Category Archives: History

Which happened first, the death of Elvis or the Ramones’ first show at CBGB?

Two extremely significant events happened on this day in history – August 16… Elvis Presley was found dead in his Graceland bathroom, clutching the book A Scientific Search For The Face of Jesus, and the Ramones took the stage for the very first time at CBGBs, ushering in a new era in American music. While […]

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My search for the Ypsi Tooth leads me to an interesting Haab’s artifact

My never-ending search for our region’s most enigmatic super villain, the Ypsi Tooth, led me a few nights ago to a long-closed-up building in downtown Ypsilanti. [You can enter said building by way of a manhole downtown.] While I don’t want to get into specifics concerning what clues I may have found, I did want […]

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Now we know the names of the men whose graves we just walked on in Jamestown

Earlier this month, the family and I loaded up the car and drove south to Savannah, Georgia, making stops along the way at a number of significant historical sites. Among other places of interest, we visited Colonial Williamsburg, the site of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, and the “lost colony” of Roanoke. My favorite stop […]

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Ypsi School Superintendent Benjamin Edmondson, vacation memories and complaints with my daughter Clementine, and all kinds of other awesome stuff …on tomorrow’s Saturday Six Pack

After a few weeks off the air, The Saturday Six Pack will return tomorrow evening with an all new episode. Our first guest will be the new Superintendent of Ypsilanti Public Schools, Dr. Benjamin Edmondson, with whom we’ll be discussing the current state of K-12 education in Ypsilanti, the initiatives he’s already set in motion, […]

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What single thing has had the biggest positive impact on Ypsilanti since 2000

I know it’s a difficult thing to quantify, but, this afternoon, while cleaning house, I started thinking about all of the positive things to have happened in Ypsi since I moved back in 2000, and whether or not I could make the case that one of them was more impactful than the rest. “When you […]

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