Smith: Positive news, positive feelings in Motor City

Paul W. Smith

I hope you enjoy the continuing positive news showered onto Detroit by national and international news and opinion coverage of Detroit’s own Shinola watches, bikes, leather goods and soon-to-come high-end head phones and much more.

I don’t really get bogged down in the minutia of some conversations and arguments about, well, kind of like, “it depends upon what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” Here’s what I know. Shinola has brought meaningful employment opportunities and positive attention to Detroit at a time when we have needed both.

■ The more you learn about LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash., the more you will like it, and the more you might feel it really belongs in Detroit.

Founder/CEO David Madeira, benefactor/chairman Corry McFarland, Rock Ventures Vice President Lisa Dancsok, North American International Auto Show Chairman Paul Sabatini, Detroit Auto Dealers Association Executive Director Rod Alberts and the DADA’s Max Muncey made an epic classic car journey to Cobo Center with a 1957 Chevy Nomad, 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang to kick off the auto show. You couldn’t help but feel the excitement and pride of this great industry, even as we are on the precipice of the greatest changes the industry has ever seen in the days ahead.

■ Friendly reminder: You may want to buy a lottery Powerball ticket for tonight’s drawing. The jackpot could be well north of $700 million which is, as some might say, a lot of potatoes. Different people have said what they would and would not do if they beat the 1 in 292 million odds against them.

So I’d like to take this opportunity to announce, that if I’m lucky enough to be the sole winner of all that money, I won’tt be at work tomorrow. Of course, I don’t work on Sundays.

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