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15 Artistic Views of the Factory

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: fanciful images
Cabe Atwell   6/18/2014 11:11:10 PM
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The level of detail that went into the first image is certainly impressive. Too bad they don't really do that anymore, it's all CAD-model mock-ups and virtual representations.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/18/2014 9:58:12 PM
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Nope- Didn't get out that way too often.  In all my 18 years living in Wayne County, I think I made it to the Detroit Zoo once, when I was about 7.  But I drove 8 mile its full length many times, from Southfield to St Clair Shores.  Horrible road.  Made my tires do what you're suggesting.  Pot hole after pot hole.

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Rob Spiegel   6/18/2014 1:48:47 PM
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Yes, I remember the Big Tire well. A couple friends and I contemplated puting a stick of dynamite under it to see if we could get it to roll over I-94.

Can't believe it's still there.

Do you remember the car sticking out of the window of a wheel alignment shop on Woodward (near the zoo)? The front tires were constantly in a wobbly spin. Underneath the car, a sign read: Do Your Tires Do This?

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/18/2014 1:43:15 PM
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Do you remember the "Big Tire"? Driving on I94 from Detroit out to the Airport, it was on the south side, just before the Southfield Expwy.  I just had to check Google Maps – Its still there!   Wow.

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Rob Spiegel   6/18/2014 1:15:33 PM
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Yes, I remember Willow Run well. I have a pilot friend here in Albuquerque who used to fly cargo planes out of Willow Run -- so I guess an airport accompanied the plant.

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Rob Spiegel   6/18/2014 1:07:03 PM
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It's a wonderful album, Jim -- Seger's return to a harder edge after the softness of Against the Wind. Making Thunderbirds is my all-time favorite song about Detroit.

I remember seeing (and dancing to) Seger in the Hideout clubs when I was a teenager. That's when Glenn Frey (later one of the Eagles) was in the band, The Four of Us.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/18/2014 12:55:10 PM
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Did you know the history of the Willow-Run Plant in Ypsilanti-?  Coal and Iron-ore (by rail) into one end of the plant, and B-24 bombers flying out the other end of the plant, straight to missions! 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow_Run#From_farm_to_flight_line

The grand Visions made into reality by Henry Ford are rivaled today perhaps only by Tesla, in his massive battery plant now being developed.

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stumped on Bob Seger
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/18/2014 12:21:28 PM
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Can't believe you stumped me on Bob Seger.  I would have bet money I knew every word to every song he did; and I don't know that one. Looking it up, I missed that entire Album, (The Distance, 1982)

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Rob Spiegel   6/17/2014 10:49:17 PM
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Those were great days for Detroit, Jim. My dad worked in marketing for Vickers, a hydraulics supplier. My grandfather was a Ford exec (after having started at GM), and my first real job was in the lab at Celanese Coatings, a paint suplier (primarily to Chrysler). 

Bog Seger said it all in his song "Making Thunderbirds": "We were young and proud -- we were making Thunderbirds."

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/17/2014 5:04:16 PM
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Rob- I really enjoyed that, thanks. Maybe because I too grew up in Detroit in the 60's when the automotive industry was in a heyday of muscle cars and worthy admiration.  Everyone's dad worked for either Chrysler, Ford, GM or American Motors – then the "Big-Four".  One of my earliest jobs as a graduate engineer was at Hydramatic plant in Ypsilanti. GM took over that Willow-Run plant --- Henry Ford's grand-daddy of all factories!  You know that history-?

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