All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


GFF-Banker Edition

Bankers deserve a lot of the crap they get.  Especially the NYNY power bankers who workout dirty backroom deals.  Your everyday run of the mill local bankers still produce an occasional good egg.  Take for example Blake Pollock.

Blake saw the same man walking to work down Crooks Rd In Rochester MI, year after year.  One day he offered him a ride.  This went on for some time.  He didn't give him a ride everyday, but he stopped when he could.  After a while Pollock's passenger, James Robinson shared his hard luck story with his unlikely carpool buddy.

James had a car, 10 years ago, but it died and he couldn't afford another car, so he did the best he could getting to his job in a local shop.  Mostly he'd try to grab a bus and then walk the rest or bum a ride when he could.  James Robinson is what America was, a hardworking man who showed up for work and does his best, day in and day out, no matter what his personal circumstances.

If you think about it, its a typical Detroit kind of story.  Times are tough, a man's down on his luck, (cue "Blue Collar Man" background music) doing the best he can, walking to work in the snow because he knows the value of having a job and sticking with it.

America in general and Detroit in particular responded to that story.  Two weeks ago Detroit's hard working and hard walking man, was given a new Ford Taurus

Say what you want about Detroit (I have), they still got heart in the motor city. 

For those of you who don't know Rochester Hills is a very wealthy community.  I used to live there.  For a banker to stop for a shop rat is incredible in and of its self.  To go the extra mile like Blake did is freaking awesome!


  1. WaterBoy5:37 PM

    Yeah, this one's been in the news for a while, now, and the ending isn't so great -- guy ended up having to move because of all the mooches trying to horn in on his windfall.

    I'm glad for him that he's got the car and all, I just hope somebody doesn't end up trying to harm him to get it.

  2. That's too bad. Unfortunately that is the other side of life in Detroit. Call it the Coleman Young effect.

  3. I really enjoyed that story when it first came out. It is too bad that the gimmiedats in Detroit are trying to move in on this guy. They do not deserve to even smell his exhaust fumes.

  4. Well said.

    He could get a place in Pontiac, or take part of the windfall and buy a house free and clear that would be closer to work. Oakland county is a pricey place to live but there are still some working class neighborhoods.