(The 67th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    On Thursday, November 5, 2009, I was traveling in Michigan, and listening to the radio (the AM band), and I was trying to hear information about how many people had showed up on the same day for the special tea-party-like event at the Capitol of Washington, D.C., which was an event in which people, such as Jon Voight (an actor), U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, and Mark R. Levin, were trying to convince the members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote "no" during a soon-to-come vote on HR 3962 (a health-care bill that recently had been put forth by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi).  Also, while traveling, I was gathering thoughts about what I had to do to update other Web pages of my Web Site to reflect information about the tea-party-type event, and I was thinking about the last few things that I was going to put into this edition of Michigan Travel Tips.  And now you are seeing the collage of thoughts that have been gathered together into one main thought that is Michigan Travel Tips #67.

    I begin with some news about Detroit (Wayne County of the Lower Peninsula).  On May 20, 2004, a new state park was opened up in Detroit, and the name of the park was the Tricentennial State Park.  On October 22, 2009, the park was renamed for a former governor of Michigan, and now the park is called William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor (William G. Milliken was the governor of Michigan from 1969 to 1982).

    I have a special story about Detroit this time.  I know two families that are making plans to leave Detroit or move out of Detroit--though really it is a family of two (a husband-and-wife team) and a family of one (an older gal).  On Saturday, October 24, 2009, I was at the house of the second family noted and I was there to be "muscle," to move things from the house to a truck, and most of the things were being given to the Rogers City Theatre (Rogers City, Presque Isle County, the Lower Peninsula), since the things were clothes.  The house is a three-story house, and on the third floor, which was mostly empty, I found a wardrobe trunk (sort of like a steamer trunk), which was pretty much empty.  In one drawer--a small drawer--of the wardrobe trunk, there were some papers and items.  I have to report, here, that the house was built sometime in the very, very early 1900s it seems (though it could have been built in the late 1800s), and the person who is leaving the house bought the house with her husband in the late 1940s.  The materials that I found in the wardrobe trunk were mostly from the 1920s, indicating to me that the wardrobe truck, which had no family ties to the person who currently owns the house, was stored on the third floor from the 1920s to the 1940s, when the woman and her husband bought the house--the wardrobe trunk had been left behind.  I looked over the materials, and there were papers, two fountain pens, several pencils, and other things that I am going to describe to you (I am not going to talk about all the papers).  My research seemed to indicate that the materials belonged to man named Don L. Weber, who before showing up in Detroit had lived in Chicago, Illinois.  In the group of things were seven or so little address books/diaries, and they had the names and addresses and telephone numbers of people, but, having not a lot of time to look them over, I did not prove to myself that these items belonged to Mr. Weber, but I found investment statements, such as for the purchase of Chrysler bonds, that clearly showed the statements belonged to Mr. Weber.  In the drawer was a small book that discussed bonds, such as how to buy bonds.  Another book that I found was a small "New Testament" Bible.  It was other paper materials that were most interesting. There was a membership card for the "Detroit Young Men's Christian Association" (or Detroit YMCA), which was a place for people to gather and workout and swim, and it was dated February 10, 1927, and there was a "temporary ticket" for "The Young Men's Christian Association of Chicago," which was a blue card and was dated March 1923.  In Chicago, Don Louis Weber (though listed as "Don Lewis Weber" on one document and listed as "Don Webber" on a couple) attended for at least a while Northwestern University School of Commerce, since the wardrobe trunk had a slip of paper that was a "Semester Tuition Bill," and the amount of the balance due was $12.50, and the paper was dated November 6, 1924.  Don could drive cars, and he owned cars--or he bought cars (I am unaware if he ever paid them off).  One sheet of paper was a "Bill of Sale" for an automobile, and it indicated that on April 6, 1928, Don L. Weber bought a Chrysler Brougham U#146 (which had a motor number of 165134 and a serial number of PH647L) from N. E. Worden, Incorporated, Detroit, Michigan, and, at the time, Don Weber was living at 830 West Euclid, Detroit, and the vehicle cost $1,050.00, and he made a down payment of $500 and had a note to cover the remainder, which was "12 MFAC notes @ $54.00, and that made the total amount $1,148.00, and the page noted that the license and title transfer cost was $2.00.  Another piece of paper, which was sort of like a card, was a "Certificate of Transfer of Registered Motor Vehicle described below," and the date was January 3, 1928, and the paper was related to a 1922 Chevrolet Coupe, and that seemed to note to me that Don Weber replaced his Chevrolet Coupe with the Chrysler in 1928.  In November 1922, Don Weber was in Chicago, and it looked as if he did not have a car (as I will show soon).  