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Friday, January 30, 2015

I Just Couldn't Look Away........Here's some honest talent...Young Nathan and Eva Leach!

Hero (Family of the Year) - A cover by Nathan and Eva Leach

Oh my.....what talent!

These two make a dynamic duo!

I started watching simply because one does not get millions of views unless something is "shocking" or "worthy" of a persons time.

Most of the time I don't get through the entire presentation....but this........this was something special....

I just could not look away.

I simply enjoyed it...and I wanted more....that's all.....

P.S. I did not expect that little surprise "spice" at the end....;-)

Take a listen to these two and....simply enjoy their frills....enthusiastic performance....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Archiving the past on Michigan Magazine! The History Remembered at the Former Michigan Magazine Museum!

As we archive the many Michigan Magazine TV segments that have aired since 1989 it's difficult not to get lost in all the memories involved in producing, filming and editing each one!

Each segment takes hours and hours of uninterrupted script writing and video editing and re-editing.

Those hours make it impossible to forget some of the minutest details in the process of bringing each segment to fruition.

The archiving and uploading to YouTube brings wonderful feelings and nostalgic scenes archived in the deep "recesses" of my "mind". takes just a couple seconds of a scene for me to recall and actually feel what was going on back then. They all come rushing back in flurries of emotion.

The people of this state are remarkable. We all know that. The talented people and amazing unexploited communities and heritages along Michigan's backroad can be "mind-blowing".

We hope you'll take the time to peruse our uploaded stories on our You Tube Channel: "spiritofmichigan" (all one word).

I think you'll be amazed at the thousands of discoveries we've made and presented to you on both the Michigan Public TV Network and the RFD TV Network"

In my traveling down memory lane it is impossible to not think about the process of what it took to bring about our Michigan Magazine TV Museum and the historic significance of our accomplishments there!

Even though the museum, as it was is no longer in existence, did provide an amazing connection to our show for the hundreds of thousands that passed through it's doors from 1998 t0 2012.

Dell (Vaughan) and I had been collecting hundreds of gifts and "artifacts" from those we featured on the show since our beginning back in 1989.

Even before the thought of a museum entered our brains our studio was being filled with evidence of past adventures.

The Michiganders we spotlighted were so gracious and thankful that we stopped to consider them as a subject.

What they presented to us were truly gifts from the heart.

We used these "gifts" as props on the set and also to provide studio "B" roll complementing their story.

Oh my goodness!

What to do with our growing collection!

I half halfheartedly threw out the possibility of creating a "museum" similar to what Fred Trost did with his Michigan Outdoors Museum in Bath, Michigan.

It was shortly after that that Dell was on the phone with partner prospects in the venture.

Russ Mason of Rose City was one of our very first sponsors and one of the first to make a concrete proposal.

Russ would build a log lodge directly across from his business which is now "Mason Lumber & Hardware" (Do-It best).

The only stipulation was that he would run his "office operations" in a section of the building...

That sounded wonderful and we were considering it.

Space was the only issue. There was not much acreage for what we were planning

Then the call came through from Comins businessman Simon Yoder

He proposed placing the "museum" on the property directly across from his "Woodworkers" shoppe just south of Comins..The only thing was that he didn't own that property..It was owned for generations by the Elmer and Cecilia Neff family who had no intentions of selling to Simon if he were to exploit the property as a "Model Home" or anything of the sort.

Since the plans involved a "museum that would serve the entire state of Michigan" perhaps the family would have second thoughts.

"Sy" would approach the family again and see if they would consider the sale with the stipulation that it would be "The Michigan Magazine TV Museum" operated by Barry Stutesman and Dell Vaughan.

The plan was eagerly accepted by The Neff family and the sale was finalized.

There is much , much more to the story that perhaps we can get into later on....BUT let it suffice to say that if it weren't for the generosity and talent of Simon Yoder and the amazing fore site of the Elmer and Cecilia Neff Family...The Michigan Magazine Museum would have never become reality

Of course we at Michigan Magazine would agree to reciprocate with underwritership mentions and feature presentations plus promotional events that spotlighted the area...

It would be a win-win situation for everyone involved!

My, my, my....I can ramble on and go off into a tangent can't I?

From a blog about our archiving Michigan Magazine segments to the my ramblings about the "beginnings" of the Michigan Magazine Museum.

I'm so sorry that I may have lost a few of you....but take heart that I've constrained myself!

One thing I would like to underscore and make sure everyone knows for a fact.

Even though Michigan Magazine Museum no longer exists as it did for nearly 15 years...It is a part of local and state history

We did something that was virtually unheard of in state broadcasting history...

