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Friday, February 28, 2014

31 YEARS AGO TODAY......A SAD DAY IN TELEVISION HISTORY with a Michigan Connection.......Sighhhhhh

I am much too sentimental when it comes to the end of a beloved television series...

I've always loved the "final episode" of most shows.... I usually watch them over and over...reassuring myself that life always goes on..and it does.

Television series never last but the memories seem immortal...

31 years ago on this date A sad day in history M*A*S*H Final Episode Feb. 28th, 1983 : M*A*S*H, a series about the staff of an Army hospital during the Korean War entitled ( Goodbye, Farewell and Amen ) became the most-watched television episode in U.S. history, with viewer estimates at 106 million Americans.

I especially loved this series because of it's "Michigan Connection".

That connection being that Harry Morgan, the beloved Col. Sherman Potter, called Michigan home.

Morgan was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915, the son of Hannah and Henry Bratsberg, who were of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. The name change by Harry is a story in itself...check it out on-line.

Morgan grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1933, where he achieved distinction as a statewide debating champion. He originally aspired to a J.D. degree, but began acting while a junior at the University of Chicago in

I remember my earliest recollection of Mr. Morgan as he portrayed another beloved character Officer Bill Gannon in the original Dragnet series with Jack Web...

With a nostalgic tear in my eye here's the final scenes of M*A*S*H that featured Michigander Harry Morgan on this Day 31 years ago....

Thursday, February 27, 2014

O.M.G. Drone2Home.....NETFLIX TAKES THE NEXT STEP! (be sure and watch all the way through LOL)

Not quite sure about this.

Are we ready for this?...I don't think so! No not yet!!

This Netflix "toungue in check" video is a hoot but how far from reality could this be?

One thing is certain, Netflix seems to be turning a lot of naysayers on thier ears in their basic business plan.

They said what they're doing could never be done....but they're doing it!

For myself I'm one very,very satisfied Netflix customer!

For a chuckle and a moment of "pause" take a look at DRONE 2 HOME! :-)

The Music that IS Michigan Magazine TV! Soar Like An Eagle and The Michigan Magazine Song!

As you may know Michigan Magazine is celebrating our 25th year on the air.

We began back in 1989 when we started filming the first series that would debut on commercial television WBKB Channel 11 in Alpena.

We continued our commercial television broadcasts throughout the state on 29 & 8 Traverse City, 47 Lansing and 66 Flint.

Then onto the Michigan Public TV network that carried us at various times throughout the state on all 14 channels of the network.

Then around 2005 we made contact with RFD TV out of Nashville who picked us up and where we are today.

For approximately 2 years we were on both the Michigan Public TV Network and RFD TV with two separate versions of the show...It kept us on the go and busy producing different for our state audience and another for a new found national fans.

We hope you help us celebrate our quarter of a century anniversary by checking out our YouTube channel "spiritofmichigan" (all one word), where we are uploading literally THOUSANDS of interviews we've conducted over the years.

You'll definatly notice the ever changing technology from analog to digital...what a wild ride it's been.

Our YouTube channel is also where we archive our weekly shows for viewing on demand for those who can't catch us on "Rural America's most important network" RFD TV.

We also archive the shows on our LIVE STREAMING CHANNEL on MICHIGAN MAGAZINE TV NOW!

For those who follow us where we go we thank you for your support and inspiring words of encouragement.

In honor of our Michigan travels and the Michiganders who make this state such an exciting experience, here are a couple of links to the music that has made the program so recognizable.

The first is SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE by my former partner, co founder and co-host of the program Dell Vaughan.

The second song is THE MICHIGAN MAGAZINE SONG by my partner and former co-host Bill Pineo.

They both are recognizable and share the optimism and spirit of the Michiganders who have shared their lives with us.

These are Mp3 downloads and only take a few seconds to download

Follow the links and you'll find the full CDs or Mp3 downloads


Wednesday, February 26, 2014


We've been on the road checking out the latest autos for 2014 at International auto shows throughout the Midwest!

What a world gone wild!

At the N. American International Auto Show we featured this past week on the show we realized that quality was number one along with efficiancy and something that couldn't be claimed by autos of yesteryear!

Now days it could almost be said it comes in as standard on most autos...and that is...."expect your vehicle to exceed 100,000 miles with out a problem!"

I can remember as a kid that THAT was an days it's not unusual to see vehicles on the road in excess of 200,000 miles....They just don't make 'em like they used to! THANK GOODNESS!

As a matter of fact the last Oldsmobile Sillouette that Michigan Magazine traveled the state with had in excess of 600,000 original miles on it when we retired that loyal beast...and it was still going strong!

Our attention just recently turned to another vehicle on the road that we simply took for granted as "being there" with no change. That being the Semi trucks...the big rigs...the 18 wheelers..the long haulers etc. etc!

Wow were we wrong!

