History UsefulNotes / Michigan

2nd Oct '17 9:48:06 PM SinNanna
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* Music/DannyBrown is from Detroit, and writes frequently about the abject poverty he grew up with there.
* Creator/ThomasLigotti is another Detroit native, and his fascination with urban decay likely stems from this.
* Experimental rock band His Name Is Alive hail from Livonia, in the northwestern part of the state, and even named their debut album after the town.
16th Sep '17 4:11:10 PM nombretomado
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* The Thumb: A flat region corresponding to the "thumb" of the "mitten". Mostly agricultural; they particularly grow a large amount of sugar beets. ThomasEdison grew up in its largest city, Port Huron, which is a major crossing to Canada (the Blue Water Bridge connects Port Huron to Sarnia, Ontario, and is probably the most direct route for most Michiganders to UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}).[[note]] Where the Thumb ends and Southeast and Mid-Michigan end is a local point of contention. It's universally agreed that all of Tuscola, Huron, and Sanilac Counties are in the Thumb, but depending on who you ask, the thumb also includes Lapeer and St. Clair Counties, as well as portions of northern Macomb and Oakland Counties and maybe even eastern Genesee County. This is deadly Serious Business to some. It all depends on whether you believe The Thumb is a geographic region, a political region, an economic region, or just where the thumb would be if Michigan were a hand.[[/note]]

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* The Thumb: A flat region corresponding to the "thumb" of the "mitten". Mostly agricultural; they particularly grow a large amount of sugar beets. ThomasEdison UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison grew up in its largest city, Port Huron, which is a major crossing to Canada (the Blue Water Bridge connects Port Huron to Sarnia, Ontario, and is probably the most direct route for most Michiganders to UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}).[[note]] Where the Thumb ends and Southeast and Mid-Michigan end is a local point of contention. It's universally agreed that all of Tuscola, Huron, and Sanilac Counties are in the Thumb, but depending on who you ask, the thumb also includes Lapeer and St. Clair Counties, as well as portions of northern Macomb and Oakland Counties and maybe even eastern Genesee County. This is deadly Serious Business to some. It all depends on whether you believe The Thumb is a geographic region, a political region, an economic region, or just where the thumb would be if Michigan were a hand.[[/note]]



* ThomasEdison was born in Milan, Ohio, but grew up in Port Huron. He moved to Kentucky at 19, was fired there, and ended up in New Jersey (where he made his name).

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* ThomasEdison UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison was born in Milan, Ohio, but grew up in Port Huron. He moved to Kentucky at 19, was fired there, and ended up in New Jersey (where he made his name).
9th Sep '17 4:00:07 PM nombretomado
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* Mid-Michigan: Centered on the state capital, Lansing. Moderately populated, its economy is dependent on agriculture, some industry (if you're driving a Cadillac in America, it was probably made in Lansing), government (around Lansing), and education (around Lansing and Mt. Pleasant). The Lansing area plays host to one major university (Michigan State University, in East Lansing), one significant third-tier law school (Cooley, in Downtown Lansing) a vocational college (Davenport University, again in downtown), besides the obligatory community college. Mount Pleasant is home to Central Michigan University, which is respectable enough for a "directional" college. CMU has an intense rivalry with Western Michigan, and to a lesser extent Eastern as well. CMU also boasts one of the best broadcasting programs in the state, and has beaten out MSU in recent years. Jackson, in the south-central part of the state, is roughly the midway point between between Ann Arbor and Lansing (traveling northwest) and between Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo (traveling roughly due west); it is notable in Michigan for playing host to Michigan's most important maximum-security prison and being the birthplace of the [[AmericanPoliticalSystem Republican Party]].[[note]]This last is somewhat ironic, as Jackson is named after UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson, the founder of the Democratic Party in its current institutional form.[[/note]] Flint--essentially Detroit-like, but smaller--can be considered part of Mid-Michigan (with the Tri-Cities of Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland), Southeast Michigan, or...

