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Talent With A Little Glitch

December 16, 2010



I recently had the pleasure of reading a book by a young Dearborn author Peter Jurich,“Typing with One Hand”.


I never had Peter as a student at Dearborn High, but I knew him as he was an actor in all the school plays for his drama coach Mr. Greg Viscomi. And because many of my students in video production were the same kids that did the lighting and set building for the DHS plays, Peter would hang out in my classroom. So I knew him more as a thespian and a person and not as a student.


Peter has written a book about growing up in Dearborn and learning how to type with one hand. It’s a delight and it is so much fun to read.

In the first part of the book he talks about his years sentenced to a Dearborn Catholic Elementary School whose real name shall remain anonymous for reasons that you will soon learn when you read the book.

And then his next adventure starts when he enrolls in Dearborn High School and parties down with the best of them learning how to drink and tell fibs to his mother. This is something that every parent should read if they think that their child is an innocent angel.

In the third part of the book he finally takes off from home, lands in college, and gets a room and some roommates at Wayne State University who strangely enough turned out to be some of my ex-students from WDHS. “Typing With One Hand” is just one chuckle after another as Peter deals with his roommates and the life and hard times that happens to all young people when they leave the nest.

Peter Jurich is a very talented…talented guy and I am sure that we are going to hear a lot more from Peter. And by the way, the terrific cover art on Peter’s book is done by one of my ex students, Tom Russell, who works at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn.




If you get a chance check out Peter on his website Peter Jurich Dot Com. There you will find out more about Peter and his book “Typing With One Hand”. It is a great growing up story and a very readable book and it is something that I think most of you who grew up in Michigan will enjoy reading.


If you are interested in purchasing Peter Jurich’s book, “Typing With One Hand”, you can click on the following link:
"Typing With One Hand"

Congratulations to Dearborn’s own Peter Jurich.


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...and to all a good night

December 23, 2010


To My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010 , but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.


To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas

From,

Alberta, russ, Tomas, Jennifer, & Blackout the Fifth

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“Eating Detroit”

December 30, 2010



Well, I know the years are flying by when I start reminiscing about the foods I crave and the fleeting culinary memories that are about my town Detroit. How about you? Do you remember any of these things and places ?

The all day Holloway taffy sucker Slo-Pokes that you would get on the Bob-lo Boat.
Now that was a sucker. If you planned your licking judiciously it would last from Detroit
to Bob-lo Island and back.

Do you also remember the super fresh potato chips that you would get out of the Better Maid Potato Chip Shop next door to the Senate Movie Theater on Michigan and Livernois? Yes those were the days when they really made potato chips fresh. They packaged them right in front of you in a paper-like cupcake holder kind of how you get popcorn today from the movie theater.

Oh yes, if you are into ice cream, do you remember the Jim Dandy Ice Cream Parlors? They were located all over Detroit. In fact, I used to hang out at the one on Michigan Avenue and Livernois and another one up around 7 Mile and Outer Drive. Now Jim Dandy was the man.

It also seems to me that you used to be able to get a Free Vernor’s on Woodward Ave when you went to visit the Vernor’s Factory in Downtown Detroit. I’m not sure about that, but the word free sticks in my memory. What do you remember?

Downtown Detroit in the Times Square area kitty corner from the old Detroit Times Newspaper office was a restaurant called Rehm’s. I remember the restaurant for the best carrots that I ever had. Yes carrots! And if you don’t believe me you can ask any rabbit in Detroit and they will tell you about the great boiled carrots at Rehm’s Restaurants.

And while we were on our trip to Detroit it wasn’t complete without a hot fudge sundae From Sander’s Ice Cream Parlor on Woodward Avenue. And how about the Delicatessen over there in the Dexter/Davidson area where you got real corn beef and rye sandwiches and only the schmucks would get butter on their bread instead of mustard. Does anyone remember the name of that place?

Plus do any of you remember the A&W Root Beer Stand on Livernois and Joy Rd? I remember it because if you bought a full size hot dog they gave you a small midget glass mug of root beer and you could take the glass home with you. Boy those were the days.
And while we’re in the car we might as well roll on over to 8 Mile and Woodward because that is where the original Big Boy in Detroit was located and man that Big Boy Hamburger was something else. And while we are on the hamburger kick…how many of you remember the great Tel-Way Hamburger joint located on Martin and Michigan Avenue? I remember them even before they had the broken down bull and wagon and I always got mine with M.O.P., (mustard, onion, and pickle). It’s still there and the hamburgers are still real hamburgers.

So, there you go Michelle Obama! How’s that for feeding your face politically ”Un”correct?


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