What we'll be seeing on the road soon will seem like it comes straight out of Star Treck!

Check out what you'll soon see on the road truckin' Walmart goodies around the U.S.A.

I wonder if we could wrangle something like this up for our next Michigan Magazine TV Crew vehicle!

If not that...perhaps we'll change professions and become a professional Long Hauler.


MEGAN RAE UPDATE! We've featured Megan when she was only 14 years old..Now at 18 watch out she's on her way!

A few years back we were delighted to introduce the Michigan Magazine TV audience to this 14 year old dynamo..Megan Rae of Vicksburg, Michigan.

It's been a while since we crossed paths..but we've been in constant contact with Megan and her Dad Randy via the world wide web!

Megan's touring constantly with her band and original music is spotlighted to an adoring and growing fan base.


If she comes to your town..or if you're in the area of one of her performances take it in...You'll be an instant fan.

Here's a note from Randy about "what's been happening" in Megan's life!

"This is the official music video for the first single, "Anywhere You Wanna' Go Day", released from Megan Rae's self-titled debut album. Shot and directed on location in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the L.A. area by Grammy winning photographer/director Jim Shea.

Shea has photographed and/or shot and directed music videos for Brad Paisley, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton John, and so many other mega-stars it's impossible to list them all here. Shea also shot Megan Rae's album cover.

The video has aired on TCN (The Country Network), and RFD Television's Michigan Magazine.

Now, Bobby Guy from 102.5 Great Country is teaming up with Shakespeare's Lower Level to bring Megan Rae, her smokin' hot band, and their must see show to downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan!

When you hear her sing, you'll find it hard to believe that she's an 18 year old senior at Vicksburg H.S. in Vicksburg, Michigan!"

Thanks here's Megan Rae...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Watcha doin' St. Patrick's Day?....Thunder Bay Resort and the Michigan Man, Mike Ridley Make a Great Combo!

Mike Ridley returns to Thunder Bay Resort this St. Patricks Day!

Michigan Magazine was there last year....had a great time.

We sat and visited w/ "The Michigan Man" before festivities started to learn more about the man behind the music....

Enjoy and call for your reservations now! You'll have a wonderful time!

You can contact Thunder Bay for more information at (800) 729.9375 or Email

R.I.P. Jeff Conners.....son of the RIFLEMAN!

R.I.P. Jeff Conners....Jeff passed away a few days ago and will be missed greatly. Jeff kept his fathers memory alive through his travels and visiting with fans who grew up with his father staring as the RIFLEMAN on TV.

Michigan Magazine salutes those who keep the old west spirit alive including those that recreate the experience as Hero "look a likes".

Cliff Parent of Michigan Magazine is busy planning the next Cowboy days that brings many of those "Heros" of the silver screen to N. Michigan for our an annual gathering....

We hope you'll become a part of the fun and remember the days when YOU COULD TELL THE DIFFERENCE between good and bad...

Watch the video below of Jeff as he tells of his father's positive influence on an entire generation. Then plan on attending Cowboy Days 2014...

Stay tuned for all the details on Michigan Magazine TV.

If you or your business would like to help support COWBOY DAYS as a sponsor please contact CLIFFORD PARENT at :(989) 257-3603...Thank you!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

CLARA'S LAST SHOW BEFORE PASSING: Depression Era Cooking with 98 yr old Clara!

What a delight Clara was in her dozens of Depression era cooking segments.

Of course many of you know that Clara passed away last year at 98 years young. What a tremendous treasure and loss.

There are many segments we still will be highlighting here....they are such a comfort to watch and re-watch.

This "Tomato Sauce" recipe was her last show before retiring then passing away a short time later....she is extremely missed by family, friends and thousands of new found fans.

We hope you enjoy this segment and subscribe to our blog to be informed of our next highlighted segment of Clara's along with our comments! Or simply subscribe directly to her family's YouTube Channel.

Clara, with the help of her family, did find time to publish her own cookbook...which we have linked below the viewer.

Be sure and watch the very end for some candid moments with Clara and a future generation!

Friday, February 21, 2014

This unsung hero still lives in our hearts! A Michigander that brought smiles & hope to millions around the world!

It was on February 20th, 1992 that a true humanitarian was taken from us.

Dick York still lives in our hearts not only as the first "Darren" in the classic "BEWITCHED" television series but in the legacy he left in his final days confined to his Rockford, Michigan home with emphysema.

Mr. York rests near his home in the Plainfield Township Cemetary on Packer Dr. NE south of Rockford.

Soon I plan on visiting the site...To pay respect and tribute to this caring man's life

For much more on the life and times of Dick York, PLUS video interviews at his Rockford Michigan Home with his wife CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

PURPLE GANG FANS! Come to where they "congregated"...KENYON'S on Sage Lake...

KENYON'S RESORT on Sage Lake in Ogemaw County was once the "hang out" & "hideaway" for members of the PURPLE GANG!

