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“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’”

As the Lions (hopefully) start their first winning streak of the season Sunday, many of us will be watching, with fond memories and affection, University of Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, now of the (enemy) Oakland Raiders.

In stories leading up to the game, you might have seen where Charles attributes his continued success at the age of 39 to grapes. “It’s all in the grapes, man!”

Saying Woodson is aging like a fine wine is most appropriate, given the business he started a few years ago, “Charles Woodson Wines.”

I ran into Charles in a restaurant in Ann Arbor when he was rolling out his “Twenty Four” Cabernet and said I wanted to buy a couple of bottles. It was a bit more expensive than I would have imagined, so I asked if he might autograph the bottles, which he happily did.

I just checked his website and see that those autographed bottles can now be ordered for as much as $250! I guess what I paid several years ago has turned into a bargain.

The wine really is quite good, and each bottle sold online benefits C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voightlander Women’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

There is still time to honor fallen West Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O’Rourke at the “Stand with Badge Dinner” tonight at The Stand Restaurant in Birmingham. Tickets can be bought at the door.

And, Sweet Marie (my mother in Monroe) reminds us the Monroe Community Players present, “It’s a Wonderful Life … A Live Radio Play” tonight and Sunday at Monroe Alliance Church, 3975 S. Custer Road in Monroe. Tickets just $10. Info at (734) 241-7900. Watch and listen for veteran award-winning thespian Bill McCloskey in this classic and special Holiday rendition.

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

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