Thursday, February 27, 2014

Flint Photos: The Golden Leaf

The legendary Golden Leaf on a recent Wednesday night. Thanks to author Connor Coyne for the photo. For a little background on the club, go here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Flint in the Fifties

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ben Hamper and Take No Prisoners

Ben Hamper defined the humor and heartache of life on the line in Flint in the pages of his bestselling book Rivethead: Tales of the Assembly Line. But he also was instrumental in establishing Flint's punk scene in the eighties via his dramatically unrehearsed radio show Take No Prisoners. It offered a lifeline to Flint kids who did not share the local populace's love of Billy Joel and Foreigner. Chris Kissel and Chuck Armstrong chronicle it all on their podcast, Pressed in America. Listen here. You'll be glad you did.

Rand Simberg: From Flint To Outer Space

Flint Expatriate Rand Simberg has a new book out on exploring the frontiers of space called Safe Is Not an Option. Here's how he made it from the Vehicle City to the frontiers of space exploration:
I was born and raised in Flint (my mother was born in northern Michigan, but grew up in Flint), a son of a GM executive originally from Brooklyn (first at AC, then at headquarters in Detroit). I went to Flint Central, and then (after a couple years at Mott) to Ann Arbor and got degrees in astronautical engineering. Upon graduation, I moved out to southern California to work in the space industry. I've been an independent consultant and entrepreneur for the past couple decades.
I wrote the book because I've been concerned for years that our approach to safety in human spaceflight is needlessly holding us back from opening up the high frontier. It started at a Kickstarter project to just write a long essay on the subject, but it eventually grew into a book. I'll be trying to raise money to get it on the desk of every key policy maker in Washington.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Flint Photos: Buick Plant Security in the Fifties

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Flint Photos: Living the Dream in Flint, Michigan

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Flint Postcards: The Future of Flint

A 1920 postcard presenting a futuristic 1925 vision of Flint, Michigan, with a population of 200,000, a Manhattan-like skyline, blimps galore, and floating ships with sails and oars.