Today is 7-11-2013 July 11th is the day 7-Eleven stores give away FREE SLURPEES

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Type Subsidiary
Industry Retail (convenience   stores)
Founded 1927 (1927)
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
Number of locations 50,254
Key people Joseph DePinto, CEO
Products Slurpee beverage
Big Gulp beverage Cup
Other products include: coffee, sandwiches, prepared foods, gasoline, dairy   products, various beverages
Revenue                                                                       $16.681 billion (Estimated) US$ (2009)[1]
Employees 45,000 (2010 NA)
Parent Seven & I Holdings Co. Ltd.
Website 7-eleven.com
7andi.com
sej.co.jp

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Slurpee history

Machines to make frozen beverages were invented by Omar Knedlik in the late 1950s. The idea for a slushed ice drink came when Knedlik’s soda fountain broke down, forcing him to put his sodas in a freezer to stay cool, which caused them to become slushy. Many people loved them, which gave him the idea to make a machine to help make a “slushy”. When it became popular, Knedlik hired artist Ruth E. Taylor to create a name and logo for his invention. She created the ICEE name and designed the original logo, which is used today. Early prototypes for the machine made use of an automobile air conditioning unit.[2] In 1965, 7-Eleven began a licensing deal with The ICEE Company to sell the product under certain conditions. Two of these were that 7-Eleven must use a different name for the product, and that the company was only allowed to sell the product in 7-Eleven locations in the US, a non-compete clause ensuring the two drinks never went head to head for distribution rights. 7-Eleven then sold the product that in 1967 became known as the “Slurpee” (for the sound made when drinking them). The term was coined by Bob Stanford, a 7-Eleven agency director.

The Slurpee machine has a separate spout for each flavor at the front of a tumbler or freezer, where patrons pour their own Slurpees. When Slurpees were first introduced, the dispensing machine was located behind the counter, and the clerk was tasked with dispensing the product. Common flavors are frozen Coke, Mountain Dew, and cherry, but new flavors are introduced regularly. In the Slurpee’s early history, flavors rotated much more frequently than today.

A dual-chambered Slurpee cup was announced for June 2011 release which uses a double straw and switchable valve to allow consumers to drink either of the flavors alone or both flavors simultaneously.[3]

History of 7-Eleven

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A variation of the 7-Eleven logo with a lighter shade of green.

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One Arts Plaza, which houses the U.S. headquarters of 7-Eleven

The company has its origins in 1927 in Dallas, Texas, when an employee of Southland Ice Company, John Jefferson Green, started selling milk, eggs and bread from an improvised storefront in one of the company’s ice houses.[7] Although small grocery stores and general merchandisers were present in the immediate area, Joe C. ‘Jodie’ Thompson, Jr., the manager of the ice plant, discovered selling convenience items, such as bread and milk, was popular due to the ice’s ability to preserve the items. This significantly cut back on the need to travel long distances to the grocery stores for basic items. Thompson eventually bought the Southland Ice Company and turned it into Southland Corporation, which oversaw several locations which opened in the Dallas area.[6]

By 1928, a manager of one of these locations brought back a totem pole from Alaska and placed it in front of his store. Due to the attention received by the totem pole, additional totem poles were placed at each of the locations and all the stores began operating under the name “Tot’em Stores” (a word play on the totem poles as well as the idea that customers toted away their purchases).[6][7] In that same year many of the locations also began selling gasoline. Although the Great Depression caused the company to go bankrupt in 1931, it still managed to continue operations.

In 1946, in an effort to continue the company’s post war recovery, the name of the stores was changed to 7-Eleven to reflect their hours of operation—7 am to 11 pm, which at the time was unprecedented. By 1952, 7-Eleven opened its 100th store. It was incorporated as Southland Corporation in 1961.[7] In 1962, 7-Eleven first experimented with a 24-hour schedule in Austin, Texas after an Austin store was forced to remain open all night due to customer demand following a University of Texas football game.[6] By 1963, 24-hour stores were established in Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.[8]

