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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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12/14/2016 - Thunderbird Raceway - Muskegon - Jesse Hamilton
Thunderbird is alive and well.

The stands are packed every saturday night. Racing at 7pm. Running 6 or more classes on some nights. They have also brought some Sprint Car shows back this past season with the GLSS.

Tom Sprague Sr. has done an awesome job with Tbird!..
12/5/2016 - Lake Lansing Amusement Park - Lansing - beanie
Question. What year was the name Pine Lake changed to Lake Lansing and why was the name changed? thank you.
11/28/2016 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - James Zemboy
Information on this site states that the Warren Theater closed in 1959.

That is not true. In 1967 I married a lady who lived on Woodmont a block north of Warren and she had five younger siblings. During the summer of 1967 she and I walked her two youngest brothers, aged 10 and 7, to the Warren to see Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I don't know when the theater closed but it certainly was not in 1959.

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11/28/2016 - Baldwin Theatre - Baldwin - John McDowell
I found information that the address would have been 812 N. Michigan Ave.
11/28/2016 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - louie bennett
Tom will there be a cart to cart for 2017 for Mount Clemens reunion.
11/28/2016 - Tri-City Dragway - Saginaw - Howie
Googled this site after seeing pics of some other abandoned strips on Facebook's Blast from the Past Drag Racing page.

I raced a stock '69 Coronet R/T in D/Pure Stock (4-speed) in '69 and '70. Does anyone remember, or have pictures of, Crankshaft, a guy in a gorilla suit and a mini-bike with a wheelie bar that used to clown around near the starting line between class runs and intermissions? GLAD I found this site. I always wondered about the circumstances of the track's closing. I have been told that the site is used occasionally now by local law-enforcement agencies to train canines.

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11/21/2016 - Movies 16 - Warren - jt
This theatre is now closed.
11/21/2016 - Riverland Amusement Park - Sterling Heights - Jeff
Utica Amusement Park was my first paycheck job when I was 13 in 1971.

I used to cut lawns for 25 cents in Utica Estates 21/Remer area. One of my customers was related to Ron Brown and she asked me if I like a job. I recall riding my bike to the park meeting Ron and Suzie. They offered me 25 cents an hour and I was happy to take it.

Ron put me to work immediately picking up trash in the park and picnic grounds. I was the youngest guy there. I think people thought I was much older. The high school guys trained me on how to operate the rides with exception to the tilt-to-whirl and ferris wheel.

It was a great place to work! The loud speakers played rock music all day while the park was open and for a 13-year-old teenager the scenery couldn’t be better. My family moved to out of state end of summer in 71. Then we moved back to Utica when I was a sophomore in 73. Ron hired me again in early spring.

He and I set up the rides. I made a discovery. Not many people know this but there is an old dancehall in one of the back buildings. This is where Ron stored the merry-go-round horses and other ride parts/fixtures.

I guess it was quite a place in the day. This fall I took my grown kids and granddaughter to see the park and discovered it was gone! What a disappointment. I had so many great memories and funny stories from my experience.
11/21/2016 - State Theatre - Wayne - Cory Jacobson
We are celebrating the State-Wayne Theatre's 70th anniversary on December 29th.

In honor of this very special occasion, we developed an Anniversary historical web page telling the history of the theatre and asking our patrons to submit stories and photographs from their experiences. The site can be easily found by going to our main web page at: www. phoenix movies. net and then selecting the State-Wayne location and clicking on Become Part Of Our History icon at the top of the page.

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11/15/2016 - Air Park Speedway - Douglas - jim schmiechen
FOR AN EXHIBITION AT Saugatuck MI Museum Looking for photos and any info on Air Park Speedway, Douglas-Saugatuck Mi in the 1950s-1960. Also did Bob Muhlke's 1963 events take place at some track? THANKS.
11/3/2016 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - The visualtuner
Gilbert kohn was the owner of Detroit dragway How interesting.

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