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Gross, John

TV sports reporter.


Nancy and John Gross
Nancy and John Gross at 2013 WXYZ Reunion - Photo by Bob Giles

John Gross - Army
John Gross - While in the Army in the Canal Zone, Panama - Circa ?????

John Gross  - Indianapolis 500
John Gross interviewing at the Indianapolis 500 - Circa 1976

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Historic Sports Ad

The following ad was used in various media magazines and TV guides in the metro Detroit area.

John Gross; Dave Diles; Garagiola; Steve Harms; Sports; WXYZ;
John Gross, Dave Diles, Steve Garagiola, Steve Harms - Original copy by John Gross

Detroit's Sports Broadcasters: On the Air 'Images of Sports: Michigan'

Detroit's Sports Broadcasters
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Sports are as much a part of the fabric of Detroit, Michigan, as is the automobile. From its professional teams such as the Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, and Tigers, to its local collegiate programs, the Motor City takes its sports seriously. Television and radio stations blanket the area with coverage of the games, players, and off-the-field goings-on affecting these teams. Men and women behind the microphones provide the link between Detroit teams and Detroit fans, offering play-by-play, analysis, interviews, and candid comments. Detroitís Sports Broadcasters: On the Air takes the reader behind the scenes, tracing nearly 80 years of electronic reportingófrom broadcast pioneer Ty Tyson to the talk show hosts and anchors of today. Recall Detroitís great sports moments through the eyes and words of the legendary Ernie Harwell, Van Patrick, Budd Lynch, Bruce Martyn, Bob Reynolds, Dave Diles, Al Ackerman, Ray Lane, Frank Beckmann, George Blaha. Dave :LewAllen, Steve Garagiola, Jay Berry, and John Gross.

WXYZ Newsroom circa 1980s

An amazing group of people making WXYZ News number one in the market during the 1980s.

Nelson Burg, Fran Victor, Marv Rockford, Audio: Greg Karrer, Val Clark, Cheryl Choden, Bill Miller, Jeff Rundell, Bill Becker,  Garrett Glaser,  Terry Frisco, Mark Zahnow,  Denny Shleifer, Andrea Parquet-Taylor, Gary Kelly,  Dean Erskin,  Al Volker, Jim Powers,  Pat Elnicky, Phyllis Eliasberg, John Gross, Charles Munro,  Judy Miller, Tom Cleeves

John Gross Talks about Changing Attitutes

This segments includes a poem that everyone should memorize.

New Year's Eve at the WXYZ Newsroom - Circa 1990s

Durig the 1980s and 1990, the WXYZ was always a buzz with activity.  The most amazing thing during this period was the family atmosphere that was held by all the employees.  There were many potlucks, employee gatherings and get togethers after the newscasts.  This particular evening was after the 11pm newscast and just before midnight when a few of the employees gathered around for some cheer.  And, no, it wasn't alcohol... it was a bit of apple cider that one of the producers brought in to help celebrate.

Terry Pochert, John Gross and John Armand
Terry Pochert, John Gross and John Armand

Happy New Year 1981 - WXYZ Studios

Celebrating the coming of the new near just before midnight on December 31, 1981, after the 11pm news.  Yes, those are real typewriters in the foreground.

Happy New Year 1981
John Armand, Steve Kremer, Wanda Doerner, Barbara Horner, Dayna Eubanks, John Gross, Diana Charles
Terry Pochert, Rick Eyler

John Gross - Memories from 1985

John Gross - Memories from 1985

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John Gross
John Gross

John Gross Speaks at Novi Schools, Michigan

John Gross Speaks at Novi, Michigan, School
John Gross welcomed by the Staff of the Novi Community Schoos (PDF) Ref: 20130302

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Dying To Be Happy: Discovering the Truth About Life

Dying to be Happy - Chris Stepien

A few days before Thanksgiving 2014, author Chris Stepien found himself in an oncologist s office. But he wasn't the patient. Stepien's wife, Ellen, was just beginning her battle with aggressive breast cancer. That day, while listening to the oncologist's treatment strategy, Stepien began writing Dying to Be Happy: Discovering the Truth About Life.

In the pages of this book, a brush with a life-threatening disease sparks a frank discussion on mortality. The author explores the prospects of embracing death on a daily basis versus denying it. He encourages readers to follow the advice of Jesus Christ: always be ready for the end of life. Along the way, Stepien highlights a spectrum of short, true stories where people rise above the fear of death, including the harrowing account of a child who survived the Holocaust -- Stepien's own mother.

But Dying to Be Happy is more than an anthology of grim tales and close calls. It beckons readers to admit the inescapability of death in order to find true joy in this life and the next.

Good Morning Detroit - The Kelly & Company Story

Good Morning DetroitJohn Kelly and Marilyn Turner, Detroit's first couple of television, give us a rare glimpse into their private lives. Here you'll peek beneath the facade of the local celebrities and read their personal account, a story that is sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant, always honest and revealing. They speak of their early lives, their broken marriages, the ratings battles of the 60s and early 70s , the inside story of one of the most talked about Detroit romances as it blossomed between one of the city's hottest news anchors and its well-known weather girl.

History of Detroit Television, The - DVD

The History of Detroit TelevisionMichael Collins; Actor, Director; Scott Kemp, Director

The History of Detroit Television is more than just a film. It's a living museum, a monument to a time that could easily be forgotten. This program is a salute to a time when TV was as local as Vernors, Sanders Hot Fudge and Hudsons. The stars of the day were Soupy Sales, Van Patrick, Lou Gordon, George Pierrot, Bill Kennedy, Milky The Clown and a host of other colorful characters.

Horn Man: The Polish-American Musician in Twentieth-Century Detroit

Horn ManDetroit and its strong Polish community share in America's rich history of Polish music and customs. This work documents that history and details the development of the Polish-American musicians in Detroit who became known as polka musicians, even though their music was very diversified.

There Was A Time by George Burlbaugh

There Was A TimeMy involvement with television and television news began more than a half century ago, almost by accident. Out of High School, I installed tv antennas, went to Korea in communication intelligence and ended up a tv news director and network news producer. This is a look back at some of the things I remember best.




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