Riding past the “Joe”, (as it is commonly called), on the People Mover I noticed the demolition of a legend was coming down slowly but surely. Almost forty years of history and one more famous Detroit landmark bites the dust! This is what our politicians refer to as “making progress”. Joe Louis Arena, a tribute to the famous heavyweight champion boxer who grew up in Detroit, was completed in 1979 at a cost of 57 million and replaced the Olympia Stadium. Another memorial to the boxer is a monument of his arm, also known as “The Fist” which hangs in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. The monument weighs 8,000–lb., 24 feet long and it was dedicated to the city as a gift from Sports Illustrated in 1986. It was meant to commemorate a famous fight by the world champion boxer Joe Louis; an immense moral victory for our country in one of its darkest times. This is a story bigger than ourselves, our petty differences or our region. The true history behind the Joe Louis fist will always represent freedom, America and the tireless fight for equality around the world.
Joe Louis arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings NHL (National Hockey League) is the second oldest NHL venue. It hosted many other sports events, skating championships and concerts. As for the future of the Joe, that would be anyone’s guess. Let’s hope it will not be for more housing; we are wall to wall people now with not much space in between. It would have made a wonderful Senior Center which we desperately need. I can look out my 20th floor window and see all kinds of places that could be utilized. Wait until election time; maybe then ?? Dear readers, I have written a poem that is really “food for thought” and with my editors permission I will present it here.
“WHAT HAPPENED TO YESTERDAY ?”
Once bright, friendly smiles have now become angry frowns, All the news you hear today seems like the world is upside down,
Even Mother natures’ horrific fury is in the mix every time you turn around,
Once upon a time people communicated; today there is hardly a sound, Now no one pays attention, with earplugs in place and focused on
technology, silence abounds,
A cherry “Hello” to a passing stranger is met without even the blink of an eye,
The world’s weather is also terribly out of kilter and we wonder why, Let’s take the time NOW to do things different and STOP putting GOD
Be more aware of life and other people, then watch a BETTER world unfold!
Till next time and have a wonderful October.