Friday, June 24, 2005

Apple #84: Detroit & Dachshunds


Preparing to leave for a trip, I have just a few tidbits for you:
  • The word "Detroit" is French for "straits."
  • Detroit was established in 1701 as a trading post on the Detroit River by a Frenchman named Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac.
  • In 1763, Chief Pontiac, a leader of the Ottawa tribe, held Detroit in a siege during a rebellion after the French & Indian War.
  • There have been three race riots in Detroit, one in 1863, one in 1943, and most recently, one in 1967, one of the worst race riots in our country's history. Notably, all occurred during wartime.
  • Detroit is the 8th most populated city in the country, with 5.5 million people.
  • The Detroit River provides drinking water to over 5 million people.
  • The concert locale now called DTE Energy Music Theater (formerly known as Pine Knob) was the number 1 summer concert venue in 2003.
  • MC5, from Detroit, is often credited as the forerunners of heavy metal, while the Stooges, also from Detroit, are considered the godfathers of punk. Detroit also claims to be the birthplace of techno music in the mid-1980s.
  • Other musicians forged in Detroit include Bob Seger, Eminem, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, Madonna, George Clinton, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye.
  • Oh yeah, and Detroit is home to the automobile industry, with Ford, GM, and DaimlerChrysler's headquarters located here, along with countless of their parts manufacturers.

Okay, after that, take a look at these pictures:

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tail wagger

group photo

Source, Definition of Detroit

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