How cool is this?? A reader sent this Christmas card Harry Bennett sent to his family way back in time! The reader asked to be anonymous and of course, I always honor those requests...But thank you so much to J... Love this card....xK

Horshen's Island Photos

Enjoy the pics. Harry is seated on the bench, John Books standing behind. From the left, mom said the gal in the cap was Billie Bennett (Skip will know) Helen Books, Harry, guessing Gertrude and husband to be, before they eloped? I don't think my family names will mean anything to Skip, Billie might have remembered. Share the pics with Skip, perhaps someday we will meet, perhaps not. The whole purpose of this and has been to try and track down Billie to share the pictures with her.

New Drugs, Inc. Episode Helped Along by Motor City Hit Man Author

National Geographic Channel's Critically-Acclaimed Series - Drugs, Inc. will be premiering a brand new episode - "Mardi Gras" -  on January 14th, 2015 at 9 pm Eastern.

Roughly a year ago, Diary of a Motor City Hit Man: The Chester Wheeler Campbell Story author Christian Cipollini was contacted by the producers of the series, who were seeking some behind-the-scenes assistance.  Specifically, producers needed to locate individuals familiar with the narcotics business that flourishes during New Orleans' famous celebration.

Word of mouth and colleagues looking out for colleagues is everything in the true crime/organized crime publishing business. After speaking to author Seth Ferranti of Gorilla Convict Publications, producers were encouraged to then speak with Cipollini, who then assisted putting some knowledgeable people in the Louisiana area in touch with the show's producers.

The episode overview states: "Mardi Gras means two months of crazy carnivals leading to one of the biggest parties in the nation. But as tourists flood New Orleans, so do drugs dealers eager to make a profit."

Cipollini served as a Consultant during preproduction and as a Location Producer.

"This was the first time I consulted for a show behind the scenes," Cipollini says. "The other crime shows I've been involved with were on-camera experiences, so this was definitely a new and very different experience."

Christian Cipollini is an organized crime history researcher, freelance writer and collector of rare crime history photographs.  He is the author of Diary of a Motor City Hit Man: The Chester Wheeler Campbell Story, Lucky Luciano: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend, and Murder Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob's Most Deadly Hit Squad.

He as appeared on Biography Channel Series "Gangsters: America's Most Evil" and History Channel Series "United Stuff of America."

Visit Cipollini's author website at GANGLANDLEGENDS



WHAT: The installation for the "D" will begin Saturday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 AM before hundreds of thousands of Michiganders watch it make its descent starting at 11:59 p.m. December 31 in Detroit’s Cadillac Square. Handmade in Detroit by the Nordin Brothers, this glittering starburst sculpture, emblazoned with a D, will descend twice on NYE – once for a Kids’ Drop at 6:30 p.m., and again for the official drop at 11:59 p.m.

WHO: Organizers and performers from the fifth-annual Motor City New Year’s Eve (NYE) event – The Drop – which will be hosted from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Campus Martius, with an expanded footprint encompassing Cadillac Square.

The free community event is loaded with fun outdoor activities for children and adults. New this year, take shelter inside a massive heated tent and also enjoy a full second stage of entertainment.

Please call to book on location or in-studio interviews:
Tony Piraino, co-founder
Jerrid Mooney, co-founder
Multi-media Host and Entertainer Ashley Elyse, emcee Motor City NYE
Party band Cast Iron Cornbread
DJ Tom, Detroit dance scene legend
Detroit songstresses Angela Davis
Tosha Owens, Detroit-based singer
Ayla Stackhouse, who has appeared on Broadway and American Idol, will perform “Light Up Detroit,” an original song
DJ Escalade
Singer Mark Reitenga
Top 40 band Priceless Live
Please call Kathleen at 313.418.4898 to schedule interviews

WHERE: Detroit's Cadillac Square, next to Campus Martius Park at 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

WHEN: "D" installation best photographed between 11-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.

WHY: Help generate excitement for Detroit's largest and free New Year's Eve celebration.

For more information on Motor City NYE, The Drop, please visit www.MotorCityNYE.com or call 313-355-0413. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCNYE, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/motorcitynye. Please use hashtag #mcnye.

For interviews, talent appearances, artwork and for more information, please contact Kathleen Kennedy Ferris. Thank you!
(Photos by Tracey Mooney)

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