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About meI spent 35 years as a college professor, an occupation that provided me with someone who would pay me to do what I most enjoyed: reading and writing!

About my libraryAs a former newspaper reporter, I have a wide range of reading interests, and my library reflects this. It is like Nebraska's Platte River in the spring: two miles wide, and two inches deep!

GroupsFolio Society devotees, Michigan, Great Lakes: literature and environment

Favorite authorsJohn le Carré, Colin Dexter, John Dunning, John Fowles, Neil Gaiman, Jim Harrison, Jon Hassler, Joseph Heywood, P. D. James, Michael Lewis, Henning Mankell, C. Wright Mills, Harry Mulisch, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Peter Robinson, Nevil Shute, Peter Singer, Tom Stoppard, Graham Swift, William Trevor, T. H. White, Isabel Wilkerson, Raymond Williams, Simon Winchester, Howard Zinn (Shared favorites)

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LocationA Yooper in exile in Southern Illinois

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No idea of how I landed on this page, but a couple of questions: 1) Is there some sort of rivalry between people from a thumb of the US (the thumb that isn't Maine) and Nebraskans? What you say about the North Platte River sounds a bit like 'all you've got over is a river that's pretending to be profound as the Nile but isn't'. 2), re a post below, whatever sort of sports team is called Salukis? At first I pictured high-fashion models being cheered on at croquet or bubble-blowing but then I remembered Iron Mountain and, um, unnaturally thin ski-jumpers.
Hi there, Walt.

I can't take credit for the image: I nicked it from a friend, who nicked it from a friend, who ...

It is pretty cool, though!

~ Joyce
Dear Walt,

Thanks for your reply! I was at Southern from 1992-1994. It was my first stop when I came to the US. I had a great time there - wonderful people. Still in touch with people in the physics department there.

Thanks so much for the book suggestions!

Vielen Dank - and, go Salukis!

Greetings, Peter
Title The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People
Author Multiple Authors
Collections MichTelAssn library
Your review Very good book, essential reading for anyone interested in the re-vitalization of Michigan's economy.
Other authors
Editor – Layton, Colleen
Editor – Pruitt, Tawny
Editor – Cekola, Kim
Publication date 2011
Publication Michigan Municipal League (2011), Perfect Paperback, 174 pages
ISBN 0615475558 / 9780615475554
Try this read for Michigan:
The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People
Dear Walter,

Thank you for the comment. I believe the 'swinging sixties" were exactly the right time to be in the UK. I could find whatever England I wanted. London was so inexpensive and Londonish! The countryside was not clogged with cars and the train from London to Brighton still had a dining car with a full English breakfast incljuding kippers. Ah, nostalgia.

I was in London and Stratford in March. London was so crowded that I had to shove my way through Bloomsbury.(I still stay in a b and b on Montague around the corner from the British Museum). There was NOT ONE used book store in the little streets opposite the BM and only three left on Charing Cross Road. That said, I would move to London in a heartbeat!

I live on Lake Shore Drive surrounded by Northwestern Hospital and the Law School. And I get so upset whenever I see those little white shuttles to the Evanston campus because I can't take them! UC lets CTA passengers use their shuttles all over Hyde Park! Northwestern had a great art exhibit last year; Bloomsbury Paintings in American Collections. I enjoy the campus and just wish it was more accessible...and it would be so easy hopping on a shuttle right outside my door!

My Illinois universities are Northern and U of I Chicago. My folks x-ed off Southern when I graduated high school in 1960 because they heard it was a "party school!".

Goodness, we share a Michigan interest, and an interesting range of common books.
Thanks for the note. I, too, am a Medill alum. BSJ '72, so just a few years after you. I worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chicago Daily News, Sacramento Bee and Chicago Sun-Times before moving to the university. I've just discovered Library Thing, so it's going to take awhile to get the library catalogued. Apparently it's also going to be a way to meet interesting people, which I hadn't anticipated when I began entering books a couple weeks ago. Best, Steve
Walter, hope retirement's good. my newest, BOOKLOVER, is now avail. hope you'll take a look. - tim
Oops, I meant I was interested in "Old Glory" because of the Mississippi and that I have not read "Coasting" yet!

Yes, I live in Chicago. How interesting to know the folks who wrote and photographed the book.

I was interested in it because my husband and I have taken our boat from Chicago to Kentucky Lakes and back a few times. Having traveled the entire length of the river, it is fun to read through the book and have it trigger. memories for us.

I see that we also share two of Jonathan Raban's books. I was interested in "Coasting" because of our travel on the Mississippi. I have not read "Old Glory" yet.

Just had to drop in to say hello since you are the only other person on LT who has "A River Through Illinois".

Newest MI book I've read is a stunning novel - Season of Water and Ice, by Donald Lystra. Read my review. It's an amazing book, especially considering it's a first novel. Happy new year - Tim
Hi, Walter - A Yooper, huh? I found you when doing a search on Curt Stadtfeld's book about his Remus farm boyhood. I used to have it, but lost it, and plan to look for another copy. I did the college prof thing too, but only lasted five years and ran screaming back to the army. All those Freshman Comp themes. Where in the UP are you from? Are you retired yet? I grew up where the wedding band would show on the mitten. It's in my book, Reed City Boy. I see we share a few interesting books. Hope to hear from you. - Tim
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