Why did you click this? GO SEE THE MOVIE
Anyone who did see the movie...thoughts??
Figured this would be of interest, given that many of us have connections to the Detroit auto industry (and Hackett). Sad for me as I love the Focus RS and ST. LINK.
Dearborn — Ford Motor Co. plans to trim $25.5 billion in operating costs by 2022 and cut its North American passenger car lineup by more than 80 percent, eliminating the Taurus, Fiesta, Fusion, C-Max and Focus sedans within a few years.
CEO Jim Hackett said Wednesday that Ford will not make the next generation of those sedans, confirming months of reports that the automaker was considering cutting some of its unprofitable car models in favor of trucks and SUVs. The Mustang will be soon be Ford’s only car; the new Focus will launch next year in North America as the Chinese-built Focus Active crossover.
That’s a deeper cut to the car lineup than industry analysts expected. That move, coupled with the reduction in operating costs and a plan to reduce capital spending from 2019 to 2022 by $5 billion announced Wednesday, come from the “fitness” initiative Hackett outlined in October.
The airlines thread a week ago seemed to generate quite a bit of interest amongst users. My question to all of you, is what shows or movies would you recommend downloading to watch during the flight?
I was recomended Parks and Rec from co-workers, but am more interested in what the board has to say.
Archer season 9 starts tonight at 10 ET on FXX.
FXX’s Archer is an original animated, half-hour comedy that, in its ninth season, centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who’s buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand? Welcome to the mysterious and deadly world of Archer: Danger Island.
The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking pilot, “Sterling Archer;” Jessica Walter as Archer’s acid-tongued mother and hotel owner, “Malory Archer;” Aisha Tyler as island royalty and local revolutionary, “Princess Lanaluakalani;” Judy Greer as the abandoned heiress, “Charlotte Vandertunt;” Chris Parnell as the obvious German spy posing as a businessman, “Siegbert Fuchs;” Amber Nash as Archer’s co-pilot and loyal sidekick, “Pam Poovey;” Adam Reed as impeccably uniformed French Capitaine, “Reynaud;” and Lucky Yates as the audacious scarlet macaw, “Crackers.”
Well, it seems there's already a Casablanca reference. Will Capitaine Reynaud (Renault) be shocked - shocked! - at gambling? Pretty funny that they cast a voice for the macaw.
The 3rd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament presented by Diag Partners is coming up this Saturday at noon at Shula's Golf Club in Miami Lakes. This event is organized by the Michigan Alumni Club of Miami-Fort Lauderdale. Honorary Chair Glen Rice will headline a fun-filled day of golf and networking with Michigan alums, leading South Florida professionals and former Michigan athletes.
Proceeds from the event will go toward our Club's Scholarship Fund to help make the Michigan experience a reality for local students in our South Florida community.
While we hope you can join us on the course, if you are not interested in golfing but want to participate in this great event, please join us for the festivities portion of the event including the happy hour, dinner, silent auction, raffle and presentation by Glen Rice.
To register and for more information: https://umalumni.force.com/EventApi__simple_event?id=a1Q1a000004U9KHEA0
Thanks and Go Blue!
Some of you may remember WFUM, channel 28, the Flint-area PBS station owned and operated by the University of Michigan-Flint. This channel began in 1980, and effectively served Flint, metro Detroit, and Ann Arbor, overlapping WTVS 56 (Detroit's PBS station) for much of its service area.
Originally promoted as WFUM (Flint, University of Michigan), the station was the only PBS station in Flint, and the only television station owned by the University of Michigan. (WKAR is East Lansing is Michigan State, WGVU in Grand Rapids is Grand Valley State, WCMU in Mount Pleasant is Central Michigan.)
In 2002, Michigan consolidated its media into Michigan Public Media out of Ann Arbor, which operates three radio stations (including 91.7 WUOM in Ann Arbor) to this day.
In 2009, for budget reasons, the station shut down, for the most part. The station was sold to Central Michigan, who used the channel as a satellite retransmitter for WCMU, which they've done with other relay stations throughout northern Michigan. The station name was changed to WCMZ, to fit in with the other stations in the group.
One of the weird quirks of Detroit TV is that we've had two different PBS stations for decades. For decades, Detroiters between Flint and Ann Arbor could get WFUM on their televisions, with the western and northern suburbs of metro Detroit having a choice of PBS stations.
Due to that overlap, Central Michigan sold WCMZ to the FCC for $14 million, to free up broadcast spectrum space for wireless and mobile devices. It's a huge amount of money, and the viewership could all get PBS programming on another channel they are already getting.
So, with that, a piece of Michigan's broadcasting heritage gets shut down at midnight tonight. It's not entirely ours today, but it's still a part of the University of Michigan's media legacy.
This past spring break, we drove from Chicago to Atlanta to visit family. On the way, we decided to take a short detour and go to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, AL (northeast corner of the state). I don't know how my wife heard about it, but seemed like an interesting diversion.
We weren't really planning there to buy anything specific, more to just browse. I decided that if there was anything related to Michigan, I'd buy it. Best bet seemed to be the vast t-shirt section (which I rummaged through right after electronics). I focused on the blue and yellow shirts, which were grouped in various spots through the expansive t-shirt area. After about 10 minutes of looking through the many, many racks of shirts (did I mention how big it was?), I was about to give up when I decided to go through that one last section of blue shirts. I had had a few false alarms with blue shirts and yellow graphics, but finally hit paydirt with this beauty:
Brand new, with tags, and even the correct size. I had never heard of Valiant brand, but this article in the Detroit News tells me it was created by John, Jack, and Jared Wangler and Ian Bunting and is relatively recent.
So, to whomever lost their bag and this shirt, thanks from the bottom of my heart. One of the best $6 investments I've ever made.