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* Mid-Michigan: Centered on the state capital, Lansing. Moderately populated, its economy is dependent on agriculture, some industry (if you're driving a Cadillac in America, it was probably made in Lansing), government (around Lansing), and education (around Lansing and Mt. Pleasant). The Lansing area plays host to one major university (Michigan State University, in East Lansing), one significant third-tier law school (Cooley, in Downtown Lansing) a vocational college (Davenport University, again in downtown), besides the obligatory community college. Mount Pleasant is home to Central Michigan University, which is respectable enough for a "directional" college. CMU has an intense rivalry with Western Michigan, and to a lesser extent Eastern as well. CMU also boasts one of the best broadcasting programs in the state, and has beaten out MSU in recent years. Jackson, in the south-central part of the state, is roughly the midway point between between Ann Arbor and Lansing (traveling northwest) and between Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo (traveling roughly due west); it is notable in Michigan for playing host to Michigan's most important maximum-security prison and being the birthplace of the [[AmericanPoliticalSystem [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Republican Party]].[[note]]This last is somewhat ironic, as Jackson is named after UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson, the founder of the Democratic Party in its current institutional form.[[/note]] Flint--essentially Detroit-like, but smaller--can be considered part of Mid-Michigan (with the Tri-Cities of Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland), Southeast Michigan, or...
9th Sep '17 2:28:44 PM nombretomado
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* Potter Stewart, [[AmericanCourts Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court]], was born in Jackson and spent a lot of time in Michigan in his youth (although Ohio has a stronger claim on him). [[SmallReferencePools He's most famous for writing]] the "[[MemeticMutation I know it when I see it]]" definition of "hard-core pornography" (as opposed to "[[ItsNotPornItsArt erotic art]]") in ''Jacobellis v. Ohio'' (1967). [[NeverLiveItDown It is really quite a shame]], as he's highly respected for jurisprudence on court access, civil rights, free speech, and the Fourth Amendment.

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* Potter Stewart, [[AmericanCourts [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court]], was born in Jackson and spent a lot of time in Michigan in his youth (although Ohio has a stronger claim on him). [[SmallReferencePools He's most famous for writing]] the "[[MemeticMutation I know it when I see it]]" definition of "hard-core pornography" (as opposed to "[[ItsNotPornItsArt erotic art]]") in ''Jacobellis v. Ohio'' (1967). [[NeverLiveItDown It is really quite a shame]], as he's highly respected for jurisprudence on court access, civil rights, free speech, and the Fourth Amendment.
14th Aug '17 12:38:26 PM JamesAustin
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14th Aug '17 12:03:09 PM JamesAustin
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->Michigan, the giant hand holding UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} back from trying to fight UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}.
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31st Jul '17 11:38:58 AM KYCubbie
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An oft-forgotten fact about Michigan is that it is ''huge''--the largest state east of the Mississippi by total area, and the second-largest east of the Mississippi by land area (Georgia is a little bigger). Its land area is approximately the same as that of England and Wales combined, and its total area is slightly greater than the [[UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK island of Great Britain]] (in other words, Michigan has an entire UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}'s worth of lake). The shape of the state--two peninsulas roughly perpendicular to each other--makes getting from the UP border with Wisconsin to Detroit quite a long trip. [[note]]The drive from Monroe (the south-easternmost major town in the LP) to UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} is actually shorter than the drive from Monroe to Ironwood (the north-westernmost major town in the UP)[[/note]]

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An oft-forgotten fact about Michigan is that it is ''huge''--the largest state east of the Mississippi by total area, and the second-largest east of the Mississippi by land area (Georgia (UsefulNotes/{{Georgia|USA}} is a little bigger). Its land area is approximately the same as that of England and Wales combined, and its total area is slightly greater than the [[UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK island of Great Britain]] (in other words, Michigan has an entire UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}'s worth of lake). The shape of the state--two peninsulas roughly perpendicular to each other--makes getting from the UP border with Wisconsin to Detroit quite a long trip. [[note]]The drive from Monroe (the south-easternmost major town in the LP) to UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} is actually shorter than the drive from Monroe to Ironwood (the north-westernmost major town in the UP)[[/note]]



*** University of Detroit-Mercy: A private Catholic college, noted for its surprising prowess at basketball. (Still, it hasn't gotten past the second round of March Madness. Curses.) Also, it is notably surrounded by spiked fences and has a secured driveway.

