Saturday, June 29, 2013

Memories of My Grandfather in Traverse City

My grandfather, Verne McFarlane, died in 1979, but he is never far from my thoughts. So it meant a lot to me when one of his old friends, Gordon Snowden, came to the Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City reading in Traverse City tonight. It was a reminder of all the great friendships forged in the Vehicle City over the years. And a reminder of everything my grandpa did for me and my family. Here's a photo of the two Gordons.

Two Flint Expatriates — Michael Perry and Gordon Snowden — discuss the Vehicle City at Horizon Books. Great to finally get a chance to meet Michael and his wife, Linda, after getting to know them online over the past few years.

1 comment:

  1. No Luigi's, no Coneys, no Haloburger....... you must be back in San Francisco. :-)


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