Post today from Karen Hunter:

I think most Steve Hunter fans know how wide his taste in music is; his solo albums are usually a mix of Rock, Blues and atmospheric melodic pieces.

In the past he has worked on records for Tracy Chapman and Julian Lennon who are both a long way from the rock charged music of Alice Cooper or Lou Reed. Plus of course the acoustic guitar on Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill' is in itself a testament to Steve's versatility.

That's why it will be no surprise that he has produced this wonderfully gentle, reflective chillout music on our new collaboration under the name 'Rue La Mer'.

We started this project back in 2010 then a world tour with Alice Cooper cropped up and off we went for a year. But we always knew we would eventually get back to it.

This music allows Steve to experiment with the countless pedals he has in the studio, work with different tunings and instruments and most importantly to make peaceful music, which has become a passion for both of us. It also keeps me singing and writing.

We are both big fans of the European Chillout label 'Cafe Del Mar'. Not widely known in the US, this genre of music emerged after the creation of the 'Balearic Beat' and became the sound of Ibiza for clubs and coffee houses on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Our first release under the name 'Rue La Mer' (Street Of The Sea) is a five track download only EP called 'Demure'. It has three vocal tracks and two instrumental tracks.

I think this project allows Steve to shine on his production skills, a lot of which he credits to legendary record producer Bob Ezrin, after spending so much time in studios with him over the last 40 years or so.

The music is relaxing but not sugary and of course it has Steve's talent on guitar all over it, although there is actually no guitar on the title track. 'Demure'.

We are currently working on the next five tracks, which should be available before the end of this year.

We will have two tracks from this first EP on the playlist for the 'Women Of Substance' radio station, the first 'Shades Of Blue' will air on Show #254 November 10, 2015  . The second will be 'Don't Ever Lie' about three weeks later.

Website http://www.ruelamer.com

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On December 4, the legendary performer Tom Jones will release a new album Long Lost Suitcase on S-Curve Records. The thirteen-song collection produced by multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns keys into Jones’ long and eventful life, and draws performances of consummate maturity and pulsating vitality.

Ethan, son of Rolling Stones producer Glyn Johns, is uniquely talented in his own right, as his work with Paul McCartney, Laura Marling, Kings of Leon and indeed Jones, has shown. “Right from the start, Ethan and I were on the same page,” says Jones. “We think the same. I can trust him. Before the first album, he said, ‘I hear something in you that I don’t think has been tapped before. How about we go into a studio, take some musicians, work through some songs, and just do it live, on the fly? I think some great things will happen."

Long Lost Suitcase was mostly recorded at The Distillery, a little known studio facility in Wiltshire built by Sam Dyson, son of inventor James Dyson. Some of the players are familiar from Jones' previous albums, including drummer Jeremy Stacey (who also plays in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds), bassist Dave Bronze, and of course Ethan, who plays guitar or keyboards on most tracks.

New to the team was Andy Fairweather Low, a fellow Welshman and peer of Tom’s from the early ’60s R&B scene, who started out in The Amen Corner, and later proved his guitar mastery on tours with Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.

The result is a powerful collection of thirteen newly-recorded songs that include the Celtic hoedown "Honey, Honey" by The Milk Carton Kids, the rollicking R&B tune "I Wish You Would" originally by Billy Boy Arnold and made famous the Yardbirds, a stripped-down version of Willie Nelson's "Opportunity To Cry" and many more.

As the album went along, Tom would remark that each song felt as if it was written about his own experiences, at a given point in his life. Jones recalls “Ethan said, ‘It’s like a bloody autobiography,' and I said, ‘Well, funny you should say that, because I’m actually working on one at the moment”.

Jones had signed up for his first-ever autobiography with Michael Joseph/Penguin, and from that conversation onwards, the two projects became inextricably entwined. As he spent hours recounting his life story – his upbringing in post-War Pontypridd, his dose of TB aged 12, his first gigs in working men’s clubs, his five decades as an international star – it inevitably called to mind songs which evoked key events and emotional upheavals described therein. Soon, all concerned began to regard the album as a kind of soundtrack to the book – and to Tom’s life. “We tried to make every song important,” says Tom.