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*** University of Detroit-Mercy: Detroit Mercy: A private Catholic college, also in Detroit itself, noted for its surprising prowess at basketball. (Still, it hasn't gotten past the second round of March Madness. Curses.) Also, it is notably surrounded by spiked fences and has a secured driveway.



** The more rural areas are noted for their fruit production, including viticulture (i.e. wine); Lake Michigan increases rainfall and moderates the climate, making the whole coast heaven for fruit farmers. As a result, Michigan as a state has the second-most diverse range of agricultural crops, beat out only by California in that statistic. Also heavily dependent on tourism: there are lots of nice beaches on the lake shoreline, which attract people from elsewhere in the state (and other places; people from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} and its suburbs come too) in the summertime.

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** The more rural areas are noted for their fruit production, including viticulture (i.e. wine); Lake Michigan increases rainfall and moderates the climate, making the whole coast heaven for fruit farmers. As a result, Michigan as a state has the second-most diverse range of agricultural crops, beat beaten out only by California in that statistic. Also heavily dependent on tourism: there are lots of nice beaches on the lake shoreline, which attract people from elsewhere in the state (and other places; people from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} and its suburbs come too) in the summertime.



* Music/KidRock (Romeo), who still lives in southeast Michigan and hosts discount concerts for local fans on occasion.

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* Music/KidRock (Romeo), who still lives in southeast Michigan and hosts discount concerts for local fans on occasion. And is seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.
17th Mar '17 10:34:58 PM karstovich2
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* Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit.

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* Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit.Detroit; he later moved to UsefulNotes/NewJersey.



* Music/ArethaFranklin, although born in Memphis, was raised in Detroit.

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* Music/ArethaFranklin, although born in Memphis, was raised in Detroit. She still lives in the area, and is active in the community. She even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEalEKNu7jM makes a ham with a glaze based on Vernors]] (Detroit's native sweet, strongly-flavored ginger ale; Vernors-glazed holiday hams are quite common in Detroit's Black community).
17th Mar '17 10:16:08 PM karstovich2
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* West Michigan: Often called the West Coast, since it lies on the shore of Lake Michigan. Centered on Grand Rapids, the state's second-largest city, which was historically a major base for the furniture industry (so much so that even today it's sometimes called Furniture City); today, the most famous company in the city is "[[InsistentTerminology multi-level marketing]]" [[WeCare consumer goods company]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Amway]], although office-furniture giant Steelcase is based in the area and the legendary Herman Miller company (of Aeron Chair fame) is based in nearby Zeeland. Also home to large numbers of stern Dutch Calvinists (to the point that there's a town of Holland just west of Grand Rapids with an annual tulip festival, wooden shoes, and a Dutch Reformed seminary/college),[[note]]And now you know why there's FreestateAmsterdam: the stern Christians went off to Michigan, and sadly that's not just a joke, it's seriously true.[[/note]] with a predictable effect on the region's politics: although the city of Grand Rapids itself is quite liberal (having been abandoned by the Dutch and taken over by Catholic Italians, Poles, and Latinos), the region as a whole is considered a very safe seat for the Republicans; it was securely UsefulNotes/GeraldFord's seat for years, and today Libertarian/Tea Party darling Justin Amash represents Greater Grand Rapids [[BerserkButton including downtown Grand Rapids itself]], and [[RantInducingSlight asking "How can that be?"]] will earn you a long and '''loud''' lecture on what "Gerrymandering" is.[[note]]In total fairness to Mr. Amash, the City of Grand Rapids is not even close to being large enough on its own for a Congressional district: the city has about 188,000 people, while a Congressional district in Michigan needs to have, on average, about 706,000. On the other hand, Grand Rapids is divided between two districts with heavily rural populations outside the city instead of being part of a single unified district that would be much more competitive thanks to GR's persuadable suburbs, which are also divided--although to be fair yet again, those suburbs definitely ''lean'' Republican: Kent County (in which GR sits) has a population of about 610,000 (a little short of a full Congressional district), and the county government is mostly Republican.[[/note]]

