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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 08:18 AM
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17. "Peyton Place" is a good description
As I said, I grew up in Kentwood and have lived in the Detroit area for 20 years. One summer when I was a college student, I was home for the summer and Kentwood always had a 4th of July parade down Kalamazoo AVE (I lived near 52nd and Kalamazoo). My sister and some of our mutual friends walked to the end of our street to watch. The big scandal was that the Mayor of Kentwood (Gerald DeRuiter) had an affair with the City Treasurer (I forgot her name). Both parties were married and had families-we were calling Kentwood Peyton Place. This was around 1985 or so.

My dad knew Secchia from his business at the Amway Grand, back when old man DeVos was alive and wouldn't own a liquor license. Secchia also addressed a Close Up high school conference I attended at Ottawa Hills HS my senior year. Instead, Secchia owned all the restaurants in the hotel and the associated liqour licenses. I don't think the current generation of DeVoses have the same issues.

What year did you graduate from EGR? I knew several people there in the early to mid 80s. I also was in orchestra (my violin teacher lived in EGR) and involved in Young Life. I also lived very briefly in Eastown, in 1986-87, before I moved to Detroit. I still go to Yesterdog every time I am in GR. Detroit coney dogs are just not the same.
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