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									                                                                                                                                                                                  OCTOBER 25, 2007     the Monitor 15

                                                                 By                              ‘Sea Monsters’ On Sci-Center Imax Screen
               SPORTS                                        GEORGE
                                                                                                     Get ready to travel back
                                                                                                 to the Cretaceous with National
                                                                                                 Geographic’s new giant-screen
                                                                                                 film, “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric
                                                                                                                                             On their journey the Dollies
                                                                                                                                          encounter other extraordinary sea
                                                                                                                                          creatures: lizard-like reptiles called
                                                                                                                                          Platecarpus that swallowed their prey
                                                                                                                                                                                           From fossil digs to larger-than-life
                                                                                                                                                                                       visions of predatory chases in shallow
                                                                                                                                                                                       seas, the film immerses audiences in
                                                                                                                                                                                       a rarely explored environment during
                                                                                                 Adventure,” now showing at the           whole like snakes; Styxosaurus with          the dinosaur age.
                                                                                                 Detroit Science Center’s Imax Dome       necks nearly 20 feet long and paddle-            The Detroit Science Center is

           Successful Sports Transitions                                                         Theatre.
                                                                                                     The film brings to life the
                                                                                                 extraordinary marine reptiles of the
                                                                                                                                          like fins as large as an adult human;
                                                                                                                                          and at the top of the food chain, the
                                                                                                                                          monstrous Tylosaurus, a predator
                                                                                                                                                                                       located in Detroit’s Cultural Center
                                                                                                                                                                                       area at John R and E. Warren. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                       information, call (313) 577-8400 or
               What happens when all the cheering has faded away? What does a pro athlete        dinosaur age on the world’s biggest      with no enemies.                             visit
          do when the steady and sometimes lucrative paychecks stop coming in?                   screens. From the giraffe-necked
               Kurt A. David played professional basketball in Europe and has an                 Styxosaurus and 20-foot “bulldog”
          advanced degree in counseling. His keen interest in sports transitions helped
          him write a book, “From Glory Days — Successful Transitions of Professional
          Detroit Athletes,” which recently made its debut. David is an adjunct professor,
                                                                                                 fish Xiphactinus to the T-Rex of the
                                                                                                 ocean — the 40-foot super-predator                                  Historic Mariners’ Church
                                                                                                 Tylosaurus — these wondrous beasts                                            “The Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral”
          coach, speaker and transition consultant for athletes in me tro Detroit.               defy imagination.                                                             Traditional Anglican Worship Independent Since 1842
               “Detroit is one of the best professional sports cities in America,” David             The film, narrated by Tony
          said. “Finding a metropolitan area that rivals the nearly 300 combined years           Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber                                                              SUNDAY
          of rich sports history and 21 collective championships is difficult.                    and with an original score by                                                  8:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Holy Communion
               “With a multitude of years and a multitude of championships come                  Richard Evans, David Rhodes and
          numerous athletes who have played in this great sports town. ‘From Glory               Peter Gabriel, takes audiences                                                                THURSDAY
          Days’ chronicles 20 of these athletes, many of whom have Hall of Fame or               on a remarkable journey into the                                                     12:10 p.m. - Holy Communion
          championship status.”                                                                  relatively unexplored world of the
               David interviewed five athletes from each of Detroit’s four major                 “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that    On Hart Plaza at the Tunnel • Free Secured Parking in Ford Autditorium
          professional sports teams for the 181-page, soft-cover “From Glory Days.”              lived beneath the water.                   Garage with entrance in the median strip of Jefferson at Woodward
          From the Lions are one-time players Lem Barney, Ron Kramer, Eddie Murray,                  “This is the first giant-screen film
          Tom Nowatkze and Joe Schmidt; former Tigers are Rick Leach, Roger Mason,                                                             (313) 259-2206           
                                                                                                 about what lived in the water during
          Jim Northrup, Dan Petry and Frank Tanana; ex-Pistons are Dave Bing, Allan              the dinosaur age,” said producer
          Houston, Greg Kelser, Harvey Marlatt and Kelly Tripucka; and former Red                Lisa Truitt, president of National
          Wings are Shawn Burr, Bill Gadsby, Ted Lindsay, John Ogrodnick and Johnny              Geographic Giant Screen Films              Look Familiar to You? Maybe it should...
          Wilson.                                                                                and Special Projects. “It is perfect
               In his foreword, Pistons and MSU Spartans football broadcasters George            subject matter for such an immersive                                      Come join us at Christ Church-Detroit
          Blaha wrote, “These stories all come from the hearts of the athletes who went          form at, one that allows these giants                                     this Sunday! Services are offered at
          on to make a life for themselves and their families after the games were over.         to literally swim off the screen and
          Kurt A. David has woven these stories together into an interesting book that                                                                                     8:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. We are located
                                                                                                 directly into the audience.”
          reminds us that these stars had to find another playing field after their playing            The Cretaceous world was very
                                                                                                                                                                           at 960 E. Jefferson Ave. just east of
          days were over.”                                                                       different from the Earth we know.                                         the Renaissance Center. We offer free
               We chatted with David for this Monitor                                            Eighty million years ago, places                                          secure parking, worship center for youth
          interview.                                                                             such as Kansas were at the bottom
               Q. How excited are you about seeing your                                                                                                                    and a friendly congregation.
                                                                                                 of a great inland sea that divided
          book come to fruition and how long have you                                            North America in two. A warmer
          toyed with idea of this book?                                                          climate meant more of the globe            For more information, visit our website at: or call (313) 259-6688.
               David: “About five or six years ago I had the                                      was submerged — Europe was
          idea. It was one of those middle-of-the-night ideas,                                   just a smattering of islands, much
          literally three or four o’clock in the morning. I wrote                                of Asia was underwater and a
          down the concepts and the ideas and everything.
          As a result of father having Alzheimer’s I did
                                                                                                 shallow ocean engulfed nearly all
                                                                                                 of Australia.
                                                                                                                                                                          Jefferson Avenue
          little work on it for a while there. Most recently,
          it’s been a three-year project with me writing and Author Kurt A. David
          doing interviews.
                                                                                                     “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric
                                                                                                 Adventure” weaves together                                              Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                 spectacular photorealistic                                                Serving Christ in Detroit for over 153 years
               “The book is based on 20 interviews — five former Pistons, five former Tigers,      animation with standout finds from
          five former Lions and five former Red Wings — and based on their transition              paleontological digs around the world                        Sunday, October 28, 2007
          out of professional sports. The book covers their highs, lows, financial and            — treasures that shed light on the                                    Reformation Sunday
          emotional troubles, and ultimately the successes they have had since then.             film’s incredible cast of characters.
               “I wanted this book to be a little different in the sense that — today you hear                                                                          9:00 a.m. - Bible Study
                                                                                                     The film follows a family of                           10:30 a.m. - Worship Service
          about the guys today that crash and burn (such as) bankruptcy and struggles,           Dolichorhynchops, also known
          but this book is about those guys that ultimately had success.”                                                                         Sermon: "What Do Our Prayers Tell God...About Us?"
                                                                                                 informally as “Dollies,” as they                        Scripture: Luke 18:9-14 • Peter C. Smith, Preaching
               Q. Did your background as a former professional basketball player in              traverse ancient waters populated                                 Church School: Crib - 8th Grade
          Europe help you during the writing and interviewing process?                           with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric
               David: “Yeah, I played professionally but like I tell people, that was 20         sharks and giant squid.
                                                                                                                                                                          Save the Date
          years and 40 pounds ago. So a lot has changed since then. Seriously though,                                                                                    Music Series
          part of my motivation for writing the book was my own transition plus I am                                                                            Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 p.m.
          a counselor now by trade, so I had the interest professionally as well.”
               Q. Do you plan on doing autograph signings in the area?
                                                                                                 Rouge River Forum                                        Featuring Michigan Singer/Songwriter Ben Walter
                                                                                                                                                         (Blend of piano, pop, rock and jazzy blues) Free Admission
               David: “Absolutely. My publicist (Eric Smith of Lansing) and I are working
          together to do 20 signings throughout the state in the next three months, so           In Dearborn Nov. 2                        Parking
                                                                                                                                           behind Church
                                                                                                                                                                8625 E. Jefferson at Burns, Detroit
                                                                                                                                                                 Visit our website:                313-822-3456
          we are going to be busy every weekend, hopefully. We have a full weekend                  The status of the Rouge River
          this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the sports card show at Gibraltar Trade            watershed and other water-related
          Center (in Taylor).”                                                                   issues in the Detroit metropolitan
               Q. How did you get so many of your subject matter athletes to come                area will be the focus of a half-
          out for last Sunday’s book launch and signing in Livonia?                              day meeting at the University of
               David: “It’s great to see those guys. Today was a book release party as
          well as a signing, so a lot of them came to celebrate the launch of the book as
          well as be there. They were very eager to sign t-shirts and whatever people
                                                                                                 Michigan-Dearborn on Friday,
                                                                                                 November 2, 8 a.m.-noon.
                                                                                                    Elected officials, government
                                                                                                                                                  WHOSOEVER Ministry
                                                                                                                                                  A Word teaching, life application ministry
          brought in. That’s why they stayed in Detroit, many of them. They played in            policy makers, environmental activists           “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
          some cases in different cities but they still came back to Detroit.                    and concerned citizens are expected              Son that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but
               “My career is pale in comparison to the guys in the book ... In reality these     to attend the 17th annual meeting                have everlasting life” John 3:16
          guys are the heart of the book.                                                        focused on the Rouge River.                      Rev. Dr. Selma Massey, Pastor
               “When I interviewed guys I covered different eras for different purposes.            The meeting will be held in UM-               Rev. Jeffrey Seals, Assistant Pastor
          Everybody had a different story depending on the era. A lot of guys from the           Dearborn’s Fairlane Center North                 1411 East Jefferson
          ’50s, ’60s and ’70s stayed (in Detroit) because of the manufacturing business.         building, at 19000 Hubbard Dr.                   downtown Detroit YWCA
          They became manufacturers’ reps or in sales mainly with the automotive                    The Rouge River watershed spans               313-259-0000
          business which was thriving at that time. Ted Lindsay talks about how                  approximately 438 square miles, and              Sundays 11:00 am Sharp
          beneficial it was to get in at that time and a lot of guys watched that and saw         is home to more than 1.5 million                 Dr. Selma Massey, TV Host,
          what he did, and followed him as well. Jim Northrup saw him (Lindsay) as               people in 48 communities and three               WHOSOEVER with Dr. Selma
          a mentor.”                                                                             counties.                                        and author, ‘Dr. Selma HELP!’
               “From Glory Days — Successful Transitions of Professional Detroit                    The meeting is free and open to the           Open to WHOSOEVER believes!!!
          Athletes” will be available at the Palace of Auburn Hills for $19.95 beginning         public, but registration is requested.           Safe, secure parking
          November. Or visit or A portion of all Internet             Those planning to attend should call
          sales will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Reach George Eichorn at                 (313) 593-5140, or send an e-mail to

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