I learned what money he spent (or most of the money) on November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, 1922, because I found a note pad with information that showed things that he paid for one those days.  On Wednesday, November 1, 1922, he bought breakfast (for 30 cents), a punch board (for 30 cents), lunch (for 30 cents), stamps (for 30 cents), dinner (for 35 cents), a show (for 33 cents), and apples (for 25 cents), and he paid his room rent for two weeks, which cost $12.50.  On November 2, 1922, he bought breakfast, lunch, and dinner (the last of which cost 75 cents), and he got a haircut for 80 cents and had his shoes shined for 15 cents).  On November 3, 1922, he paid 60 cents to ride in a taxi, and he paid 20 cents for the "elevated," and those were clues that he was in Chicago, since the "elevated" seemed to indicate an elevated train, which Detroit never had, and there was a "car fare" amount (which seemed to be a streetcar fare amount) of seven cents listed, and, on this day, besides buying meals, he used $1.10 to see a show, 75 cents to have his hat cleaned, and five cents for candy.  On November 4, he used 14 cents for streetcar fare and five cents for "mints," and he bought clothes--a shirt (at $3.50 cents), a tie (at $1.00), and a vest (at $7.50)--and he spent 10 cents on a "shine."  Some of the items listed for November 5, 1922, were "show" (at 65 cents), "bus ride" (at 10 cents), "pop corn" (at five cents), and "El pass" (at $1.25 cents).  On November 6, 1922, one of the items listed was "gum" (at five cents).  There was a list for November 7, 1922, but it seemed incomplete, since it had only breakfast and lunch listed.  In the wardrobe trunk, there was a receipt for a suit he had bought--the suit cost $35.00, but he only paid $8.75, and that left a balance of $26.25, which he was required to pay off in weekly installments of $2.62 cents, and the suit was bought from "Fred Meyer Nationally Advertised Mens Wear," which was at "131-133 W. Madison Street, Roanoke Building, DEA rborn 4039" (I think what was meant is "Dearborn" in Michigan, but at the bottom of the receipt is an indication about who made/printed the receipt paper, which is "Uarco Business Systems, Chicago").  The drawer had two small keys, one of which was like a jewelry box key.  There was a skeleton key, and attached to it was a leather tag that noted "Tuller Hotel" and "Detroit" on one side, and it also had "826," which seemed to hint Don Weber could have lived at the Tuller Hotel in Detroit for a while (it was not uncommon for people to live in hotels in the early 1900s, and it was commonplace for people to live in boarding houses, too).  Oh! I have not mentioned the crayons. The drawer had two "Crayola" crayons (one yellow and one orange), and each was marked with "Binney & Smith Co. New York", and that indicated to me that these crayons were from the 1920s or from a time before the 1920s, so I guess I can say that I know what old "Crayola" crayons look like.  The last item that I will talk about was a small oval piece of brass, which may have been used as a key ring, since it has a hole in one end (but I know not what it was for), and the inscription on one side noted "Finder Please Return to The J.L. Hudson Co. Detroit", and the other side had, for one, "W8498" and, for now, I can only speculate that it was for a locker at some building or for a room key; without doing any research, I can say that, in much of the 1900s, there was a famous store in Detroit known as "J.L. Hudson" or even "Hudson's" and it was a department store in a building informally called the "Hudson's" or the "Hudson's building."  The building no longer exists, having been blown up on October 24, 1998, or blown down on that date.  I could talk about more that was in the drawer, but that should be enough, and now you have a little impression of the past and a little impression of a man--Don Louis Weber, who was in Detroit in the 1920s, a little before the big stock market crash of 1929 took place and a little before the Great Depression hit.  Was the wardrobe trunk left behind because Don Weber died soon after 1928?  Was the wardrobe trunk left behind because Don Weber had to quickly take what little he could after the stock market crash of 1929 and leave for some other place?  (Remember: He did own securities.)  Did he forget about the wardrobe trunk?  Those are questions that I cannot answer, but I can say that I found the wardrobe trunk and I am glad that I did--about eighty years after it had been left behind.

    Generally speaking, the Detroit Zoological Park, which is in Royal Oak (of Oakland County in the Lower Peninsula) and not in Detroit, is open throughout the year, and since I published Michigan Travel Tips #66, a change has taken place at the park.  On October 16, 2009, a new 3-D/4-D theater was opened up at the zoo, and, officially, it is called the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater, and the 3-D part is related to what a person sees on the screen, and the 4-D part is related to special effects, such as wind and scents, that could be experienced by a patron.  A press release from the Detroit Zoological Society did not report what the theater will be used for over the weeks and months to come, but the first movie shown at the theater was a movie about animals, and it seems to me the theater will be used to show animal-related films.  Royal Oak is a northern suburb of Detroit, and when you drive to the zoo and you get near the zoo, you will see a guide post--a big blue water tower that has the name of the zoo on it.

