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  •  My freshman year roommate was from there. (7+ / 0-)

    His dad had worked for Sam Williams at Chrysler when Williams was busy doing early work on their turbine car. In 1963 or so, Chrysler built about 50 prototypes and my roommate's family got to drive one for a week or two. He said you could blow all the leaves off your lawn with one.

    In 1954 (says Wikipedia), Williams started Williams Research Corporation (later Williams International) in Walled Lake. My roommate ended up working for that company for a number of years. It builds engines for light jets and also for cruise missiles. They built a version of the Bell Jet Belt using one of the early engines.

    My roommate was more "prejudiced" against people from Grosse Pointe. I don't think anybody gave much thought to Bloomfield Hills back in the 60s, though.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 08:32:12 AM PDT

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    •  i knew about walled lake (5+ / 0-)
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      My roommate was more "prejudiced" against people from Grosse Pointe. I don't think anybody gave much thought to Bloomfield Hills back in the 60s, though.
      i can see this. otoh, grosse pointe was far more accessible than bloomfield hills what with just being up jefferson past the chrysler plant as it were. and it was only the dodges and fords and the like that lived along the lake behind gates. everyone else lived on streets with addresses just like i did.

      btw, bloomfield hills must have plotzed when aretha franklin moved to bloomfield hills.

    •  My first "real" job as a programmer was at (2+ / 0-)
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      Williams. ahhh '81 was a good year!

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 01:25:20 PM PDT

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      •  Ever run into a guy named (0+ / 0-)

        Fred Welch? He was there around then, I think.

        There was another guy I knew from Aero engineering classes at Michigan who worked there but I can't recall his name at the moment.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 04:00:43 PM PDT

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