August 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

Society Confidential: Alan Lee departs Fox 2 for novel reasons

Fox 2's Anqunette 'Q' Jamison, left, and party guest Karla Merrill at Rosie O'Grady's in Ferndale with ex-Fox 2 morning anchor Alan Lee. (Alan Lee)

The torrential rains weren’t enough to keep a multitude of friends and colleagues of Alan Lee away from his “retirement” party at Rosie O’Grady’s on Saturday in Ferndale. The Fox 2 News morning anchor waved adios to his 18-year broadcasting career, but not to working — he’ll be penning more spy novels. Lee’s writing career took off last year with his debut novel “Sandstorm,” a spy thriller about two CIA operatives trying to solve a colleague’s murder (he’s working on the follow-up now). The party was organized by his wife, Sean Lee, Fox 2 health producer, and the Ferndale pub was jammed with Fox 2 employees. In the scrum: Lee’s co-anchor Anqunette “Q”
Jamison, along with Amy Andrews, Roop Raj, Huel Perkins, Charlie Langton, Jason Carr and Taryn Asher. There were also lots of behind-the-scenes Fox 2 co-workers, such as Lee’s producer Lee Arcay, who was instrumental in creating a touching last day video tribute that aired throughout the day Friday.

“The amazing thing about Alan is that he’s so appreciative to everyone who has supported him on the air, on social media, and especially with his book,” said Arcay. “He insisted that the party include Fox 2 viewers as well, and several showed up to meet him in person.” Surprise guests included Motown recording artist Kem and former Fox 2 News Director Dana Hahn, now vice president and news director of WTTG-WDCA in Washington, D.C.

Gluttony for a good cause

As if watching a bunch of gluttonous but skillful eaters scarf down dozens of coney dogs in minutes isn’t exciting enough, American Coney Island’s Grace Keros has added a new element to this year’s American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating Championship. Set for Aug. 28, this year’s event will include a face-off between teams from the Detroit Police and Fire departments and a special guest appearance by Guinness Record holder Takeru Kobayashi. Registration is open for anyone who thinks they can cut the mustard and consume the most coney dogs — hot dog, bun, chili, mustard and onions — in 10 minutes. The current record held by repeat champion (2012, 2013) DeSean “Whipdog” Whipple is 10½ coneys. The winner will receive a championship belt and prizes from local retailers, including a year of free meals at American Coney Island. “We just want to take this opportunity to have some fun and celebrate Detroit and its signature dish — the coney dog,” said Keros, the third generation owner of American Coney Island. Proceeds from registration fees, revenues and donations will benefit Detroit police and fire charities.

Help for a Detroit rocker

WCSX’s Doug Podell is teaming up again with rocker Scott Morgan, Laura Grimshaw, widow of Grande Ballroom artist Gary
Grimshaw, and other friends to help guitarist Gary Quackenbush, formerly of the SRC, who’s got some medical and financial issues, for a Sept. 6 fundraiser at Club 54 in Sterling Heights. They’re still looking for donations of goods to auction off — email Podell at if you have anything to donate.

Who can eat the most coneys, police officers or firefighters? (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)