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Mitch Albom (Bradley Whitford) has a pretty great life. He lives in Detroit and is happily married, he's an award-winning sportswriter, a must-read newspaper columnist, a screenwriter, a radio and television broadcaster. Then two men come into his life, and he realizes something's missing. Rabbi Albert Lewis (Martin Landau) presides over a thriving synagogue in a comfortable New Jersey suburb, and pastor Henry Covington (Laurence Fishburne), a recovering drug user and dealer, preaches to the poor and homeless in a crumbling Detroit inner-city church. Moving between their worlds - Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and privileged - Albom witnesses first-hand how these two very different men not only live life, but celebrate it. What else do these two have in common? They believe there's divine spark in all of us - and that a single person can make a big difference in others' lives, as long as they have a little faith. The movie was filmed in Detroit.
For the full article, see Mitch Albom, "This film has the story -- and the spirit", Detroit Free Press, November 27, 2011.
On Nov. 27, 1960, Gordie Howe scored his 1,000th point. Better known as "Mr. Hockey," Howe made his professional debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946 at the age of 18. In 1997, Howe played in his final professional hockey game. His one-game contract with the Detroit Vipers meant that Howe's professional career spanned six decades.
Michigan History magazine
"He just kept going and going and ...", article by Larry Schwartz, ESPN Sport Century.
Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor known for his portrayal as Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, as famed record producer Ahmet Ertegün in the film Ray and for voicing the titular character in the show Dan Vs. He is also the co-host of the TBS reality television competition series King of the Nerds.
Armstrong was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Norma E. (née D'Amico), a teacher, and Robert Leroy Armstrong. He graduated from Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan, and later attended and was graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
Source : Curtis Armstrong Wikipedia entry
Some are pirates. Some are Martians. Some are animals. And the oldest ones—arguably the most elaborate and haunting — are Italian. Italian, because in the mid-1920s, Charles Wendel, then-director of displays at Hudson’s department store in Detroit, had recently returned from a European trip where he’d witnessed the Carnival of Viareggio with his own eyes. There, enormous, intricate, and often emotionally intense papier-mâché masks and heads danced in the streets in a rite that goes back to the 1800s. With one look, he decided it was a perfect tradition to bring back to Detroit, where he had been mulling over the idea of a downtown holiday parade to get people in the Christmas spirit—and revved up for the imminent holiday shopping season.
Thus, the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade was born, and Wendel collaborated with the puppet artisans in Viareggio, Italy to bring the first Hudson’s-ordered “Big Heads” to the inaugural parade on Thanksgiving Day, 1924. They were a huge hit, and over the years, the Detroit Parade Company’s ever-expanding collection of giant puppets has grown to more than 300. Detroit-based artists who’ve trained with the papier-mâché masters in Viareggio have continued the tradition in more recent decades, crafting their own big-head style puppets, often of local Detroit celebrities. (This year’s addition is a likeness of Gordie Howe.) The old ones can always be discerned from the new with one simple trick: On the inside of the vintage puppets, all the yellowing papier-mâché newsprint is in Italian.
Lou Blouin and Emily Bingham, "Big Heads", Found Michigan, November 27, 2013.
Photo: One of the original Detroit Thanksgiving Parade puppets on display in Fisher Building, 2013, courtesy of Found Michigan
We hope that you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving where ever you are. The U.S. Government hopes so as well -— and has a page of interesting Thanksgiving information. It has facts and statistics (768 million pounds of cranberries!), alternative ways to cook your turkey (you can deep fat fry a whole turkey!), and recipes from famous Americans (Mrs. Truman’s mac and cheese sounds delicious or maybe you want to try Mamie Eisenhower's million dollar fudge).
Mmmm, you can almost smell the turkey roasting. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and millions of Americans are making plans to visit friends and family for the holiday. Sure, the travel can be a hassle, but when you put it in perspective -- say, over the course of half a century -- it's safe to say the tradition is worth the trouble.
Consider, for example, the Travelers -- John, Jane and the twins -- a family of four who are about to hop in the car and head to Grandma's. It's a 100-mile trip each way; there will be dinner for 10 with all the fixings; and because Grandma and Grandpa like their postprandial privacy, a night in a hotel.
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