Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI
I was 14 at the time and grew up in Center Line. That morning my brother, two of our friends, we were ages 12, 13, 14, 15 and myself took a bus downtown to go to the Tigers game. They were playing a double header against the Yankees. We picked up the DSR bus at 8 Mile Rd and Van Dyke and I believe we had to get one transfer to get to Tiger Stadium. While we were on the bus there was absolutely nothing note worthy that any civil disturbance was taking place. During the games, nothing led us to believe anything was going on. But once the games ended and we were out on Michigan Ave. there was nothing but an endless stream of police cars and fire engine sirens and you could see smoke in the distance. I feel rather fortunate that the buses were continuing to run and I could not figure out why they were. Luckily we got home OK and found out what had happened. The other thing I vividly remember was the constant stream of helicopters from Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Center Line was on a direct path between there and the riot area and it seemed for 4 days that they never stopped flying.
“Stan Kulczycki,” Detroit Historical Society Oral History Archive, accessed March 3, 2021, https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/516.