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Emily T Gail with Lisa Nuszkowski Founder and ED MOGO Detroit Bike Share
October 08, 2018 09:08 AM PDT
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Lisa Nuskowski who is the Founder and Executive Director of MOGO Detroit bike share arrived at the Detroit Foundation Hotel on a MOGO bike for a meeting with Darraugh Collins and Jennifer Lee, DFH and me at The Apparatus Room.

Lisa and I had time to tape this show before she headed off to a meeting a Eastern Market on .... yes a MOGO. Lisa talks about how MOGO was just an idea 6 years ago and what has gone into bring it along to the such success that it is being expanded not just to more neighbors but to the suburbs too.

I've been a huge admirer of Lisa's efforts since they rolled out MOGO Detroit which is part of Downtown Detroit Partnership whose efforts under the leadership of Eric Larson I also admire.

Thanks for listening.

Emily T Gail Talks Story with Brian Lindsay, HandleBar Detroit
August 23, 2018 11:48 AM PDT
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I have loved watching the people over the last few years on HandleBar Detroit. I see them when I am riding my bike around town. Singing, laughing and having a good time as they are going around downtown or whatever area the group chooses to pedal to ...

So finally his Sunday I've got a group going out for couple hours... related to something with the Detroit Historical Society and Detroit Foundation Hotel.

Brian Lindsey, owner with his brother Steve has been so helpful. I stopped by and met up with Brian and while we were talking I turned on my recorder and he shared how they started HandleBar Detroit and some interesting pieces to their back story.

.... what is neat is you can organize your own group or go as single ad join up with others.

Emily T Gail Talks Story with Vance Patrick, Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium
July 23, 2018 07:45 AM PDT
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I met Vance Patrick at the farewell retirement party at the Detorit Historical Museum for Bob and Mary Ann Bury celebrating Bob's 16 years as CEO and Executive Director and their efforts as a team.

I had read about the reopening of the The Belle Isle Aquarium and when Vance Patrick who was at the helm along with others of getting the Aquarium reopened said come let me show you around I did so a few days later. As we were talking I decided to turn on my recorder and I am glad I did.

As always I record and no editing. It is what it is and I feel this was one very worthwhile conversation with Vance. I appreciate he took the time to educate me.

They get up to 5,000-6,000 people over the weekend who come enjoy the free admission and easy to walk through Belle Isle Aquarium. It was a steady stream of all ages coming through as we walked around.

Some history of the Belle Isle public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by noted architects George D. Mason and Albert Kahn,[5] it opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005.[2] The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers.[6] The 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) historic building features a single large gallery with an arched ceiling covered in green glass tile to evoke an underwater feeling.[1][7]

The aquarium was operated by the Detroit Zoological Society prior to the 2005 closure. It is currently operated by the Belle Isle Conservancy.

August 3, 2005, Detroit citizens voted to reopen the aquarium by an overwhelming margin (88% in favor, 12% opposed).[11] However, the vote was non-binding and the aquarium remained closed. In 2010, supporters of the aquarium were still trying to find donors to help defray the building's operating costs.[11]

Although the building was closed between 2005 and 2012, goldfish and koi from an outside pond were housed in the aquarium during the winter.[11] Each year in February, the aquarium opened for a day for the annual "Shiver on the River,"[11] a fund raising event to promote public support of Belle Isle non-profit groups including the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium.[2]

On 14 August 2012, The Belle Isle Conservancy, a non-profit volunteer group established in 2011 from the merger of the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium and other Belle Isle non-profit groups, announced the re-opening of the aquarium on a limited basis. The aquarium was reopened on 18 August 2012, the 108th anniversary of its opening.[citation needed] The aquarium is open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm.