Released as a companion soundtrack to coincide with the publication of "Over The Top And Back: The Autobiography," Long Lost Suitcase finds Tom letting rip on the kind of R&B and early rock & roll classics which originally fired his passion to sing some sixty years ago. If anyone has the right, the authority and indeed the equipment to tackle such material in 2015, it is surely the irrepressible Sir Tom Jones.

Track List:

1) Opportunity To Cry (Willie Nelson)
2) Honey, Honey (The Milk Carton Kids)
3) Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) (Little Willie John)
4) Bring It On Home (Willie Dixon)
5) Everybody Loves A Train (Los Lobos)
6) Elvis Presley Blues (Gillian Welch)
7) He Was A Friend Of Mine (Dave Van Ronk)
8) Factory Girl (Rolling Stones)
9) I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)
10) 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone (William Bell)
11) Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do? (Hank Williams)
12) Tomorrow Night (Original Song)
13) Raise A Ruckus (Original Song)


The Boston-Edison District in Detroit, MI is a forty-five block area of large homes and mansions, the majority of which were built from 1905-25. A number of famous and influential Detroiters resided in this area, including Henry Ford. The neighborhood consists of hundreds of homes in an impressive array of styles including Tudor, Greek Revival, Georgian, Dutch Colonial, Arts and Crafts, Italian Renaissance and Prairie-Style.

This mansion (610 Longfellow St) is known as the James Couzens home, for whom the place was designed. Couzens was at the time a major shareholder in the Ford Motor Company who became mayor of Detroit and later a U. S. Senator. The 9,800 square foot home  was designed by Albert Kahn.

On December 5, 1922, James Couzens resigned as Mayor of Detroit to accept his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Couzens was appointed by Governor Alexander Groesbeck to fill the Michigan senate seat that was vacated by the resignation of Truman H. Newberry in the wake of election campaign irregularities. Couzens went on to be elected in his own right for two additional terms before his death in 1936.



Bride of Frankenstein (advertised as The Bride of Frankenstein) is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Universal Pictures' 1931 hit Frankenstein. As with the first film, Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster.

The sequel features Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his mate and Mary Shelley, Colin Clive reprising his role as Henry Frankenstein, and Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Septimus Pretorius.

The film follows on immediately from the events of the earlier film, and is rooted in a subplot of the original Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein (1818). In the film, a chastened Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be tempted and finally coerced by the Monster, encouraged by Henry's old mentor Dr. Pretorius, into constructing a mate for him.

Preparation to film the sequel began shortly after the premiere of the first film, but script problems delayed the project. Principal photography began in January 1935, with creative personnel from the original returning in front of and behind the camera.

Bride of Frankenstein was released to critical and popular acclaim, although it encountered difficulties with some state and national censorship boards. Since its release the film's reputation has grown, and it has been hailed as Whale's masterpiece.

On a stormy night, Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Walton) and Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon) praise Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester) for her story of Frankenstein and his Monster. Reminding them that her intention was to impart a moral lesson, Mary says she has more of the story to tell. The scene shifts to the end of the 1931 Frankenstein.

Villagers gathered around the burning windmill cheer the apparent death of the Monster (Boris Karloff, credited as "Karloff"). Their joy is tempered by the realization that Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) is also apparently dead.

Hans (Reginald Barlow), father of the girl the creature drowned in the previous film, wants to see the Monster's bones. He falls into a flooded pit underneath the mill, where the Monster – having survived the fire – strangles him.

Hauling himself from the pit, the Monster casts Hans' wife (Mary Gordon) into it to her death. He next encounters Minnie (Una O'Connor), who flees in terror.

Henry's body is returned to his fiancée Elizabeth (Valerie Hobson) at his ancestral castle home. Minnie arrives to sound the alarm about the Monster, but her warning goes unheeded. Elizabeth, seeing Henry move, realizes he is still alive. Nursed back to health by Elizabeth, Henry has renounced his creation, but still believes he may be destined to unlock the secret of life and immortality.

A hysterical Elizabeth cries that she sees death coming, foreshadowing the arrival of Henry's former mentor, Doctor Septimus Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger). In his rooms, Pretorius shows Henry several homunculi he has created, including a miniature queen, king, archbishop, devil, ballerina, and mermaid.

Pretorius wishes to work with Henry to create a mate for the Monster and offers a toast to their venture: "To a new world of gods and monsters!" Upon forcing Henry to help him, Pretorius will grow an artificial brain while Henry gathers the parts for the mate.

