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3/26/2017 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Edward John
That is why the theater closed. It had to be 1968 because Rosemarys Baby was displayed on the marqee. Because the theater was built during WW2, they used inferior material, such as wood. The city evenually condemned it and it was razed.
3/26/2017 - Riverside Park - Saginaw - Quinn D. Hickey II
Hello! My grandfather was Arthur Hickey owner of Hickey Oldsmobile in saginaw mi- his father- my great grandfather was the owner of Riverside park.

My uncle Art Hickey Jr. was the last person in our family to own it. My grand father built a house out there and I'm not sure what has become of it- I spent many days out there as a kid playing around and explorering. As I got older I mowed there for me uncle and always found coins and tokens in the dirt.

I've got lots of original pictures of the grounds back when the canoe club was still open. We also have in our family the original glass French doors that were inside the club- lots of awesome stuff. I'm proud to say it was my grandparents who created so much enjoyment for many generations. I currently am the owner of DJ'S Detailing in saginaw at 7711 Gratiot rd.

Stop in anytime if you ever want to talk about the park or could give me a history lesson! I'm young- only 27 so I don't know much about it other than what I've been told throughout my life..
3/20/2017 - Grand Rapids Speedrome - Grand Rapids - Patsy Ghysels
comment 5/29/13 Linda on Water Winter Wonderland.

Hi, Patsy Ghysels here, Linda came to my house about 4 years ago and showed me those pictures. I need to get ahold of her. There will be a presentation at the Grand Grapids Public Museum in the Fall of 2017. Please let me know, as I believe you can extract an email from the post by viewing the html files.

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3/16/2017 - Tower Theatre - Detroit - Barbara "Farrell" Karamon
I remember dearly walking to the Tower Theatre, Saturday mornings, from my home on Violetlawn and Griggs.

Part of the walk from home, we did on the RR tracks (and if my mother would have known, she would have killed us). I believe, during the late forties, kids could get in for twelve cents Because I came from a large family Mom never had enough extra money for popcorn. Bummer. We played sidewalk tag on the way up.

And we loved to go past Borin Bros. Ice Co. , on Fullerton. For whatever reason, during the ice producing, a cool mist of water would come off the roof and it was great on a summer day to get 'misted'.

In this day of high-tech and watching movies on our iPhones, could life ever have been so simple and beautiful. Miss a lot of the simplicity..
3/16/2017 - Tri-City Dragway - Saginaw - Carl Glazier
Does anyone know Carl Healy he raced a 1966 chevelle called Executor with a chevy logo in the background and the car was Aztec bronze if so email me at blurdvision161@gmail. com.
3/5/2017 - Birchwood Cinemas - Fort Gratiot - Cameron Kanachki
This theater is now owned by AMC. AMC recently bought Carmike Cinemas, the previous owner of Birchwood Cinemas.
2/27/2017 - Bel Air Drive-In Theatre - Detroit - Gary Mann
We also had a Bel-Air Drive in Theater in Indy on the south west side ,Went there alot ac a child and as a young adult great memories but can't give that much for the speaker.
2/27/2017 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Michael McSweeney
The theater closed later than what you think.

My mother and I would go once a month to a movie. And I know that during a viewing of Phsyco which had a release date of 64or maybe 65. While watching the movie a portion of the ceiling broke free which coincided with the scariest part of the film. Barely missing me my mom was hit on the head and shoulder.

It wasn't long after that the theater closed. I believe it opened for a while showing movies at a discount for a time. I hope this has helped.
2/27/2017 - M-104 Drive-In Theatre - Spring Lake - Tom Groenevelt
The picture of the M104 drive in is wrong?? The second screen was positioned opposite the main screen to the south.

The main screen was parallel to M104 facing south. The second screen was to the south of the big one facing nort. This picture shows the little screen next to the big one along M104. This is not the M104 Drive In.

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2/27/2017 - Commerce Drive-In Theatre - Commerce - Joe
Has anyone looked into the possibility of getting a team together to refurbish this sign?.
2/27/2017 - Eastern Michigan Speedway - Imlay City - Kurt A. Grotyohann
As listed in Allan Brown's book, Eastern Michigan Speedway was also known as Moffat's (sic) Corners Speedway.