Emily T Gail Talk Story-Paul and Jennifer Eisenstein: TheDetroitBureau.com
March 29, 2018 10:43 AM PDT
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Paul and Jennifer Eisenstein and I met up at the Fish and The Hog in Waimea on Hawaii Island. I've known Paul Eisenstein, Automotive Journalist TheDetroitBureau.com since the late 1970's in Detroit when he was with WXYZ Channel 7 and a regular at Emily's Across the Street. However, we had not seen each other for 35+ years. Paul & Jennifer were on the Kona Coast for the roll out of the 2018 Hyundai Kona at the beautiful Mauna Kea Resort. I call Kona home. I call Detroit home. I feel a part of both communities and like many Detroiters who I meet up with here on Hawaii Island it was fun to learn they too have been here enough to feel very at home. So talking about Kona and the new 2018 Hyundai Kona was fun. And very interesting to hear Paul share what has to be considered when car names are being created.

I've listened on line for years to Paul's automotive related conversations from all parts of the world. It was very fun to finally reconnect in person and meet Jennifer and feel the Detroit bond while in Kona.

While they got out of the snow in Michigan to be in Hawaii and cover the roll out of the 2018 Hyundai Kona, it was winter like weather in Hawaii that week. I thought Paul shared that in a polite manner while also describing well all the different climates we have here on Hawaii Island and let it work for him while test driving the new Hyundai Kona. This is Paul's lead in to the story about the Hyundai Kona on his website TheDetroitBureau.com

by Paul Esisenstein ...

So much for palm trees swaying in a sunny, South Pacific breeze. The wind is blowing, all right, but the normally desert-like Kona Coast is anything but warm and dry as we head out for a day’s drive across the Big Island of Hawaii.

Actually, we’re just fine with that, as it gives us a chance to put the new 2019 Hyundai Kona through its paces as we explore one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. By the time we wrap up we’ll experience just about every sort of weather one can imagine short of snow – and at the top of Saddle Road, which cuts between the currently dormant Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, even a blizzard is possible.

We’ve spent nearly 12 hours in the air flying to, yes, Kona, Hawaii to see just how well the new Kona crossover lives up our expectations. Hyundai was slow to recognize one of the most dramatic shifts in the automotive market, the rapid shift from sedans and coupes to SUVs and crossover-utility vehicles. As it rolls into dealer showrooms across the U.S. in the coming weeks, it becomes the Korean brand’s third utility vehicle, joining the compact Tucson and midsize Santa Fe – with an assortment of others, including the hydrogen-powered Nexo, to follow.

On a personal note:

I signed up for Paul's at the TheDetroitBureau.com. I'm new to his website. After seeing all the stories I get what he means when he says he loves what he does because he is not just talking and covering stories about cars. So many subjects and interesting people that are part of the tapestry of all the back stories related to the automotive industry he shares on the site. I love learning.

Emily T Gail Talk Story - Thomas E Page is making a difference in Detroit.
March 28, 2018 12:45 PM PDT
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Gary Lichtman, Director of Media Relations University of Detroit-Mercy has over recent years educated me not just about the University however about how many alumni are doing good things in Detroit. Like Tom Page a long time mutual friend.

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy honors seven alumni — one from each of the colleges and schools at the University — with a Spirit of Detroit Mercy award. Tom is one of the honorees this year from the College of Liberal Arts & Education. These honorees are alumni who have marked themselves with distinction in their career and in their personal life.
I thought it was a good time to catch up and talk with Tom.

Tom and I talk story about his love of Detroit, his committment to give back to University of Detroit/Mercy and his family roots in Detroit. He shares having been with the Detroit Police Dept., and the challenge and success he experience of going to LAPD as a result of a layoff in Detroit. And it's obvious since he has come back to Detroit, he continues to do what he can to make a difference in Detroit and contribute to his University of Detroit/Mercy in gratitude for the education he received in many ways.

Meanwhile... this is a good read I think. I took it from the udmercy.edu/alumni page....

Thomas E. Page describes himself as a regular guy — “Call me Tom,” he says — but he’s much more than that.
The former Detroit and Los Angeles police officer — now retired — has taken on the roles of ad hoc ambassador for the city of Detroit and promoter and devotee of bicycling in the city. These two activities keep him very busy.
He is also a major booster of University of Detroit Mercy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1971 and a master’s degree in Urban Studies in ’76 from University of Detroit and he credits his education for his success.

