FIRST MASTERS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ON THIS DATE IN 1934

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The first “Augusta National Invitation” Tournament, as the Masters was originally known, was won by Horton Smith of Detroit, Mich. (below). The present name was adopted in 1939. The first tournament was played with current holes 10 through 18 played as the first nine, and 1 through 9 as the second nine, then reversed permanently to its present layout for the 1935 tournament. Smith received a total of $1,500 in prize money.

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Horton Smith

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FIRST LONE RANGER RADIO SHOW ON THIS DATE IN 1933

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The first of 2,956 radio episodes of The Lone Ranger premiered on WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan.The first actor to play the Long Ranger was George Seaton, seen in picture below. In 1941, the show’s announcer for several years, deep-voiced performer Brace Beemer took over the role and played the part until the end. The above photo shows Brace Beemer, center, with the rest of the radio shows cast in the studios of WXYZ.

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                          Radio actor George Seaton

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FIRST KIWANIS CLUB FOUNDED ON THIS DATE IN 1915

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The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, MI, and received a charter from the state of Michigan on Jan. 21, 1915.

The group began as a small network of local businessmen who referred clients to each other’s businesses. As the network grew, the members started to focus on not only themselves, but the needs of the community as well.

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                             Russell Ward, above, was elected the first 
                             president of the Michigan Kiwanis club in 1918.  

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RADIO’S EARLY DAY’S

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‘The Lone Ranger’ premiered January 30,1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit. It then moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and finally to NBC’s Blue Network, which became ABC. The last episode was  broadcast on September 3, 1954. The lead role was played by several actor’s, the most remembered was the shows announcer for a few years, Brace Beemer, pictured above. He played the role till the final show. Beemer
also protrayed “Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon” for a brief time.

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HIT SPINNER ~ CASEY KASEM

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Casey’s radio career began in the mid-1950s at Detroit’s WJBK.

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