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Douglas B. Roberts, "Will we be better off if Proposal 1 passes? Former treasurer says yes" : Yes, it raises taxes, but the problem it was designed to solve is urgent and must be addressed if the state is to move forward.
Jack Lessenberry, "Remembering U.S. Senator Robert Griffin" : U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin played a key role in one of the most gripping dramas in American history.
Tom Watkins, "Managing Michigan’s Natural Resources Helps the Planet" : We need to be much more mindful of our natural environment.
Chuck Moss, "Tim Allen and Me" : Tim Allen, how much do we pay you for the Pure Michigan commercials? Read
Eric Freedman, "Rights Weaken for Russian Environmentalists and Press" : The overall environment for media independence in Russia worsened last year.
Lawson J. Deming (April 23, 1913 – April 24, 2007) was a radio and TV character actor best known in Detroit, Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and parts of Canada as the Saturday afternoon television horror movie host "Sir Graves Ghastly."
Sir Graves Ghastly began his hosting duties in 1966 on WJBK Channel 2 in Detroit. The show was Sir Graves Ghastly Presents and it ran on Saturday afternoons until April of 1983. He was very popular, especially with kids, probably due to the fact that his character did not appear scary and was actually more cartoonish.
The show featured many other characters as well, including his girlfriend Tilly Trollhouse and Glob, Sir Graves' mouth filmed upside down. Most of these characters were played by Ghastly himself, Lawson J. Deming.
In all, Sir Graves Ghastly ran for 15 seasons in Detroit. Due to the show's popularity (it was topping all other programs in its time slot other than live sporting events), WJBK added the occasional after-school or prime time Sir Graves special and, of course, several Halloween specials. The explosion of televised sports in the early 1980s, particularly college football, caused Sir Graves to go into hiatus after airing a show in November 1982. A management change during this time led to the program being "officially" cancelled in 1983 before any other shows were produced. As he did while his show was running, Deming continued to do speaking engagements and personal appearances well into the 1990s
For more information, see SirGravesGhastly.com
On April 24, 1965, at a carnival in a suburban Taylor Township shopping center parking lot, five children were riding in the "Flying Comet," a mechanical "maypole" whose arms and attached buckets whirled in circles 10 to 12 feet above ground.
Suddenly, the arm holding the bucket collapsed and the children were dragged around the center pole until the operator shut off the motor. Two kids died and three were critically injured in the tragedy, which prompted the Legislature to enact a safety-inspection law for such rides.
Source: Mich-Again's Day
The first tank delivered from Detroit’s newest and largest defense plant was an M3, which weighed 30 tons and was produced at a rapid pace during World War II. Officials from both the Chrysler Corporation and the American military gathered in Warren, Michigan, to witness a demonstration in which the new tank fired its weapons, crashed through a telephone pole and destroyed a house. Due to its impressive production of weapons and vehicles needed for the fighting, the city of Detroit was often referred to as the “Arsenal of Democracy” during the war. Indeed, many historians have since demonstrated that the course of the war and its outcome were both significantly affected by the large production rates which were achieved in Detroit. By the end of World War II the Detroit Tank Arsenal produced more than twenty-two thousand tanks.
For more information see
State of War: Michigan in WWII / Alan Clive. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1979.
Detroit's wartime industry : arsenal of democracy / Michael W.R. Davis. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2007.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
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