“One of the things I learned here is that education is much more than knowledge of facts,” Page said. “A person needs to be able to adapt to changes in technology, in society and to think for themselves. Things change so rapidly in society today that we have to look at things in a circular way, not a linear way, because one issue is affected by so many other things — it’s not just ‘this happened then that happened.’ ”
That kind of global thinking, he said, made him a good police officer. His career in law enforcement began with the Detroit Police Department before he headed out to Los Angeles where he worked for about 20 years with the LAPD. It was there he began work on a new initiative, helping to create a standardized, effective approach to combat drug-impaired driving.
“It became very important for police to know what they were dealing with in terms of drug use,” Page said. He helped create the first formal Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) curriculum for police officers and has taught drug influence recognition and criminal justice topics to police and prosecutors across the country and around the world.

In his current role as a law enforcement consultant and DRE Emeritus, Page regularly provides expert testimony on the impairing effects of alcohol and legal and illegal drugs on driving in courts around the United States. Page has written extensively about techniques officers can use to determine what types of drugs a person may be under the influence of.
After retiring from the LAPD as the Officer-in-Charge of the department’s Drug Recognition Expert program, Page realized it was time to put his Urban Studies degree to use and moved back to Detroit’s Midtown area.
“I saw all the things that were happening in Detroit and started to get more involved, and I wanted to vote here,” he said. “I wanted a say in what was going on.”

As he reacquainted himself with his hometown, he began hosting bicycling events around the city — he’d long been a bicycling enthusiast — and getting involved with neighborhood organizations, he found himself drawn back to Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. He served on the Board of Advisors for the College of Liberal Arts & Education and attends many University-sponsored events. He even makes sure some of his bike tours make their way to campus, just to show it off to people who don’t know its beauty.

He recently showed just how he feels about the University and its students by giving two significant gifts designed with the same goal in mind.
“I’ve realized what’s important to me,” he said. “I’m secure; I don’t need more stuff. But what I could do is to create a legacy that gets carried on at this University, which I care deeply about.”

One gift is designed to have an immediate impact on the current student experience. Each year for five years, Page has pledged to support a project designed to build an energized student body and campus. Last year, his gift paid for two bicycle repair stations on the McNichols campus; this year, the gift will be used to establish a bicycle loan program. Four bicycles, specially designed by Detroit Bikes in Detroit Mercy colors, will be available on campus for students to borrow. The details of this program are still a work in progress, but the bicycles will be ready to use this fall.
This year’s gift also supports a dean-designated initiative in the College of Liberal Arts & Education as well as the women’s soccer team.

In addition to Page’s generous five-year annual gift commitment, he has also included the University in his estate planning, leaving a significant and transformational gift to enhance student life on the McNichols Campus.
“This gift is in support of the morality, the ethics, the very DNA of Detroit Mercy,” Page said. “This place serves a very wonderful purpose for our community and our society, and we need to support that.”
“I want the students on campus to feel the same way about this University that I do,” Page said. “I want them to know there are alumni who care about them and care about this city.”

“Tom Page’s significant gifts to University of Detroit Mercy are reflections of the love he has for his alma mater and the high value he has placed on the education he received,” said Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. “His generous ways of supporting current and future students will undoubtedly inspire others to express appreciation for their successful and boundless careers.”

Page acknowledges there is yet another motive for the gifts: To provide inspiration.
“I still have many friends — many of them Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity brothers — I met at the University, and we’re at the stage in our lives where it’s time for some of them to give back to the school because of what it has meant to them,” Page said. “I want them to say, ‘If Tom Page can do this, I can do something.’ ”

“I want my gifts to go to something that’s actually useful,” he said. “I want to help create a vibrant campus experience for the students.”

