that is nice bonus change
I was reading an article on listverse this morning title "10 Monumental Map Blunders and Lies" and was surprised see a very (University of) Michigan centric story at #5:
Peter Fletcher was the former chairman of the Michigan State Highway Commission as well as a die-hard University of Michigan devotee. He included the nonexistent towns of Beatosu and Goblu, Ohio on a 1978 road map for the sole purpose of mocking Ohio State fans: Beatosu, of course, stood for “Beat OSU,” and Goblu really meant “Go Blue.”
Rabid Ohio fans wouldn’t tolerate such an injustice and demanded the Governor fix the maps. Even some Michigan residents complained that the incident was a waste of tax money. Ironically, the philanthropic Fletcher never collected his annual $60,000 salary as chairman, an amount that more than compensated for the ink used on the maps. New maps, without the offending town of Beatosu and Goblu, were reprinted later that year.
A quick google search found an interview with Mr. Fletcher himself on Michigan's DNR website:
Mr. Fletcher told me the story behind this infamous map. He explained that a fellow University of Michigan alumnus had been teasing him about the Mackinac Bridge colors. According to Fletcher, this man wondered how Fletcher, as State Highway Commission Chairman, could allow the Bridge to be painted green and white. Those were the colors of Michigan State University! Mr. Fletcher noted that the bridge colors were in compliance with federal highway regulations, so he had no choice in that matter. He did, however, have more control over the state highway map. Mr. Fletcher said that he thus ordered a cartographer to insert the two fictitious towns. These towns displayed his loyalty to his alma mater.
Here's the news link:
Opening in late June downtown - just west of Main near Liberty, in the old Eastern Flame.
The question is whether I will attempt the experience/run the ordering gauntlet after having lived in A2 for nearly 40 years.
No doubt there will be a variety of opinions about the re-opening, even as there were when it closed. But, overall, good to see the icon renewed if only so we can see it on another episode of "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."
1992 U-M grad Steve Henderson -- a former Michigan Daily editor and Michigan marching band member -- won the Pulitizer Prize for commentary relating to Detroit's financial crisis and the bankruptcy. His columns (and tweets) are a great resource for understanding the problems that led to the bankruptcy and the possible roads forward:
Possibly the worst Wheel of Fortune player I've ever seen.
(sorry, Mlive article)
This is very good to see and if anything is going to really pick up the state's economy it would be this type of development.
According to the study, on a per capita basis, Ann Arbor ranked fifth nationally in 2012 in terms of venture capital and startup activity, and No. 11 nationally for venture capital investments per 100,000 people, with $24.1 million in investments.
Leo is, once again, repping the M hat in public. He bought records with his model girl friend who he took home and re-enacted that opening scene from his latest movie.