The Resort is honey combed with underground tunnels and "secret" passageways connecting one side of the resort to the other!

We featured the story of the resorts "checkered" past and taken an amazing tour through the "restored" hotel section where ghostly apparitions manifested and encounters have taken place....AND where Michigan Magazine experienced an uneasy presence we caught on video and have archived at our Youtube channel "spiritofmichigan"......

SOUND EXCITING?....NOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE KENYON'S EXPERIENCE! Here's your chance to win a vacation get a way at Kenyons! Watch Michigan Magazine TV for the Phrase or Word of the week then email it to us at Watch Michigan Magazine on RFD TV or ON DEMAND at YouTube on the spiritofmichigan channel.

Here, owner, Barbara Goodboo gives a look at some of the amazing restoration and new accomodations at Kenyons.

ENOY!...And don't forget to enter your chance to win from Michigan Magazine TV!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


A gripping historical fiction that will transport you back in time to the Detroit of the 1920's- a world of Speakeasies, Gangsters, Auto Barons, Flappers, Lawlessness and Innovation. Joe, a young boy growing up in Detroit, navigates between his family's strong Polish traditions and the electric atmosphere of America's fastest growing city until a sudden illness and heart wrenching death force him to grow up much too soon. He finds work with an ambitious group of Jewish immigrants known as the Sugar House Gang. To support his family Joe runs liquor up the river with Cappie, the man who will become his mentor, friend and ultimately, family. Together they race through the "Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties" in fast boats and faster cars, trying to avoid the law and rival gangsters while striving to satisfy the murderous leaders of what is to become the infamous Purple Gang.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cerebellar Hypoplasi. I Just Didn't Know! People who adopt special needs pets are our "unsung" heros....God bless them all!

As Triton and Sebastian grew we noticed that they were having trouble balancing and that their heads would move rapidly back and forth in a trembling motion. The vet diagnosed the kittens with a disorder called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH). CH affects the kitten's cerebellum growth which can cause mild to severe difficulties with coordination, balance and fine motor skills. During pregnancy the mother can contract bacterial infections or viral infections such as feline panleukopenia that result in the disorder. However, the disorder can also be caused by malnutrition, poisoning or injury to the mother during development of the fetus.

Most people assume the disorder is painful and/or contagious which is why so many CH cats are needlessly euthanized. Though this condition is not treatable, it does not prevent a kitten from living a fairly normal life. CH kitties are particularly affectionate and form strong bonds with their humans. They will repay the extra care they receive with years of love and devotion.

Triton and Sebastian are no exception. They are truly two of the happiest kittens we have ever had in our program. Though they have difficulty with balance and coordination they have absolutely no idea that they are different. They love to play with their toys, wrestle each other and lsnuggle together at the end of the day.

Go to to learn more about Sebastian and Triton or to find out how to adopt.

Friday, February 14, 2014

ALOHA! Here's Your Chance to Take Your Sweetie to Hawaii for Valentines Day w/o Leaving the State!

Oh my goodness...does this bring back memories!

Back in the early 1990s Michigan Magazine was invited to experience a wonderful Hawaiian Ohana Feast at a , then, new Polynesian Grill & Chill in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Mary Kolnowski, a faithful viewer of ours, tipped us off to this little piece of paradise along St. Claire's "Nautical Mile".

It being a snowy February day we couldn't resist!

Watch as we feast on Island dishes amongst flamingos and palm trees while the sounds of Hawaiian music fills the air.

BUT FIRST watch as host Barry Stutesman gets a lesson in Hula dancing from some authentic Polynesian dancers.

The most wonderful thing is that WAVES is still a popular Michigan destination!

A perfect escape from "cabin fever"..Join us now!

If you like the south seas sounds of entertainer Phil'll find a link to his music below this video.


Good night daddy..............

(AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ralph Waite, who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," died Thursday, his manager said. He was 85.

Waite, who lived in the Palm Springs area, died at midday, manager Alan Mills said. Mills, who did not know the cause of death, said he was taken aback because Waite had been in good health and still working.

Waite appeared last year in episodes of the series "NCIS," in which he played the dad of star Mark Harmon's character. He also appeared in "Bones" and "Days of Our Lives."

"The Waltons," which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981, starred Waite as John Walton, and Richard Thomas played his oldest son, John-Boy, an aspiring novelist. The gentle family drama was set in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.

His co-stars on Thursday praised both the actor and the man.

"I am devastated to announce the loss of my precious 'papa' Walton, Ralph Waite," said Mary McDonough, who played daughter Erin Walton. "I loved him so much; I know he was so special to all of us. He was like a real father to me. Goodnight Daddy. I love you."

Michael Learned, who played wife Olivia Walton, said she was "devastated" by the death of "a good honest actor and a good honest man."

Good night daddy.......