The Monster saves a young shepherdess (Anne Darling) from drowning. Her screams upon seeing him alert two hunters, who shoot and injure the creature. The hunters raise a mob that sets out in pursuit. Captured and trussed to a pole, the Monster is hauled to a dungeon and chained. Left alone, he breaks his chains and escapes.

That night, the Monster encounters a gypsy family and burns his hand in their campfire. Following the sound of a violin playing "Ave Maria", the Monster encounters an old blind hermit (O. P. Heggie) who thanks God for sending him a friend. He teaches the monster words like "friend" and "good" and shares a meal with him. Two lost hunters stumble upon the cottage and recognize the Monster. He attacks them and accidentally burns down the cottage as the hunters lead the hermit away.

Taking refuge from another angry mob in a crypt, the Monster spies Pretorius and his cronies Karl (Dwight Frye) and Ludwig (Ted Billings) breaking open a grave. The henchmen depart as Pretorius stays to enjoy a light supper. The Monster approaches Pretorius, and learns that Pretorius plans to create a mate for him.

Henry and Elizabeth, now married, are visited by Pretorius. He is ready for Henry to do his part in their "grand collaboration". Henry refuses and Pretorius calls in the Monster who demands Henry's help. Henry again refuses and Pretorius orders the Monster out, secretly signaling him to kidnap Elizabeth. Pretorius guarantees her safe return upon Henry's participation. Henry returns to his tower laboratory where in spite of himself he grows excited over his work. After being assured of Elizabeth's safety, Henry completes the Bride's body.

A storm rages as final preparations are made to bring the Bride to life. Her bandage-wrapped body is raised through the roof. Lightning strikes a kite, sending electricity through the Bride. Henry and Pretorius lower her and realize their success. "She's alive! Alive!" Henry cries. They remove her bandages and help her to stand. "The bride of Frankenstein!" Doctor Pretorius declares.

The excited Monster sees his mate (Elsa Lanchester) and reaches out to her, asking, "Friend?" The Bride, screaming, rejects him. "She hate me! Like others" the Monster dejectedly says. As Elizabeth races to Henry's side, the Monster rampages through the laboratory.

The Monster tells Henry and Elizabeth "Yes! Go! You live!" To Pretorius and the Bride, he says "You stay. We belong dead." While Henry and Elizabeth flee, the Monster sheds a tear and pulls a lever to trigger the destruction of the laboratory and tower.



Maureen O'Hara was an Irish-American film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne

Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish-American film actress and singer.

O'Hara was first educated at the John Street West Girls' School near Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties Area. From the ages of 6 to 17 she trained in drama, music and dance, and at the age of 10 joined the Rathmines Theatre Company and worked in amateur theatre in the evenings after her lessons.

Although O'Hara was never nominated for a competitive Academy Award, in November 2014 she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award with the inscription "To Maureen O'Hara, one of Hollywood's brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength".

After Myrna Loy, O'Hara was only the second actress to receive an Academy Award for acting without having been nominated previously. Her autobiography, 'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and was a New York Times Bestseller

O'Hara received the Heritage Award by the Ireland-American Fund in 1991.[28] For her contributions to the motion picture industry, O'Hara has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7004 Hollywood Blvd. In 1993, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was also awarded the Golden Boot Award


Actress Maureen O'Hara, star of classic movies of the golden age of Hollywood including "Miracle on 34th Street" and "The Quiet Man," died in her sleep October 24, 2015. She was 95.

The Irish-born redhead starred in dozens of films, but she may be remembered best for "Miracle on 34th Street" as well as her work opposite John Wayne in a number of Westerns. Born Aug. 17, 1920, in Dublin, she began her career in London but quickly came to the U.S., with her first major film role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Jamaica Inn." That movie was what prompted her name change, from her maiden FitzSimons to O'Hara – which fit better on theater marquees. - See more 


Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water ...these are super cool new toys!!! I just gotta have that shark!

Incredible remote controlled flying fish emerge from the world of awesome!
Click http://AirSwimmers.com to see more! Age 8 and up. (invented and designed by Blake English and Mark Forti)

The Air Swimmer Shark is an incredible fish like toy. Ever since it was introduced to the market, it has continued to gain enormous popularity.

However, for you to understand why the hype behind this toy, it is wise to go through an Air Swimmer Shark Review. The toy is chiefly designed to offer lots of fun indoors. It is smooth, operated with a remote and uses four AAA batteries. 

