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Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. brought black music to white audiences. He premiered a new sound, and launched the careers of such artists as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and the Supremes. In 1975, Gordy was given a lifetime achievement award at the American Music Awards, and in 1988, Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For more information, visit Caleb Marsh, Happy Birthday Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown, November 29, 2009.
When the Rouse Simmons went down, it was the end of an era: The last hurrah for a dying age of wooden schooners. And the final act of the Great Lakes' real-life Santa Claus. Although the exact time the Rouse Simmons sank is unknown, it is usually attributed to Thanksgiving or November 28, 1912.
For the full article, see Lou Blouin, "Captain Santa's Last Voyage", Found Michigan, December 23, 2013.
Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships brings the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes to life, using the tragic story of the schooner Rouse Simmons as a porthole into the robust but often forgotten communities that thrived along Lake Michigan from the Civil War to World War I. Memorialized in songs, poems, fiction, and even a musical, the infamous ship that went down in a Thanksgiving storm while delivering Christmas trees to Chicago has long been shrouded in myth and legend. As a result, the larger story of the captain, crew, and affected communities has often been overlooked. Fred Neuschel delves into this everyday life of camaraderie, drudgery, ambition, and adventure—with tales of the Midwest’s burgeoning immigrant groups and rapid industrialization—to create a true story that is even more fascinating than the celebrated legends. For more information, see Fred Neuschel, Lives and legends of the Christmas tree ships, Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2007.
On this day, 29 ships were either damaged or lost during a winter gale on Lake Superior.
Also see Freshwater Fury: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, Michigan In Pictures, November 7, 2009.
The stage is set for more drama over Michigan's future role in the motion picture and digital media industry when lawmakers get back Tuesday from their Thanksgiving recess.
Up for a House vote is a Senate-passed bill streamlining the state's film incentives and standardizing at 25 percent a business tax rebate offered for productions shot here — down from an average of 27 percent now. It also would make permanent the incentives, currently set to end in 2017.
Its director and chief sponsor, Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville of Monroe, says it's crucial that Michigan remain an attraction for the burgeoning industry and the young people drawn to it through the hand-held video devices they use every day. Michigan competes against 38 other states that offer film incentives.
Opponents include Michigan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Studley, who would like lawmakers to skip the credits and focus on Gov. Rick Snyder's top priority: Producing another $1.2 billion a year to speed up repairs of Michigan's crumbling roads.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Michigan film subsidies star in legislative drama", Detroit News, November 27, 2014.
State lawmakers return to the capital Tuesday for the start of a marathon three-week session where the outgoing GOP House and Senate leaders hope to cement their legacies by settling some contentious issues.
Gay rights, higher taxes for road fixes, sentencing reform and changing Michigan's century-old system for awarding presidential candidates' electoral votes are among the biggest — and most controversial — issues looming as the Legislature reconvenes.
But none have the magnitude that rocked Lansing two years ago when the Republican-controlled Legislature fast-tracked legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. Lawmakers made Michigan a right-to-work state where union dues are voluntary and refined an emergency manager law that Snyder used to take Detroit through bankruptcy.
This year could be different.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Lawmakers face gay rights, road tax, election issues", Detroit Free Press, November 27, 2014.
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