melvin is tanked

A few days ago, in a conversation with Brett about the impending destruction of Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium, the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, I mentioned that there was a fish there that reminded me of my late grandfather. Well, much to my surprise, Brett tracked down of photo the exact fish that I’d been thinking of… Hopefully they’ll find a good home for him if/when the consistently shortsighted city of Detroit pulls the plug… Detroit politicians, for those of you who don’t live in the shadow of Motor City’s carcass, have a knack for sniffing out the things that make this city special, and then destroying them.

Here, on a happier note, is my grandfather.

…If anyone can tell me what’s going to happen to this particular fish, should the tanks be smashed on schedule, I’d appreciate it. I really do have a soft spot for the guy.

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  1. Brian
    Posted March 31, 2005 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    That may be the ugliest fish I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen Splash, Too!

  2. dorothy
    Posted March 31, 2005 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    omg mark—i think we’re related. that was a picture of my uncle ed.

  3. Dave Morris
    Posted March 31, 2005 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I remember I brought a first date to the Belle Isle Aquarium. I thought it was a pretty damn cool place. I also wanted to show her the miniature reindeer that run around on the north side of the island as well as the wounded gazelle sculpture by Marshall Fredrick. ( )

    My blood pressure goes up just thinking about what they are destroying. Morons. The Soup Kitchen Lounge and now this.

    Mark – Julie use to work with Vivian and Pat over at the News. She could put you in touch with them. They would be a great resource for the history of the aquarium and may be able to put you in touch with groups organizing to protect it.

  4. Dave Morris
    Posted March 31, 2005 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    And wasn’t there a virgin birht of a white shark there recently? That alone should make the place worthy of being saved.


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