Thursday, February 19, 2009
Michigan News Agency
Michigan News Agency is a legendary spot in downtown Kalamazoo (it's just left of center in this pic from the 60s). This has been one of my favorite places to go since the 70s. To this day, they have all the magazines that you can't find anywhere else and they have them before anyone else. They have the latest Dig (granted, they got it long after those of us that get it in the mail did), they always have The Horse Backstreet Choppers before anyone and when I was a kid, they had Bicycle Motocross Action, which was impossible to find anywhere else (besides a good bike shop, maybe) in 1977. I could walk into Michigan News right now and point to the spot where this very issue of the magazine was. I remember it like it was yesterday: Eyes scanning the racks of hundreds of periodicals, locking in, instantly, on the magazine that was changing my life every two months (it was bi-monthly at the time)...
It may sound corny, but this magazine was truly my escape. There were no videos or websites, just this. And it was everything.