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Jack Lessenberry, "COOL Heats Up" : Stabenow plays a game of chicken with Canadian meat.
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The last of the Playboy Clubs, located in the Hilton Inn in Lansing, Michigan, once employed 45 “bunnies.” According to Time magazine (July 25, 1988), the scanty outfits and cottontails donned by the last remaining 12 bunnies were packed away for good after their last day of work in July.
The last American Playboy Club closed with nine bunnies on its payroll, down from a high of 45. The door bunny was long gone, and so was the photo bunny and the gift bunny. The survivors, all unmarried and all age 21 to 32, were part-time workers who average, said Bunny Chelsea, about $200 for three evenings of work a week.
When the club opened in 1982, several thousand people plunked down $25 apiece for the "keycard" required for admittance. Bethaney Poll, a former local bunny who now is a legal secretary, recalled the club in 1983: `"I can remember people lined up out to the sidewalk. The place was always packed. We had 17 bunnies then, and I made as much money in three days as I do now in a week." By 1987, business had declined so much that the room was opened to the public.
Nathan Cobb, "Playboy Club Closing Signals End Of An Era", Boston Globe, August 9, 1988.
On July 31, 1987, the Detroit People Mover opened for the first time.
The Detroit Transportation Corporation, City of Detroit, is owner and operator of the Detroit People Mover. The Detroit People Mover (DPM) is a fully automated light rail system that was developed as part of a planned regional transit system. The People Mover operates on an elevated single track loop in Detroit's central business district. The 2.9 mile system provides connections between the courts and administrative offices of several levels of government, sports arenas, exhibition centers, major hotels, and commercial, banking and retail districts. Service is frequent, unencumbered by vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and conveniently available throughout the central business district. The integration of eight of the thirteen People Mover stations into pre-existing structures links over 9 million square feet that can be traversed unimpeded by outside elements.
Normal weekday operating hours are 6:30 a.m. to Midnight, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Noon to Midnight on Sunday. Early openings and extensions of evening hours are provided to accommodate sports events, major conventions and other special events taking place in the Central Business District. Round trip on the system is approximately 15 minutes and headway ranges from 3 to 4 minutes. Average dwell at each station is 20 seconds.
The DTC fleet consists of twelve driverless vehicles that are fully automated and computer controlled. The vehicles are each powered by a linear induction motor that can provide a maximum velocity of 56 mph. Vehicles and stations (with the exception of Grand Circus Park - see below) are handicapped accessible and each vehicle has two wheelchair securement positions. Vehicles are also equipped with a climate control system that provides maximum passenger comfort from outside temperatures that can have a seasonal range from sub-zero to 100 plus degrees.
People Mover fare is $.75 and can be paid by U.S. coins, People Mover tokens and by monthly, semi-annual, annual and special event passes. All stations are equipped with automatic turnstiles and disability accessible gates, with the exception of Grand Circus Park Station, which is stairway access, standard faregates only. Persons certified as disabled, Medicare card holders and the elderly are eligible for discounted (50%) passes and tokens.
Check out the Detroit People Mover Facebook Page
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page and the Detroit People Mover website.
The Lansing Mall opened July 31, 1969. The mall was mid-Michigan's first enclosed shopping center. It cost $18 million to build.
At 600,000 square feet it sprawled across 11 acres, like a small city under one roof.
Detroit developers Sidney Forbes and Maurice Cohen, both 33, were one of the youngest teams of multi-million dollar developers of shopping centers at the time.
The Guitar Girl statue, a life-size bronze statue of a flower child playing her guitar, graced the main entrance.
Shoppers didn't have any problems finding a place to park. The mall offered more than 4000 parking spaces on thousands of tons of blacktop.
Source : "Lansing Mall Opens, offers cornucopia", Lansing State Journal, April 26, 2015.
On this day, the State of Michigan began a state ferry service from Mackinac City to St. Ignace to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas -- a service that continued until the opening of the Mackinac Bridge in 1957. The first car ferry was the Ariel, a river boat which had previously served as a ferry between Walkerville, Ontario, and Detroit. It could only hold 20 cars and was later sold in 1924 to serve as a ferry between Port Huron and Sarnia. Visit the link below to learn about other Michigan car ferries.
During the November deer hunting season, thousands of hunters jammed the docks and the adjoining highway while they waited to board the ferries. Patient veterans of the Straits crossing would calmly munch hot pasties sold by car-to-car vendors and feed the ever-present sea gulls. Long delays were infrequent, however, and service went on day after day and year after year with few interruptions
Michigan Every Day
Zlati Meyer, "This Week in Michigan History: Ferry Service Began at Mackinac", Detroit Free Press, July 2, 2014.
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