Cabrera, 71%-29%, in the final matchup.

In fact, Kaline cruised through the whole thing, also beating Mickey Cochrane, Bill Freehan, Mark Fidrych and Ty Cobb by at least 31 percentage points.

READ MORE in the Detroit Free Press

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A Thank You from the Author...

Dear Eileen,

I hope you are able to post this note of gratitude
in your Newsletter.

I am writing to publicly thank you for taking the time to post review of my true Detroit story, DOG WATER FREE
on Amazon last month. 

Reviews like yours are invaluable and make this
son of Detroit incredibly proud. 

Sincere best always, 
Michael Jay

Eileen's Note: This book is truly a worthwhile read! Highly recommend. Just click on the book cover to order from Amazon.

Detroit Mass Mobs a HUGE Success!

On July 13th, for the third Sunday in a row, the Detroit Mass Mob movement filled every seat and spilled out the doors at another historic, architecturally awe-inspiring Catholic church in Detroit.

An estimated 1,800 curious Catholics, many who attend suburban parishes, made for a standing-room-only crowd at Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 4440 Russell, considered the largest Catholic church in the city.

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Eileen's Note: I don't know who came up with this idea, but I think it's terrific! I support the efforts of this group and hope that more groups like it are created to support all of Detroit's historic buildings in danger of being abandoned and demolished.

Now and Then Detroit

Watch Detroit change before your very eyes!

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The colorful founder and president of the old Fretter appliance and electronics store chain whose zany commercials endeared him to a generation of local television viewers, died June 29th at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 91.

Ollie Fretter was very much the public face of his chain. His TV pitches included the memorable pledge, “I’ll give you 5 pounds of coffee if I can’t beat your best deal.” The Free Press noted in a 1996 article that Fretter’s “Ollie Oops” sales on dinged and dented merchandise were a penny-pincher’s delight.

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Dick Wagner, who made music history leading Detroit band the Frost in the ’60s, and then in the ’70s played with Billy Joel, Lou Reed’s Rock and Roll Animal band and the Alice Cooper Band, has died. He was 71.

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Former WJBK-TV anchor Woody Willis, a popular fixture of Detroit TV, died On July 10, 2014. He was 73. He was a reporter and anchor at Fox 2 during the 70s and 80s.

READ MORE in Deadline Detroit



Former broadcast journalist Jennifer Moore, an award-winning reporter for WDIV-TV, died Friday following a two-year battle with cancer, her family said. She was 64 and one of the first women to cover the business, automotive and labor beats in Metro Detroit. She started her career at Channel 4 in 1979 and rose to business editor and news anchor.

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Tempe, AZ Dream Cruise Saturday Event

Saturday, August 16, 2014
11 am - 2 pm
Sunshine's Motor City Deli
7425 S. Harl, Suite 2
Tempe AZ 85283

They'll be streaming the Cruise LIVE on the big TV.
See you there!

Woodward Dream Cruise


Watch more than 30,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector
and special interest vehicles 
cruise down Woodward Avenue.

Find all of the details here:

Watch the Cruise on Live Streaming Webcam

Relive the Motown Memories

Take a trip down Memory Lane to Hitsville, U.S.A., with photos from the record label that put Detroit on the musical map.

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He's From Detroit?!


The marine wildlife artist (better known as Wyland) was born in Detroit in 1956. He attended the Center for Creative Studies where he majored in painting and sculpture. Upon graduation, his professors, Jay Holland, Russell Keeter and Bill Gerard, recognized his talent and encouraged him to move to the California coast where he could further develop his art. 

DetroitKidShow Celebrity Spotlight

Miss Ardis, Romper Room

In the mid 1950s, a generation of Detroit pre schoolers sat in front of their TV screens hoping that Romper Room’s Miss Ardis would see them in her Magic Mirror.  "Romper bomper stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play?”



Detroit's Capital Park undergoes rebirth

Another downtown Detroit neighborhood get revitalized!

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Detroit's Greatest All-Time Sports Stars

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Pat St. John                     Lee Alan

If you have fond memories of listening to Lee Alan on The Horn, at WXYZ-AM 1270 in the 1960s, you will really enjoy listening to Southfield native Pat St. John on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 1 pm till 5 pm weekdays (EDT) on Channel 6.  

This is where they feature the music of the '60s and it's obvious that Pat was a Lee Alan fan.  He even uses Lee's old opening them "Zing Went the Strings," plus his cadence and on-air style will remind you of those old days on Wixie radio.

No, he's not trying to imitate Lee; it's just that Mr. Alan was a great influence on his radio career which started at WSHJ (Southfield High School) and he worked at CKLW and WKNR Keener 13.

Management has also given Pat extraordinary freedom to play songs, and create segues that you just don't hear on radio anymore!  If you have satellite radio in your car or at home, this show is worthy of your time and has a LOT of Detroit flavor attached to it.

Art Vuolo, Jr.

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