History Channel

Detroit comeback: A familiar story, but with higher highs and lower lows


Living fairly near Detroit, I've known that this is a place where big things -- yes, good things -- can happen. Now other people are finding that, in a documentary that airs Sunday (July 1) on the History Channel. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

In many ways,
historian Steven Gillon says, Detroit's story is familiar.

Wars -- from Vietnam to Afghanistan -- ripple through two generations


Nudged into Vietnam by the draft, many people (including me) just sort of got by. William Broyles, however, did much better. He won medals in Vietnam and co-created the superb "China Beach" back home; now, a generation later, he's working with his son (also a veteran) on a new military series. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes