Welcome to Warp and Woof, v.2.0

Warp & Woof, v. 2.0 Welcome to Warp & Woof, a blog from William Sundwick. I’ve been working on this project intermittently since I retired from the Library of Congress in 2015, after 42 years of service. Back in the day, maybe 10-15 years ago, when blogging was something people did – before social mediaContinue reading “Welcome to Warp and Woof, v.2.0”

General Motors, Decline and Fall, 1980-2009

published July 9, 2020 in Warp & Woof General Motors, Decline and Fall, 1980 – 2009   William Sundwick   Founded in Flint, Michigan in 1908, the corporation that ushered in the automobile age in America and came to dominate the nation’s industrial economy by the 1970s, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy just after celebrating itsContinue reading “General Motors, Decline and Fall, 1980-2009”

Am I Old Yet?

Published January 17, 2020 in Warp & Woof Am I Old Yet? An Update William Sundwick Warp & Woof has seen other pieces about getting old. It seems I owe the reader an update from time to time. I am now mid-way through my fifth year of retirement. I wouldn’t contest the rationale for myContinue reading “Am I Old Yet?”

Van Slyke Assembly, 1967

Published March 14, 2019 in Warp & Woof Van Slyke Assembly, 1967 Music for the Shop Rat William Sundwick It was a lark. Something to do during college term break. I had just returned from a “career-service” internship experience in Washington, D.C. And, frankly, I was curious about what an auto assembly line was like.Continue reading “Van Slyke Assembly, 1967”

Vanishing City or Phoenix from the Ashes?

Published October 18, 2018 in Warp & Woof Vanishing City or Phoenix from the Ashes? Flint Series, Chapter 6 William Sundwick Gordon Young published Tear-Down in 2013. It’s his memoir of returning to Flint as an adult after presumably leaving the city forever to pursue a journalism career in San Francisco. It was written beforeContinue reading “Vanishing City or Phoenix from the Ashes?”

Exit Strategy

Published October 11, 2018 in Warp & Woof Exit Strategy Was Getting Out Inevitable? Flint Series, Chapter 5 William Sundwick Sometimes I think that friendships are simply a matter of convenience. While many people seem to make life-long friendships with kids they grew up with, my experience has been different. I lost contact with myContinue reading “Exit Strategy”

Wasteland vs. Intellectual Ferment

Published October 4, 2018 in Warp & Woof Wasteland vs. Intellectual Ferment Or, My Parents’ World vs. My World, High School Years Flint Series, Chapter 4 William Sundwick Flint Central High School was a new adventure. High school then comprised three years: grades ten, eleven, and twelve. That meant one of my early high schoolContinue reading “Wasteland vs. Intellectual Ferment”

Arrival and Insertion, 1953-62

Published September 27, 2018 in Warp & Woof Arrival and Insertion, 1953-62 The Flint Series, Chapter 3 William Sundwick Flint grew rapidly in the early fifties. The 1950 Census pegged its population at about 163-thousand, but by 1960 it was 197-thousand. We all noticed it. New neighborhoods, like our Ballenger Highway neighborhood, were adding singleContinue reading “Arrival and Insertion, 1953-62”

Disaster Strikes: The Beecher Tornado, 1953

Published September 21, 2018 in Warp & Woof Disaster Strikes: The Beecher Tornado, 1953 We Move to Flint in Its Wake The Flint Series, Chapter 2 William Sundwick F5 tornadoes are rare in Michigan. The most destructive category of storm on the Fujita Scale hit Flint in 1953, one of the ten worst on recordContinue reading “Disaster Strikes: The Beecher Tornado, 1953”