In the 1980s, the company encountered financial difficulty, selling off its ice division, and was rescued from bankruptcy by Ito-Yokado, its largest franchisee. This also resulted in several metropolitan areas losing 7-Eleven stores to rival convenience store operators. In 1987, John Philp Thompson, the CEO of 7-Eleven, completed a $5.2 billion management buyout of the company his father had founded.[9] The buyout suffered from the 1987 stock market crash and after failing initially to raise high yield debt financing, the company was required to offer a portion of the company’s stock as an inducement to invest in the company’s bonds.[10][11]

The Japanese company gained a controlling share of 7-Eleven in 1991,[6] during the Japanese asset bubble of the early 1990s. Ito-Yokado formed Seven & I Holdings Co. and 7-Eleven became its subsidiary in 2005. In 2007, Seven & I Holdings announced it would be expanding their American operations, with an additional 1,000 7-Eleven stores in the United States.
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From 1970-Very Groovy
Here is “Dance the Slurp”

On this day in 1804 Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel in New York

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When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

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Fifty Years ago

Berlin marks 50 years of JFK’s famous speech

Associated Press

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Berlin — Berlin is celebrating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s famed “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech — a pledge of support to the divided city on the Cold War’s front line that still resonates in a much-changed world.

Kennedy made his speech during a several-hour trip to West Berlin on June 26, 1963 — nearly two years after communist East Germany cut the city in half by building the Berlin Wall and amid concern that America might abandon the Cold War outpost.

Egon Bahr, then an aide to West Berlin’s mayor, recalled at a ceremony Wednesday that the Kennedy’s “I am a Berliner” declaration received “explosive applause” because it bolstered Berliners’ hopes. He said: “They knew instinctively, ‘we can feel safe after this sentence.’”

 

Two years after the construction of the Berlin Wall, President Kennedy paid a historic visit to Berlin to challenge Soviet oppression and offer hope to the people of the divided city.

At the end of World War II, the main Allied powers—the United States, France, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union—divided Germany into two zones.

The Soviet Union occupied East Germany and installed a rigidly controlled communist state. The other three Allies shared the occupation of West Germany and helped rebuild the country as a capitalist democracy. The City of Berlin, located 200 miles inside East Germany, was also divided. Half of the city—West Berlin—was actually part of West Germany.

Many East Germans did not want to live in a communist country and crossed into West Berlin, where they could either settle or find transportation to West Germany and beyond. By 1961, four million East Germans had moved west. This exodus illustrated East Germans’ dissatisfaction with their way of life, and posed an economic threat as well, since East Germany was losing its workers.

A Summit with the Soviets

In June 1961, President John F. Kennedy traveled to Vienna, Austria, for a summit with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Not only was the summit unsuccessful in its goal of building trust, but it also increased tensions between the two superpowers—particularly in discussions regarding the divided city of Berlin.

During the summit, Khrushchev threatened to cut off Allied access to West Berlin. Kennedy was startled by Khrushchev’s combative style and tone and unsettled by the threat. In an address to the American people on July 25, President Kennedy announced that the United States might need to defend its rights in Berlin militarily:

“So long as the communists insist that they are preparing to end by themselves unilaterally our rights in West Berlin and our commitments to its people, we must be prepared to defend those rights and those commitments. We will at times be ready to talk, if talk will help. But we must also be ready to resist with force, if force is used upon us. Either alone would fail. Together, they can serve the cause of freedom and peace.”

President Kennedy ordered substantial increases in American intercontinental ballistic missile forces, added five new army divisions, and increased the nation’s air power and military reserves.

The Berlin Wall

In the early morning hours of August 13, 1961, the people of East Berlin were awakened by the rumbling of heavy machinery barreling down their streets toward the line that divided the eastern and western parts of the city.

Groggy citizens looked on as work details began digging holes and jackhammering sidewalks, clearing the way for the barbed wire that would eventually be strung across the dividing line. Armed troops manned the crossing points between the two sides and, by morning, a ring of Soviet troops surrounded the city. Overnight, the freedom to pass between the two sections of Berlin ended.

Running across cemeteries and along canals, zigzagging through the city streets, the Berlin Wall was a chilling symbol of the Iron Curtain that divided all of Europe between communism and democracy. Berlin was at the heart of the Cold War.

