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Leland_palmer
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 2:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A discarded piece of paper found in Detroit's decaying train depot tells the story of a man, a landmark, a city.

There is Photo-Story of the search as well as an old Detroit News Pictorial of the station.

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.d ll/article?AID=/20080404/SPECI AL01/804040415
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Viziondetroit
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 2:28 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Did you see the other article about Matty Moroun saying that MCS might be done being used for movies?
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Rid0617
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 3:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That must have been so eeery for her to see that signature again after all these years.
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Eriedearie
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 4:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Leland, thanks for posting this. What a great story.
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Bigb23
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 7:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The part of the article about Henry Fords $5 work day says it all about how we are back pedaling on the middle class of today.

"The American middle class was born, it thrived and now it totters. Consider that today a newly hired autoworker will make $14 an hour or $112 for an eight-hour day. Adjusted for inflation, that is $5.19 in 1914 money. A 19-cent raise in 94 years."
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Gotdetroit
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 8:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

bigb23: ...and a BIG oversimplification. I'm pretty sure that "19 cent raise in 94 years" isn't factoring in health and pension costs. But that's easy to overlook, because it doesn't get in the way of his sentiment.
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Bigb23
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 8:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Considering that Henry had on site low cost family Medical clinics and was at the fore front for preventative health care for his employees and families, not too far off the mark.
I'm sure you've heard of the Henry Ford Medical System here abouts.
Don't forget the schooling offered by the company too.
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Thnk2mch
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 8:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"There's still a lot of good in Detroit; don't be discouraged," she said. "You're all going to make it."
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Ray1936
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 11:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That was just a super story. Thanks for posting that link, Leland.
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Darwinism
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 2:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm a fan of Charlie LeDuff's work. There's a lot to write about in Detroit, and all of us will benefit from his writings.
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One_shot
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 4:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cool story. I think the one guy that they knocked on his door has some skeletons in his closet! He didn't wanna know or say anything!
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Jsmyers
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 4:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Compare Henry Ford's (or one of his VPs) salary 94 years ago with the counterpart today...
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Jfried
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 5:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought R Kelly is trapped in the closet.?
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Melocoton
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 5:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hate to be the lone downer here, but I actually thought that article was overly sentimental and kind of pointless. What did anyone learn about MCS or Detroit that you didn't know before? That both things used to be grand and now they ain't? So what? The one interesting part was that comparison of 1914 and 2008 wages at Ford. Just shows how much "progress" we've made.

It was funny that the guy's name was R. Kelley, though.
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Bigb23
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 5:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jsmyers-
This is just for the last thirty years, it was even closer before then. (sorry for the resolution, I don't know the end around).





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Dbc
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 7:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I enjoyed that piece. That he tracked down the gentleman's widow from a piece of paper was really surprising.

Also, I knew Matty Moroun was rich and reclusive, but I didn't realize he was a billionaire. I'm not saying anything new, but the fact that he has all that money and allows the MCS to sit in that deplorable condition is absolutely sickening. He is a disgrace and clearly has no soul.
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Marauderkev
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 7:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A Wonderful story...
And that Matty Moron...is he the prick I keep hearing about?
Is he also the bozo that owns the Ambassador Bridge??
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Pam
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 9:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Is he also the bozo that owns the Ambassador Bridge??



Yes.
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Ray1936
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 9:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"but I actually thought that article was overly sentimental and kind of pointless."

Mel, the fun of the article was in the chase. I do it all the time with my genealogy hobby, such as locating Civil War letters written by my cousins. The letters are the usual chatter, but the chase in finding them and then their relationship to me was a fun puzzle that occupied me for some time.

So for me, even the chase of only forty years was fun to read about. I challenge you to try it sometime. See if you can find who your great great grandfathers were. I dare ya! :-)
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Zephyrmec
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2008 - 10:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Talk about creepy, my sister was getting rid of some junk around the house and she plugged in an old answering machine to test it before tossing it. The outgoing message was still on it. It really tore her up hearing my dad's voice, he's been dead since '94.
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Larjmarj
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2008 - 11:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Larjmarj
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2008 - 11:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh crap...........
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Jimaz
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2008 - 11:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How do I post a picture?
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Bigb23
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2008 - 11:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Larjmarj - FUNNY!
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Lombaowski
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 12:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah I read this earlier today. What a great story.
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Hauntedbeat
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 12:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought that story was boring as well. I hoped the initial dullness might herald a great payoff but the end was a snooze, too.
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Dtctygrl
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 5:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's a story about people, places and history. R. Kelley contributed to the lives of others by doing his job serving people. What a great way to show an interest in the now-elderly and what they contributed to the D back in their days there. I'm sure it was a priceless find for Mr. Kelley's widow.
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Downriviera
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 6:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Matty Maroun,

Where is this guys HQ/home. Can we organize a demonstration?
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Jams
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 6:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do you really want to tangle with GP cops on
Lakeshore?

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