My Detroit


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I gave a speech about Detroit for Word Weavers, a Toastmasters club in Wiesbaden, Germany on February 29, 2012. This presentation was more or less the backbone of the speech but as luck would have it the beamer didn't work. Now you can see what my audience didn't see.

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My Detroit

  1. 1. My Detroit(Project #6)Darryl HeronToastmasters- Word Weavers Wiesbaden, Germany29 February, 2012
  2. 2. About the PresentationSpeech given about Detroit @ Word Weavers on February 29, 2012. Beamer did not work with my laptop, so my audience didn‘t see any of what follows…We did a reverse meeting when I gave my speech so I also tied in Rüsselsheim to Detroit (not shown in this presentation)
  3. 3. DetroitWhat do you think of when you hear or read Detroit?• Cars and Trucks?• Maybe some of the bad times the city has been in the past few decades?• Detroit is so much more• Today I‘d like to show you my Detroit
  4. 4. The Motor CityYou might have heard Detroit called the Motor City before. Besides being home to GM, Ford, and Chrysler there is so much more automotiive history that has been lived & breathed there.Henry Ford said that you could have the Model T in any color you want as long as its black. The assembly line started automotive production here.
  5. 5. The Motor City continuedMustangs, Corvettes, and Cadillacs with fins oh my!So much nostalgia and AmericanaHow many people really did see the USA in their Chevrolet?How about Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet?GM and Chrysler went bankrupt! (I never would have thoughtthat this would happen growing up)And Ford was on the ropes too!
  6. 6. City of ChampionsIn the 30s Detroit was called the „City ofChampions“ because of the success of theTigers, Lions, Red Wings, and a boxer nameJoe Lewis
  7. 7. City of Champions continued• The Tigers won the 68 and 84 World Series playing in Tiger Statium (in my lifetime). Now they play in the lovely modern/olde time Comerica Park• The Red Wings have been successful in the past few decades that Detroit is often call Hockey Town
  8. 8. Sounds of DetroitStevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops,Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes,the Jackson 5, The Spinners, and Marvin Gaye were all a part of theMotown soundMotown Records, sometimes called „Hitsville USA“ started in Detroit
  9. 9. More Than MotownMC5, The Stooges, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent,Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, Rare Earth,Alice Cooper, Eminem, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker & evenMadonna comes from the suburbs!Kiss sang about „Detroit Rock City“.Many famous musical acts considered Detroit theirsecond home away from home
  10. 10. More Than Motown continuedArthur Penhallow , a DJ at WRIf had a deep baratonevoice and used to say that WRIF was the „home ofRock N Roll, Baby!“ every Friday hed blow a loud shiphorn and shout, „Its the weekend!“Who can forget Mustand Sally, that Little Red Corvette,and countless other songs inspired by automotivehistory and legend?
  11. 11. The the City Grew Hudsons was once one of Amerca‘s biggest department stores and they had a huge famous store Downtown They had a Thanksgiving Day parade before Macys! The Henry Ford Museum and Green Field Village have helped to preserve some of the glorious history of Detroit (and America)
  12. 12. Then the City Died…• In my lifetime the population fell from 5th largest city in the US. to 18th in 2010 census• The 60s saw some terrible race riots, but there was a mass exodus that really started in the 50s. As people moved out to the suburbs and stores and businesses downtown went out of business. The Hudsons down town store closed and was torn down. The name Hudsons now only exists in memories of those that lived in those days• The financial crisis hit Detroit really bad and Detroit has been referred to as Americas 2nd most deserted city• Theres even a website called
  13. 13. Only in Michigan The lower peninsula is shaped like a mitten, lots of Michiganders can show you where the come from or lived by pointing to a spot on their hand. Michigan is surrounded by 4 out of 5 great lakes Detroit has long been Michigan‘s most populas cities
  14. 14. Detroit, an International City The Ambassidor Bridge connects Detroit to Windsor, Canada. Theyre seperated by the Detroit River, much like Wiesbaden and Mainz are separated by the Rhein River where I now live . There is even a tunnel that goes under the Detroit River connecting both cities
  15. 15. My DetroitDetroit has had quite a history, it brought us countlessmemorable cars and trucks, it has been a meca for music andbrought us the Motown Sound.Detroit has had many nicknames, been many things. I hope thatit will one day be great again!This is where I was born, and this is my Detroit!
  16. 16. CreditsGM‘s Global Headquarters on the Detroit River Uniroyal Tire on I-94 (not too far from Metro Airport) T A Cadillac
  17. 17. Credits Continued1956 Corvette Mustang Stadium,_Detroit.jpgComerica Park logo
  18. 18. Credits ContinuedSpirit of Detroit wearing a Red Wings jersey (after 2009 NHLChampionship) Original Recording Artists, USA Downtown Store Map Bridge
  19. 19. Be Sure to Check OutMy Detroit @ Pinterest SlideShare out more About.me International Weavers- Wiesbaden, Germany (my home club)
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