Motor City Michigan Days!ūüėéūüé∂

 

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Chillin’ on my sofa watching my Michigan Wolverines crush the University of Hawaii I had a flashback of years ago sitting in the stands with my classmates on Michigan Saturday Game Day! Funny thing is, so was one of my college friends who simultaneously posted a photo of some of our class in the stands of the Big House!

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Film-wise, the movie that takes me back to some of my best Michigan memories is “The Big Chill” (1983). Directed by Lawrence Kasdan¬†and starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt,¬†Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams, the storyline is about a group of close-knit classmates from The University of Michigan in the 1960’s brought together years later by the death of a fellow Michigander’s funeral and the events that transpire over that weekend.

This is how we do it in Motown!

The reason this film has always resonated with me is the friendship. The friendships I made at The University of Michigan still stand strong! Those were some of the best days of our lives! We came from all over the Detroit area high schools and bonded at a college whose values stand for excellence, integrity, and pride.

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Detroit, Michigan Skyline

We absorbed those principals and more. The importance of family and friendships and today this shared experience has been a touchstone that has affected our lives for over 40 years!

Tie “The Big Chill” together with the groundbreaking sound of Motown, and you’ve got not only an intelligent and amusing film about lasting relationships but a soundtrack that reflects the magic and changing times.

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I wouldn’t trade my Michigan days for anything in the world!

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Enjoy, Greatest Motown Songs!

This is where it all began – the music and heart that is Detroit, “The Motor City”, Michigan!

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Memories of Michael Jackson – King of Pop 1958 – 2009

Today is the 5th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. ¬†I remember being in disbelief ¬†upon hearing the news and remember exactly where I was. ¬†About to leave work when a co-worker told me “Michael Jackson is dead.” ¬†I told her to stop playing but she stood by her statement. ¬†I immediately jumped on the computer to scan every news outlet I could find to see if it was true. ¬†None of the major news sources would either confirm or deny his death. ¬†Finally I went to TMZ (they usually have the lowdown on everything pop culture) and they were reporting that in fact Michael had passed.

As soon as I arrived home from work I turned on every TV set in the house to confirm TMZ’s account. ¬†While I was waiting I got on the phone to call my sister in Detroit – my hometown. ¬†I couldn’t reach her so next I called my best friend, she was on the phone with her nephew trying to console him because she had taken him to his first Michael Jackson concert. ¬†The whole city of Detroit was buzzing. ¬†The news hit everyone like a ton of bricks. ¬†I later found out from my sister that she, along with everyone else in town was at the mall buying up everything Michael. ¬†CDs, DVDs, memorabilia. ¬†Anything to feel closer to the brother we lost.

Growing up in Motown we considered Michael ours. ¬†The Jackson 5 was signed to Motown Records in 1969 and had their 1st single, “I Want You Back” hit number one in 1970. ¬†I still remember my first Jackson 5 concert in junior high school. ¬†Olympia Stadium. ¬†I was hoarse for the next 2 days.

It’s hard to believe that 5 years have passed, but they have and I still miss Michael.

 Share some memories with me.