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Grand Prix in Detroit:When UD had a prime view of the race

The first few years when Detroit held the Grand Prix, the race course route was through downtown Detroit, right past the University of Detroit Law School campus.  There were a lot of problems running Formula One cars through the narrow streets and eventually they moved the venue to Belle Isle. However, while it was held downtown, the university took advantage of its location for fundraising and public relations. It took nine months of planning for three full days of racing...

Trophies and whatever happened to the “Ideal Co-ed”?

In looking for stories to write in this blog, I would often go to a file and just look for something with pictures. The file on trophies did not have a lot, but in trying to check into one of them found a bit of a mystery. All the trophy pictures appear to be taken around the same time-mid 1930′s. The two tall ones don’t have any names or identification inscribed on the nameplate, one can only guess that they...

Golden Memories for the Class of ’65

Each year at commencement the University of Detroit Mercy welcomes back former students for a fifty-year class reunion. For the class of 1965, here are a few items they might remember: Maybe they were one of the 8500 who attended one of the last public appearances of Robert Frost at the Memorial building in November 1962.   Listen to Johnny Mathis at the 1963 Spring Carnival sing “Misty”.   Remember where they were when they heard the news that President...

Carney Latin American Solidarity Archives (CLASA) Collection

Housed in the University of Detroit Mercy Archives is a collection of documents, media and books related to the conflicts in Central America, mainly during the 1980′s. Fr. James Guadalupe Carney, who attended the University of Detroit before deciding to become a Jesuit Priest, worked extensively among the poor campesinos in Honduras until he was expelled in 1979 for his activities organizing cooperatives. Later, in 1983, he “disappeared” while serving as chaplain to a revolutionary army which had just crossed...

Mystery pictures

Often when going through the archives files, there are photos with no identification as to who, what, when, where or why the pictures were taken. Sometimes you  can make a good guess if you can identify a person in the picture or if the file has some kind of label to identify the activity. But then you get a picture like this Renaissance looking couple in a file labeled “President’s Cabinet-Group photos” In all the other photos in that file,...

The UDMercy Bookstore-Old and New

The University of Detroit Mercy Bookstore on the McNichols campus has had more than one location. I have not been able to identify the first location-but from the pictures dated 1949, it was in the the lowest level of some building judging by all the pipes running along the ceiling.     It was later moved to the lower level of the Briggs building. That building was not built until 1958, so those earlier pictures could not have been taken...

When March Madness came to Detroit

The University of Detroit Mercy has hosted a few NCAA basketball tournaments in the past. The first was 1988 and a second time in 1991 where the games were played at the Pontiac Silverdome. There was also a third time at Ford Field in 2008, all as the Midwest Regional Basketball Championships. In 2009, the university was the host at Ford Field for the Final Four where the championship game saw University of North Carolina beat Michigan State. I think...

Northland Shopping Mall, Now Just a Memory

Its the end of an era-Northland Shopping Center is no more. The last company will be out in April, but the memories will last forever for all the long-time Detroit area residents. As a child, our family would sometimes make a trip to Northland after church, have some lunch and go window shopping through the mall. If I remember it right-stores were not open on Sundays back in those days. To take a trip through memory lane, here is a...

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