Emily T Gail Talk Story-John Porter, Luge Coach, Judge, Mentor, Enthusiast
February 24, 2018 12:13 PM PST
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Did you watch LUGE at the Winter Olympics? Curious to know more about the sport. This is a talk story I had with John Porter 4 years ago on my ESPN Hawaii Emily T Gail Show. I listened to the show again last week after watching LUGE to refresh what John, who has been involved in the sport of LUGE for many years had shared with us. It was so interesting so I am running it again. John explains the development process for luge athletes, the significant differences between natural track and artificial track luge.

He also explains why it can be said that three of the five luge tracks in the country are located in Michigan. The artificial track at the Muskegon State Park which is iced is one. The 2-curve fiberglass track on which wheeled-sleds are used during three seasons in the state park is another. And then there is the half-mile long natural track in Negaunee, Michigan on which competitions at the local, national, continental, and World Cup levels have been held for 29 years.

It was a fun conversation for several reason. Informative however best of all John and I were classmates, played in our high school band together and was great to reconnect.

Emily T Gail Talk Story- Mark Rolfing, NBC Golf Channel
January 28, 2018 07:49 PM PST
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Always fun to talk story with Mark Rolfing, NBC Golf Channel d
during the MItsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

We covered a lot of subjects. JR De Groote, Sports Editor West Hawaii Today was with us. I turned on my recorder as we were heading over to the Golf Channel Broadcast Booth where we were going to park and talk story in event Mark had to get on air. Mark was sharing a story about Tiger Woods and Peter Jacobson and Fluff Cowan who had been Peter's Caddie and ended up with Tiger. I met Fluff through Peter and followed all that so thought it was a story told by mark I wanted to share.

After we settled in while we were talking I shifted into video ... so our sound shifts at that point. I put the two together so I could share our whole talk story.

Emily T Gail Talk Story-Brendan Moynahan, Director of Golf Hualalai Four Seasons Resort
January 27, 2018 08:00 PM PST
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Brendan Moynahan talks story with JR DeGroote, Sports Editor West Hawaii Today and me at the 2018 PGA TOUR Champions MItsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on Hawaii Island after the 2nd round was complete and his long time friend Jerry Kelly was one of the leaders.

Brendan is the Director of Golf Operations at Hualalai and shares stories about the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and his experiences with many of the Champions Tour players including Jerry Kelly who Brendan met when Brendan was Head Golf Professional at the Experience at Koele
on Lanai in Hawaii.

Brendan talks about his Dad Mike Moynahan who was a Master Club maker, who won awards for his craft and contributed in many ways to the game of golf and charities.

Jerry Kelly won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and gave Brendan a whole lot of credit for the comfort Jerry feels playing in Hawaii at the Sony and at the Hualalai Golf Course home of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Brendan represented Hawaii in the US Amateur Golf Tournament in 1987 and 1989. After turning professional in 1991 Brendan won 10 Aloha Section PGA tournaments and represented Hawaii eight times in the PGA Club Professional Championships.

Brendan became an associate and teaching golf professional at Kapalua Golf Resort on the island of Maui, upon his return to the Islands, earning more accolades, such as the Maui Golf Magazine Player of the Year award in 1997 and Assistant Professional of the Year in 1998 by the Aloha Section of the PGA. He then moved to Lanai and became the head golf professional of the island’s two esteemed courses. In 2005, Moynahan returned to Hawaii Island, where his family resides, assuming the role of Head Golf Professional at Hualalai Golf Club. In 2009, he was promoted to his current position as Director of Golf.

Emily T Gail Talk Story -Jerry Kelly Winner 2018 PGA TOUR Champions Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
January 24, 2018 11:56 AM PST
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Jerry Kelly, winner of the PGA TOUR Champions 2018 MItsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on Hawaii Island was very happy as he talked with Laura Vescovi, PGA TOUR Champions Communications Manager, JR DeGroote, West Hawaii Today, Paul Arnett, Honolulu Star- Advertiser and myself.

