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The authors are available to discuss a wide range of topics related to Detroit's Baby Boomer Generation, including but not limited to:
How Detroit Won World War II and Saved the Mankind from Fascism
Bitter automotive rivals joined forces, sharing plans, innovations, technologies, equipment and proving grounds to create what President FD Roosevelt dubbed The Arsenal of Democracy. We saved mankind from unimaginable horrors. and in the process, the “greatest generation” unexpectedly set the table for one of the most fascinating eras in the history of mankind: the post-war baby boom.
Rosie the Riveter and the Role of Women in Detroit Factories
As Detroiters headed off to war, thousands of women were recruited to support the effort through manufacturing and assembly at Ford’s B-24 bomber plant at Willow Run, and the Chrysler Highland Park Plant, among many others. More than three-quarters of the female workforce was married, had children, and over the age of 35. Thorny issues such as the lack of women’s rest rooms in factories required rapid solutions. The Willow Run bomber plant is historically significant as the workplace of “Rosie the Riveter,” ubiquitous icon used for propaganda purposes to lift workers’ spirits; her image continues to be widely represented as a symbol of women’s rights and female power. The real Rosie, Rose Will Monroe, moved from Kentucky to Michigan and was hired as a riveter at Willow Run. As men marched off to war, thousands of women were recruited to handle any and every job within the factory; women performed admirably. Rose Monroe starred in a promotional lm about the war effort on the home front; the legend of “Rosie the Riveter” was born. Films and posters depicting Rosie encouraged women to come together in support of the war effort. The war contributed greatly to women entering the workforce and founded a social movement for equal rights from then on. In fact, the National War Labor Board directed women and minorities receive the same pay as white men.
Detroit and The Baby Boom
The American Dream – the pursuit of happiness, prosperity and success, achieved through hard work in a society with limitless barriers – became an alluring, seductive and attainable image after WWii. most mid-20th century americans (that is to say, namely the nation’s caucasian population) stood united, con dent as the country climbed to the apex of global power and consumer abundance, racing boldly into what John f. Kennedy later hailed as “the new frontier.” moving forward, full-steam ahead was what americans expected from their country, their cars, consumer goods, and economy. Detroiters were certainly prepared to play their part.
Searching for THE Black Middle Class in Detroit Post WWII
Good-paying jobs helped many Baby Boomers, that huge group born between 1946 and 1964 – attain the middle class American Dream – a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence and 2.5 children who would graduate from college. Historically, Baby Boomers have been defined as the post-WWII white generation. But were there black Baby Boomers? The simple answer: not really. And in Detroit, the growth of its black population and the long struggle for blacks to attain middle class status and the American Dream is particularly complex.
Names You Know By Heart
We take a deep dive into the pioneers of Detroit’s Auto Age: The Dodge Brothers, Ransom Olds, Louis Chevrolet, Walter Chrysler, David Buick, The Fisher Brothers, Henry Ford, Albert Kahn, Henry Kaiser and Joseph Frazer, Preston Tucker , Walter Reuther and Jimmy Hoffa, and Betty Skelton.
10 Made in Detroit Automobiles That Shook The Industry After World War II
Our picks for ten post WWII Motor City machines that moved the automotive industry forward. Even with “best in class” engineering, rst-movers seldom held a lead for long, demonstrating how competitive the auto industry was... and continues to be. Which would you choose?
Detroit’s Shopping & Dining Glory Days
Before the advent of shopping and strip malls, big boxes, Detroiters shopped downtown at J.L. Hudson, Kern’s, Crowley’s, Sam’s, Kresge’s, Woolworth’s, stopped in a Sander’s or Vernor’s for a treat, dined at fabulous restaurants such as Carls’ Chop House, the London Chop House, Little Harry’s, Joe Muer’s, the Book Cadillac, The Ponchartrain, The Brass Rail, Chin Tiki, amongst many others. We also tackle the thorny question: American or Lafayette, Little Caesar’s or Buddy’s?
Movie Night in Detroit: 1950
In 1950, Detroiters could select from over 150 movie theatres, with 22 others in the suburbs. Stepping out to see a movie was a special occasion; people dressed in their nest attire to travel downtown (usually by streetcar) to catch a first-run movie for only 35 cents. Let’s step back in time to the glory days of Detroit’s silver screen.
