Education

FTV: Mines

      A quick quiz:  How many different types of mines have there been in Upper Michigan?  This is a question I ask my sixth grade Geography – Earth Science students at the beginning of the Geology unit we cover that includes U.P.  mining history.  Everybody comes up with “copper”, and a few might remember “iron”, […]

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FTV: Vincebus Eruptum

    Don’t go running for your old Latin textbook.  The quasi-Latin phrase Vincebus Eruptum is supposed to mean “We control chaos” and if San Francisco psychedelic rockers Blue Cheer had any say in the matter, it was going to be the name of their first album.  Recorded live in the studio, the six song set kicked […]

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FTV: DIY Recording

  In my archives, I have a old cassette tape dating back to early in my junior year of high school – somewhere around 1969.  It isn’t much to listen to because there is a lot of background noise, some snippets of dialog and the first (and unfortunately only) bit of music ever put down on […]

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From the Vaults: Fog Tap

      It was a toss up between ‘Fog Tap’ or ‘Spinal Hat’ so I flipped a coin to decide what to call this installment of FTV.  The band Foghat was named years before the band even formed when guitarist/vocalist ‘Lonesome Dave’ Peverett was playing Scrabble with his brother.  The nonsense word stuck in his subconscious […]

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FTV: The Ocher Beast

      As far back as I can remember, our family had pickup trucks.  I learned to drive on our camp beater truck that was old enough (circa 1949) that it sported a standard shift on the column,  a key that was on and off only, and the starter footswitch was on the floor near the […]

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From the Vaults: Montrose

      Ronnie Montrose died in 2012 after a prolonged struggle with prostate cancer and that is what music fans everywhere were led to believe.  Later reports indicated that he had taken his own life, but in that he had resolved to battled the disease without chemotherapy or invasive procedures,  one undoubtedly led to the other. […]

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FTV: Touring Report 1967

      It is the summer of 1967.   Herman’s Hermits and The Who are touring the United States.  Which band is the opener and which is the headliner?  This is a trick question because technically, the opening band was The Blues Magoos with The Who second on the bill and Peter Noones’ lightweight pop band Herman’s […]

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FTV: Waste not, want not

  Have you had a family grill out lately?  If you did, it was probably on a gas grill or a good old fashioned charcoal grill, which is my personal favorite.  Either way, we all owe a debt of thanks to Henry Ford for kick starting this little piece of Americana tradition.  When Ford’s Kingsford, Michigan […]

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