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4/21/2014 - Millburg Fairgrounds - Millburg - Dan Gerren
My Dad used to race at Millburg in the 50's. Anyone out there remember Bob Gerren? Used to use Ben Gay as his racing name. By the way, I was told he never lost an Austrailian Persuit.
4/19/2014 - Mercury Theatre - Detroit - Maureen
Right on Ed, the movies were shown every summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Looking back we were fortunate to live in the 40's and 50's. Lived on Littlefield, across from PB and was maybe a block or so away.
4/19/2014 - Flint Park - Flint - Lori Clark Malmstrom
Hello.

For those of you who remember my Dad, Don Clark, his Memorial is going to be held on June 4th, 2014. It will be at the Raincheck Bar on Averill Ave in Flint. Food and fun sharing memories. 5 to 8 P.

M. My Dad lived at 902 w. Baltimore and worked at Flint Park early 1950's. I remember he ran with Ronnie Graham and Mickey Harper.

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4/17/2014 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Chris Fitzpatrick
Sadly I am posting to let all my dads (Bob Fitzpatrick) friends and fans know that he has passed away today 4-16-14 at the age of 74. He enjoyed racing and being at the track with all of his family and friends. Please keep our family in your prayers We will post funeral arrangements as soon as we can.
4/16/2014 - Mercury Theatre - Detroit - Edward Stakoe
Always looked forward to last day of school in June. The Nuns gave us a pamphlet or a summer schedule of shows. I think the ticket price was 15 cents.
4/15/2014 - Mercury Theatre - Detroit - Pat "KELLY" Bien
KELLY lived on Cruse between Grove and Florence-Graduated from Precious Blood in 1955/sister Rita grad of 1952/brother Kevin grad of 1949/ brother Jim grad 1962.

ALL went to the MERCURY every Saturday with our friends. When I went the cost was 14 cents! The so called bad kids sat in the last row and necked then went out afterwards and smoked cigarettes!!! :) ALL seemed to know Mr Bloom and all seemed to not love him over the years. Poor man must have learned to hate kids after dealing with them for so many years-Ha Ha! Precious Blood students would process on special occasions to the MERCURY to watch films of faith (The story of St Joan of Arc for instance). Unheard of in this day and age when kids wouldn't have been taught the same disciplines about behavior and respect, me thinks.

Saw great films and cartoons!!. Wonderful memories. , It seems to have gone by way too quickly. but.

blessed to have had the experience and the memories!..
4/14/2014 - Standish Speedway - Standish - Brian Ferguson
There's a a 1/2 mile dirt oval about 3 miles north of the speedway and on the west side of US 23 does anyone know what it was?.
4/13/2014 - Albion Opera House - Albion - Elijah Shalis
The Albion Oprah House is still in existence but closed. The bottom level is a dentists office and the stairs to the main level are gone, you have to climb a ladder to get in now. It is worth checking out.
4/13/2014 - Albion Opera House - Albion - Web
The Albion Opera House building was erected in 1868-69 by Theron Soule and George N.

Davis. The stage measured 30 x 48 feet, and 18 feet high. The facility seated 500 persons. The Albion Opera House was used for traveling musical groups, local talent plays, lectures, theatrical groups, political and social meetings, and even wrestling shows and other sporting events.

A later owner of the building, druggist Hadley H. Sheldon, added Vaudeville to the repertoire, and the remains of old show posters can still be seen plastered on the backstage walls. The Albion Opera House was once so popular that young men used to perch themselves in tall stately elm trees on S. Superior St in front of the building for a free peek.

