Gordie Howe book by Dr. Murray Howe!


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The raffle will run from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29.


We are raffling off 3 personalized autographed copies of Dr. Murray Howe’s book ‘Nine Lessons I Learned From My Father‘.

Murray is the son of Gordie Howe and his book is a fun, humorous and thoughtful reflection on the life of his father and the multitude of lessons he’s learned from Gordie.


Dr. Murray Howe


Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey

Gordie Howe


Anyone familiar with the great sport of hockey, invariably knows the name Gordie Howe. The name Gordie Howe is synonymous with hockey. He is after all called “Mr. Hockey.”

Gordie Howe was even honored by being featured on The Simpsons (executive producer Al Jean is from Farmington Hills and a big Howe fan).

And Cameron Frye wore a Gordie Howe # 9 jersey in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (director John Hughes was from Lansing and Grosse Pointe and a big Howe fan).


Gordie Howe on The Simpsons!


Gordie, # 9, played professional hockey from 1946-1980. He was a right wing forward with the Detroit Red Wings until 1971. He took a few years off due to arthritis in his wrists, then played for the Houston Aeros and Hartford Whalers.

2,400 games. 975 goals. Mr. Hockey is indeed an apt moniker.

Helmet-less, ambidextrous and known for game-winning goals, Gordie Howe was “discovered” by Jack Adams in 1947.

1950, 52, 54 & 55, the Red Wings were Stanley Cup champions thanks to Gordie Howe and the Production Line of Gordie, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay.

Howe also played alongside Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuk, Marcel Pronovost, Red Kelly, and inspired not only his teammates but entire generations of hockey enthusiasts.



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Fans mailed letters to Mr. Hockey c/o Red Wings and the postman would deliver them to my father,” says Murray, “So essentially it was the postman who nicknamed Gordie “Mr. Hockey!
In the early 1950’s he lived at Ma Shaw’s boarding house, I don’t know the location. After he married, my parents moved to a home at 8556 Stawell Avenue, near Joy and Wyoming, in DetroitThey met at the Lucky Strike bowling alley. My mom went to Mackenzie High. My parents have written many books and I’m sure most of the specific details are on Wikipedia or in those books.

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On June 10th, 2016, 88-year-old Gordie Howe passed away at his son Murray’s house in Sylvania, Ohio.

A few days later they had a Public Visitation at Joe Louis Arena for Gordie where thousands of people came from all over the world to pay their respects and say their goodbyes to the hockey legend.

The next day, Gordie’s funeral was at Detroit’s Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. 900 people were there, including Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Gary Bettman, Steve Yzerman and other hockey luminaries.

A little over a year after that, Joe Louis Arena was replaced by the newly built Little Caesar’s Arena.

I love the new Little Caesar’s Hockey Arena,” says Murray, “The Ilitch family did an outstanding job. I also think my dad would have loved it. He still has his Howe #9 stall in the locker room. It’s home for him.”


Gordie Howe outside Gordie Howe Hockeyland Ice Arena


Fun Fact:

Gordie Howe’s Hockeyland Ice Arena (33101 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI).

Hockeyland was the USA’s first indoor ice arena when it opened in 1964.


Gordie Howe Hockeyland


*3 winners will be selected at random. Enter now for your chance to win!*

The raffle will run from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29.


Biography of Dr. Murray Howe 

Gordie Howe


Murray grew up in the Howe family household at 28780 Sunset Boulevard West, Lathrup Village, Michigan.

After completing my radiology training at University of Michigan, a friend of mine wooed me down to Toledo, Ohio, just a half-mile across from border from Michigan. Many of my friends and family remain in the Detroit area, which we also consider home. We visit Detroit at least every other week.”


Gordie Howe and Murray


Dr. MURRAY HOWE is Gordie Howe’s youngest son.

He is head of Sports Medicine Imaging for Toledo Radiological Associates and Promedica Health System’s Sports Care program.

An associate clinical professor at the University of Toledo Medical Center, he also serves on the University of Michigan Medical School Admissions Committee.

He has four decades of experience as a keynote speaker across Canada and the US covering various topics including sports medicine, health and wellness, and hockey.

The author lives in Sylvania, Ohio.


Gordie Howe and Murray


Gordie Howe may have been the greatest player in the history of hockey, but greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household.

Greatness meant being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice.

Unlike his two brother, Murray Howe failed in his attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a professional athlete. Yet his failure brought him to the realization that his dream wasn’t really to be a pro hockey player. His dream was to be his father.

To be amazing at something, but humble and gracious. To be courageous, and stand up for the little guy. To be a hero. You don’t need to be a hockey player to do that. What he learned was that it was a waste of time wishing you were like someone else.


The Nine Lessons from #9 

Dr. Murray Howe


Murray has learned far more than these 9 core lessons from his father. But this is a good sampling of what to expect in his amazing book.

1. Live honourably
2. Live generously
3. Play hard but have fun
4. Patience, patience, patience
5. Live selflessly
6. Be humble
7. Be tough
8. Stay positive
9. Friends and family are live gold – treasure them


The Gordie Howe International Bridge

Gordie Howe International Bridge (photo by WDIV Click on Detroit)


Few people are honored enough to have a bridge named after them. Gordie Howe is one of those rarities.

Gordie is a native Canadian who spent a considerable amount of time in Detroit and thus, many feel he best represents the mutual friendship of USA and Canada and that is why the new bridge is called the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Later this year, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority is starting construction on a $2 billion dollar bridge, which may be completed as early as 2022. The bridge will go from Windsor, Ontario, Canada to the Delray neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.

