SNL’s Gilda Radner will be a Big Head in America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Gilda Radner is the latest Detroit-born icon to be immortalized in gigantic papier-mâché in this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade on Nov. 26. Radner attended University Liggett and the University of Michigan before joining the cast of Second City in Toronto. She became one of the stars of the first cast of “Saturday Night Live.” (Radner died of cancer at 42 in 1989). Another Detroit comic, Tim Allen, will lead the parade down Woodward as Grand Marshal and will be joined by The Contours featuring Joe Billingslea, Detroit Tigers star Willie Horton and Run-DMC founder Darryl McDaniels, to name a few. The parade will start at 8:50 a.m. at the corner of Woodward and Kirby, and will be featured live on WDIV-TV Local 4 (one hour of it will run nationally).

Karmanos is inducted into

the Hockey Hall of Fame

“This entire weekend was a fairytale,” beamed Peter Karmanos Jr. after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday. To commemorate the occasion, his wife, Danialle, planned a full weekend of activities for the 140 friends and family members who flocked to the Canadian metropolis to celebrate with Pete. They included his four youngest sons, who sat perfectly through the 90-minute ceremony, dressed in tuxes; friends, including Robert Taubman and the Rakolta sisters — Lauren, Eileen and Paige, and Stephen and Nicole Eisenberg; hockey coaches (including some that Karmanos hired 40 years ago); and Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL. During a dinner party at the Montecito restaurant Sunday, former hockey great Lanny McDonald arrived with the Stanley Cup.

“At one point during the toasts, I looked over and Pete’s eyes were closed as he was touching the cup,” Danialle recalled. “I said, ‘Are you praying over the Stanley Cup?’ He laughed and nodded.” While making his speech at the ceremony, Karmanos thanked his mom for introducing him to hockey, his partner, the late Tom Thewes, the hockey community and hockey parents, and Danialle for being his best friend “and wisdom.”

Chi-chi leather goods in Midtown

Oregon-based Will Leather Goods opened its newest store, in Midtown Detroit, on Nov. 3. Specializing in men’s and women’s fancy handcrafted bags, belts, hats and accessories, the celeb favorite is a 9,000-square-foot shop in the former Tomboy Supermarket space on Second Avenue. Some complained about an upscale leather shop pushing out a neighborhood grocery store, but most appreciated the elegance of the new shop. Founder/CEO William Adler, a native Detroiter, intends to keep his Detroit location relevant. There’s already been a media day and an official grand opening event, but soon to come will be a lavish grand opening party for Detroit insiders, with a performance by a secret musical guest. (We hear Adler loves Motown. Hmmm). To mark the opening of the Detroit location, donations of backpacks will be made to every student at Adler’s alma mater, Vernor Elementary, and to every K-12 student at all Cornerstone Schools, which adds up to more than 3,000 backpacks. “Every child deserves a bag to carry their dreams,” Adler said.

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