I was born in Norway and when I was little I went to live in Detroit Michigan. My father was a professor of philosophy at Wayne University and my mother was also a teacher.
In the fourth grade my history teacher gave us a project: Why was the auto industry located in Detroit Michigan? I didn't know I was going to be an economist but I knew I was going to do something that was involved in answering questions like that one because I thought that was a fascinating question.
But as a practical matter Detroit's the sports city in the country.
I love sports. Whenever I can I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.
Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.
I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.
Things were a lot simpler in Detroit. I didn't care about anything but boyfriends.
Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.
I was raised in Chicago and I guess that was one of the special breeding grounds for gangsters of all colors. That was the Detroit of the gangster world. The car industry was thugs.
A series of rumors about my attitude as well as derogatory remarks about myself and my family showed me that the personal resentment of the Detroit general manager toward me would make it impossible for me to continue playing hockey in Detroit.
I've performed in Auburn Hills at The Palace so I haven't really been in downtown Detroit but I've been able to be here and I can really see what the city was. Like I can feel why Motown started here and how amazing it was.