The shark can turn in different directions and it allows you to have lots of fun since, you can control the direction that the shark takes. 

The toy responds to any input that you make on the remote hence, moving up, down, right and left.

Most importantly, it is smooth and makes swift movements just like a real fish makes in water.




Simple Minds’ first seven, hugely influential albums

compiled in one limited edition box

Following the release earlier this year of the acclaimed SPARKLE IN THE RAIN deluxe box (“[an] impressive box set.” **** Q Magazine), in November and December, Universal Catalogue will continue their restoration of SIMPLE MINDS’ eclectic and pioneering catalogue, with the release of THE VINYL COLLECTION 79-84 and the ONCE UPON A TIME CD and 2CD Deluxe Edition.

THE VINYL COLLECTION 79-84 brings together the band’s first seven albums - Life In A Day, Real To Real Cacophony, Empires and Dance, Sons and Fascination, Sister Feelings Call, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) and Sparkle In The Rain – in one deluxe box. All of these albums have been remastered at Abbey Road and will be available on heavyweight 180gm vinyl.



Originally released in October 1985, ONCE UPON A TIME became Simple Minds’ most successful album to date, selling two million copies in two months, hitting the top spot in the UK and making the top 10 in America. It spawned four top 20 singles and launched a fifteen-month-long world tour that kept Simple Minds’ name in the music weeklies for most of 1986. With Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain providing a production dream team, and Anton Corbijn contributing to its instantly recognizable artwork, then ONCE UPON A TIME had all the attributes of a classic 1980s album.

“Alive And Kicking” was the obvious first choice of single and its release preceded ONCE UPON A TIME by a month. The new sound, artwork and video indicated what was to come and whilst the single reached the same chart position as its predecessor in the UK, it just slipped short of the top spot in America, stalling at number three. But ONCE UPON A TIME easily eclipsed SPARKLE IN THE RAIN when released in October 1985, shifting two million copies in two months.

2CD Deluxe Edition remastered, features previously unreleased material, B-sides




As a musician, composer, arranger, music director, and record producer, Don Randi has thrilled music lovers for years, even if they weren’t aware of it. During the explosive pop music era of the 1960s and early 1970s, Don was one of a remarkable group of studio musicians who began in Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound” and were later dubbed the “Wrecking Crew.”

He played keyboards on over a thousand recordings, including iconic songs like “ABC,” “Good Vibrations,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Now, for the first time in print, this veteran musician and master storyteller presents the stories behind the songs.

“You’ve Heard These Hands” brings together Don Randi’s fascinating, heartfelt, and hilarious recollections. Nancy Sinatra (and father Frank), the Beach Boys, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., and Linda Ronstadt are among the many music legends found in the book. Don tells of life in the studio and on the road, with triumphs, mishaps, hi jinks, family bonds, and enduring friendships—but most of all, the excitement of making great music with some of the greatest artists who ever lived.

For many years, only music industry insiders, close friends and jazz fans who visit Don’s nightclub, The Baked Potato (in Studio City), have heard him tell some of the stories included in the book.

Now everyone can read the in-studio, behind-the-scenes and on-tour tales from the man whose hands we’ve heard playing on our favorite hit tunes. “You’ve Heard These Hands” will capture the attention and emotion of its readers as they find Don’s stories impossible to resist sharing with their friends.


October 27: Nashville TN, The Musicians Hall of Fame, screening of “The Wrecking Crew” 7:00pm with Q&A after the film and DVD and book signings with Don Randi and "The Wrecking Crew" director Denny Tedesco.

November 7: Performance and book signing event with Don Randi at Barnes & Noble, Jensen Beach FL for “You’ve Heard These Hands.” Time 5:00pm

November 14: Performance by Don Randi and Quest and book signing event at Barnes & Noble Valencia, CA @ 2PM. Come enjoy live music and Don Randi’s stories from “You’ve Heard These Hands.”

November 19: Special book event with Don Randi and Quest at the Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood. 6:30pm to 8:30pm, “You’ve Heard These Hands” will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served.


Good fella Vincent Anaro

(CNN) Witnesses talk about wiseguys, rats and hiding bodies, and list the do's and don'ts of organized crime. A tattoo on the defendant's arm reads "Death before dishonor." Peppered into riveting testimony are nicknames like Skinny Dom, Vinny Gorgeous, Louie Haha and Tommy Shots.