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* West Michigan: Often called the West Coast, since it lies on the shore of Lake Michigan. Centered on Grand Rapids, the state's second-largest city, which was historically a major base for the furniture industry (so much so that even today it's sometimes called Furniture City); today, the most famous company in the city is "[[InsistentTerminology "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level marketing]]" marketing]], we swear we're not a PyramidScheme" [[WeCare consumer goods company]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Amway]], although office-furniture giant Steelcase is based in the area and the legendary Herman Miller company (of Aeron Chair fame) is based in nearby Zeeland. Also home to large numbers of stern Dutch Calvinists (to the point that there's a town of Holland just west of Grand Rapids with an annual tulip festival, wooden shoes, and a Dutch Reformed seminary/college),[[note]]And now you know why there's FreestateAmsterdam: the stern Christians went off to Michigan, and sadly that's not just a joke, it's seriously true.[[/note]] with a predictable effect on the region's politics: although the city of Grand Rapids itself is quite liberal (having been abandoned by the Dutch and taken over by Catholic Italians, Poles, and Latinos), the region as a whole is considered a very safe seat for the Republicans; it was securely UsefulNotes/GeraldFord's seat for years, and today Libertarian/Tea Party darling Justin Amash represents Greater Grand Rapids [[BerserkButton including downtown Grand Rapids itself]], and [[RantInducingSlight asking "How can that be?"]] will earn you a long and '''loud''' lecture on what "Gerrymandering" is.[[note]]In total fairness to Mr. Amash, the City of Grand Rapids is not even close to being large enough on its own for a Congressional district: the city has about 188,000 people, while a Congressional district in Michigan needs to have, on average, about 706,000. On the other hand, Grand Rapids is divided between two districts with heavily rural populations outside the city instead of being part of a single unified district that would be much more competitive thanks to GR's persuadable suburbs, which are also divided--although to be fair yet again, those suburbs definitely ''lean'' Republican: Kent County (in which GR sits) has a population of about 610,000 (a little short of a full Congressional district), and the county government is mostly Republican.[[/note]]
15th Dec '16 8:41:23 AM Schwagle
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* The two largest Universities in the state are the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State University (in East Lansing, which is immediately [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin east of Lansing]]). The two Universities are leading National Research Institutions and they share an intense, in-state rivalry with each other in sports--and everything else.[[note]]Academically, consensus holds that MSU's best programs are better than their equivalents at Michigan, but that Michigan is better on average--if only because Michigan is often the "safety school" for East Coasters who ''just'' missed the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague. MSU, on the other hand--and in particular its best programs--is a highly-desired target school for less well-off kids from Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Additionally, people in the know note the remarkable number of University of Chicago grads who go on to become MSU profs and and the number of MSU grads who go on to study at [=UChicago=]; they tend think of MSU as a sort of public-university outpost of Chicago. MSU is almost universally agreed, however to have a '''much''' better men's basketball program thanks to their coach Tom Izzo, widely agreed to be one of the best college basketball coaches in the nation, and somewhat infamous for his willingness to make fun of himself[[/note]] How [[FriendlyEnemy friendly]] this rivalry gets depends on who you ask; since many Michiganders have relatives who went to both, and many went to both themselves (it's actually surprisingly common for doctors and lawyers from Michigan to have attended MSU for undergrad and then Michigan for med school/law school) there's often a desire to keep the peace, but others regard the other school as The Enemy (or at U of M, The Second Enemy, The First Enemy being Ohio State), with whom there is no reconciliation. If Michigan State is playing against Ohio State, U of M will be angry no matter the result. U of M feels they're the only school allowed to defeat Michigan State, but they also don't want MSU to rob them of the opportunity to conquer the Buckeyes. That said, if Michigan's luck has been lousy enough to rule out a Wolverines-Buckeyes game, then most U of M fans will (grudgingly) root for the Michigan State Spartans. The rivalry against Ohio State stems all the way back to Michigan's birth as a state, during which the then-Michigan Territory declared war on Ohio over who the city of [[UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio Toledo]] belonged to. This border dispute awarded the Toledo Strip to Ohio and gave Michigan the Upper Peninsula as a "consolation". Some Michiganders remain bitter to this day about the whole debacle even though Wisconsin arguably was the state hurt the most by the "Toledo War" and in the long run Michigan actually made out quite well with the Upper Peninsula's abundant natural resources.[[note]]Not that Ohio has forgotten the grudge; every true Ohioan knows a certain ditty, to the tune of "The Old Gray Mare," that goes, ''We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan... 'cause we're from O-hi-o.''[[/note]]

