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WATCH: Highlights of "Detroit's Classic Television Personalities" at the Detroit Historical Museum

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Saturday, 28 March, 2009 10:41 PM

'Detroit's Classic Television Personalities' now on display at the Historical Museum

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"Detroit's Classic Television Personalities" is now on view at the Detroit Historical Museum.

by Jason Rzucidlo
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WATCH: Highlights of "Detroit's Classic Television Personalities" at the Detroit Historical Museum

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DETROIT -- A new exhibit has opened at the Detroit Historical Museum highlighting seven of the motor city's most famous television figures of the past and present. The exhibit opened March 14 and will be on display through September. It includes artifacts, photos and videos from Bill Bonds, Jason Kelly and Marilyn Turner, Bill Kennedy, Emery King, Amyre Makupson and Soupy Sales.

"Last year's radio exhibit was a big hit for us, " said Bob Sadler, Director of Public and External Relations at the Detroit Historical Museum. "These people were chosen because they're representative of the amazing assortment of talent that has been on Detroit television from the beginning up to today. We wouldn't be able to capture everybody. We'd need an entire wing of the museum to really cover the amazing array of talent that has made television in Detroit so unique over the years."

Bill Bonds was the long-time WXYZ-TV news anchor who worked there for over 40 years. Some items in his section of the exhibit include Emmy Awards, magazine covers, a photo of Bonds with Barbara Bush and other historical photos. A VHS tape of Bonds as a TV newscaster in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" is also featured.

John Kelly and Marilyn Turner started out at WJBK-TV in the 1960s and later moved to WXYZ to host their talk show "Kelly & Company" for 17 years. Items from their part of the exhibit include a framed photo of John Kelly at the station, Kelly and Turner on the set, Turner doing the weather and a promotional photo. A "Kelly & Company" apron is also being shown.

Bill Kennedy was a movie host on WWJ-TV, Windsor's CKLW-TV and on WKBD-TV. The museum has attempted to recreate the desk that he was famous for having on the set. Some magazine covers and historical photos are also being featured.

Emery King was a long-time news anchor at WDIV-TV. He started out as a White House correspondent for NBC News. Some of the items featured in his section of the exhibit are Emmy Awards, The Neal Shine Award, A Health & Leisure magazine cover and many other historical photos.

Amyre Makupson was a long-time news anchor at WKBD-TV's "10 O'Clock News". Her section of the exhibit includes The Detroit News's 2002 Michiganian of the Year Award, Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award, a promotional poster of Makupson and Rich Fisher for the "10 O'Clock News" and historical photos.

Soupy Sales was Detroit television's biggest early star. He performed a lunchtime kids show and an evening sketch comedy/live jazz show on WXYZ-TV. Some of the items in his section of the exhibit include the book "From Soupy to Nuts!", the book "TV Land Detroit", the original white fang and black tooth costume used on the air and many other historical photos.

"We've got a great collection of awards and Emmy's from Emery King, Amyre Makupson and Bill Bonds," Sadler said. "To keep their egos in check, we held it down to three per person. They obviously won way more than that. There's a video component. It wouldn't be a television exhibit without a video kiosk. We actually took one of the televisions from our collection, gutted the innards and put a modern unit inside it so people can watch video highlights from each of these people's careers."

The exhibit is being shown in the Kresge Gallery on the museum's second floor.

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Museum is not open to the public but available for group tours by calling (313) 833-7979. Adult admission is $6. Seniors (60+), college students with valid college ID, and youth ages 5-18 pay $4. Admission for children ages four and under is free. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $4 at all times. For more information, call the Museum at (313) 833-1805 or check out our website at www.detroithistorical.org.

 

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A look at Amyre Makupson's section of the exhibit.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Soupy Sales's section of the exhibit.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A look at Emery King's section of the exhibit.

 

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