    Commentary: In my document entitled Detroit and Death: A View of a Future United States of America, I show information about the status of Detroit, and it is not information that shows good things.  The Detroit Free Press on Sunday, October 25, 2009, published a story about a city councilwoman for Detroit whose name is JoAnn Watson (Scott, Melanie D.  "Watson: Detroit is in need of a Marshall Plan.'"  Detroit Free Press, 25 October 2009, p. 11A.), and the article shows why Detroit is in deep trouble.  JoAnn Watson, who has been a councilwoman since 2003 and was once an aide to John Conyers, Jr., who is a U.S. Representative related to Michigan and a communist, says that, to get Detroit going, Detroit needs a Marshall Plan; from about 1948 to 1952, the Marshall Plan (or the European Recovery Program) was a U.S. initiative to help rebuild parts of Western Europe that had been damaged or destroyed in World War II, and about 13 billion dollars were spent on the project ("Marshall Plan." Wikiepedia.com, 25 October 2009.), and, by the way, John Conyers' wife had to resign from the city council this year because of bribery problems.  JoAnn Watson, who had some property-tax issues early this year, seems to think that Detroit can be reborn by having the federal government give the city at least one-billion dollars, and that is not the way to build a city--it takes years to build a city by having people free to do things, such as create businesses, and feel fairly safe to do things and see a potential for improvement, as Don Louis Weber must have seen by coming to Detroit in the late 1920s.  In essence, the purpose of the Marshall Plan was to help get a wide range of industries going again in Western Europe, such as by building buildings and roads, and no amount of money simply dropped into the hands of defectives like JoAnn Watson will get a wide range of industries going again in Detroit, which is what a city--and a country--must have to survive and grow, and JoAnn Watson is just another far left-wing liberal who has no idea how to get Detroit going again, unaware of history and life.

    Warning: The world is made up of many countries, and most of the countries are socialist countries, dictatorships, communist countries, and the like, and they are not like the United States of America, which was founded as a Representative Republic.  When a person who is a citizen of the United States of America is in the United States of America, the laws of the United States of America apply to the person, and when the person who is a citizen of the United States of America is outside the United States of America, the laws of where the person is apply and, generally speaking, will be in a place where the person's freedom is controlled by the government and restricted by the government.  I can tell Barack Obama is working to be a world citizen and make rules of other countries, such as communistic countries, apply to the citizens of the United States of America, and those rules should not, but Barack Obama does not care if they do, since he dislikes the United States of America, the people of the United States of America, and The U.S Constitution, which is a document that is supposed to protect the citizens from the politicians of this country and which is designed to limit him--an enslaver--as to what he can do to the citizens.  The United States of America has been a unique country since the 1700s, since it is a country based on "the individual" (the citizen) and not "an individual" (such as a dictator or Barack Obama), and if the concept is discarded, as Barack Obama is working to do, you will lose freedom to be an individual and you will lose control of the government.  Yes, be aware Barack Obama is working to put the United States of America into international treaties and agreements that will circumvent U.S. law and that will help kill the United States of America, and because of his work, you will lose the protection of, for example, "The Bill of Rights," which is a part of The U.S.Constitution and which is a collection of laws that no other country has, since other countries were founded as entities that are about "an individual" (the politician or the king) and not "the individual" (such as you).  Barack Obama is an ill man, a dangerous man, and an insane man!  Think about that while you travel in Michigan.

    Advertisement: The commercial this edition of Michigan Travel Tips urges you to get a copy of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which is a book written by Mark R. Levin.   This book will help you understand better what Barack Obama is--a person who is purposely working to hurt the country, even though he is the president of the country--but the book is really about enslavers--politicians--who do not believe in the values of The U.S. Constitution and how The U.S. Constitution is designed to limit the power of the government, especially a dictatorship, over the individual (the citizen).   Remember: In the United States of America, it is the individuals who own the government and not the government that owns the citizens, the latter of which is what Barack Obama wants and is pushing for.

    Another museum in the Detroit area--sort of--has gone through a change since the previous edition of Michigan Travel Tips was published on the Internet, and that museum is the Yankee Air Museum.  In October 2004, there was a fire at the Yankee Air Museum, which was located at Willow Run Airport of Van Buren Township of western Wayne County in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the hanger was damaged, and many small items were destroyed or damaged.  In essence, since October 2004, people have been working to build the museum a new home--a hanger--at the airport, and because work is being done now on a hanger, the museum has been moved to Grosse Ile Municipal Airport (it was moved on Monday, October 19, 2009), which is a part of Wayne County (and in the southern end of the Detroit River) of the Lower Peninsula.

