Thursday, February 9, 2017

Flint Artifacts: Sweetland's Ice Cream


The Swiftness and Dispassion

"It wasn't that I felt sorry for these faceless national corporations; far from it. They had made their profits and their names by destroying smaller, earlier local businesses. But I was touched not only at the passage of these fixtures in my mental landscape, but also at the swiftness and dispassion with which the market swallowed even the most resilient enterprises. Businesses that had seemed unshakable a few years previously had disappeared in the span, seemingly, of few weeks. Whatever role they played passed on to other hands, hands that would feel briefly invincible and would, in their turn, be defeated by unforeseen changes. These survivors would also come to be forgotten."

—Teju Cole, Open City

Flint on Film: 1940 Parade

Monday, February 6, 2017

Jimmy Carter and the Search for Industrial Jobs

"This is my fifth visit to Flint, Michigan, and I always enjoy coming here. And I particularly wanted to come here this morning—and in a way I hate to say this, but I'm going to be frank with you-because of all the cities that have been hurt by the changes that have taken place in the automobile industry, with excessive imports and too slow a change to new models, Flint has been hurt the most. As President, my heart goes out to those who suffer, and I know that the people in Flint, Michigan, have been suffering. And I came here to let you know that I, as President, Vice President Mondale, Secretary Goldschmidt of Transportation, my whole administration is working with the leaders of UAW and all the manufacturing leaders in the automobile industry to put Flint, Michigan, back on its feet economically and to provide jobs for you workers. That's why I came."

President Jimmy Carter
October 1, 1980

Flint Expatriates


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Don Coleman, R.I.P.


Don Coleman, a legend at Flint Central High School and Michigan State University, died Monday at the age of 88.

Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal reports:
Coleman, described as a pioneer of pioneers, was MSU’s first unanimous All-America and its first black All-America in 1951. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound pulling tackle from Flint — who made Lansing his home for adult life — impacted the game as much, if not more than any of the more celebrated legends that followed him at MSU in the 1960s. 
“People took him for granted because of how he behaved and handled himself,” said friend Clarence Underwood, a lifer at MSU, including a stint as athletic director from 1999-02. “He did a lot for the university that went down in history. And because of what he did, a lot of people followed on his back. He was the guy who led the way. He was one of the founders.”

Flint Postcards: The Drifter Motel

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Flint Artifacts: Look to Flint Brochure

"The Showplace of Michigan"
(Quotation marks are to indicate a quotation, not irony, unless that's what you're looking for.)