In 1962, the Soviets and East Germans added a second barrier, about 100 yards behind the original wall, creating a tightly policed no man’s land between the walls. After the wall went up, more than 260 people died attempting to flee to the West.

Though Kennedy chose not to challenge directly the Soviet Union’s building of the Berlin Wall, he reluctantly resumed testing nuclear weapons in early 1962, following the lead of the Soviet Union.

 

“Let Them Come to Berlin’

In the summer of 1963, President Kennedy visited Berlin and was greeted by ecstatic crowds who showered his entourage with flowers, rice, and torn paper. In the Rudolph Wilde Platz, Kennedy gave one of his most memorable speeches to a rapt audience: “There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.”

No other American politician had met with such joy and enthusiasm on a visit to Germany. Shortly after President Kennedy’s death in November of 1963, the square where he had made his famous speech was renamed the John F. Kennedy Platz.

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BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

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FLAG DAY 2014

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Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917

Observed by United States
Date June 14

Today June 14 2013 is the 236th celebration of Flag Day.
It is the 234th birthday of The U.S. Army

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Betsy Ross’s House

Forgotten cool songs…
Here are two great examples of some terrific Blue Eyed Soul

Hall & Oates
Missed opportunity

Back together again

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BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

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Retro 70’s Tuesday

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Featuring a great Curtis Mayfield soundtrack…Superfly is one of the best “blaxploitation” films of the early 1970’s
Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr.
Ron O’Neal plays the lead character “Priest”
He is a cocaine dealer that wants to get out but finds there are many obstacles.

Here is the original trailer…

Freddies Dead

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Production

The film was financed by two black dentists and Gordon Parks, Sr., who had just directed the cult classic Shaft. Sig Shore, who produced Super Fly, plays Deputy Commissioner Riordan, or “The Man”.[5]

Nate Adams coordinated the fashion and wardrobe for the film. He had done several fashion shows prior to Super Fly. He still owns many of the suits, shoes and fedora hats.

Charles McGregor, who plays Fat Freddie, was released from prison before the film’s production. The film was shot by director of photography, James Signorelli, who would go on to become the film director at Saturday Night Live.

Of the people who did Super Fly, actor Carl Lee enjoyed great fame, until he abused drugs: in particular, heroin. He died in 1986 of an overdose. Curtis Mayfield did well with the film’s soundtrack that he was sought for other soundtracks. The songs Freddy’s Dead and the title song both shot up to the Pop Top Ten chart in late 1972

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Curtis Mayfield performing in the film

SUPERFLY

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BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

www.bellavinofinewine.com

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Downtown Detroit Days and 1968

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Gladys Knight & The Pips
I heard it through the grapevine

Aretha …Chain of fools

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BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

www.bellavinofinewine.com

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Been a while…

Hard to believe that 45 years has passed since the murders of MLK and RFK.

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The summer of 1968 was one of both tragedy & joy (1968 Detroit Tigers)

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The Tigers’ role in healing a city

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The 1968 baseball season occurred in a year of upheaval. The Tet Offensive earlier in the year increased opposition to the Vietnam War. The City of Detroit had suffered through one of the worst riots in American history during the summer of 1967. Less than a week before Opening Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, triggering civil unrest in 60 American cities. The assassination of Robert Kennedy followed in June. And in late August, the Tigers played a series in Chicago, as Chicago police had violent confrontations with thousands of anti-war protesters during the Democratic National Convention. Yet, through the summer of 1968, the people of Detroit were united by their passion for the Tigers and the calming radio voice of Tigers broadcaster, Ernie Harwell. When the Tigers won the World Series, the headline in the Detroit Free Press read: “WE WIN!” The headline told the story. Amidst all the turmoil, the people of Detroit came together behind their baseball team.

 

                       

Tigers Win the Series

In a column published on October 11, 1968, Detroit’s senior baseball writer, Joe Falls, described the impact of the Tigers championship on the city.

