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       This is the place for readers to find the stories about both Jonathan Raines, a tough detective in Detroit during the 1930s, and equally rugged West Texas lawman Johnny Madrid, plus other memorable  characters in novels featuring a variety of historical settings. 

This also is the place for Just Yesterday, a column devoted to interesting local historical tales, and little known facts about the people who settled Bay City and the State of Michigan.  There also is My Times, a column with comments on current news events with a historical perspectives.    You can stop at the Writer's Desk for helpful tips on writing that paper, newsletter, article, or even the great American novel.

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Pecos Moon By Tim Younkman
If I Die Again By Tim Younkman
Detroit 32 By Tim Younkman

My Times

Just Yesterday

  The world news is both frightening and perplexing.

   We’ve got a passenger train folding up like an accordion, a North Korean general executed by an anti-aircraft gun, mad religious bombers blowing up hundreds of people around the globe, and Tom Brady’s soft balls.

    How a football player’s inflationary tendencies are equal to the world’s maladies is confounding.

   Should a former University of Michigan footballer playing for the New England Patriots get suspended by the league for clandestinely using illegal soft balls, in a championship game no less? 

   Instead of discussing how to solve the real problems of the universe, millions of people are riveted to the issue of whether Tom Brady is being treated fairly. 

   Tom has made oodles of millions in legal tender clutching his soft balls and throwing them for touchdowns, even winning a super bowl doing so.  Make that three.

   So who should care if Tom Brady likes soft balls?

   I don’t, as long as I’m not standing too close to him.

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  Some thought it was an April Fool’s Day prank.

   A woman ran through the halls yelling:  “Fire!”

   Then they smelled the smoke and panic set in for some while others began moving in an orderly fashion to the fire escapes.

   On April 1, 1940, exactly 75 years ago, the elegant landmark Ridotto Building on the corner of Madison and Center avenues was consumed by flames.

   The gray brick building, a three-story structure, originally designed as an elegant entertainment venue for Bay City’s elite lumber baron families, began to implode in less than an hour.

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