Ransom founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing in 1897. The company was bought by General Motors in 1908, which produced the Oldsmobile brand for 96 years. Ransom Olds continued to produce cars, however, under the name REO Motor Car Company.
The R.E. Olds transportation museum houses a diverse collection of Oldsmobiles dating from 1897 to 2004.
It also includes a wide array of auto and industrial history covering about a century, including a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signs and a working 1950s-era traffic signal.
Bill Adcock is the Executive Director of the RE Olds Transportation Museum. He recently joined WKAR’s Peter Whorf for a tour of the museum.
Dr. Wake joined the faculty of Lyman Briggs College in 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan (MA) and Indiana University Bloomington (Ph.D). Her current work focuses on Japanese-American and Korean-American memories of the atomic bombs.
MSU’s G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is now home to the largest collection of of interviews with people in the Americas who survived the bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The interviews provide insight into the global network of survivors and the issues which they continue to face. Dr. Naoko Wake has a joint appointment in MSU’s Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History. Naoko, who helped bring the collection to the library, discusses the interviews and what she’s learned from listening.
With riots, the Vietnam War, and the King and Kennedy assassinations, 1968 was a tumultuous year for the United States. In Michigan, the success of the World Series champion, the Detroit Tigers, helped people get through that difficult time.
Tim Wendel, author of "Summer of '68: The Season that Changed Baseball and America, Forever," chronicles the relationship between the events of that time and the baseball heroes of that year.
Architect Albert Kahn was famous for his Michigan buildings, among them Detroit’s Fisher Building and General Motors Headquarters, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium and the many functional but distinctive factories and industrial facilities throughout Detroit and the U.S. Lansing is home to one Kahn building, the former Motor Wheel Factory.
Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
On Monday, MSU will commemorate the anniversary with an event at the International Center. One of the speakers, Dr. Ethan Segal, a professor of history at MSU and an expert on Japan, assesses the rebuilding efforts and discusses Japan’s complex relationship with nuclear power.
Forty years ago, 200 members of the American Indian Movement took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. The group was protesting the federal government’s failure to honor various treaties with native tribes. The location was symbolic. In 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians were killed at Wounded Knee by the U-S Army. The standoff lasted 73 days and claimed three lives.
The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs now through Sunday at Cobo Center. The expo showcases everything from power boats to pontoons, and even a little Great Lakes history. This year is the bicentennial of the epic Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred during the War of 1812.
Tall ships of the British and United States navies clashed in September of 1813. The Americans won this crucial battle, which may be best-remembered for the famous message delivered by Commodore Oliver Perry: “We have met the enemy, and he is ours…”
Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope. The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.
I'd like to think everyone is as much an Anglophile as I am. While I know it's not true, I do know that there are a lot of WKAR-TV viewers who really are enjoying all things British on PBS this summer. If you count yourself in that number, here are a few shows coming up that you won't want to miss!