My
town, as you know, had the worst riot in our nation’s history in the summer of
1967, and it left scars which may never fully heal. . . . And so, as 1968
dawned and we all started thinking ahead to the hot summer nights in Detroit,
the mood of our city was taut. It was apprehensive. . . . But then something
started happening in the middle of 1968. You could pull up to a light at the
corner of Clairmount and 12th, which was the hub of last year’s riot, and the
guy in the next car would have his radio turned up: ‘ …. McLain looks in for
the sign, he’s set — here’s the pitch’ … It was a year when an entire
community, an entire city, was caught up in a wild, wonderful frenzy.

Even the Governor of Michigan, George Romney, credited the Tigers with helping calm the city. In a letter to owner John Fetzer, Romney wrote: “The deepest meaning of this victory extends beyond the sports pages, radio broadcasts, and the telecasts that have consumed our attention for several months. This championship occurred when all of us in Detroit and Michigan needed a great lift. At a time of unusual tensions, when many good men lost their perspective toward others, the Tigers set an example of what human relations should really be.”[

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Otis Redding

Mason Williams

Joes Feliciano Summer 1968

Jose Feliciano at World Series of 1968

Herb Alpert

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BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

www.bellavinofinewine.com

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Joe Namath was a superstar

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Read more here

When this is the title of your autobiography is

I can’t wait until tomorrow; cause I get better looking every day”

You must have swag!

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TOTAL PERFORMANCE

Remember to check out Total Performance for all of your training needs. Jim Kielbaso is highly experienced, an excellent motivator and has tremendous knowledge. He can do it all from offseason football workouts to injury rehab to personal running mechanics. Jim can be reached at Total Performance Training Center in Wixom at 248-669-9818.

BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

www.bellavinofinewine.com

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Senior Vice President

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Local-(248)-569-7283

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52 years ago this week…JFK was inaugurated our 35th President…

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At the Orange Bowl greeting veterans of Bay of Pigs invasion

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John F. Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the youngest to die.

Of Irish descent, he was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. Graduating from Harvard in 1940, he entered the Navy. In 1943, when his PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy, despite grave injuries, led the survivors through perilous waters to safety.

Back from the war, he became a Democratic Congressman from the Boston area, advancing in 1953 to the Senate. He married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. In 1955, while recuperating from a back operation, he wrote Profiles in Courage, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history.

In 1956 Kennedy almost gained the Democratic nomination for Vice President, and four years later was a first-ballot nominee for President. Millions watched his television debates with the Republican candidate, Richard M. Nixon. Winning by a narrow margin in the popular vote, Kennedy became the first Roman Catholic President.

His Inaugural Address offered the memorable injunction: “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” As President, he set out to redeem his campaign pledge to get America moving again. His economic programs launched the country on its longest sustained expansion since World War II; before his death, he laid plans for a massive assault on persisting pockets of privation and poverty.

Responding to ever more urgent demands, he took vigorous action in the cause of equal rights, calling for new civil rights legislation. His vision of America extended to the quality of the national culture and the central role of the arts in a vital society.

He wished America to resume its old mission as the first nation dedicated to the revolution of human rights. With the Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps, he brought American idealism to the aid of developing nations. But the hard reality of the Communist challenge remained.

Shortly after his inauguration, Kennedy permitted a band of Cuban exiles, already armed and trained, to invade their homeland. The attempt to overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro was a failure. Soon thereafter, the Soviet Union renewed its campaign against West Berlin. Kennedy replied by reinforcing the Berlin garrison and increasing the Nation’s military strength, including new efforts in outer space. Confronted by this reaction, Moscow, after the erection of the Berlin Wall, relaxed its pressure in central Europe.

Instead, the Russians now sought to install nuclear missiles in Cuba. When this was discovered by air reconnaissance in October 1962, Kennedy imposed a quarantine on all offensive weapons bound for Cuba. While the world trembled on the brink of nuclear war, the Russians backed down and agreed to take the missiles away. The American response to the Cuban crisis evidently persuaded Moscow of the futility of nuclear blackmail.

Kennedy now contended that both sides had a vital interest in stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and slowing the arms race–a contention which led to the test ban treaty of 1963. The months after the Cuban crisis showed significant progress toward his goal of “a world of law and free choice, banishing the world of war and coercion.” His administration thus saw the beginning of new hope for both the equal rights of Americans and the peace of the world.

