Mitch Albom, Sports Illustrated and The Courage of Detroit

January 13, 2009

I'm a Detroiter.   Well, OK, I'm the daughter of a New Yorker and a Chicagoan who met at Notre Dame and raised 7 little Doyles in the shadow of the University's famous Golden Dome.   My family didn't move to Detroit until my father's work as a sports broadcaster for WWJ Radio brought him here in 1968 -- the year the Detroit Tigers won the World Series.  My work has taken me all over the world, but no matter where I moved, events and opportunities kept bringing me back to Motown.  So, now I think of myself as a Detroiter, just as much as Diana Ross, Gordie Howe and Henry Ford.

That's why I feel the pain that so many of us here have experienced as we have watched ourselves scorned and defiled and treated as America's whipping boy, during the recent auto industry crisis. We're stunned, hurt and sick of it.  My hat goes off to Mitch Albom, a nationally-known columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author (Tuesday's with Morrie), who was asked by Sports Illustrated to write a piece on Detroit.  Wherever you live, if you think of yourself as a Detroiter, have family and business connections here, or just want to get a sense of who we really are, I hope you'll take the time to read The Courage of Detroit. 

Albom is a splendid writer and he captures the heart and soul of the people of a great American city.     

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