(It should be Moffit's). He has it listed as having dirt straights and concrete turns. I found and have submitted a 1964 photo capture from Historic Aerials of a track located on the southwest corner of Route 53 (N. Van Dyke Road & Clear Lake Road.

It looks to me like the straights are a different color then the turns. The photo that has been posted previously appears to be horse training tracks as there are no grandstands. To Gary Laster, I believe you are referring to the track that was located at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds.
2/5/2017 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Chuck Slocum
i use to work there in the 60's went in the service in 67 it was still open then.

When I started Mr. Goldman was the manger. mr Turpin was the last one that I worked with. I lived down the street on Clayburn.

It was a fun place to work at back in the day. I met a few young ladies working there..
2/5/2017 - Tri-City Dragway - Saginaw - Frank Branstrom
Not sure if this car ran at tri city , 67 Fairlane R code called the Quarter master , this guy was FAST don't recall his name ? believe he raced at Motor City ?.
2/5/2017 - Beltline 3 Drive-In Theatre - Wyoming - Doug Cnossen
I was an usher at studio 28 in the 80's.

I had the pleasure of working the final night of the Beltline. I was giving out free popcorn, which was a never ending line and impossible to keep up with. We had fun and finished the night watching the movie. well who really watches a movie at the drive in?.

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1/22/2017 - Hastings 4 - Hastings - Stacey Grimm
My father, Gordon Bennett operated the theater from his father's purchase date, until the theater was sold in the late 1970's. It was transformed briefly into a dinner theater offering dinner, alcoholic beverages, and even had a dance floor.
1/20/2017 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Dain Naida
My grandfather, Wild Bill Naida passed away peacefully on Thursday January 12, 2017.

Wild Bill was a man on a mission in the late 40's and early 50's winning races everywhere he went, and winning multiple track championships along the way. Wild Bill's family and friends will gather at Rupp's Funeral Home Saturday 1/14 from 4-8pm, and Sunday 1/15 from 1-8pm. Thefuneral will be at St. Pat's church in Carleton, MI on Monday 1/16 at 10am.

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1/20/2017 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Dain Naida
Just wanted to inform everyone that Wild Bill Naida passed away on January 12, 2017. Wild Bill's family and friends will gather st Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe, MI Saturday 1/14 from 4-8pm and Sunday 1/15 from 1-8pm. The funeral will be at St. Pat's church in Carleton, MI at 10am Monday 1/16.
1/20/2017 - Lakes Drive-In Theatre - Lake Linden - Rainell Edwards-Monarch
Capuchie was the monkey's name.

Because he was a Capuchin monkey. Gloria and Art were my Aunt and Uncle. I spent summer vacations up there. Best summers ever.

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1/20/2017 - Krim Theatre - Highland Park - judy shippy
I lived in an apt in my teens over the car dealership across woodward from the Krim, I knew Sol as he was a friend of my uncles and I met Mac a couple of times. The restaurant across the side street from the Krim was the Flo-Wood if I remember correctly.
1/20/2017 - Flat Rock Speedway - Flat Rock - Thomas Porzondek
To Greg Adanti - Saw your post of December, 2015.

I went to Flat Rock, Toledo, and many other race tracks over the years and also raced a few years myself at Auto City and Owosso Speedways. I remember all the guys you mentioned and Dick Mitchell was one of my favorites. Also remember a night at Flat Rock when Fran Harden spun, wound up sitting 90 degrees to the front wall and Dick Mitchell couldn't miss him and T-boned him. I talked with Fran at the funeral home in Lake Orion when Joy Fair died in December, 2011, and sorry to say Fran died in October of 2015.

We had a great time talking about racing and Fran was one of the fan favorites every where he raced. I also remember Homer Newland quite well and I raced with his son at Auto City Speedway in the 1990's. The last time I saw Homer was in the pits one night at Auto City over by his son's car and sorry to say he is gone too. He was one heck of a racer in his time, he could race on dirt or asphalt it didn't make a difference.

I loved his racing suit: blue work clothes and work boots. (That was in the late 1960's at Mt. Clemens Race Track).
1/20/2017 - Lakes Drive-In Theatre - Lake Linden - Laura Perkola Rowe
First of all, the monkey's name was not Corky.

