detroit’s made another trip around the sun.


detroit looks pretty good for being 320 years old

happy birthday.


“there are cities that get by on their good looks, offer climate and scenery, views of mountains or oceans, rockbound or with palm trees. and there are cities like detroit that have to work for a living.”

-*elmore leonard


*note – (elmore was a prolific american author/screenwriter who lived in the detroit area, where i grew up.

my father resembled elmore in his later years, was frequently mistaken for him,

and signed autographs upon request)



photo image: detroit river conservancy, detroit riverfront, michigan, usa

43 responses »

  1. lovely story, Beth; love the humor in this and your love for your city; we should all love our cities: I love mine, Adelaide: we are coming out of our seven day lockdown in one more day, all being well 🙂

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  2. Thank you for bringing the great writing mind of Elmore Leonard into my thoughts this morning, Beth. Oh how I admire his novels. Your dad signing his autographs! I think that was wonderful of him to the folks of Michigan, for sure.

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  3. Happy birthday, Detroit! Have you read “An American Autopsy?” It’s about the corruption in Detroit and it’s downfall. It’s very interesting. I did a review on my blog probably about 4 or 5 years ago. You might find it interesting. 🙂

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  4. My great memory of Detroit is flying in with a small creative team in the early 90’s to meet with the Smothers Brothers, who were performing there…we then all hung out with Liza’s sister and Judy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft after she performed in the touring show of “Guys And Dolls.” I’ve done some strange things in my career!

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