The Presidential biographies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.

 

 

Here is a great gallery of photos the WERE NOT published in LIFE Magazine

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“Portrait of President John F. Kennedy” by Elaine de Kooning, December 1962

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BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

www.bellavinofinewine.com

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Coach Billy Slobin NMLS# 131197

Capital Mortgage Funding

a division of United Shore Financial Services, LLC NMLS # 3038

Senior Vice President

Toll free-(800)-low-rate

Local-(248)-569-7283

Fax-(248)-232-1529

17170 West Twelve Mile Road

Southfield MI 48076

wbslobin@lowrateonline.com

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Please feel free to refer your friends & family to me.
All referrals are greatly appreciated!

“The only discipline that lasts is self discipline”

Some very cool cars from Chrysler Corporation

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1964 Dodge Charger

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1964 Plymouth Belvedere

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1964 Dodge 330

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1951 Saratoga Club Coupe

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1970 Plymouth Barracuda

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1968 Dodge Hemi Charger

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1955 Dodge LaFemme

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1968 Dodge Dart

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1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Ads from the old days
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Retro TV commercials

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TOTAL PERFORMANCE

Remember to check out Total Performance for all of your training needs. Jim Kielbaso is highly experienced, an excellent motivator and has tremendous knowledge. He can do it all from offseason football workouts to injury rehab to personal running mechanics. Jim can be reached at Total Performance Training Center in Wixom at 248-669-9818.

BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

www.bellavinofinewine.com

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Coach Billy Slobin NMLS# 131197

Capital Mortgage Funding

a division of United Shore Financial Services, LLC NMLS # 3038

Senior Vice President

Toll free-(800)-low-rate

Local-(248)-569-7283

Fax-(248)-232-1529

17170 West Twelve Mile Road

Southfield MI 48076

wbslobin@lowrateonline.com

A Referral is the ultimate compliment!

Please feel free to refer your friends & family to me.
All referrals are greatly appreciated!

“The only discipline that lasts is self discipline”

Early Motown Legend Mary Wells

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Noted author Peter Benjaminson has written a new book about Mary.

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Read more here

Mary Esther Wells
(1943-1992)

Motown diva Mary Wells was more than just one of Motown’s most sultriest vocalists, she was also the label’s first real star to emerge from the label. A star that dimmed prematurely after Wells left during the success of “My Guy”, the song now a signature staple for Wells and sixties music in general. However, she kept on with her career before illness stilled her beautiful voice.

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Born into humble beginnings in Detroit on May 13, 1943, Wells was one of three children born to a single mother who worked odds and ends to keep her struggling family fed. At the age of two, young Mary contracted spinal meningitis and struggled to overcome near blindness, deafness and near-paralysis, all of which she overcame as the illness failed to end her life. By the time she was in her teens, Mary was already performing in nightclubs and talent showcases when in 1960, she felt confident to reach Motown president Berry Gordy and presented him with a song she said she’d written for R&B legend Jackie Wilson. However upon hearing the song, Gordy figured Wells could release it. In late 1960, “Bye Bye Baby” was released and quickly shot Wells to local stardom becoming an R&B hit. After another hit (“I Don’t Want to Take a Chance”) and an uncharted third single, Wells teamed up with Miracles front man Smokey Robinson to create a mixture of pop-soul that would define Motown Records in the years to come.

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In 1962, the duo collaborated on the single, “The One Who Really Loves You”. The song shot to the top ten of the pop charts and quickly spawned two follow-ups, “You Beat Me to the Punch” (which was Motown’s first Grammy nomination in the best Rhythm & Blues Recording category) and the #1 hit “Two Lovers”, the latter single sending Wells to pop stardom. The 19-year-old Wells’ vocals, championed by Robinson, showcased a deep sense of serenity and sultriness that made her one of Motown’s first prominent figures. Throughout 1963, Wells’ fame grew due to touring as a headliner on the Motortown Revue performances and to recordings such as “Laughing Boy”, “What’s So Easy for Two Is So Hard for One” and “You Lost the Sweetest Boy”, the latter composed for Wells by the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Wells also cut a live album and a series of duets with Marvin Gaye later issued as Together. That same year, an album that was to be released was shelved for unknown reasons but was later issued as the album, Vintage Stock.