If it sounds like a Hollywood movie script, it kind of already is.

But this is real life and at the center of it all is 80-year-old Vincent Asaro -- the alleged former Bonanno crime family captain who's on trial in federal court to face charges in a string of crimes over 40 years. Among them: murder, racketeering and the famed 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport that helped inspire part of the plot in the 1990 film "Goodfellas."

 Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro from Goodfellas

In recordings made by the government's key witness and played in court Thursday, Asaro appears to bemoan not getting a larger cut of the Lufthansa score.


Tuesday  27th October 2015 full moon in Taurus is enhanced by Neptune, adding emotional sensitivity to relationships and spiritual protection. The purity and high ideals of the full moon can be put to good use on the striking feature currently in the sky. A triple conjunction of Venus, Mars and Jupiter promises happiness and success in love and other passionate desires.

All spiritual pursuits are favored because we are more in touch with other dimensions. This aspect promotes strong and accurate intuition, psychic abilities and lucid, or vivid dreaming. Imagination will also promote any creative endeavors like music, art, poetry or drama.

Of course we also have Sun trine Neptune to balance out the polarity and bring harmony to relationships. This has a similar effect to the above, but also brings a quite confidence in achieving our goals. This full moon offers spiritual protection, and gives us the chance to make our dreams come true.

The next full moon will be:
Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * (EDT)

Moon sign: Taurus 03° 44'

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Wednesday * 28th Oct 2015 * 01:05:08 am (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 11:05:08 pm (AEDT)
TOKYO = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 09:05:08 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 08:05:08 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 07:05:08 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 05:35:08 pm (IST)
DUBAI = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 04:05:08 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 03:05:08 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 01:05:08 pm (CET)
LAGOS = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 01:05:08 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 12:05:08 pm (GMT)
RIO = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 10:05:08 am (BRST)
SANTIAGO = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 09:05:08 pm (CLT)
NEW YORK = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 08:05:08 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Tuesday * 27th Oct 2015 * 06:05:08 am (CST)
CALGARY = Tuesday * 27th October 2015 * 06:05:08 am (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Tuesday * 27th Oct 2015 * 05:05:08 am (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Tuesday * 27th Oct 2015 * 04:05:08 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Tuesday * 27th Oct 2015 * 02:05:08 am (HAST)


The tradition of carving faces into vegetables or fruits dates to the Celts.

The Celts carved faces on large turnips and then hollowed out the inside of the vegetable so a candle could sit within it. The light shining out through the carved faces scared away evil spirits.



Tune in Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. on WTVS/Channel 56

DPTV will air a special one-hour long documentary, Purple Rose 25 Years, celebrating the rich history and contributions the PRTC has made since it was established in 1991.

Produced by PRTC Founder Jeff Daniels’ own company, 2188 Studio, LLC., the documentary will include brief excerpts from Daniels’ movies/TV, the theatre building, productions, samples of live footage from the PRTC artistic process, educational activities, events and post-performance talk-backs, as well as personal interview segments with Daniels, artistic director Guy Sanville, and other key creative and leadership professionals.

If you live outside of the DPTV viewing area, you may watch a live stream of the documentary online here: http://www.dptv.org/programs/purple-rose/




WHAT: The #1 show of the summer for the past decade, “America’s Got Talent”, will kick off Season 11 auditions in Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the COBO Center. This is the first time the hit series is visiting Detroit and marks the beginning of a 12-city nationwide search for America’s next big undiscovered entertainer.

Those interested in auditioning can register for the Detroit auditions at AGTAudtions.com.

1 Washington Blvd,
Detroit, MI 48226

WHEN: Saturday, November 7: Open Call Auditions

AUDITION DETAILS: ‘AGT’ will host Season 11 auditions in 12 cities including Detroit, MI; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Las Vegas, NV; San Jose, CA; San Diego, CA; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL and Dallas, TX

Online auditions are also available through March 2016 for anyone unable to make it to one of the 12 audition tour stops AGTAuditions.com.

Follow the latest “America’s Got Talent” news on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Google+:‎

https://twitter.com/nbcagt #AGT



Board games are one of the best ways to have fun at home. They are intriguing, educational and some of them can make you decent money when you play online. There are a few retro board games that have managed to cross generations and are as popular today as they have ever been.