JR De Groote's WHT column today had the headline ...

Kelly Birdies 18, shocks Montgomerie with 1st win at Hualalai.

Here is an excerpt from JR's column that tells well how Jerry won.

"Staring down the wide 16th fairway at Hualalai, Kelly sliced his drive into an usually untouched patch of a’a lava. After a short search-and-rescue, the PGA TOUR Champions newly-named Rookie of the Year dropped his ball, saved bogey, kept his head, and down just a stroke, gave himself a chance.

He would still need a little help to chase down Colin Montgomerie, but that came when the Hall of Fame Scot made an inexplicable mistake of his own on 18, setting up a finish for the ages at the Champions Tour’s season-opening event.

In front of a crowd of 400-plus on the 18th green, Kelly nailed a 17-foot birdie putt, turning a one-shot deficit into a victory when he watched Montgomerie miss a 6-foot par putt."

It was a beautiful trophy and closing presentation on Golf Channel and like every year the Lim Family Hula Halua performing on the 18th to a large crowd.

I loved Jerry comments about his long time friendship with Brendan Moynahan, Director of Golf Operations at Hualalai and how their friendship played a part in his win. Fun stuff.

Emily T Gail Talk Story with fellow Detroiter Jack Berry reflecting on his 50+ years as a Sports Writer
January 15, 2018 09:43 AM PST
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Jack Berry is a long time friend and in many ways has been a mentor.
We had a fun talk story. Reminded me how much I love my friendship with Jack and mutual support. I hope you will listen.

Whether you were a reader of Jack's during his many years at the Detroit News, and now in his retirement with Art and Jeannie McCafferty's Michigan Golfer or just enjoy taking about sports and how it weaves into our lives and friendships I think you will pick up how much Jack loves what he does so well. Tells stories.

And I love pulling the stories out of Jack ... about how he has made a difference. Like how he was the one who got the locker room ban of females into the locker at the Masters lifted because he felt it was the right thing for them to do and he was going to do something about it. Jack covered 43 Masters!!!!

This is the bio from when Jack was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jack Berry is a renowned sports writer who honed his ability reporting sports in the Detroit area. Beginning his sports writing career with the UPI, United Press International, in Detroit, he went on to write for both the Free Press and the Detroit News. A talented writer, Jack covered most sports and all of our national sports teams. Covering golf for many years allowed Jack to bear witness to some of the great events in golf. Jack also loved writing about amateur golf and covered 30-plus Michigan Amateurs. For committee service on the Michigan Golf Summits I and II, he received an Outstanding Service Award.

Jack wrote about Michigan golf for 40 years. During this time, he had a strong, national influence on promoting the sport for all golfers. He served for more than ten years on the Board of Directors of the National Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), two years in the mid 80’s as President and eight years in the 90’s as Secretary-Treasurer. As President in 1984, he successfully intervened with Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Hord Hardin, to lift the ban on female reporters in the Masters’ locker room.

Golf throughout the state of Michigan benefited from Jack Berry’s powerful pen. He advanced the promotion of golf in our state by writing the Guide to Michigan Golf, first published in 1991 and updated in 1993. He followed this in 1992, with an influential inside back cover column for Golf World entitled, “A Convincing Case for Michigan: When it comes to golf, this Northern state is state of the art.” Jack also used his skills to promote and publicize the formation of the Michigan Women’s Publinx Golf Association and the Metro Detroit Executive Women’s Golf Association. He is a regular contributor to the Michigan Golfer. The GAM Distinguished Award in 1997 acknowledged his wealth of contributions to amateur golf and more than three decades of writing that inspired the growth and maintained the popularity of golf in Michigan.

Since retiring, he freelances for national and local golf publications. Locally, he serves as the GWAA’s representative at Michigan State University, interviewing journalism students as prospective scholarship recipients. He hosts an annual celebrity golf day fundraiser for the Friends of Wayne County Parks Committee. He has four bright, beautiful and loving daughters with whom he is very close.

Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

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