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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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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 (the ones who didn't go to UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica *''ahem''*to invent [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]]*''ahem''*) 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. And now, Amash's decision to run as an ''independent'' after daring to voice his support for Trump's impeachment, which led US secretary of education Betsy deVos, who is part of one of Grand Rapids' wealthiest families, to withdraw financial support for Amash's campaign, the seat may well be up for grabs in 2020.[[/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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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 (the ones who didn't go to UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica *''ahem''*to invent [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]]*''ahem''*) 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. And now, after Amash's decision to run as an ''independent'' after daring to voice his support for Trump's impeachment, which led US secretary of education Betsy deVos, who is part of one of Grand Rapids' wealthiest families, to withdraw financial support for Amash's campaign, the seat may well be up for grabs in 2020.[[/note]]


* 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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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 (the ones who didn't go to UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica *''ahem''*to invent [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]]*''ahem''*) 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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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 (the ones who didn't go to UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica *''ahem''*to invent [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]]*''ahem''*) 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 ''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.Republican. And now, Amash's decision to run as an ''independent'' after daring to voice his support for Trump's impeachment, which led US secretary of education Betsy deVos, who is part of one of Grand Rapids' wealthiest families, to withdraw financial support for Amash's campaign, the seat may well be up for grabs in 2020.[[/note]]


* ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' --A SurvivalHorror game developed by Creator/GrasshopperManufacture. Ironically, it was never released in the US.

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* ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' --A SurvivalHorror game developed by Creator/GrasshopperManufacture. Ironically, it was never released in the US.



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* ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' --A SurvivalHorror game developed by Creator/GrasshopperManufacture. Ironically, it was never released in the US.



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* Professional wrestler [[Wrestling/RubyRiott Heidi Lovelace (WWE's Ruby Riott)]] was born in Edwardsburg but is based out of Indiana.



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[[caption-width-right:350:You gotta ''hand'' it to Michigan.]]


* Creator/ErnestHemingway's famous short story "Big Two-Hearted River" is centered on a trout fishing trip in (again) the UP. (Fun fact: Bell's Brewery takes the name of its main year-round beer, the Big Two-Hearted Ale IPA, from the Hemingway short story. Trout are prominently featured on the packaging.)

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* Creator/ErnestHemingway's famous short story "Big Two-Hearted River" is centered on a trout fishing trip in (again) the UP. (Fun fact: Bell's Brewery takes the name of its main year-round beer, the Big Two-Hearted Ale IPA, from the Hemingway short story. Trout are prominently featured on the packaging.)


* 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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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 (the ones who didn't go to UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica to *''ahem''*invent [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]]*''ahem''*) 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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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 (the ones who didn't go to UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica to *''ahem''*invent *''ahem''*to invent [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]]*''ahem''*) 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]]


* 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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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]]

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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 "seriously, it's [[InsistentTerminology multi-level 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 (the ones who didn't go to UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica to *''ahem''*invent [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]]*''ahem''*) 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]]


** Southeast Michigan also has the dubious honor of being the most racially-segregated metropolitan area in the United States. After the race riots of the late 1960s, wealthier white Detroiters fled to the suburbs, leaving Detroit predominantly poor and black. This has major effects on the region's dynamics; [[SeriousBusiness this is understandably a hot topic]], so [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we won't get into it here]].

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** Southeast Michigan also has the dubious honor of being the most racially-segregated metropolitan area in the United States. After the race riots of the late 1960s, wealthier white Detroiters fled to the suburbs, leaving Detroit predominantly poor and black. This has major effects on the region's dynamics; [[SeriousBusiness this is understandably a hot topic]], so [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we won't get into it here]].


* Music/TheStooges: Formed in Ann Arbor. Iggy Pop was born in West Michigan.
* Jeff Daniels (born in Georgia) grew up in Chelsea and attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.

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* Music/TheStooges: Formed in Ann Arbor. Iggy Pop Music/IggyPop was born in West Michigan.
* Jeff Daniels Music/{{MC5}} was another famous Ann Arbor band.
* Creator/JeffDaniels
(born in Georgia) grew up in Chelsea and attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.



* Lily Tomlin was born and raised in Detroit.
* Motown entertainers, including the Supremes, Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas (Martha Reeve is now a Detroit councilwoman), Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, etc. and label founder Berry Gordy.

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* Lily Tomlin Creator/LilyTomlin was born and raised in Detroit.
* Motown Creator/{{Motown}} entertainers, including the Supremes, Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas (Martha Reeve Reeves is now a Detroit councilwoman), Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Music/StevieWonder, etc. and label founder Berry Gordy.