    Announcement: In T.H.A.T. #59 (published on March 10, 2009), I noted that the national-health-care system in the United Kingdom, which is a socialist system, is a failure and a disaster, and again, I note you should see T.H.A.T. #59, which can be reached by using this link: T.H.A.T. #59, and you should see the numerous articles about the failure of the national-health-care system of the United Kingdom, which note, for instance, the lack of care for the elderly and the lack of dentists, by seeing Liberty-page.com, which can be reached by hitting this link: Liberty-page.com).

   While traveling, I sometimes stop in at what is called The Exit Restaurant, which is located at Birch Run of Saginaw County in the Lower Peninsula, and I was there on November 5, 2009, and when I was there, I was given a place mat that had advertisements on it.  One of the places that was advertised is the Military & Space Museum, which is operated by Michigan's Own Inc. and exists at 1250 Weiss Street in Frankenmuth of Saginaw County in the Lower Peninsula, and I realized I had never mentioned the place as something to see in Michigan through an edition of Michigan Travel Tips, which I now do or have now done.  In addition, I note that one section of a place mat had an advertisement for the Sloan Museum (which is fully known as the Alfred P. Sloan Museum), Longway Planetarium, and Automotive Gallery, and the part of the advertisement that caught my interest was the "Automotive Gallery," since I was unaware of the automotive gallery, so I now report that the gallery is really the Buick Gallery & Research Center, which has about 25 vehicles on display, such as Buicks and Chevrolets, and some of the specific vehicles are a 1951 XP-300, a 1963 Silver Arrow I, and a 1977 Phantom, and all three tourist attractions are at Flint, which is in Genesee County of the Lower Peninsula.

    Promotional announcement: The Landmark Legal Foundation is made up of lawyers, such as Mark R. Levin (of The Mark Levin Show, a nationally syndicated radio show), who fight in court cases against those who do not uphold The U.S. Constitution and the rule of law for the country, and the Landmark Legal Foundation fights for the rights of the individual and against Marxists, communists, and the like.  In this day and age when Barack Obama, who I am convinced has a truly highly ill mind, is going against the rules of the country while pursuing a goal--I believe--to hurt the country and remake it or destroy it, I believe the Landmark Legal Foundation needs your help desperately; for example, retired lawyers who want to protect the country should consider donating time to helping the Landmark Legal Foundation.  I urge you to avoid making any donations to entities to promote manmade global warming or climate change and make a donation to the Landmark Legal Foundation instead (by the way, you should look into supporting the Heritage Foundation).

    On Saturday, November 1, 2009, I crossed the Mackinac Bridge, because a friend wanted to cross the bridge--it was a free day, in that, for one, motorists in cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks could cross the bridge for free--and, on that day, I did not travel any farther in to the Upper Peninsula than downtown St. Ignace, Mackinaw County (I had planned to go to Sault Ste. Marie in Chippewa County of the Upper Peninsula on a color-touring trip this fall, but I was unable to execute the plan).  I stopped in at two tourist attractions--Glen's Market (which is a little east of the Mackinac Bridge and which is a grocery store) and a bridge-view park (which is a little west of the Mackinac Bridge).  And that was that for the day, and, certainly, it was nothing like going to the Seney National Wildlife Refuge (of the Upper Peninsula) on a tour, such as on what can be done in a few weeks-- a cross-country ski tour on the North Hardwoods Ski Trails of the refuge.  (By the way, before I would cross the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace on November 1, 2009, I spoke with vacationers from Virginia--a husband-and-wife team--and I told them about some places to see in Michigan.)

    Hold it!  Because I crossed the Mackinac Bridge on November 1, 2009, I was given a little first-aid kit, which had several little band aids, a package of antibiotic ointment, and an antiseptic towelette.  It was the Mackinac Straits Health System that provided the first-aid kit that I got and the first-aid kits that others got.

    And so what you have read--this edition of Michigan Travel Tips--is what I typed up after I had returned from the Upper Peninsula, and to see other things I was thinking about on the drive, you will have to see other documents that exist at the Web site for The Hologlobe Press, but, of course, you will have a hard time determining what was written between November 5, 2009, and November 10, 2009, since the material is mixed in with existing material, such as in the document entitled National Health Care and Mass Failure: The Reasons it is a Dead Issue.

    P.S. #1: Remember: Teach your children or grandchild that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician, which was a subject that I first passed along in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.

    Your travel tips of Michigan in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips are:

    The Alfred P. Sloan Museum, Flint, Genesee County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Buick Gallery and Research Center, Flint, Genesee County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Detroit Zoological Park, Royal Oak, Oakland County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Longway Planetarium, Flint, Genesee County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The North Hardwoods Ski Trails, the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, the Germfast area, Schoolcraft County, the Upper Peninsula.

    William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, Detroit, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Yankee Air Museum (normally at Willow Run Airport, Van Buren Township, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula), Grosse Ile Airport, Grosse Ile, a part of Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.

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