Mike Smith

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Looking Back: Jewish Dairies

United Dairies and Dairy Fresh were Jewish-owned and created nearly a century ago. Two recent communications led to this Looking Back. I had a conversation...

Looking Back: Michigan’s Jewish Suffragette

This month marks 100 years since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Michigan primary elections were held this week....

Looking Back: Call Me A Cab…

Looking back at the Morris Markin's Checker Cab Manufacturing Company and "Checker" cabs. I recently wrote about an early Jewish automobile leader that you may not...

Looking Back: Abracadabra

Michael Jacobson spent the last 30 years of his career performing thousands of magic shows. I read in the JN about Michael Jacobson passing away on...

Looking Back: RIP, ‘Zombie Bandit’

You may not recognize his name, but you might recall his nickname: Alan Hurwitz earned fame, or perhaps infamy, as the “Zombie Bandit.” Alan Hurwitz...

Looking Back: More Supermarket History

Looking back at some of the other smaller, but very popular, chain of Jewish-owned markets around metro Detroit. I wrote a “Looking Back” this past...

Looking Back: The Jewish Automaker You Never Heard Of

Gray Motor Corporation only manufactured for five years, 1921-1926. Car dealerships have reopened in Michigan as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it will...

Looking Back: Trump’s Henry Ford Gaffe

President Donald Trump referenced Henry Ford during a speech in late May at the Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan. You may have read about...