Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
At the beginning of his book Bob LaPlante quotes Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.."As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived"...It was apparent after reading this book that Mr. LaPlante has truly taken advantage of his traveling opportunities and will be judged to have "lived life".
After reading the book we made arrangements to meet and interview this extraordinary man at his retirement home in Michigan's U.P. for our television series MICHIGAN MAGAZINE..and found the afternoon we spent with him truly overwhelming!
His reminiscence of those stories he features in this book was "spell binding" to say the least...Accented by a true humility for being given the chance to experience life's adventurous "twists and turns" through his 4 decades of service as a US Diplomatic Courier.
I believe any reader will find themselves lost within the pages of this short but exciting (175 pages)account of a man who truly is a TEN MILLION MILE MAN (10.8 Million to be more exact).
Thank you Mr. LaPlante for sharing your life with us!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
God's Love: Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, sings Christian hymns for Gladys, who has Alzheimer's and was unable to speak.
Watch what happens at the end, when Mrs. Feil opens her heart and gives Ms. Gladys what she needs so deeply.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
What a way to bring in 2015!
Mike Ridley is quite the entertainer and showman!
He is THEE "Michigan Man"...No doubt about it!
We've experienced Mike in action at Thunder Bay Resort and had the opportunity to sit and visit with him on the road.
Michigan Magazine TV recommends his New years eve 2014 appearnce and hope it will be on YOUR agenda!
Ya gotta hurry cuz reservations are going fast!
Do it now by calling Jack at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman.
Jack and Jan Mathias, along with their tremendous crew will astound you with the amazing night they have planned for you and your friends at Thunder Bay...IT WILL BE ONE TO REMEMBER!
We hope to see you there!
HURRY CALL NOW!!
What an amazing journey Mr. Mike Ridley has been on...We'd like to share with you some of our favorite encounters....we hope you enjoy them.
Let us be one of the first to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015
Make it a memorable evening at Thunder Bay....
MIKE and his Baseball Opening Day Song
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
YES THERE IS A SANTA CLAUSE! Caught on video....Indisputable truth! Here's to all the Virgina's in this world!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
IT'S SATURDAY MORNING AND I'M TEN AGAIN! Come on over, find a place on the floor...Cartoons are on!!!!!
You are a child of a wonderful generation...You are a "Boomer"..a time growing up that sadly will never return...but YOU MADE IT..Congratulations you have memories of the best of times! God truly blessed us!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Come on over to my home...I've got 3 hours of swaying palms....warm ocean breezes...under beautiful blue skies...ahhhh
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Michigan Magazine discovered the amazing misconception about bats and the roll they play in the world!
That misconception..."BATS ARE GOOD FOR NOTHING"......W R O N G!
A few years back we learned the truth by visiting a bat conservation organization based in Michigan to learn some amazing facts from the pros....
We will be featuring that segment that aired over a decade ago on the Michigan Public Television Network as a "Look Back into the Michigan Magazine Archive" Feature shortly.
In that segment we "played" among the most mis understood flying mammels in the world...
We fed, by hand, the world's largest bats....Had eye to eye close encounters with the feared "Vampire" bat" and learned the truth that changed our perception FOREVER!
With the filming of the major motion picture "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" here in Michigan, the bat has come into the "spotlight" again.
Seizing the opportunity of "Bat Awareness" the conservation organization, based in Michigan, reached out to producers and actors of the film to help spread the concern of the serious decline in bat populations world wide......and THEY TOUCHED BACK!
Please watch and learn....Please.....
Be sure and watch for our upcoming "Looking Back" segment on the Organization for Bat Conservation at Cranbrook!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Wrecks of The Edmund Fitzgerald, Carl Bradley and Daniel J Morrell Commemorated this Month...Great Lakes Tragedies Retold..
All 29 crew memebers died in this tragedy that added to the tally of Lake Superiors shipwrecks..
We can only imagine the horror the crew went through.
We commemorate this day with memorials and prayers each year...remembering the crew and their families.
The fickle November Gales are no stranger to any of the 5 great lakes...
Another similar tragedy of the November storms occured in 1966 with the sudden sinking of the Daniel J Morrell on Lake Huron just off Michigan's Thumb.
Unlike the Fitzgerald on the Morrell there was one of the 29 crew memebers that survived to tell the story...Watchman Dennis Hale.
Michigan Magazine sat down with Dennis to discuss that fatefull night and what we learned forever changed our outlook and increased our cautious respect for the power of the great lakes.
Following this video we list the entire crew on the Morrell that wasn't as fortunate as Dennis...We pray for them and for those of the Edmund Fitzgeralds along with their families whose loss will never be forgotten
Then there was the SS Carl D. Bradley that also sank in a November storm with an even greater loss of life.
The SS Carl D. Bradley was a self-unloading Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Michigan storm on November 18, 1958. Of the 35 crew members, 33 died in the sinking and 23 were from the port town of Rogers City, Michigan.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
If you've been there you know it'll make a grown man fall to his knees and cry!
Think you can handle it?....Then go for it!!!
It comes only once a year....
Carpe diem!...AND the night!
Have fun...be safe....happy Halloween....
Me?...I'll be home in the pumpkin patch waiting for the arrival of the GREAT PUMPKIN.....No seriously...I will...:-)