1938 : Blue Water Bridge Open for Traffic
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Photo of Blue Water Bridge in wintertime

Dedicated on October 8, the Blue Water Bridge over the St. Clair River at Port Huron opened to traffic on October 10, 1938. A second span was completed in 1997.

Source : Michigan History, September/October 2011.

1945 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 2nd World Series; October 10, 1968 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 3rd World Series
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On October 10, 1945 The Detroit Tigers won their second World Series Championship, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 9–3 in game 7 at Wrigley Field. On the same date in 1968, the Tigers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 4-1 in game 7 at Busch Stadium to win their third World Series crown!

Check out the attached video of the pivotal seventh inning of game 7 of the ’68 Series.

Source : Detroit Historical Society

1954 : Rob Paulsen III Born
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Robert Fredrick “Rob” Paulsen III (born October 10, 1954) is an American voice actor, singer and former actor who has done many voice roles in various films, television shows and video games. He is best known for providing the voices of Raphael and Donatello from the 1987 cartoon and 2012 cartoon respectively of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs, and the title character in The Mask. In total, Paulsen has been the voice of over 250 different animated characters and performed in over 1000 commercials. He continues to play parts in dozens of cartoons as well as characters in animated feature movies.

Paulsen was born in Grand Blanc, Michigan. He is married to Parrish Todd and has one son, Ashton. In an interview with a Chicago TV station, Paulsen described himself as “a singer who decided to become an actor.” Growing up in Grand Blanc, Michigan, Paulsen sang in choirs throughout his youth and adolescence and began performing in plays in grammar schools. However, his idol growing up was Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings; he considered the arts to be a secondary career choice, primarily interested in becoming a professional hockey player.

Rob Paulen wikipedia entry

Mike Hughes, “Man of countless voices is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle”, Lansing State Journal, October 25, 2015.

1959 : Spikehorn Meyer Passes Away, Owner of Bear Den and Dear Park in Harrison
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One of the most colorful characters in our state’s history, John E. ‘Spikehorn’ Meyer  was born in Ohio on July 15, 1870 and traveled to Michigan in 1876 with his family. His family purchased around 160 acres near present day Shepard, Michigan.

During the course of his life, Spikehorn was a showman, naturalist, politician, coal miner, tile manufacturer, furniture builder, inventor, realtor, bear hunter, lumberjack, and above all, individualist.

Spikehorn around 1900

According to neighbors, Spikehorn’s interest in the woods and buckskins developed around 1930 when he opened his Bear and Deer Park as an entertaining rest stop on Highway 27 for tourists heading up North.  Spikehorn and his friend, Red Eagle, dressed in buckskins for tourists and treated them to tales of their adventures in the woods.  He was known for wearing buckskins all the time since they provided extra protection from scrapes when feeding and playing with bears all the time.  He was also always available for a photograph with him and his bears.

According to neighbors, Spikehorn’s interest in the woods and buckskins developed around 1930 when he opened his Bear and Deer Park.


Harrison, MI...This is John "Spikehorn" Meyer. Born in 1870 and lived 89 years as a naturalist and conservationist. In 1930 he opened his Bear and Deer Park near Harrison. With his friend Red Eagle they were almost always seen wearing buckskin. Altough he did not like Conservation Officers much he was sure a very colorful character and earned his spotlight in Northern Michigan History.

Needless to say, Conservation Officers were not thrilled by his tourist stop and he probably had a number of conversations with them about the safety of bringing wild creatures and tourists together.  He featured a sign stating  “Feed Conservation Officers to the Bear” in front of his establishment.

On January 16, 1957 the wood stove ignited a fire that destroyed his souvenir shop. He claimed a woman offered him $60,000 to rebuild but he joked that he wouldn’t take it because she was hooking him into marriage – “I’m only 86 now, you know, and I don’t plan to be married until I am 100 years old. Then I’d like to marry a rich woman and be the richest man in the cemetery.”

He managed to rebuild and reopen on October 10, 1957 but suffered a stroke six months later. Spikehorn Meyer was paralyzed from the waist-down and was no longer able to care for his animals. He was admitted to a nursing home in Gladwin where he passed away from a brain hemorrhage on September 19, 1959 at the age of 89. He never married or had any children.

In 1994, T. M. Sellers wrote a book about him called Spikehorn: The Life Story of John E. Meyer which is still available via Amazon or interlibrary loan.  The Library of Michigan has one copy on reference and the other two appear to be on permanent loan.

If you are lucky you might spot one of Bear Den postcards for sale at a yard sale or swam meet.


Matt Stopera, “Spikehorn, The Bear Whisperer“, Buzz Feed, May 7, 2012.

Spikehorn: Rest In Peace

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1966 : General Casimir Pulaski Receives A Statue in Detroit
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A statue of General Casimir Pulaski, a much-honored Revolutionary war hero who established the young nation’s first cavalry, was erected at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in Detroit. A large crowd, many of them proud Polish-Americans, turned out for the dedication on Oct. 10, 1966.

Source: Detroit News.

1968 : Detroit Tigers Clinch World Series
Oct 10 all-day

This photo shows the celebration in downtown Detroit following the Tigers clinching the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals  in Game 7.

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1974 : Detroit Wheels of the World Football League Play Final Game
Oct 10 all-day

The Detroit Wheels, the shortest-lived franchise in the short-lived World Football League, stumbled and bumbled across our sports landscape. The team folded on October 10th, cancelling the final 6 games of the season.

For the full article, see Chris McCosky, “Remembering 1974, the year the Wheels went flat”, Detroit News, August 4, 2014.

2013 : Detroit Tigers Advance to 3rd Straight American League Championship Series
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The Tigers are forced to travel to Oakland to win the 5th game of the playoff against the Athletics, 3-0. The ailing Miguel Cabrera hits a homer to help decide the game. The Tigers will next play the Boston Red Sox for the AL Championship.

2014 : MI-ALA Holds First Kick-Off Meeting
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Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA), a chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries,  is the new professional association of academic library staff & libraries and the professional home for anyone who works in or wishes to show support for academic libraries in Michigan.

The first kick-off meeting was held on October 10, 2014 at the Michigan State University Libraries.

The inaugural Michigan Academic Library Association Conference took place at Central Michigan University’s Park Library in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday & Friday, May 12 & 13, 2016

2016: State High Court Taps First Female Reporter of Decisions
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The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Kathryn L. Loomis of Ann Arbor to serve as the reporter of decisions, the first woman to hold the post since 1838.

Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. announced the decision on Monday. Loomis is the first woman to hold the post since it was created to serve the state’s first Supreme Court and publish the official Michigan Reports, which contain the official decisions of the Michigan Supreme Court.

The reporter of decisions also publishes Court of Appeals decisions and court rules in the Michigan Reports, court officials said.

As the reporter of decisions, Loomis ensures the reports contain accurate citations and are understandable and clear, officials said. Bound volumes of Michigan Reports are available in any Michigan law library.

“Katie Loomis understands that every word matters,” Young said in a statement. “Supreme Court opinions must stand the test of time, and I am confident that our new Reporter of Decisions will ensure that our published opinions meet the highest standards for clear and concise legal writing.”

For the full article,see Jennifer Chambers, “State High Court taps female reporter of decisions“, Detroit News, October 10, 2016