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In 1964, Motown issued the blockbuster hit, “My Guy”, which rose up to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming just the third number-one hit by a Motown artist and the first number-one under the Motown subsidiary. The song also took charge in England where it peaked at number-five. Wells’ success had briefly eclipsed that of the Beatles, who would later hail Wells as “their favorite American female singer”. The same time “My Guy” became running to the top of the charts, Motown put out Wells’ and Marvin Gaye’s first duet album, Together. Featuring the double-sided hits “Once Upon a Time” and “What’s the Matter with You Baby”, the album peaked at the top fifty and became Marvin Gaye’s first charted album as wells as one of Wells’ last to chart this high – her highest-charted album was to come (Mary Wells Sings My Guy peaked at number six on the strength of “My Guy”). However, despite this incredible year of accomplishments, Wells was restless. She was tired of what she says of being mistreated and mismanaged with no royalties coming in for her. She argued to Motown president Berry Gordy over the direction of her career and felt, with her ex-husband Herman Griffin’s request, that she should leave the label that had built her into a star. Despite counter-suing lawsuits between Wells and Motown, the singer’s argument that she had signed with the label when she was underage gave judges the right to rule in favor of Wells leaving Motown. The label gave her a stiff settlement and agreed to let her go. At the age of 21, Wells left Motown and signed with 20th Century Fox. Just a few weeks later, “My Guy” hit #1.

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Later in 1964, Wells agreed on an offer to join the Beatles on a UK tour with Wells as its opening act further establishing their point of the singer being their favorite “American sweetheart”. Wells was a hit in England and to celebrate one of her biggest accomplishments, she recorded the tribute album, Love Songs to the Beatles, one of two albums Wells recorded for 20th Century Fox Records. The first album, 1965′s self-titled Mary Wells included the successive hit singles “Ain’t It the Truth” (#45 pop), “Stop Taking Me for Granted” (#88 pop), “Use Your Head” (#34 pop, #13 R&B) and “Never, Never Leave Me” (#54 pop, #15 R&B). Despite her singles’ success, Wells’ albums began to falter on the charts after her release from Motown. Despite offers to receive a movie contract in earnest of her ambitious new deal with her company, the film deal proved to be a bust. To make matters worse, in 1965, the 22-year-old singer failed ill to tuberculosis canceling a string of engagements and events only making things worse for her after leaving Motown. After recovering, Wells decided to leave 20th Century Fox eventually settling with Atco Records, a subsidiary of R&B powerhouse label Atlantic Records.

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In early 1966, Wells released the album, The Two Sides of Mary Wells, and released what became her final top ten R&B hit with “Dear Lover” (#6 R&B, #51 pop). However, despite that success, Wells struggled with other singles and her tenure with Atco was much less successful than her 20th Century Fox tenure. In 1967, Wells left Atco for Jubilee Records. That same year, the star married her second husband, musician Cecil Womack. It would be Womack, the brother of famed R&B star Bobby Womack, that convinced Wells to establish more control in her career and for the first time since she first auditioned for Berry Gordy, she was writing her own songs. One of them, “The Doctor”, would become a modest hit reaching #65 pop and #22 R&B in 1968. The parent album, Servin’ Up Some Soul, showed a grittier and earthier element in Wells’ music that hadn’t been there in a while since she teamed up with Smokey Robinson. However, like her other deals, her tenure with Jubilee was complicated and short-lived. By 1970, struggling with her declining career and becoming the mother of three, Wells abruptly retired from performing and left Jubilee Records.

