What if the (1968) Olympics had come to Detroit…?
It’s been far too long since I’ve done a post on my city. Granted, the main focus for me right now is the presidential election over and above everything else for obvious reasons. But today? I just feel the need to do a little Detroit history.
This pair of videos was created as part of a presentation by then Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh to bring the 1968 Olympics to Detroit. Cavanaugh also narrates the presentation.
For Detroit history buffs, this is simply priceless. In a perverse sort of way it’s also pretty funny to see how hard he tried to put such a sweet face on this city that was on the verge of exploding into one of the nation’s ugliest race riots.