The Bridge project is moving forward. They are also planning to have a bike path on it, which I’m very excited to try out!


Gordie Howe International Bridge


*3 winners will be selected at random. Enter now for your chance to win!*

The raffle will run from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29.


Gordie Howe


Nine Lessons I Learned From My Father


Dr. Murray Howe


Gordie Howe video from the Red Wings


Detroit Red Wings Official NHL homepage


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Howe Foundation


Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (Gordie Howe International Bridge)


Tour Little Caesars Arena in Detroit!


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Gordie Howe Rookie Card

Gordie Howe and a young Wayne Gretzky

Gordie Howe and Sons

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*3 winners will be selected at random. Enter now for your chance to win!*

The raffle will run from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29.


Vinyl Records @ Detroit Bookfest and What We Love About Record Stores, Funk Music, MC5 and YOU!

Vinyl Records @ Detroit Bookfest and What We Love About Record Stores, Funk Music, MC5 and YOU!



Books and vinyl records go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Yes, several vendors will be selling vinyl records @ Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest).

We will also have DJ Zig-Zag playing funk music.


The Joy of Vinyl Records



LP’s (aka: vinyl records) are currently outselling digital downloads and CD’s by $200 million dollars!

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), this is a new and positive trend. And we hope it continues. Why? Because there is no adequate substitute for vinyl records.



When you download an MP3 audio file, the music gets compressed and you lose the fullness of sound that you get on vinyl records. The sound on vinyl is more expansive, nuanced and loaded with delicious sonic subtleties that are lost on all other formats. You can feel the music when listening to LP’s.

Plus, vinyl record listening, collecting and appreciation is a wonderful culture. Buying records at a store and listening to it is a fun and meaningful experience. You develop great relationships with record store owners and come to enjoy the variety of eclectic tastes out there.



If you’re just starting out, make sure you:

  • Buy a good, quality turntable
  • Buy at least 2-4 good, quality speakers
  • Buy some record crates to store your records in
  • Buy some record sleeves to protect your records
  • Get some good chairs for you and your friends to sit in



You don’t need to worry about cork mats, titanium tone arms, 180-gram vinyl, etc, when starting out. Just enjoy digging in crates and listening to good music that you like.

Audiophiles are vinyl connoisseurs whom appreciate hi-fi records and the sport & hobby of amassing an incredible collection of high grade records. Audiophiles are very knowledgeable and have years of experience. But you do not need to be an audiophile to appreciate good records.

We also want to thank Third Man Records Detroit and Archer Record Pressing Plant for making vinyl records in Detroit!





DJ Zig-Zag will be bringing the funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk to Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest).

Why do we love funk music?

Because it’s fun, upbeat, and there’s a certain Detroitness to funk music and a certain funk music vibe to the city of Detroit.


photo by: Nostalgia King


One of the big inspirations for us having funk music at Bookfest is Detroit DJ Frank Raines and his Funk Night Music parties.

Going strong since 2001, they are held the last Friday of every month at a different spot in Detroit. Frank spins funk records and they have live funk bands. We highly recommend you check them out!


MC5, Wayne Kramer & 50 Years of Kickin’ Out the Jams!


The rock band MC5 formed in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1964.

On Devils Night and Halloween 1968, they recorded their famous ‘Kick Out the Jams’ album live at Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom. This album propelled them to international acclaim.



2018 marks the 50th anniversary of MC5 and leader Wayne Kramer is leading MC5 on a historic 50th Anniversary concert tour that will culminate in an October live show at the Fillmore Detroit.



Mr. Kramer is also releasing his memoir ‘The Hard Stuff’ this August 14th via Da Capo Press.

Make sure you check out the book and tour!



Vinyl Record Stores in Southeast Michigan


The city of Detroit, Greater Detroit area and city of Ann Arbor are loaded with great vinyl record stores.

There are probably 40+ record stores in Southeast Michigan.



Here’s a random sampling of some:


Dearborn-Stormy Records

Detroit-Third Man Records

Hamtramck-Detroit Threads

Warren-Village Vinyl

Detroit-Paramita Sound

Hamtramck-Lo and Behold!

Detroit-People’s Records

Detroit-Hello Records

Royal Oak-UHF

Dearborn-Dearborn Music

Garden City-Rock of Ages

Hamtramck-Record Graveyard



Ypsilanti-Technical Equipment Supply

Ferndale-Found Sound

Mount Clemens-Weirdsville Records

Eastpointe-Melodies & Memories

Clawson-Flipside Records

Oak Park-Street Corner Music

Royal Oak-Solo Records & Tapes

Roseville-The Road Show

Plymouth-Finders Keepers

Ann Arbor-Encore Records

Ann Arbor-Underground Sounds

Ann Arbor-Wazoo Records

Ann Arbor-PJ’s Used Records



Wayne Kramer MC5


Third Man Records Detroit


Archer Record Pressing (Detroit)


Buy Peaches Record Crates (Peaches was a famous record store at 5120 Schaefer Road, Dearborn, Michigan in the 1970’s-80’s)


The Vinyl Factory (cool vinyl record blog)



Stereophile (high-end vinyl records and gear for audiophiles)


Vintage King Audio (Ferndale, Michigan)


Paragon Sound (Ann Arbor, Michigan)


David Michael Audio (Royal Oak, Michigan)


Audio Dimensions (Royal Oak, Michigan)



Ryan M. Place with his record collection in Detroit!