Bill Castanier has been an award-wining weekly newspaper editor, advertising and public relations executive in his 40 year career. In addition, he has been an executive with a newspaper trade association and founded Michigan’s first technology association, I-TE@M. He writes a weekly newspaper feature on Michigan authors and is on the Board of the Kerrytown BookFest and the Michigan Notable Book Awards. He has the only daily blog on Michigan literature (Mittenlit) and founded

2 responses to “My Olympic hero was a hometown boy”

  1. Rick Haglund

    Nice story, Bill. As a kid growing up in East Tawas, I remember the hoopla over McDermott winning the gold medal. He lives in Birmingham now. There was a recent display at the Birmingham Historical Museum honoring him. His gold medal and those old skates were displayed.

  2. Lester Mainwaring

    Hi – great story – one correction – USA beat Finland for the Gold Medal in 1980. The “Miracle On Ice” game vs USSR was in the earlier round. (but it was no less dramatic)

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