February 22, 2003


Michigan - "The Wolverine State"

GeekGrrl: "Let's see... Michigan. First of all, please don't tell ANYONE that for some odd reason we're called Michiganders. Sounds like a flock of geese to me. ;)

We have The Great Lakes, which I have yet to see, since I just moved here.

We have The Spirit Of Detroit, a statue which gets dressed up in a REALLY big Red Wings jersey when they go into the Stanley Cup Finals.

We have the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. (We spent our honeymoon there, it's BEAUTIFUL.)

We are also famous for the Motown music label. :)"

Irk: "To add to what GeekGrrl said about Michigan:

Not one peninsula, but two, connected by the Mackinac Bridge which, at 5 miles long, is the world's longest suspension bridge. And we have Yoopers ("Say yah to da UP, eh?").

Aside from Alaska, Detroit is the only place in the country where you have to go south to get to Canada. The Ambassador Bridge is North America's #1 international border crossing. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is #2. The value of trade between the US and Canada is about $1 billion (CDN) per day, and roughly 27% of that crosses the Ambassador Bridge.

Of course we have the cars. We have the University of Michigan (one of the best in the country) and Michigan State University (the first land grant college). We have the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores and the Sanilac Petroglyphs. In addition to the Great Lakes (which account for one-fifth of the world's surface freshwater supply), we have more than 11,000 inland lakes, and you are never more than 6 miles from a lake or stream.

I like the word "Michigander" which I just read was coined by Abraham Lincoln. Some famous Michiganders: Henry Ford, Alice Cooper, Casey Kasem, Madonna, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Charles Lindberg, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Charlton Heston, Gilda Radner, Tom Selleck, Sinbad (!), Gerald R. Ford, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Ralph Bunche, Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, Jeff Daniels, W.K. Kellogg, Francis Ford Coppola, Rosa Parks, anyone else whose last name matches a car brand.

And we have one of the ugliest landmarks ever: the Joe Louis Fist.

Some of these facts came from michigan.gov and Everything Michigan.

Couple more Michigan things: the cherries, and techno."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 09:00 AM

We also have;
Thomas Alva Edison, George C. Scott, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Dewey, Julie Harris, John Jacob Astor, Barry Gordy, Mitch Albom, W.H. Auden, L. Frank Baum, Ken Burns, Elmore Leonard, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oats, Carl Saunders, Alex Haley, Malsom X, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Helen Thomas, Tim Allen,Gillian Anderson, Anita Baker, Sandra Bernhard, Harry Blackstone Jr., Sonny Bono, Jerry Bruckheimer, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Roger Corman, Robin Williams, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Ed McMahon, Michael Moore, Iggy Pop, Aretha Franklin, Glenn Frey, Marvin Gay, George Gipp,Harry Houdini, John Hughes, Tom Hulce, William Hurt, Burt Reynolds, Jason Robards, Soupy Sales, Adam Sandler, Sinbad, David Spade, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Kasdan, Earl Klugh, Stevie Wonder, Mike Wallace, McGeorge Bundy, Tom Hayden, Robert McNamara, David Stockman, Sojourner Truth,Jimmy Hoffa, Gen George Custer, Jonas Salk, Al Capone, Katherin Graham and Samuel Mudd.

This is just a short list of the most recognizable names, in addition to those already provided. Must be something in the water.

Posted by: Dietz on February 22, 2003 02:44 PM

Michigan was the only place in the world that was honored to host the exhibit of The Dead Sea Scrolls. They will be in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Museum until June 1st for all to see. :)

Posted by: Gina on February 23, 2003 08:10 PM

We have Lake St. Clair, which is basically a big backup puddle for the Detroit River (connecting with Lake Huron to the north and, through the Detroit River, to Lake Erie in the South). It's not all that great--still has too much E.coli to swim in, and the fish still suffer from that mercury spill on the Canadian side back in '71... but there's something about growing up within ear shot of the freighters and the great oreships mooing their horns at night that still make me long for home.

There's Zilwaukee, which is the only city in the world misnamed for the beer capital of Wisconson.

There are the Tigers, with their odd propensity for only getting into the World Series or Playoffs in years where there are Summer Olympics and presidential elections.

There is fishfly season, which is an opportunity for a wonderful, endless feast... if you happen to be a perch or bass.

There is the Detroit Institute of Arts, with its famous murals by that Stalinist Mexican painter whose name I forget but, which, in spite of politics, are still pretty cool.... Diego Rivera. (Google, which is NOT a Michigan invention, is pretty cool too.)

There's the Detroit Lions, the baseball team for Chicago Cubs fans' off season.

There's Cobo Arena, where I saw Frank Zappa play in 1978.

There's Cobo Arena, where I saw Ronald Reagan walk in to the 1980 GOP nominating convention while my best friend was smoking Lebanese blonde hash (I thought for sure we were going to be busted).

There's cruising Gratiot on a Saturday night at age 17 while under the influence of various psychotropics, and I'm still shocked we didn't get either killed OR busted.

But most importantly, and selfishly, there are the graves of my father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. I've travelled the planet, but Michigan is the closest thing I have to a homeland. I do miss her so.

Posted by: Rich Kent on March 3, 2003 11:04 AM

Only non-Michiganders and people who are being supercilious call us "Michiganians." It's Michiganders.

We're the only state where you can show people where things are by using your hand--this works for both peninsulas. (Left hand, palm facing you, the thumb is the Keewenaw Peninsula.)

Michigan is also host every year to the International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest in Eau Claire.

Kalkasa proudly boasts the tallest trout statue in the world, and I understand it gained that status only after an acrimonious meeting of the International Fish Statue Certification Board.

Posted by: Alex Bensky on March 18, 2003 11:07 PM

Actually, the palm thing works for Wisconsin too...sorry.

Posted by: CJB on March 23, 2003 07:53 PM