I'm pleased to welcome Ron Jolly to Michigander Monday!
Debbie: Ron, please tell us a little about yourself.
Ron: I have been hosting the Morning Show on WTCM NewsTalk 580 in Traverse City for 17 years. I have been in radio and TV since 1983. My program covers a wide field of topics, from local arts and education, to politics on every level, and a lot of local business news. I try to feature one author every week, and one local entrepreneur, as well.
Debbie: And, of course, we want to know all about your books.
Ron: I authored Northern Michigan Almanac in 2005, and in 2010 I co-authored, with Karl Bohnak (WLUC-TV 6 Marquette Meteorologist) Michigan's Upper Peninsula Almanac. Both books were published by the University of Michigan Press and Petoskey Publishing. Both books contain over 500 pages of facts, trivia, statistics and history about northwestern lower Michigan, and the U.P., respectively.
Debbie: Other books or projects on the horizon?
Debbie: Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore? And/or a favorite Michigan library?
Ron: I love McLean and Eakin Books in Petoskey, Horizon Books in Traverse City, and Snowbound Books in Marquette. As a collector of books, I always visit bookstores whenever I'm out of town. Favorite libraries include Traverse Area District Library in Traverse City (I am V.P. of The Friends of Traverse Library Group). The Mackinac Island Library has a nice collection, and a great deck out the back door right on the water! I'd love to visit the Esper Branch of the Dearborn Library System, but I don't know if it's still there. That was a favorite place when I was growing up.
Debbie: How about a favorite place in Michigan?
Ron: Mackinac Island!
Debbie: Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?
Ron: Detroit Tigers baseball games, Detroit Red Wings games, National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, and Northport Dog Parade to name a few.
Debbie: A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?
Ron: Betty Beeby is an 89 year old fireball of an artist, illustrator, writer and historian. She lives in Eastport between Elk Rapids and Charlevoix. Her most public work of art is a 50-foot mural of the Mackinac Bridge which she painted in the Mackinac Bridge gift shop on the south side of the bridge. In the 1980's the mural was covered up with a new wall for the gift shop, but thanks to the work of several of Betty's fans, the wall was removed and now visitors can see her marvelous mural. She has illustrated several books for Zondervan publishing out of Grand Rapids, she used to provide illustrations for the Captain Kangaroo show, she has written several books about local history, and she is always ready to spearhead a project. She won a state history award a few years ago. She has spent a lot of time helping youngsters develop careers in the arts. She is a great Michiganian!
Debbie: Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?
Ron: We have outstanding beaches, lakes, woods with trails, and very nice small towns in northern Michigan. I grew up in Detroit and had no idea that Michigan had beaches and clean swimming water.
Debbie: Finally, some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?
Ron, we'll add you to the Michiganian column! Thank you so much for being here today for Michiganian Monday!
To learn more about Ron Jolly and his radio show, visit the station's web site or the FaceBook page for his show. And find out more about his books on the U of M Press site.