--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, doctordumbass@... <no_reply@...> wrote:
> I didn't know much about Motown, until I met my step-sister, who grew up 
> there. Also learned about Lake St. Clair, "the sixth Great Lake", and how 
> Detroit was the Silicon Valley of the 50's and 60's. My stepmom's name was 
> Pat Nixon - just not *THE* Pat Nixon...
> Regarding past products of Detroit, I had a 1966 Dodge Dart slant-6, column 
> shift, station wagon, with an AM radio, hand crank windows, and no AC. I 
> bought the car, in 1975 (for $500), because when I turned the engine on, the 
> engine was soooo quiet. I think I put 100K on that car, cross-country.
> I also own a 1997 Jaguar XK8 coupe (my addiction), with a V-8, built in the 
> UK, but fully redesigned by Ford, and they did an amazing job! The car is 
> actually reliable, and has near instant response on the road.
> Yay Detroit!
That's some sporty taste you have in cars, Doc. I paid $50 for my first car, an 
"as is" 1955 Ford. It had a bent crankshaft, so leaked oil like a sieve and 
backfired due to feeding FORD (fix-or-repair-daily) a weekly pint of Motor 
Medic, a motor oil supplement that sealed leaks. The goo was thick as honey but 
wasn't FORD's cause of death. My brother borrowed the car and totaled it but 
didn't hit a thing. How is that possible, one might ask? I'd noticed a high 
pitched squealing sound whenever I applied the breaks. I thought it was a loose 
fan belt. Wrong diagnosis. Applying the breaks and stopping the forward 
momentum of the car caused the fan to rub against the radiator...ergo, metal on 
metal squealing. It was a disaster waiting to happen. When the bro slammed on 
the brakes to avoid an accident, the bolts on the engine block came completely 
loose and the engine flew through the radiator.  FORD committed suicide. 

Apparently, the bankruptcy won't affect Detroit's spectacular North American 
International Auto Show held every year at Cobo Center, Detroit's downtown 
convention center is situated on the Detroit International Riverfront. Looking 
south across the river you see Windsor, Canada. Go figure.

Detroit's auto show is a must see. The cars are cool and the models (women) are 
hot. Spotlights make the cars sparkle as they rotate on elevated daises. The 
men talk about the cars and slinky women walk and point Vanna White style at 
the cars.  Very sexy, depending on your taste in models (cars).  The last show 
I attended featured the 1975 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 sports car with 
gull-wing doors, made famous in the 1985 movie Back to the future. What a car!

--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "raunchydog" <raunchydog@> wrote:
> >
> > 
> > 
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <authfriend@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Just as a bit of uplift for poor Detroit, this
> > > brilliant Chrysler commercial made for the 2011
> > > Super Bowl, featuring Eminem:
> > > 
> > > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKL254Y_jtc
> > > 
> > 
> > Thanks, Judy. Definitely an uplifting commercial. I recognized many 
> > familiar images of my home town. Way cool shots of the Fox Theater. 
> > 
> > My sister, an accomplished musician, even when she was 12 (I'm 7 years 
> > older) got to play a fabulous pipe organ at the Fox theater. Gigantic pipes 
> > fill the entire theater. It's a treasure. 
> > 
> > A man I was dating many moons ago, had a friend who played the organ at the 
> > Fox. We thought it would be a kick for my sister to meet the organist and 
> > play the organ. On a quite Saturday afternoon when no one was in the 
> > theater, my tickled pink little sister sat facing a four tiered organ 
> > console with hundred of stops. She was surprised that from the time she 
> > played a note until she could hear it took 1 or 2 seconds. The time delay 
> > threw her off, but what a thrill. 
> > http://farm1.staticflickr.com/27/39398348_22851d5567_z.jpg?zz=1
> > http://youtu.be/hCDqP4_FM_c 
> >    
> > > Plus some cheer from a correspondent of journalist
> > > and blogger James Fallows:
> > > 
> > > "...While the bankruptcy is sad, just as GM's bankruptcy on 1 Jun 2009 
> > > was, it'll be far sadder if Detroit can't continue to reinvent itself as 
> > > it has from the darkest days of 2008-9. The bankruptcy is payment for the 
> > > sins of the past - but this purgatory should lead Detroit on a path to 
> > > success. There's no reason that Detroit can't mirror what North 
> > > Carolina's Research Triangle did in the '90s and '00s. And considering 
> > > how much Detroit has made America look at herself over its history - I 
> > > think we should all be rooting for the Motor City to rocket forward from 
> > > here."
> > > 
> > > Amen.
> > >
> >

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