A museum was created for a TV Show. A TV show that spotlighted the true the beaten path...Check out this entry in the book "You Know Your in Michigan When"

I have only one correction to the above article and that is that "Native America" weighs an astounding 35 Tons....A few thousand more then quoted! :-)

By the way Native America is an amazing story in itself.

The monument not only reflects the Native American heritage in this area

(The name Oscoda is Native American:The name is a Henry Schoolcraft neologism thought to be a combination of two Ojibwa words, "ossin" (stone) and "muskoda" (prairie) -- hence 'pebbly prairie.' )

but it also has drawn the attention and deep respect of Michigan Native Americans in surrounding reservations.

In this video the Michigan Magazine TV Museum Made history again by providing access to Native American census rolls never before released

We were honored with natives coming from across the state to view the rare releases.

What a surprise it was when we were presented with a special "peace pipe" of brotherhood and thanks.... (Please excuse the wind sounds in this video....We hope you'll appreciate this amazing gesture)

After it's installation "Native America" became the one of the biggest draws to the museum from every corner of our state.

Groups from all walks of life would make pilgrimages to the statue for group shots,meditation and reflection.

Both private vehicles and tour buses would stop by unannounced for photo ops with "Native America".

My ramblings must cease now...I will constrain my thoughts for another blog

I wish for the former Michigan Magazine Museum, now the Skyline Event Center to never forget it's roots and heritage.

Continue to tell the story of how it began as a monument and testimony to the great people of this state

When one walks through it's doors for the many events planned, please remember this building remains for everyone to appreciate only through the hard work by volunteers along the way with unending community support...

Please keep the "Spirit of Michigan" alive at this special place...

Volunteerism and community support demonstrated by the involvement of local Boy Scout Troops clearing the land...Thank you men! Job well done! Circa 1998

“The past beats inside me like a second heart.” ― John Banville, The Sea

Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMAZING!! Mark Sees for the first time in 20 years.

Mark Cornell lost his sight 20 years ago after serving in the US Air Force for 18 years.

Watch this emotional video as he sees his friends for the first time with eSight, electronic glasses that let the legally blind actually see.

"Here is that rainbow I've been praying for. It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day."

I entreated Your favor with my whole heart. Psalm 119:58 NKJV

Father, thank You for the blessing of Your favor upon my life!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here's to the "Plowmen" of the U.P. Saaaaaalute!

Our U.P. Friend Shell Rotella writes:

"Whether it’s a light dusting or a heavy blizzard, snowplow drivers are ready for anything! Catch this Unsung story on Chris Bonen, a snowplow driver in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who works hard to make sure all the roads are clear for a safe commute!"

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Brrrrr Remembering The Blizzard of "78

As we come to the anniversary of this horrific storm...We wish you warm thoughts and plenty of woolen blankets for back up!

Courtesy of Wikepedia

The Great Blizzard of 1978, also known as the White Hurricane, was a historic winter storm that struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes from Wednesday, January 25 through Friday, January 27, 1978.

The 28.28 inches (958 millibars) barometric pressure measurement recorded in Cleveland, Ohio was the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the mainland United States until the Upper Midwest Storm of October 26, 2010 (28.20" measured at 5:13PM CDT at Bigfork Municipal Airport, Bigfork, MN).

The lowest central pressure for the 1978 blizzard was 28.05" (953 mb) measured in southern Ontario a few hours after the aforementioned record in Cleveland.

On rare occasions, extra-tropical cyclones with central pressures below 28 inches of mercury or about 95 kPa (950 mb) have been recorded in Wiscasset, Maine (27.9") and Newfoundland (27.76").[3]

The following table displays selected U.S. snowfall totals during January 25–29, 1978:[4]

State City/location Amount (inches)

OH Dayton *12.2

MI Detroit 8.2

MI Flint 9.9

MI Grand Rapids 19.2

MI Houghton Lake *15.4

IN Indianapolis *15.5

IN South Bend 36.0

MI Lansing 19.3

MI Muskegon 27

MI Traverse City 22-28

IL Chicago 12-13


The blizzard was the worst in Ohio history where 51 people died as a result of the storm. Over 5000 members of the Ohio National Guard were called in to make numerous rescues. Police asked citizens who had four-wheel-drive vehicles or snowmobiles to transport doctors to the hospital. From January 26 to 27, the entire Ohio Turnpike was shut down for the first time ever.

The total effect on transportation in Ohio was described by Major General James C. Clem of the Ohio National Guard as comparable to a nuclear attack.

