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Detroit had several amusment parks back in the past. Most notable were Electric Park near Belle Island, and Edgewater Park on the Grand River. But the most famous was Boblo Island, which opened in 1898. The theme park was on Bois Blanc Island, above the mouth of the Detroit River. People of Detroit characterized it as that city's Coney Island.

The island was a five-minute ferry ride from Amherstburg, Ontario, and 18 miles from Detroit. For more than 85 years, the park was serviced by the SS Ste. Clair and the SS Columbia ferry boats. Boblo Island was famous for those two steamers, the "Bob-Lo Boats," which went between Detroit and the island. They could hold over 2,500 passengers each. Other smaller ferries served the park from Amherstburg and Gibraltar, which were located closer to the park on the river.

The sight of Boblo Island back in the day always filled young visitors with eager anticipation. Soon they'd be enjoying the rides, beautiful landscaping, and great food at Detroit's favorite summertime playground--Canada's Bob-Lo Island.

Attractions on the parks included The Nightmare, Falling Star, Wild Mouse, Sky Streak, and Screamer rides, a Ferris wheel, a zoo, and a carousel were the signature attractions. To move visitors around the island, the park constructed a small railroad. Henry Ford financed a dance hall designed and built by Albert Kahn. The dance hall was the second largest in the world, holding 5,000 dancers at full capacity.

Due to poor managment, and a huge decline of visitors, Bob-Lo closed for good on September 30, 1993. Its amusement rides were sold in 1994. The ferry boats were sold in January 1996. Bob-Lo still lives in the memory of those who miss the thrills!

Boat Docks At Bob-Lo The Entrance To Bob-Lo

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i was watching television the other day and noticed an advertisement for one of your products. it involved a large bear telling a little bear not to use so much toilet paper. apparently, you have a new toilet paper that is so thick it reduces the number of sheets a person needs. this got me to thinking. i can't recall ever being told how much toilet paper to use. maybe I was told when I was younger, but I can't remember it. so, i'm asking you; how much toilet paper do I need? normally i use Scott toilet paper. i like the feel of the grit against my dirty area. that roughness tells me i'm scaling away a layer of skin along with the brown stuff. i also us A LOT. i like to ball up a big wad so as to not get doodie on my hands. sometimes after a really messy adventure i end up with so much paper work that the toilet clogs and i have to break things up with a coat hanger. as you can see, this is all contrary to what the large bear on your ad wants me to do. if you could please advise me, i would greatly appreciate it.

just so you know; i weigh about 200 lbs and i'm just under 6 feet tall. i eat mexican food about once every 2 weeks and that's when the majority of my inventory is depleted, if you know what i mean. let me know if you need any other information for your recommendation. 

thanks, ralph

Response (Patricia) - 06/16/2004 09:56 AM
Thanks for contacting Charmin, Ralph.

For all the answers to your questions and more check out: http://www.charmin.com/en_us/pages/facts_trivia.shtml. Here you find interesting information on our Charmin History, Trivia, FAQ's, and even the making of paper.

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Pat - Charmin Team

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hi, I checked out that site, but it doesn't answer any of my questions. that's why I directed my question to you in an email form.

Response (Jill) - 06/23/2004 01:10 PM

Hi, Ralph.

I'm sorry you weren't happy with the information on our Charmin website, and I'm sharing your comments with the rest of our Team. To be honest, there really isn't an "industry standard" for how much bathroom tissue to use. It depends on the quality of the tissue, personal preference, etc. However, if you're constantly clogging up your toilet, chances are you're using too much. Charmin Ultra is designed for consumers who prefer a soft, thick, and highly absorbent bathroom tissue. Our new and improved Ultra is even more absorbent, so less does more! We hope you'll give this product a try.

Thanks for getting back in touch
Jill - Charmin Team Consumer

thanks for your attempted solution to my problem. i thought you might have some type of primer that you could refer to. my son is nearing the age of potty training. he's a little young to hold a flashlight in his mouth, a mirror in one hand, and a wad of poo squeegee in the other. that's how my parents taught me and i don't want to have to go through the same thing with him.  i thought maybe we could learn, and relearn, how to wipe as a team. it would be a great bonding experience...like with your bears on that ad.

Response (Jill) - 06/24/2004 06:07 PM

Hi again, Ralph.

As long as you and your son are geared up for potty training, get free materials while supplies last from your friends at Charmin to help you on your journey! For more information and to order, visit http://www.charmin.com/pt.shtml. You might also want to check out our Charmin "Toilet Training ... and Beyond" article at http://www.babycenter.com.  You can find it by searching with the words "toilet training.". If you have other concerns specific to your child, we suggest you consult your health care provider.

Thanks for contacting us!
Jill - Charmin Team

So as you can see, Jill has no idea how much toilet paper to use either. She wouldn't even take a stab at offering me a suggestion.  But in the end, I got a really cool potty training kit complete with a diploma.


Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician, a Democratic senator from New York, and a noted civil rights activist. An icon of modern American liberalism and member of the Kennedy family, he was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisors during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General.

Following his brother John's assassination on November 22, 1963, Kennedy continued to serve as Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson for nine months. In September 1964, Kennedy resigned to seek the U.S. Senate seat from New York, which he won in November. Within a few years, he publicly split with Johnson over the Vietnam War.

In March 1968, Kennedy began a campaign for the presidency and was a front-running candidate for the Democrats. In the California presidential primary on June 4, Kennedy defeated Eugene McCarthy, a Senator from Minnesota. Following a brief victory speech delivered just past midnight on June 5, Kennedy was shot. Mortally wounded, he survived for nearly 26 hours, dying early in the morning of June 6.

While nearly everyone can name the place (The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles) and perpetrator of the assassination (Sirhan Sirhan), few people recall the man who captured and disarmed the gunman. That man was Rosie Grier, an American Football sensation (Super Bowl Champion, 2 time pro-bowler, member of the Ram’s “Fearsome Foursome,” and 5 time All Pro defensive tackle.) On the night of the assassination, Grier was the bodyguard for Kennedy’s pregnant wife. Along with Rafer Johnson, an Olympic gold medal decathlete, Grier heard the shots and tackled Sirhan. Grier, then jammed his finger behind the trigger of the gun and broke Sirhan’s arm. Grier then fought off those that were literally ready to rip Sirhan apart. Later Grier, would explain that, “I would not allow more violence.” Additionally, Grier would later testify to Judge Lance Ito during the O.J. Simpson trial that he had been present when O.J. confessed to the crimes in prison. Judge Ito however, ruled that the testimony was inadmissible. 


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