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* The two largest Universities in the state are the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State University (in East Lansing, which is immediately [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin east of Lansing]]). The two Universities are leading National Research Institutions and they share an intense, in-state rivalry with each other in sports--and everything else.[[note]]Academically, consensus holds that MSU's best programs are better than their equivalents at Michigan, but that Michigan is better on average--if only because Michigan is often the "safety school" for East Coasters who ''just'' missed the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague. MSU, on the other hand--and in particular its best programs--is a highly-desired target school for less well-off kids from Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Additionally, people in the know note the remarkable number of University of Chicago grads who go on to become MSU profs and and the number of MSU grads who go on to study at [=UChicago=]; they tend think of MSU as a sort of public-university outpost of Chicago. MSU is almost universally agreed, however to have a '''much''' better men's basketball program thanks to their coach Tom Izzo, widely agreed to be one of the best college basketball coaches in the nation, and somewhat infamous for his willingness to make fun of himself[[/note]] How [[FriendlyEnemy friendly]] this rivalry gets depends on who you ask; since many Michiganders have relatives who went to both, and many went to both themselves (it's actually surprisingly common for doctors and lawyers from Michigan to have attended MSU for undergrad and then Michigan for med school/law school) there's often a desire to keep the peace, but others regard the other school as The Enemy (or at U of M, The Second Enemy, The First Enemy being Ohio State), with whom there is no reconciliation. If Michigan State is playing against Ohio State, U of M will be angry no matter the result. U of M feels they're [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only school allowed to defeat Michigan State, State]], but they also don't want MSU to rob them of the opportunity to conquer the Buckeyes. That said, if Michigan's luck has been lousy enough to rule out a Wolverines-Buckeyes game, then most U of M fans will (grudgingly) root for the Michigan State Spartans. The rivalry against Ohio State stems all the way back to Michigan's birth as a state, during which the then-Michigan Territory declared war on Ohio over who the city of [[UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio Toledo]] belonged to. This border dispute awarded the Toledo Strip to Ohio and gave Michigan the Upper Peninsula as a "consolation". Some Michiganders remain bitter to this day about the whole debacle even though Wisconsin arguably was the state hurt the most by the "Toledo War" and in the long run Michigan actually made out quite well with the Upper Peninsula's abundant natural resources.[[note]]Not that Ohio has forgotten the grudge; every true Ohioan knows a certain ditty, to the tune of "The Old Gray Mare," that goes, ''We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan... 'cause we're from O-hi-o.''[[/note]]
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