The building was declared a fire hazard in 1918 and closed, although it occasionally reopened in the 1920s for plays produced by Albion High School students..
4/13/2014 - Crest Drive-In Theatre - Okemos - Kathyb
We lived behind the Crest, and I remember when they installed flood lights to keep the screen concealed from the neighbors. Thank you for this site, it's awesome.
4/13/2014 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Robert
Fred Wolfe Jr. , I believe is still active in Macomb County politics. I think he's a financial planner and investment advisor. He would probably be a good source of info.
4/13/2014 - Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp - M Askew
Was at Detroit Dragway many times in the mid to late 70s. Remember seeing a Dodge Bodied Funny Car on a shake down run, come out of the hole front end up and just then, an oil line broke, the car turned on the left rear slick and headed towards the the right side bleachers, (where I was) and then down turned back to the track now facing the starting line and shut down. It left an impression. laugh.
4/13/2014 - Gratiot Drive-In Theatre - Roseville - M Askew
I grew up in Roseville, attended school there, and enjoyed the movies at the Gratiot Drive In. My dad telling me about the water falling from the front of it in years earlier. I could hardly wait to see Grand Prix in the late 60s on the WIDE screen. In the winter you had with your speakers, portable heaters, they worked! Though I no longer live in the area or Michigan, I recall much of the old days.
4/9/2014 - Fenton Cinema - Fenton - Randal
The Cinema is no more, it is an empty lot, should've gotten some photos but didn't, imagine Tri County Times may have some. The last management didn't keep the place up, read many complaints in the paper about it. Still sad to see it go, family would be out and about we'd stop by just to get popcorn there.
4/9/2014 - Berlin Raceway - Marne - Kevin Corbat
New seats that formerly occupied turn three at Michigan International SPeedway are being installed on the front straight away, replacing the former wooden grandstands, as well as increasing capacity. The season opener is April, 26th, races start at 6:oo.
4/9/2014 - Strand Theatre - Lowell - Steve DeNolf
The Evans Family ran the Theatre till 1972 when it was purchased by Robert C.

DeNolf and Family. They then ran the Theatre till it's closing in 1985. Note that the Strand was originally a stage theatre with movies only as part of the entertainment. A typical night in the early 1930's would include comedians, dancing girls, newsreels and visiting acts from Chicago or headliner acts including Laurel and Hardy.

Soon movies dominated and a permanent screen was erected in front of the stage. With excellent sound system, nice seating and physical location on Main Street, Lowell, MI. , the theatre did well for years. But as all good things change or come to an end, television, multi-screen theaters, cable and other entertainment, the theatre eventually couldn't compete and closed.

Larkin's Saloon now operates as a hall for weddings, concerts and events. Not much of the ambiance of the Strand is left. Please note that the Lowell Historical Museum next door to the Theatre has an exhibit of history and information on the theatre until September 2014.
4/7/2014 - Fremont Cinemas - Fremont - Daniel Longcore
Fremont Cinemas has been bought by new owners, they are upgrading the theater to digital projection, and it is expected to reopen by this summer.
4/5/2014 - Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp - jeff ballard
back in 1979 i bought a 69 coronet r/t that had a decal in the window that said detroit dragway champion the car was bronze with a tan vinyl top. it was a 440 4spd car. sound familiar?.
4/2/2014 - Vassar Theatre - Vassar - Gary Szymzak
Tim O'Brien passed away Wednesday March 9th 2014 at the age of 51 from a heart attack. His funeral was held on Monday the 24th at the Vassar Theatre.
4/2/2014 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - keith malec
Hello, im looking for photos or race info.

on my dad who used to race here in the 50's. His name is Richard Malec and he raced under the name Mal Richards and his car was a late 30s, early 40's Ford I believe and was H20. I have one photo of the car which I will scan and upload here but im looking for more info. if anyone remembers the name and has any info.

that would be wonderful. Thank you,..
4/2/2014 - Onondaga Dragway - Onondaga - Matt
From the Lansing State Journal ONONDAGA TWP.

— Following its first year of operation in 35 years, a revamped drag-strip in Onondaga Township has lost the first round of a legal battle to stay open. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina called the track a ‘nuisance’ and blasted the Onondaga Township Board of Trustees for allowing it to re-open in a ruling on March 17. “I do find that this is a nuisance,” Aquilina said according to transcripts from the hearing. “It is the classic nuisance everyone reads about in law school,” she said.

“Everyone should be allowed to enjoy their property. ” The Onondaga Township board approved a site plan for the Onondaga Dragway, 4186 Bellevue Road, in 2012 and its started operating last year. Michael Behan, attorney for homeowners Mark Cooper and John Ghere, is handling two separate cases concerning the drag-way. Cooper sued drag-way owners Ray and Carolyn Comer alleging it was a nuisance , while Ghere sued the township for going against its own zoning ordinances to allow the track to re-open.

