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January 24, 2015
Karen Winkler and I have just launched the Bob-Lo Crew Reunion Group page on Facebook.
We invite you to join the group if you were an employee of Bob-Lo or Bob-Lo Island. Group membership is also open to anyone that worked at the Detroit, Wyandotte or Amherstberg locations.

Our Reunion Group also includes the volunteers that have put in numerous hours of their "free" time on the Bob-Lo steamers since 1991. As, they have loved, cared and put in their time as crew members on both ships too.

The final step in establishing your group membership is the verification by a current member of our review committee. The group page will be updated as new information and content becomes available and as our membership roster grows


Richard Anderson, Wyandotte Street Fair & Possible Bob-lo Fall Gathering
Hi Everyone,

A memorial was held for Richard Anderson last month in NYC, & Lori received some photos of the gathering.  You may view them here

Also, the Ste. Claire had a booth last week @ the Wyandotte Street Fair.  Jim Kasuba from the Downriver News Herald, was able to speak with her owner Ron Kattoo & provided us with the following video here. (scroll down to the bottom video)

Finally, Howard came up with a great new & central location for another gathering!!  However, b/c there would be a conference room cost to the group, we need to determine if it is feasible or not?  So, if you would be interested in attending a reunion on Belle Isle @ the Dossin museum (near the softball field ), please let us know by 7/28!  We are considering a Sunday afternoon in October, preferably 10/13/13.  The event would include touring the museum, socializing & lunch.  So, please let us know, by 7/28, as we would need 50+ people interested to move forward. 

Fall Reunion?

Happy Summer to all of you!

Also, we are not ruling out a reunion this year just yet!!  My hope is to work on the plan Howard came up with for this July, & extend it out a bit to a Sunday this fall.  We will keep you posted!


Richard Anderson/Diver photo request

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know, that here are the links for Richard's obituaries listed this past week in the New York Times

Also, here is an e-mail we received from a woman, looking for pictures from 1980-1983 with divers @ Bob-Lo. If anyone would have any pictures that may have her brother in them, could you please forward them to us, so that we can help her & his children out w/this request!
Subject: my brother dove at Bob Lo Island and we are looking for possibly a picture
The name of your group was given to be me from someone at the Belle Isle Historical Society.

My brother, Michael Lyden, while being the Diving Coach at Eastern Michigan University and upon graduation from WMU, did exhibition diving at Bob-Lo Island during the summers of 1980-1983?

Those were memories he often spoke about throughout his life and career as an extremely accomplished Diving Coach. My brother passed away from non smoking lung cancer in 2009.

I would love to present his children and my siblings with a picture, because it so describes his strength as an athlete and fearless nature he had that helped to make him the man and coach he was

Throughout his career. “Nothing to it, just to do it”! His son is the spitting image of him and one of his daughters, whom he coached, went on to dive and graduate from Duke University this past Year. Any help or suggestions on who I might be able to call that could possibly have a picture of his adventures, i.e. park director, media, hiring personnel at the time…. Would be greatly appreciated.

My name is Katie Lyden Hitow and I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help me on my mission.

Thank you,


Richard Anderson follow-up

Here are (2) links that are follow-ups to Richard Anderson's passing;

The 1st one is the statement posted by the SS Columbia Project

The 2nd one is a full story, video and pictures in the Downriver News Herald, also written by Jim Kasuba.

Richard Anderson /  Columbia Foundation


January 22, 2013  It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Richard Anderson, president of the Columbia Foundation passed away yesterday in New York. Per my discussion w/Lori Feret tonight, he was taken to the hospital Sun. evening, & passed away yesterday afternoon. We are not sure how this will affect the Foundation's efforts w/the S.S. Columbia, but for those of you that have met Richard, his passion for our beloved steamship will be difficult to replace! Lori will keep me updated, & I will pass along any further info.

I also spoke to Howard last week and we will be looking into planning something this summer very soon !!

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