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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bulldozing Cultural History

The soon-to-be-former Millender Apartments in Detroit
A recent article at Deadline Detroit got me thinking about how cultural history can be bulldozed without any structures being lost. Bill McGraw was writing about the rename of the Millender Apartment building, but, in a way, he could be writing about the E.W.F. Stirrup House and Coconut Grove.

McGraw's article is on the topic of the renaming of the Millender Apartments. I was unfamiliar with the 33-storey highrise building in downtown Detroit, for good reason: It was built 15 years after I had already left Detroit. However, I'm sorry I was unaware of Robert Millender, a man whose accomplishments are enough to have garnered him a page on the Detroit African-American History Project:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Musical Appreciation ► AUNTY EM!!! AUNTY EM!!!

2005 stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service
Dateline April 8, 1896 - Somewhere over the rainbow, in New York City's Lower East Side to be exact, Isidore Hochberg was born.

He later changed his name to Edgar Harburg, but he was always known by his nickname "Yipsel" or "Yip." As Yip Harburg he wrote the lyrics to some of the most popular songs in the 'Merkin songbook, including Brother, Can You Spare a Dime; April In Paris; It's Only a Paper Moon; Lydia the Tattooed Lady; and every song in The Wizard of Oz. He won an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song for "Over the Rainbow."