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5000 Ways To Know You’re From Detroit
Elaine Weeks and Chris Edwards were born and raised in Windsorr, Ontario, Canada. They had their first date poolside at the Ponchartrain Hotels’ PJazz in 1980 (Elaine still has her t-shirt!) Their mutual love of all things Detroit sparked a lasting union with each other, and the Motor City.
Growing up in the shadow of Motown, Chris and Elaine traveled north across the American/Canadian border countless times to enjoy the wonders of J.L. Hudson’s (especially at Christmas), hop on the little train through the Detroit Zoo, cheer for the Boys of Summer (proud bleacher creatures in ‘84), line up to board the Bob-Lo boat, scarf down coneys (Lafayette!), Better Made chips (can’t just have one!) and a Stroh’s or Vernor’s, bliss out at rock, blues, and jazz concerts, wander through the incomparable DIA.
They tuned to Motown, Bob Seger and Mitch Ryder on their city’s Big 8 - CKLW radio station, (sixties Detroit acts played all over the area, including Windsor High School dances), then later to ABX, W4, and CJOM, glued to their TV sets to watch Soupy, Sir Graves, Sonny, Bozo and Swingin’ Time on Channels 2-4-7-9, read the Freep and the News every Sunday. Some might say they absorbed more American news and culture by living on Detroit’s border than from Canada.
In 1998 the pair launched a publishing company and a community magazine called ‘The Walkerville Times’ named after the Windsor community that was founded by Detroiter Hiram Walker. They have authored six books mostly about Windsor so it seemed inevitable that they would look northward to the Motor City and publish their most expansive history and nostalgia book to date.