Aquilina’s ruling on March 17 addressed Cooper’s complaint. After hearing a recording of the noise levels heard from the track, she questioned why the township board did not try to dampen the loud noise generated by the track by requiring the owners to use sound barriers before granting approval. Behan said now that it has been ruled as a nuisance, he will prepare a motion to stop operations at the track. Behan said an appeal has been filed, and it is undetermined if the track will continue with its plans to open the 2014 season as scheduled on April 4.

The dispute started years ago, when owners Ray and Carolyn Comer decided to re-open the track closed for 35 years. Neither Ray or Carolyn could be reached for comment. In 2010, land clearing was started, and construction was to start pending a special use permit approval but an application filing error delayed the approval process, Township Clerk Diane Johnson said. Anticipating the development, a group of residents living near the property demanded a recall of those board members that voted to allow the drag strip to be rehabilitated.

The group garnered enough signatures and a special recall election happened in November, 2011 but did not result in the ousting of Clerk Diane Johnson or Treasurer Mary Jane Hector. Initially, the Onondaga Township Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit, but the commission recommended a denial the second time it came up as opposition to the drag strip grew. As a result, the Onondaga Township Board then voted against approval in June, 2011. The property owners had to wait at least a year before presenting the plan again in 2012, for which it was approved.

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3/31/2014 - Studio 28 - Wyoming - John McDowell
The Studio 28 demolition started around March 23rd or 24th. Lots of pictures on the mlive. com web site under Grand Rapids Press.
3/30/2014 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - JOE VERBANAC
I WAS AN OWNER DRIVER AT MOTOR CITY SPEEDWAY -WARREN, MICHIGAN IN THE LATE 40'S AND EARLY 50S - CAR # 28.

WE WERE ON TV. THE ANNOUNCER WAS FRED WOLF. ALSO RACED AT THE OWASSO TRACK IN MICH, AND ALSO IN TOLEDO, OHIO. I WAS A MEMBER OF THE MICHIGAN MODIFIED AND STOCK CAR RACING ASSOCIATION.

LOTS OF GOOD MEMORIES AND A FEW SAD ONES. BIG BILL LARK GOT KILLED IN OWASSO - RONNIE DUMAN GOT BADLY BURNED IN THE INDY 500 - I USED TO RACE WITH HIM - A FEW OF THE NAMES I CAN REMEMBER COMPETING WITH : AL MILLER - JACK GOODWIN - BILL NIGHTY - GENE KRULOFF - FELIX BROOKS - ROGER YATES - SKEETER ROSINSKI - NOW THAT I AM IN FLORIDA I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF THESE GUYS OR PEOPLE WHO KNEW THEM. I WISH THERE WAS A RACE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS BECAUSE IT IS STILL IN MY BLOOD. BY THE WAY - MT CLEMONS RACE TRACK WAS ORIGINALLY FOR THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING - A GROUP OF MICHIGAN MODIED RACING ASSOC.

MEMBERS GOT TOGETHER WITH THE OWNER AND CONVINCED HIM TO CONVERT THE TRACK TO AUTO RACING WITH OUR HELP. = AT LEAST THAT IS THE WAY I REMEMBER THE FACTS AND I PROBABLY MISSPELLED SOME OF THE NAMES. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES - FROM JOE VERBANAC.
3/29/2014 - Jackson Motor Speedway - Jackson - Sandie Stull Hendrick
I've written here before, but just now went through all the articles about Jackson Motor Speedway.

It's amazing that so many people remember the track that my dad, Ralph Stull, Sr. , built along with my two brothers, Ralph Jr (Itchy) and Bob - however they both sons had other jobs and could not be there during the week,so even tho I was only 11 years old, I would be the one out there during the summer to help him. It was amazing the things Dad had me do - one was ride on the back of the tanker and let the oil out on the clay when he told me to do so. By the time I was 13, I was also driving one of the dump trucks around, packing the oil down into the Clay! What fun! Our brother, Roger, ended up joining the Coast Guards so he missed 4 years of being at the track.

I see a few errors in a couple of notes written and one was that Dad sold the track in 1960. Dad and the boys sold the track in 1958. He did not move to California for a year either. Another sister and I went with Dad and Mom for 5 months, pulling a 28-foot housetrailer, out to Anaheim, CA where friends of theirs lived.

