Profile:  30 years later, Ben Hamper remembers Rivethead, his legacy of “that one story, that one guy”
Jun12

Profile: 30 years later, Ben Hamper remembers Rivethead, his legacy of “that one story, that one guy”

By Jan Worth-Nelson At a back corner table at Churchhill’s, escaping to AC on a muggy Tuesday afternoon in Flint, Ben Hamper takes a swig of his signature Jim Beam and Diet Coke and reflects on the 30 years since the country came to know him as an exuberantly profane, honest and hilariously irreverent blue collar bard. He was The Rivethead. His 1991 book Rivethead:  Tales from the Assembly Line, is a raucous, scathing and sometimes...

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“Rivethead” author Ben Hamper, bard of 20th century blue collar life,  returns to Flint June 5
May26

“Rivethead” author Ben Hamper, bard of 20th century blue collar life, returns to Flint June 5

By Jan Worth-Nelson Ben Hamper, author of a classic best-selling account of “shop rat” life in Flint in the 1980s, returns to his hometown June 5 for a reading and book signing from 2-5 p.m. at Totem Books, 620 W. Court St. His appearance celebrates the 30th anniversary of the publication of Rivethead:  Tales from the Assembly Line,  Hamper’s vivid, scathing, irreverent, hilarious and occasionally heart-rending tale...

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Flint’s Pride Festival continues to reflect community identities and prioritize health
May25

Flint’s Pride Festival continues to reflect community identities and prioritize health

By Melodee Mabbitt  This year, Flint’s Pride Festival will once again be shaped in response to the need for disease prevention and centered on supporting identities that are most vulnerable within Flint’s LGBTQ+ communities. In response to COVID-19 precautions, planning is underway for Flint’s Pride to include its annual cookout and a series of small events throughout the coming summer, rather than the annual festival in June.  It...

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The East Village Magazine – May 2021
May07

The East Village Magazine – May 2021

The latest edition of The East Village Magazine is available for download here: View...

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All four Flint ballot measures pass with 6 percent voter turnout:  police and fire, MTA, and mental health
May05

All four Flint ballot measures pass with 6 percent voter turnout: police and fire, MTA, and mental health

By Paul Rozycki May elections in Michigan are typically low profile affairs, with few voters taking the time to cast a ballot. Flint’s election was no different. In Tuesday’s election, with little visibility, few items on the ballot, and little controversy, only 6.3 percent of the potential voters turned out in Flint, as they gave approval to two millage renewals, a 911 surcharge renewal, and one proposed new millage for the Genesee...

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