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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Thanks to my daughter Kenyon for contributing the snow boat feature from her Time for Kids magazine...

All Time Low Market Share for Big 3 Carmakers in '04
Today's Detroit News reports that while overall auto industry sales reached a three-year high of 16.9 million vehicles for 2004 (8% increase over 2003), Market share of the "Big Three" carmakers dipped to an all-time low of 58.7%. The share of DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group rose 4% but General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. lost ground.

Motor City Music Conference - April 20-24, 2005
This April, Detroit will rock (and bop & groove) to the beat of 400 bands (40% local) in 40 downtown locations.
Official site motorcitymusic.com (Note: we couldn't reach it this morning!)

Gladwin County Man Invents Snow Boat Recognized by Time Magazine
Harry Haney has built a sled that's also a boat (a great safety feature for ice fishermen). The snow boat is a 14-foot custom-made aluminum craft welded into a standard snowmobile. The prototype has been named one of Time magazine's most amazing inventions of 2004.
Web site for the Snow Boat

Cameras hunt for cougars in Sleeping Bear Dunes
The Detroit Free Press reports that scientists mounted motion-detecting, still field cameras in trees a couple of months ago at five locations around Sleeping Bear Dunes, hoping to catch photos of cougars.
Leelanau.com's "Cougar Thoughts" forum

Architectural History for Sale in Michigan
The Detroit Free Press has a feature on houses designed by the reknown American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Currently for sale in Michigan are the Donald & Mary Lou Schaberg House in Okemos, built 1950 ($1.6 million) and the Eric Pratt House, built 1951, Galesburg, ($375,000). The story also lists 8 other Frank Lloyd Wright Houses for sale in the US.

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