Earvin 'Magic' Johnson helped to root MSU on to victory. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)
Celebrating any type of way
Watching Michigan State’s Rose Bowl victory on New Year’s Day, apart from wondering when a statue of Kyler Elsworth will grace campus, we were curious to see what MSU-loving celebs made it to the game. MSU basketball great Earvin
“Magic” Johnson sat near one of our pals, but we didn’t see actor James Caan, who played football for MSU in the mid-’50s. We did see Coach Mark Dantonio greet rapper Rich Homie Quan out on the field — later the Atlanta rapper danced with the team to his song “Type of Way,” this season’s unofficial theme song.
Another new year, another oops! on WDIV’s airwaves. In November, Lauren Podell cussed in front of a live mic. This time the station’s veteran sports director Bernie Smilovitz let the f-word slide over his tongue like a cool drink of water during pre-production for Wednesday’s Winter Classic at snowy Michigan Stadium. After a commercial, Bernie apologized profusely. “The inappropriate word occurred in a moment of frustration due to technical problems and very difficult working conditions caused by the extreme weather,” WDIV VP and General Manager Marla Drutz emailed. “Regardless of the conditions out there, we know that kind of behavior is unacceptable and we sincerely apologize.”
Antiques Roadshow Detroit episode
You may recall that PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” was at Cobo Center in Detroit last June appraising some cool guitars with a pop music pedigree, as well as a passport belonging to the late Motown legend Marvin Gaye. Well, the Detroit episode will premiere Jan. 27, airing locally on Detroit Public TV, WTVS. Another highlight to watch for: Bert
Lahr’sgreat-grandson appears on the Detroit episode, offering the “Cowardly Lion” actor’s original script for “The Wizard of Oz” for the experts to assess.
Changes for Andiamo's
The new year will bring big changes in the Andiamo Restaurant Group. With 17 restaurants under the Andiamo’s umbrella, including Joe Muer’s, Joe Vicari Steakhouse, and the new Joe and Aldo’s, boss Joe Vicari has now hired veteran ad guru Alan Sussman and the Sussman Agency (D.O.C., Weight Watchers and Art Van), as well as fun-loving PublicCity PR and social media gurus Pulp Detroit, to help burnish their new image. The casual Joe and Aldo’s in Novi will host a grand opening next Thursday.
Art for airports?
Reading the January “director’s letter” from Graham W.J. Beal of the Detroit Institute of Arts, we were amused to see the phrase “upper category airport art” describing some items in the DIA’s storage area. On behalf of the sleek Cranbrook-bred, Eames-inspired chairs at Detroit Metro’s McNamara terminal, we object! Although maybe this is an opportunity in disguise: the DIA could launch a “Sofa-Sized Painting” exhibit of some of the long-buried items.