As dad had suffered from a heart attack back in the early 40's, I wanted to go and help do the driving if necessary. We had our trailer in a Park just 2 miles from their friends. Starting the next fall Dad and Mom then spent several winters going to Florida. I'm confused about someone writing in here that my nephew, Ron, Bob's son, committed suicide - that is misleading.

He did drink all the time, but no one really knows why he was found dead in his front yard up north at Temple, MI. Ron had a rough time after being in Viet Nam, and was unable to control his drinking. He still married a girl up north and things did not work out for them. But please, do not say he committed Suicide.

His sister, Phyllis (now PJ) lives with her husband in Rockford, MI. Ron had been married while living in Jackson, and has a beautiful daughter who is married and lives in Alabama, I believe. Now there are just two of us left in the family, Carole, and myself. I've been married almost 52 years and my husband, Ron and I own Street Rods and attend many cruises and car shows in the summer months! Cars will always be important in our family.

I also took some grandkids to MIS a few times and now take some of the Youth from Church to MIS, to at least one of the races each year. I've driven my 46 Ford Customized Street Rod around the track several times as well - not on a race day, but at a car show in the Infield. It's a bit steeper than our Jackson Motor Speedway was! :o) Sandie.
3/28/2014 - Ramona Theatre - Detroit - JerryD
Nice to see your quote Leslye, Your time and dedication to the Ramona was greatly appreciated by me and many others.

Marie and Mr. Lemke (Vic) both passed away in the early 70s, soon after they retired. I was transfer out of the Detroit area in 1972, I retired in 2006, after working over 44 years in the Theatre industry. The Ramona will always be my favorite.

JerryD..
3/26/2014 - Eastwood Park - Eastpointe - kenneth johnson
im 84 yrs old, i remember eastwood park as a wonder place we and my friends would listen from the outside. the music from the greatest bands,and the italian pows who with a few guards enjoyed them selfs,it was truly a wonder place.
3/26/2014 - Winston Speedway - Rothbury - Randy Claflin
They have also changed their web address. It is now www. racewinston. com.
3/26/2014 - Winston Speedway - Rothbury - Randy Claflin
Winston Speedway is switching to Saturday nights in 2014.
3/25/2014 - Flint Park - Flint - Jerry Cox
Flint Park, what a thrill! We lived in the southend of Flint off of Fenton Rd.

So it was a great thrill to go to the park. My dad, loved ammusement parks, so we visited many in the State. I remember in the 40's Hamady Brothers (grocery stores) gave out tickets to ride some of the rides free. Of course they never included the Jack Rabbit or The Bug, that cost about a quarter to ride.

Through out my younger years I rode every ride in the park. We were there one evening when a performer would climb up a high flimsy pole and make it bend from one side to the other, and the crowd would scream as it looked like the performer was going to bend all the way to the ground. This particular evening the pole broke and he came tumbling to the ground. The crowd were all quiet as an ambulance came and took him to, I believe Hurley Hospital, and was said not to be hurt bad.

That act, I don't believe, was ever used there again. Later as a young teeager some of my friends and I would catch the bus near Cody School on Fenton Rd & Neubert Street, ride downtown, and then transfer to the city bus that went to Flint Park. We would roller skate until @ 9pm, then catch the buses back to the southend. There was also a big dance hall there that was used during the late 30's - 40's.

I wasn't old enough to remember much about that. But there was a tall redheaded lady that would walk fro the downtown area most every Saturday night and dance. She was nicknamed Big Red. Everyone knew her, but never bothered her.

The area was nice in the 30's through the early 50's, then things went downhill. Prior to Flint Park, the main ammusement park in the Flint Area was Lakeside, not very far from the Flint Golf Club. I loved the old ammusement Parks!.
3/24/2014 - Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp - John S. Foss
It's sad to to pass on the word of the passing of Dick Smith.

Dick was well known for his Firebrewed AFX Dodge and his GT Dart funny car. He was a fixture at Detroit Deagway and around the midwest. Dick moved to Idaho in 1983 and began farming and raising trout for consumption. He died Mar 6,2014 and will be missed by many.

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