* Music/ArethaFranklin, although born in Memphis, was raised in Detroit. She lived in the area up until her death in 2018, and was 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).

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* Music/ArethaFranklin, although born in Memphis, was raised in Detroit. She lived in the area up until her death in 2018, and was active in the community. She even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEalEKNu7jM makes made 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).



* [[Series/MythBusters Jamie Hyneman]] is from Marshall, although ''[=MythBusters=]'' was based in San Francisco.

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* [[Series/MythBusters Jamie Hyneman]] Hyneman of ''Series/MythBusters'' is from Marshall, although ''[=MythBusters=]'' was based in San Francisco.UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.



* Francis Ford Coppola was born in Detroit, although raised in Long Island and New York City.
* Tom Selleck was born in Detroit, but based in Califronia.

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* Francis Ford Coppola Creator/FrancisFordCoppola was born in Detroit, although raised in Long Island and New York City.
* Tom Selleck Creator/TomSelleck was born in Detroit, but based in Califronia.UsefulNotes/{{California}}.



** Incidentally, Ford's racism is responsible for making Metro Detroit in general and Dearborn in particular the single largest Arab community in North America: Ford hated black people so much he preferred to bring in workers from UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}} and UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}} , paying their fares across the Atlantic, rather than hire blacks. The Arab immigration established a nucleus that snowballed into what it is today.
* Terry O'Quinn grew up in Newberry in the Upper Peninsula and went to Central Michigan University.

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** Incidentally, Ford's racism is responsible for making Metro Detroit in general and Dearborn in particular the single largest Arab community in North America: Ford hated black people so much he preferred to bring in workers from UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}} and UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}} , UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}}, paying their fares across the Atlantic, rather than hire blacks. The Arab immigration established a nucleus that snowballed into what it is today.
* Terry O'Quinn Creator/TerryOQuinn grew up in Newberry in the Upper Peninsula and went to Central Michigan University.



* Creator/TimAllen was raised in Birmingham (although born in Denver) and attended CMU and Western. He currently narrates the "Pure Michigan" tourism ads. This is why ''Series/HomeImprovement'' was based in Michigan (with his birth state taking center stage for [[Series/LastManStanding his next sitcom]])
* 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 (although he ultimately backed out).

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* Creator/TimAllen was raised in Birmingham (although born in Denver) UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}) and attended CMU and Western. He currently narrates the "Pure Michigan" tourism ads. This is why ''Series/HomeImprovement'' was based in Michigan (with his birth state taking center stage for [[Series/LastManStanding his next sitcom]])
* Music/KidRock (Romeo), who still lives in southeast Michigan and hosts discount concerts for local fans on occasion. And is was seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 (although he ultimately backed out).



* 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).

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* 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 UsefulNotes/NewJersey (where he made his name).



* Series/TheDailyShow correspondent Jordan Klepper, from Kalamazoo.

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* Series/TheDailyShow correspondent Jordan Klepper, ''Series/TheDailyShow'' correspondent and host of ''Series/TheOppositionWithJordanKlepper'', is from Kalamazoo.



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** Also home to Mackinaw City, another popular tourist town and the southern anchor of the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas and is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere between anchorages[[note]]The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City and Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco are commonly cited as longer, but this is only true if only the suspension spans are counted- The Mighty Mac has a whopping total span length of 5 miles, compared to the Verrazano-Narrows' 2.6 miles and the Golden Gate's tiny 1.7 miles[[/note]]. Also a common base for tourists to Mackinac Island, an extremely popular tourist destination for Midwesterners that gained national recognition as the filming location for the cult classic Film/SomewhereInTime. Yes, the city is spelled "Mackinaw" and the bridge and island are spelled "Mackinac," and for reference, both are pronounced "Mackinaw."

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** Also home to Mackinaw City, another popular tourist town and the southern anchor of the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas and is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere between anchorages[[note]]The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco are commonly cited as longer, but this is only true if only the suspension spans are counted- The Mighty Mac has a whopping total span length of 5 miles, compared to the Verrazano-Narrows' 2.6 miles and the Golden Gate's tiny 1.7 miles[[/note]]. Also a common base for tourists to Mackinac Island, an extremely popular tourist destination for Midwesterners that gained national recognition as the filming location for the cult classic Film/SomewhereInTime.CultClassic ''Film/SomewhereInTime''. Yes, the city is spelled "Mackinaw" and the bridge and island are spelled "Mackinac," and for reference, both are pronounced "Mackinaw."