They actually had a talking parrot who was named Corky. I'm not sure what the monkey's name was. I am a niece of the owner. Gloria Perkola Hamel was my dad's twin sister.

I remember the drive-in when I was about 4-6yrs old (1975-1977). I remember the little Ferris wheel and the concession stand. I would purposely order a sundae from my uncle art because he would load it with cherries and whipped cream!! I also remember my Uncle Art patrolling the lot with a flashlight. I remember being scarred for life from the movie Jaws and Carrie! ??.

I remember falling asleep on the way home and my dad carrying me in the house. I would do anything to go back to those days! ?..
1/13/2017 - Radio City Theatre - Ferndale -
I worked at this show at the box office and also on the floor seating customers.

Mr. Leiber man was THE manager and a very nice person to work for. I worked there in 1965 and Ferndale was a great CITY back then with all the stores opened on nine mile. There was Federal, kreskges, Woolworth, Neisners, Winkelmanns, bakers shoes and Haig shoe store plus Cunningham drug store and much more.

Ferndale was a booming little town. Loved it back then..
1/13/2017 - Ramona Park - Grand Rapids - John Laansma
From 1933 to 1958 I lived on Dorroll Street in Grand Rapids.

I could see the balloon rise at Ramona Park from our backyard. I couldn't see the parachutist drop but could see the balloon tip over and black smoke would pour out. The balloon would collapse and drop back to earth. A friend and I went to Reeds Lake to watch the balloon launching with the parachutist sitting on a swing bar.

The balloon was mounted over a steel barrel with a fuel oil fire which inflated the balloon. I think this was done on Sunday afternoons in the summer in the 1930s and 1940s..
1/7/2017 - M-59 Speedway - Pontiac - Ron Korte
I grew up on Cranberry Lake, across from Leo's Club 59, Bob's Picnic Park and the M-59 Speedway.

I went to the races one night in the early / mid 50's. My Dad and I rowed across the lake, stopped at the outside service window at Leos Bar and went to the Race Track. I was only 4 - 5 years old. I still have rolls of tickets to the Speedway and some copper mugs, personalized with customer names and numbered for drinking at the bar.

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12/27/2016 - Flat Rock Speedway - Flat Rock - Greg Adanti
He drove the yellow #27. He was one of the first drivers to race there. He even knew Mario Andretti and he did soell in Arca that he moved to Daytona Beach. Does any one rememeber Ron Grana John Anderson or Fran Hardin?It was interesting to read about Homer Newland always wrecking because we seen him at Toledo actually go over the wall and then waving his hands up in the air saying that he was allright.

It was my childhood growing up and I loved every minute!!!..
12/14/2016 - Lake Lansing Amusement Park - Lansing - eric j. sherman
In 1927 it was Frank Pine Lake Johnson who pushed for the name change.

He was one of the first people to really start buying up land on the south east side in order to start developing it. He felt that there were far too many Pine Lakes in Michigan and Ingham County's largest body of water and such a draw to the folks from the state capitol should have a more distinguished name, offering Lake Lansing for the name change. I know for certain it was in 1927 that he started pushing for it. As far as acceptance or official documentation, I've heard people who know mention 1929.

But it was in and around that time period, but Pine Lake Johnsons' efforts are what everyone cites as 1927..
12/14/2016 - Merritt Speedway - Merritt - Jesse Hamilton
Merritt Speedway is still going strong as one of the best dirt tracks in the state. This upcoming summer (2017) is going to be a huge racing season at Merritt. They have booked a big group of shows, including a couple of Sprint Car shows.
12/14/2016 - I-96 Speedway - Lake Odessa - Jesse Hamilton
The track is back to a 3/8th's mile.
12/14/2016 - Crystal Motor Speedway - Crystal - Jesse Hamilton
Besides the bleachers in need of some serious repair, Crystal is alive and well with good car counts and good racing. They bring a variety of shows and over the holidays (Memorial/Labor Day) you can find Sunday racing.
12/14/2016 - Hartford Speedway Park - Hartford - Jesse Hamilton
Hartford put on awesome shows this season, bringing in such events as the WoO Sprint Car Series.

It also brought in the American Ethanol Late Model Tour. As of December 2016 the track is undergoing change. It is downsizing from a 1/2 mile to a 3/8th's mile. Construction is already underway.

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