Paul W: A tribute to Ted Lindsay

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’”

Catching up!

■Tonight there will be a sold-out celebration, aptly titled, “A Tribute to Ted.”

A well-deserved celebration of the life and times of No. 7, Ted Lindsay.

Among many other notable accomplishments and philanthropic endeavors, we will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Ted Lindsay Foundation, co-founded by his good friend, John Czarnecki, with a mission to support research and educational programs focusing on the cause and management of autism spectrum disorders and ending autism and finding a cure.

We will also celebrate the unbelievable fact that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Ted’s retirement from the NHL, and the year he turns 90.

(We didn’t want to wait till July 29, and Ted plays down the fact that he is having a birthday.) It’s much more important to Ted and the love of his life, Joanne, that this very important foundation, with its very important work, get all the attention it needs to continue to be strong and do the good work it does every day. I am honored to help out tonight as emcee.

■Join us Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Walsh College in Troy for “Not in My Backyard: Conquering Human Trafficking in Michigan,” a very important public awareness event being sponsored by the Metro Detroit chapter of the U.S. National Committee for U.N. Women.

Lori Blaker, president of the chapter as well as president and CEO of TTi Global, has set up a great program, with state Attorney General Bill Schuette as keynote speaker. Tickets can be purchased by calling (248) 417-6725, or online at

■ Have some fun, help another great cause.

The Yatooma Foundation for the Kids presents “Dancing for the Kids” at Detroit Yacht Club on May 3 at 5 p.m.

For information and to buy your tickets, go to Special emcee: Charlie Langton, Fox 2 News.

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.