Saturday, November 14, 2009

Flint Video: Gerry Godin Returns to Buick City

Gerry Godin and the Death of Buick City from Dude! (ironic) Productions on Vimeo.

In June 2009, Gerry Godin, the publisher of All Things Buick, gave me a tour of Oak Park near the former site of Buick City, where he worked for 25 years. We spent the rest of the day driving around town in his Park Avenue, eating lunch at Angelo's, and touring the "Hardwood" Smith House. Read all about it here.


  1. Tell Gerry I have the blue hard cover "To Remember Our Days at Buick" book. It's fantastic but the biggest blunder was they forgot to put an index in it, so it you know someone's name you'll never be able to find them. I want to see if he's in there. What dept would he have worked in by the time Buick City came to a close? He might be pictured.

  2. I'm not in there Shawn. Like a true "SHOP" rat, I left the sinking ship in 1997 before it sank. A lot of my old fellow rats are pictured. I have posted some of the photos from "Our Days Together At Buick City". Is that the book you are talking about?

  3. From the sound of it, at least the birds are getting something out of the Buick City site these days.

  4. Sable Pelt: Can you imagine a couple of night stalkers walking through the over growth at about midnight and a pheasant suddenly getting airborne under their feet crowing it's head off. The thought of it makes me LMAO. Next, will be deer moving in. Must be plenty of browse by now. Eh?....unclebuck


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