Michigan Governor William Milliken declared a state of emergency and called out the Michigan National Guard to aid stranded motorists and road crews. The Michigan State Police pronounced Traverse City, Michigan "unofficially closed" and warned area residents to stay home. WTCM radio staffer Marty Spaulding, who closed the bayfront location station the previous night at 11 pm was called to re-open it the next day at 6am as regular staffers could not get there due to impassable roads. Upon arriving after a 45-minute walk in waist deep snow from his home a mere 10 city blocks distant, he had to dig down "a foot" to put the key in the front door.

In Indiana on day two, just a half-hour after the arctic front blasted through, the Indianapolis International Airport was closed due to whiteout conditions. At 3 am, the blizzard produced peak winds of 55 mph. Temperatures dropped to zero that morning. Wind chills remained a bone-chilling 40 to 50 below zero nearly all day. The governor Otis R. (Doc) Bowen declared a snow emergency for the entire state the morning of the 26th. Snow drifts of 10 to 20 feet made travel virtually impossible, stranding an Amtrak train and thousands of vehicles and weary travelers. During the afternoon of the 26th, the Indiana State Police considered all Indiana roads closed.

Classes at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana were canceled for the first time in the history of those universities; at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (where 25 inches of snow fell) for the third time in its history; and, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for the first time since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. An inch or more, usually much more, of snow would remain on much of that particular area for nearly two months straight. The storm did much damage to the Ohio valley and to the Great Lakes.

In Brampton, Ontario (northwest of Toronto) on Thursday afternoon, school buses could not get through deep snow to the then-rural campus of Sheridan College to take students home. Neither could any other vehicles, so some community college students had to stay on campus overnight.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More from the 2014 Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show & Pull!

This is a small portion of Michigan Magazine TV's time during the 2014 Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show & Pull which took place at the MSU Pavilion. The final edit was aired on the RFD TV Network and is posted on our "spiritofmichigan" YouTube Channel.

Heritage Hill Farms Michigan Magazine TV Interview

During the two days that Michigan Magazine TV was at the 2014 which was during the 38th annual MGLI at the MSU Pavilion in Lansing, MI. They were able to have another interview with the President of the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show and Pull Aaron Rice.

As Michigan Magazine TV was wrapping up their time at the 2014 Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show & Pull in Lansing MI, the crew ran into the Queen for MGLI & the Breeders Show which takes place in Mason MI.

A huge "thank you" to the Michigan Magazine TV crew....Interviewer Teri Stiles.....Camera Darlene Lane.....Camera/Editor Jeremy Lane of MEMRA Productions.

Watch for many more Michigan Equestrian Events to be covered by Michigan Magazine.

Our Equestrian coverage will include everything from Natural Horsemanship Lessons to Show and Competition.

Stay Tuned!

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Pickle Jar....

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Hearse owners and enthusiasts will delight in the announcement that the second annual N. Michigan Hearse Cruise dates have been set and registration is going on now!

Last year we sat down with Jeff Morey, founder and director of the event, just before the first event was held

Jeff had no idea if the event would draw much participation...BUT THAT IT DID...

This year's event promises to be bigger and better for both participants and spectators!

Take a look at the interview we did last year where Jeff's hopes , dreams and plans are laid out for a most unusual N. Michigan event. Then click the link below the video to be taken to the official Facebook site of the 2015 event

Here's a link to more info on this years event!

As seen on Kelly & Michael....I'm giving it a try! :-) Anyone with me? Seriously!

Eat to live....Dispite the expected "poo-poo" one ALWAYS GETS from some reviewers no matter how great an idea is I always try what I think is healthy and beneficial and gather my own insite and opinion.....

This way of life has been around for years....Truth triumphs ideology.....If you want to feel great and stay healthy....try it....I am and it's going great!


I'll report my results back to you in a few weeks! :-)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Michigan's Horrible PBB Disaster Revisted In Photo Retrospect....The Poisoning of Michigan...A Bitter Harvest...

Who remembers the PBB disaster and cattle burial and protest in Oscoda county? Here's a retrospect of photos by former Oscoda County News owner and editor the late Jim Davison we presented at the former Michigan Magazine Museum...we aired the story on RFD TV..Memories:

C A U T I O N This is very, very graphic....

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sharing the love by "Pranking it Forward"...

By watching this amazing video and sharing it with family and friends you'll be raising awareness and money for area charities.

That's all.....just share...and May God Bless...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rest In Peace Tater.............

The Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Concert

The Dick Wagner "Remember the Child" Memorial Concert

Happy Birthday Rhonda Stutesman....

I know it was yesterday, January 2nd...but we were so busy celebrating so I have to declare it publicly TODAY!

Happy Birthday to my lovely bride of almost 30 years......Sighhhh