Between 1971 and 1974, Wells would record some singles for Reprise Records, which included productions from Wells’ brother-in-law Bobby. Family matters would get complicated in 1977 when after divorcing Cecil after 10 years of marriage, she wounded up carrying Cecil and Bobby’s brother Curtis’ baby, her fourth. She also adopted three other children from late brother-in-law Harry Womack’s children giving her a total of seven children to raise. Dealing with struggles, Wells tried to keep it together. Smoking two packs a day of Menthol cigarettes and dealing with troubling affairs, Wells had had enough. In 1980, she separated from the Womack family completely and began raising her children as a single mother. That year, she finally convinced herself to end her retirement from performing. After signing a deal with CBS/Epic Records in 1981, she was convinced to make a comeback to the music scene that had drastically changed since Wells’ last studio album over thirteen years ago.

Recording songs by Greg Perry and the talented Mizell brothers Larry and Fonce, Wells recorded a mixture of funk jams and R&B ballads and titled it In and Out of Love. Released in the fall of 1981, the album yielded the dance-floor classic, “Gigolo”. With a feverish funk production, high-octane vocals by Wells (she even recorded two rap verses!), the song eventually hit #2 on Billboard’s disco chart. Its success eventually landed Wells on her first TV appearance in years performing on Soul Train in 1982. With the increasing rise of Motown nostalgia, Wells was convinced to return fully to performing and began recording two cover albums that would be released in 1982 and 1983, the latter album including four new tracks had a new-wave approach to them. In 1983, Wells reunited with Motown Records during the label’s 25th anniversary special. Recording several singles and one more album in 1990 for Motorcity Records, Wells kept up a frenetic performing schedule. However in 1990, the 47-year-old was stunned when during a routine check in the hospital, doctors discovered that she had cancer in the larynx. After immediately going into treatment, Wells’ finances, already a problem because of Wells’ declining success, was completely wiped out by her illness. Treatment on her cancer led to her voice being reduced to a whisper forcing her into a retirement 30 years after her career started in Motown. Wells, always the survivor, talked about her battle with cancer and opened up to the houses of Congress to find cure in cancer treatment. In 1990 and 1991, tributes were given out to Wells and money donations came from fans such as Bruce Springsteen and Natalie Cole to old friends such as Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross. However, by spring 1992, the cancer returned and she was diagnosed also with pneumonia. The 49-year-old struggled to survive in her hospital bed but relapsed into a coma.

On July 26, 1992, the strain of Wells’ cancer and a weakened immune system finally forced her heart to give out. And a voice that was one of the most beautiful to emerge out of the sixties was stilled forever. Mary Esther Wells died of pneumonia and cancer-related complications at the tender age of just forty-nine. Her death stunned the Motown family putting an end to an early era of the classic sounds of the label. Despite her difficulties after leaving Motown, Wells managed to handle everything with a smile. She never complained and always was humble even in success. For music listeners who love Motown and grew up in the sixties, Wells’ soothing voice fit the soundtrack of people’s lives and more than fifteen years later, they’re still proclaiming Wells to be “their girl”.

Mary with Marvin Gaye

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A&M COLLISION

TOTAL PERFORMANCE

Remember to check out Total Performance for all of your training needs. Jim Kielbaso is highly experienced, an excellent motivator and has tremendous knowledge. He can do it all from offseason football workouts to injury rehab to personal running mechanics. Jim can be reached at Total Performance Training Center in Wixom at 248-669-9818.

BELLA VITA

When anywhere near 12 Mile and Middlebelt…stop at Bella Vita for delicious pizza, chicken, subs and more. It is a locally owned business and the owners are friendly and on-site. There is a nice wine shoppe next door…Bella Vino for all of your party needs. It is located next to Jeans Hardware directly across 12 Mile from Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Stop in before or after a game or on your way to a picnic!!

www.bellavinofinewine.com

Don’t forget to subscribe in the top right. Have a great day and thanks again for reading!

Coach Billy Slobin NMLS# 131197

Capital Mortgage Funding

a division of United Shore Financial Services, LLC NMLS # 3038

Senior Vice President

Toll free-(800)-low-rate

Local-(248)-569-7283

Fax-(248)-232-1529

17170 West Twelve Mile Road

Southfield MI 48076

wbslobin@lowrateonline.com

A Referral is the ultimate compliment!

Please feel free to refer your friends & family to me.
All referrals are greatly appreciated!

“The only discipline that lasts is self discipline”