You can still buy these classic board games but you can also enjoy them online. Most sites offering these games offer a mix of games, just as going on the best bingo sites means you can play a wide variety of bingo formats.

Didn’t know they still existed? You are not alone!

For ages 8 and above, this is one of the most popular retro games around today. It is a two player guessing game that may even have been invented before the First World War.

Playing the game involves positioning your ships as strategically as you can to make it hard for your opponent to guess their positions. To win, you have to guess the position of the opponent’s ships and sink them with the least moves possible. A movie was made out of the game in 2012 .

Feely Meely
This game was launched in 1967, and is for ages 5 and above. The rules are deceptively simple. You only need to pick a card and then try to find whatever you picked in the “Grab Box.” The game was a common sight at most house parties in the early 70s. It is a feel-good pastime that will always get people interacting.

Mystery Date
Ideally for girls aged 6 t0 14, this game is undoubtedly one of the best retro games around today. It was originally released in 1965 but has seen multiple reboots. The game can be played by as many as 4 players. The game play is focused on getting ready for a date by acquiring three matching color-coded cards to put together an outfit. The outfit must, however, match the outfit of the date at the mystery door. The date can be revealed by spinning the door handle to open a plastic door on the game board.

Lie, Cheat and Steal
This is an adult political simulation game where players are vying for election into office. Most political simulation games are based on how elections are supposed to be run but this one emphasizes rogue political methods. This is why it rarely makes   a list of top political games . Libel, vote buying and under the table deals are a must if you are to win and advance to office.

These are some of the best retro board games available today. How many did you know about?



Michigan's Old Jackson Prison

Christmas time 1974..I visited Jackson Prison to drop off gifts from an inmate's mother. The inmate was the brother of an old boyfriend of mine. He put me on his visitation list and off I went. 

When I got out of my car and saw this massive building, it took my breath away. I turned my head all the way right and then all the way left to take in how huge this building was. 

I went in the main gate and took my packages to the desk. The guards instructed me to the locker room and told me to lock up all my possessions. Purse, watch, earrings, necklace and sunglasses. Couldn't take in any accessories. 

I had to go through three check points complete with major clanging jail doors. I saw the main prison..it wasn't pretty...see photo above.

In the locker room were a bunch of young girls getting ready to "visit" their favorite inmates. Clothes on hangers, hot rollers, curling irons, mirrors and girls chatting like a high school locker room. This what they did for "fun". Freaked me out....really spooky place.

Harry Bennett's Castle in Ann Arbor is rumored to be seriously haunted...I have a girlfriend who stayed there a lot in the 1980s and she said they were a lot of cold spots and spooky happenings...

Harry is rumored to haunt the Pagoda House on Grosse Ile, the Boy Scout Camp (above) and his various cabins.. One busy ghost dude!!


The Swimming Pool: Detroit Masonic Temple

The story goes that Detroit Masonic Temple security were chasing some hippie guy one night after a gig  and the hippie ran into the pool room in the dark (big mistake)..he fell off the balcony into the deep end, broke his neck and died. The un-finished pool had never been filled with water and it was quite a drop...see my photo above...(thanks Paul Buono).


One of my favorite places to stay in Detroit is the Leland (house) Hotel. AKA the Ramada Inn on Bagley...It looks alot like the hotel from the movie The Shining..the hallways are so spooky. Reminds me of the hallway where the tow little girls were seen.. Clip HERE The rooms had/have kitchenettes are very retro inside..not fancy new remodels. At least when I was last there in 2006.


(Murder Motels)The Leland has once been an amazing luxury hotel, built in 1927 by the guy who invented the Lincoln. It was known for having air-conditioned rooms and was notorious for being the hangout of the Purple Gang and Jimmy Hoffa. Rumor has it, the Leland was one of the first places they searched for Hoffa when he turned up missing, and there’s a lot of local lore about the fourth floor, which used to feature a lounge and a billiards room. Read More

As kids we always made jokes about being sent to "Eloise". A big scary place right on Michigan Ave in Westland, MI. In 1977 a brave (crazy) girl pal and I walked right in the front door one night and scouted the place as long as we could until we were tossed out by a grumpy old security man...who knows.. maybe he was a ghost....Very spooky place indeed...it is still there...See Eloise on Facebook!
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