Friday, April 29, 2016

Y: Yamasaki and the Yankee Air Museum

Several years ago I set up an endowed scholarship at Wayne State University in the School of Business Administration where I received my MBA.  Since that time I receive a Christmas gift each year from the President of the University.  It is always a book published by the university press.  I always end up wishing for a certain volume and then receiving something else.  This year I got my wish.

While Minoru Yamasaki is best known for designing the World Trade Center, he has many beautiful buildings in Detroit.  The building featured on the cover of the book, 'Yamasaki in Detroit', is the McGregor Center on the campus of Wayne State.

If you would like to see more of his buildings, click here.

The Yankee Air Museum in Belleville is just a short drive from my home.  The museum will eventually re-locate all of its collection to the Willow Run Bomber Plant.  I have fond memories of the old Willow Run Airport.  It is the first airport I ever visited.  In 1953 my aunt and uncle went back to Italy to visit family they had not seen since 1920.  There was a big family send-off at the airport, with everyone waving good-bye as they walked to the plane, something we are unable to do today.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X: X-Files and X marks the spot

'The X-Files.'  I would have shown you a picture of my books, but I gave them all away years ago.  Yes, I bought books and read them.  I still have the DVDs.  All except Season 2 which I had on VHS for some reason.

I was and still am a huge X-Files fan.  I think it was one of the best shows on television.  I did enjoy its recent return to TV even if it was too short and that there were things left unexplained.  Again.

Were you a fan?  What do you think really happened to Mulder's sister?  Do you believe in conspiracies?

As you can see, there is no place to visit in Michigan that begins with X.  I have already mentioned Charlevoix.  I guess I could have saved that city till now, but it never occurred to me to do so.  There is the nearby community of Oxford, but I can think of no good reason to visit.  That being said, you are here:

X  (click to see where I am)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W: Wright, Wilkie's Woman in White, Whitefish Bay

The first career path I ever seriously considered (after five years of voice and wanting to be a singer) was architecture.  In a bold experiment in the 1950's my junior high school hired a teacher and put together an all girls class in drafting.  I loved it.

I thought that this would be an exciting career. Unfortunately, when I discussed it with the instructor, he said it was a difficult career path for women, that firms did not want to hire someone who might get pregnant in the middle of a project and leave.  Hey, I was 12 and certainly not thinking about having babies.

I still love architecture and have been a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust for many, many years.  I've traveled around the country and seen many Wright-designed  homes.  And I have books.  Lots and lots of books with a few pictured here.

At the start of this challenge I mentioned that I have often loaned out a book and then had to buy it again when it wasn't returned.

I had to do that with Wilkie Collins's 'The Woman in White'.  Published in 1860,  I read the book for the first time one hundred years later.  I absolutely loved it.  It was the first of the 'sensation novels' and his work out-sold his mentor, Charles Dickens, at the time of publication.  During this challenge, I have been re-reading it.  I finished it on Monday. Knowing the twists, but not remembering everything (it has been 56 years), has not made it any less enjoyable than the first time I read it.  And besides, this edition has all sorts of interesting info in appendices that the paperback I used to own did not.

Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway is in the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula.  If you are visiting Tahquamenon, then you are already here in the right area.  Or it would be part of your drive around Lake Superior.  Seventeen miles northwest of Whitefish Bay is where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975.

If you continue on up on Hwy. 123 going north and you are a fan of Steve Hamilton novels, you will arrive in Paradise.  Oh, and there is a lighthouse, too.  Check out the links.