Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flint Artifacts: Bamboo Bar and Cocktail Lounge Matchbook

If anyone has any knowledge of this fine establishment, let's hear it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Longing for Nostalgia

"...but the weird thing about nostalgia is that it can make you nostalgic for experiences you never had. Objects in the rearview are more precious than they appeared...."
          - Christine Smallwood, Harper'sDec. 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Flint Artifacts: Highly Inaccurate Souvenir Plate

Souvenir plates from a shrinking city like Flint do not age well. Six out of nine landmarks on this platter are demolished or closed.

Flint Artifacts: Schmitzer's Super Service Matchbook

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Flint's Mark Ingram and the Saints Roll

Big night for Flint's Mark Ingram in the Saints win over the Packers on Sunday Night Football — 172 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Buick Electra 225 and Bob Seger's Creative License

It appears Bob Seger don't know much about Buick Electra 225 history.

Ron Fonger of The Flint Journal reports:
In the lyrics of "Detroit Made," Seger sings about the Electra's big-block engine, leather bucket seats, and "chrome that takes the moonlight on." 
The song credits the Buick with winning the attention of "girls (that) walked right by me, didn't even say good luck," while the singer drove "an old farm truck," but who "all wanna be my friend ... now I ride my 225." 
The chorus of the song, lines repeated a dozen times, are, "She's a Detroit made; deuce and a quarter, babe."
The problem, as Fonger points out, is that 225s were made in Flint and a few other places, but never Detroit. Just the kind of songwriting mistake you'd expect from an Ann Arbor guy like Seger.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shrinking City Stats

K-12 enrollment in Flint Community Schools 

1968: 46,557
2014: 6,720

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tiger Stadium: Who could forget these urinal troughs?

The last game at Tiger Stadium was played 15 years ago today.