Detroit City: Music Capital of the World
Detroit was the epicentre of a musical revolution that took root in Paradise Valley, the black entertainment district, beginning in the 1930s with the Jazz, BeeBop, Gospel, rhythm and Blues (r&B), the influential Motown sound, soul, Funk, and rock & roll.
Children of the Sixties
The 1960s were a defining decade for the baby boom generation, ushered in
with the election of President John F. Kennedy, closing with the Woodstock Festival. The sixties left indelible marks on Detroiters, and colored our perception of the world. We explore the impact of baby boomers’ raised consciousness and activism regarding art, civil rights, the Vietnam War, and we mixed in some good old fashioned fun. Plum Street, Cass Corridor Art Movement, the Underground Press, John Sinclair and the Detroit Love In, Vietnam War, MLK and the March for Peace, and the Walk to Freedom,.
In an era before air conditioning, Detroit baby boomer spent their days at Edgewater Park, Boblo Island, Walled lake Park, the Michigan State Fair Grounds, Belle Isle, Detroit Zoo, Soap Box Derbies, local beaches or public pools, Greenfield Village and Hery Ford Museum, Movie Drive-Ins, local drive-in restaurants (roller skaters), bowling, hustling pool, drag racing, at camp Dearborn and much more.
Detroit Baby Boomers Grew Up With the Best Local TV and Radio!
Radio pioneers include The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Casey Kasem, J.P. McCarthy, Martha Jean The Queen, Russ Gibbs, Keener 13, CKLW the Big 8, Tommy Shannon, Big Daddy Arthur P, Steve Dahl. Howard Stern, WABX underground. A Cast of TV characters include Sir Graves Ghastly, George Pierrot, Bill Kennedy, Rita Bell, Mary Morgan, John Kelly and Marilyn Monroe, Sonny Eliott, Lou Gordon, Bill Bonds, The Ghoul, Kids TV: Bozo, Oopsy, Milky and Ricky clowning around, Poopdeck Paul, Captain Jolly, Jingles Boofland, Johnny Ginger, Sagebrush Shorty, Soupy Sales.
Detroit’s Best Baby Boomer Era
Detroit’s Legends of Sport
1936 City of Champions: - the city ever to own all four major titles at one time; Tiger Stadium and its all-star champions, Olympia and Mr. Hockey, ’57 Lions and Bobby Lane, Joe Louis: Joe Louis: Detroit's fabled Brown Bomber , Manny StewarD & The Kronk Gym , Big Time Wresting featuring Dick the Bruiser, Grren or Blue? Lindell AC: The Legendary Sports Bar
Along the Straits
Life along the Detroit River, The Montrose, The Tashmoo, The Aquarama, The Noronic, Mariner’s cathedral and the Edmund Fitzgerald, ChrisCraft, Hydroplane Racing, Ice Fishing, J.W. Westcott delivers the mail, South Detroit (Windsor), The Bridge and tunnel, The Freedom Festival and Fireworks, Entertainment in Windsor (Elmwood, Top Hat, TBQs)
Made in Detroit
Products only a Detroit Baby Boomer could name: 40 potato chip companies!; Stroh’s Fire Brewed beer; Vernor’s, Detroit’s drink; Faygo Red Pop; Grinnells’; Vlasic; Awreys; Honey baked Ham; Hygrade Ballpark Franks; Sander’s Ice Cream and Cakes; Wonder Bread; Carharrt’s; Kowalski; Velvet Peanut Butter; Pewabic Tile
When you see them, you know them: Big Stove, Big Tire, Big Fist, Big Cow Head, Big Boy; Ford Rotunda; Spirit of Detroit; Hart Plaza; art deco buildings: The Penobscot, Guardian, Fisher, GM Headquarters; RenCen; Cobo; St Anne’s Church; Kern Clock; Scott Fountain; The Thinker
With the advent of the family car after WWII, when you just had to get out of town Detroiters flocked to Frankenmuth, the UP, Cedar Point, Leamington and Point Pelee, and Florida in the winter.
Signs You’re From Detroit
A collection of mid-century modern signs and emblems – professionally hand-painted (a lost art), custom- lettered, but particularly, neon and ghost signs, which continue to disappear from the landscape at an alarming pace. A journey in time via an assortment of old and new signs spotted throughout the years in Detroit and environs from James Ritchie, John Margolies, Tom Hagerty, Don Hudson, Russ marshall, Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks.