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Monday, March 28, 2011

Who is this man?

That's Orville Hubbard the 15 term mayor of Dearborn, MI, seen taking a meal at the great establishment known as Bill Knapp's. Why should you be concerned with Orvie?

It's quite simple. Orville Hubbard was the first person to break the great political machine that had been created by Harry Bennett & Ray Dahlinger in Dearborn to assure that people friendly to Ford Motor Company's interests would be elected.

Hubbard served as mayor of Dearborn from 1942 until 1978. Later Hubbard and Henry Ford II joined forces for various projects.

A note about Bill Knapps-

Bill Knapps was a reasonably priced restaurant chain predominant in the Midwest and in places where Snowbirds frequented such as Florida. The author has taken in many fine meals at various Bill Knapps locations and to this day still misses their departure from the scene.