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Warm Weather Now & Then

This weather has been freaking me out. People are running around in shorts going “Wheeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!” when they KNOW it’s not right. Some things in nature just are not right. If it were bright and sunny at 2:00 in the morning, … Continue reading

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Tom Thumb Came to Ann Arbor in 1861

Well knock me on the ass and call me Sally! Ann Arbor hosted Tom Thumb in 1861! At the cool looking Hangsterfer’s Hall (SW corner at Main and Washington). He was going to ride in his miniature carriage from Huron … Continue reading

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How Great Are Dogs?

I seriously have not stopped smiling…this is a great story about a dog who, in 1954, “helped” deliver the mail! Click here for the pictures! Or go to @TreeTownPatti for higher quality pictures and cute, Twitter witticisms.

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Today in Ann Arbor….

Well, today 155 years ago in Ann Arbor, was our county fair! Join the fun and historical tidbits at my Twitter account! @TreeTownPatti

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Labor Day in Old Ann Arbor

This week’s tweets at @TreeTownPatti tell of: When Labor Day was in May Elks’ outing to Jackson Parade in Detroit Students and “freeks” coming to the Dope Capital of the Midwest And more at @TreeTownPatti!

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Back to School!

This week’s tweets focused on back to school, mostly in the recent past. Some highlights: Saline didn’t like the “long hairs” 1MB of RAM for just $1,250 in 1989 1975 Ann Arborites bitching about the urban sprawl in general and … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, and Other Tidbits from 1880

I was lucky enough to do several speaking engagements regarding my book. (Oh, what’s that? Another one is coming up? Yes, yes it is! Please come if you can!) People have asked me what was my favorite discovery in my … Continue reading

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1860s Ann Arbor Condolences & Today

As I write this, I am up in East Lansing and on my laptop, listening to the Ann Arbor City Council meeting that is live streaming, half-listening to CNN on cable, and reading an 1860 copy of the Michigan Argus … Continue reading

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Parade Season Starts with Fool Moon and FestiFools!

Back in the day, you had to take your entertainment where you could get it. I guess that is still true, except that right now my entertainment is coming from Law & Order reruns on cable and a laptop hooked … Continue reading

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So, Apparently “Bride-Elect” Was a Thing…(and, two dead kids got married in 1879 but they were really in their 30s at that point so I guess it’s okay)

I’ve heard of president-elect, and vice-president-elect but…bride-elect? Seriously? Apparently so. It seems to be a thing back in the 50s…. Isn’t she adorable? And she’s the bride-elect! I wonder how she felt about being called that…or maybe it was just … Continue reading

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