Michigan is a northern American state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. It is bordered to the south by the states of Indiana and Ohio, and by Wisconsin to the west. The state borders four of the five Great Lakes (Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie) and for this reason is known as the Great Lake State. Michigan is the only state to lie entirely on a peninsula, or (as it happens) two: the sparsely-populated Upper Peninsula (UP) in the north and the more densely-populated Lower Peninsula (LP) in the south. The LP famously looks like a mitten; if you ask a Michigander where he/she is from, very often he/she will point to a spot on the back of the left or front of the right hand (the fingers are populated, but not as heavily), using the hand as a rough map of the state. [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Metropolitan Detroit]] occupies the area around the first knuckle of the thumb, while Flint is about halfway up the thumb webbing on the palmar side. Saginaw and associated cities are up the thumb. Lansing is smack in the middle of the palm, and Grand Rapids occupies approximately the fourth (ring) finger's first knuckle (if using the back of the left) or a bit below the base of it (if using the inside of the right). Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula and associated "cottage country" all are located along the pinky finger, while Mackinac Island is just off the tip of the first (index) and adjacent to the middle finger.

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Michigan is a northern American state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. It is bordered to the south by the states of Indiana and Ohio, UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}, and by Wisconsin to the west. The state borders four of the five Great Lakes (Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie) and for this reason is known as the Great Lake State. Michigan is the only state to lie entirely on a peninsula, or (as it happens) two: the sparsely-populated Upper Peninsula (UP) in the north and the more densely-populated Lower Peninsula (LP) in the south. The LP famously looks like a mitten; if you ask a Michigander where he/she is from, very often he/she will point to a spot on the back of the left or front of the right hand (the fingers are populated, but not as heavily), using the hand as a rough map of the state. [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Metropolitan Detroit]] occupies the area around the first knuckle of the thumb, while Flint is about halfway up the thumb webbing on the palmar side. Saginaw and associated cities are up the thumb. Lansing is smack in the middle of the palm, and Grand Rapids occupies approximately the fourth (ring) finger's first knuckle (if using the back of the left) or a bit below the base of it (if using the inside of the right). Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula and associated "cottage country" all are located along the pinky finger, while Mackinac Island is just off the tip of the first (index) and adjacent to the middle finger.

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* ''Literature/TheHouseWithAClockInItsWalls''--Set in the fictional town of New Zebedee, which is itself based on the city of Marshall.


*** Kalamazoo plays host to two educational institutions--Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. WMU is notable for being a party school (nicknamed "Wastern") rather like Indiana's Purdue University, but of a substantially lower caliber in most areas except for Medieval Studies, while Kalamazoo is a liberal arts college notable for sending all its undergrads abroad for a year and being ridiculously expensive. However, two other areas in which WMU has long held much prestige are vocal jazz (their vocal-jazz ensemble "Gold Company" has a long track record for winning the highest awards for collegiate vocal jazz music) and its aviation program. Many of the nation's air-traffic controllers earned their credentials at WMU. Another major attraction there is the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, known to locals as the "Air Zoo". Consisting of two buildings (which are far enough apart to require a short drive), its aircraft collection is surprisingly diverse and rich, and includes one of the only two SR-71B "Blackbird" trainer aircraft ever built (the sole surviving B). Also nearby is the Gilmore Car Museum (an automotive history collection rivalling that of even the Motor City itself).

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*** Kalamazoo plays host to two educational institutions--Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. WMU is notable for being a party school (nicknamed "Wastern") rather like Indiana's Purdue University, but of a substantially lower caliber in most areas except for Medieval Studies, while Kalamazoo is a liberal arts college notable for sending all its undergrads abroad for a year and being ridiculously expensive. However, two other areas in which WMU has long held much prestige are vocal jazz (their vocal-jazz ensemble "Gold Company" has a long track record for winning the highest awards for collegiate vocal jazz music) and its aviation program. Many of the nation's air-traffic controllers earned their credentials at WMU. Another major attraction there is the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, known to locals as the "Air Zoo". Consisting of two buildings (which are far enough apart to require a short drive), its aircraft collection is surprisingly diverse and rich, and includes one of the only two SR-71B "Blackbird" trainer aircraft ever built (the sole surviving B).B) and the only remaining Curtiss XP-55 Ascender (on long-term loan from the Smithsonian, but restored in-house by Air Zoo staff). Also nearby is the Gilmore Car Museum (an automotive history collection rivalling that of even the Motor City itself).

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