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From the Vaults: Uncle Walter

 “And that’s the way it is.”  For some reason this phrase used to irk my brother Ron.  Any time he heard this phrase, he would snarl, “No, that’s the way you SAY it is.”  I am still not sure why this riled Ron up, but coming from Walter Cronkite at the end of his daily […]

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FTV: Queen

    Looking back over the past fifty years of rock music, a lot of great bands have come and gone.  A few of them became gigantically successful and, amazingly, some are still out there rocking. Back when The Who sang, “I hope I die before I get old”,  odds are that none of the bands populating […]

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FTV: A Slippery Slope

   One must tread carefully when making comments comparing the worth of employees in one profession to those in others. These days, any career involves some form of education, be it on the job, in a vocational program, or professional preparation. For one to truly understand what it takes to work in any field, the song […]

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FTV: Better Call Saul

      No, I am not talking about the TV show Better Call Saul.  I am talking about Saul Hudson.  Don’t ask me why, but I have always been fascinated with the real names of actors and musicians who are better known by their stage names.  Take Peter Horlebeeke, the singing drummer for one of Michigan’s […]

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The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis

Greetings Great Lakes fans: I recently made contact with author Jerry Dennis about using a segment of his boot The Living Great Lakes in a future article.  Dennis graduated from Northern Michigan University and now lives in Traverse City, MI. When he answered my inquiry (affirmatively I should add), he also mentioned that The Living Great […]

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FTV: Winter Travel

  When Mother Nature serves up a particularly violent weather event, it will undoubtedly get the tag ‘100 year’ attached to it.  In the summer of 2018, the Houghton / Hancock area experienced a 100 year flood that caused extensive damage all across Houghton County.  The only reason the city of Hancock escaped worse damage was […]

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