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Detroit, Michigan
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Monday, March 14, 1994
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MODAY, MARCH 14, 1994DETROIT FREE PRESS 7A GLOBAL 10BS CONFERENCE March 14-15 Detroit, Michigan "The international media will see that Detroit is a wonderful city, contrary to what many of them have heard. " Carta Webb, a Ford Motor Co. employee given time off to manage the staff office for the G7 conference Clinton, Clinton, from page ia for ways that we can create more opportunity for people like you." The job training and high-tech manufacturing that Clinton saw at Focus: , HOPE are part of a vision that will be the meat of the G7 agenda. The Center for Advanced Technologies that Clinton toured Sunday is housed in a renovated Ford Motor Co. ; engine plant at the Focus: HOPE cam-pus on Detroit's near northwest side. Focus: HOPE'S prosperous-looking block on Oakman Boulevard appeared festive Sunday with stars and stripes banners festooning light poles, but the surrounding area is filled with abandoned buildings and people hurt by factory shutdowns. Part of Clinton's route off the Lodge Freeway was littered with trash and marked with potholes. Clinton acknowledged the location, saying: "Here we are in an inner-city neighborhood, with building after building and plants that have closed down, which could have become a symbol for the loss of hope." Clinton said the ghostly structures could have become another excuse for why people can't make it if they are poor, or minority, or female, or if they've been on welfare, "or 'if this' or 'if that . . .' "Instead of saying 'if,' this is a place that says 'when,' " he declared. The president warmly saluted the Rev. William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis, who together founded Focus: ' HOPE in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riot. "This model here could be seen' sweeping across America if we had the kind of local leadership that is manifest here by the stunning examples of Father Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis. "I have never been in a place as advanced, as upbeat, as hopeful as this place. ... If here you can be the best in the world, then America can be the best everywhere." Cunningham's voice cracked as he introduced the president and proclaimed that Focus: HOPE is "shooting for the stars." Afterward, Cunningham said Clinton's visit "has given us a kind of impetus to go beyond anything we've done before. All our staff are going to redouble their efforts and shorten their timetables." Cunningham said Clinton's recognition helps Focus: HOPE send out its most important message: promoting economic and racial justice around the world. woman was injured Sunday afternoon when three tables fell off a forklift and crashed three stories from the top level to the busy entrance area of Cobo Hall. The woman was hit in the head and bleeding as she was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, but was conscious and communicating, said police Sgt. Hilton Napoleon. "We're very thankful she wasn't injured more severely," said Cliff Russell, press secretary to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer. "We're looking at what happened very thoroughly." The accident occurred as the lobby area was filled with people attending the huge Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show or registering for the G7 conference. Russell did not know which event brought the woman to Cobo. Witnesses said the tables were in a stack of 15 being moved by forklift when they fell over a glass wall on the third floor. Anthony Neely International fare A dozen of Michigan's top chefs have cooked up a world-class feast for the international guests. Here's the menu for a dinner to be hosted tonight by Vice President Al Gore at the Detroit Institute of Arts: Hot hors d'oeuvres: Stuffed truffled potato chips, Michigan Pinconning cheese and chive biscuit with duck prosciutto and caramelized onion. Cold hors d'oeuvres: Vegetable and goat cheese canape, smoked capon medallion Wine: Leelanau Cellars chardonnay, Michigan, 1993; Acacia pinot noir, Carneros, 1992 Salad: Terrine of duck, foie gras, and herb mousseline with salad of mixed baby greens, Michigan dried cherry vinaigrette and cinnamon phyllocrisp Wine: Chateau Grand Traverse dry Johannisberg Riesling, Michigan, 1992 Fish: Medallions of petite Glacier Springs rainbow trout stuffed with Focus: KM' President Bill Clinton reaches to shake hands after arriving at Selfridge "I could think of a million ways we could preach civil rights. But I can't think of a more dynamic way of bringing this to the world than having the president of the United States say, 'Look what they've done.' " A beaming Clinton took a leisurely tour of the facility, talking, touching the students and hugging Cunningham and Josaitis. One student, Marvin Traylor, 31, explained to Clinton how he had downloaded information from one computer into the system's larger computer brain center which controls four manufacturing machines. "I thought he'd be taller," Traylor said, chuckling after the president left. "But I was really impressed that he would spend time to see what's going on here." hickory-smoked whitefish mousseline, accented with colorful angel-hair vegetables and crusted with Parmesan cheese, sliced and served with roast garlic and shallot-accented glaze of trout Wine: Grgich Hills chardonnay, Napa, 1991 Entree: Pan-roasted beef medallion with wild mushroom hash, herb-marinated medallions of beef loin, pan-roasted and served over a rustic hash of cubed potatoes, wild mushrooms, served with truffled Madeira sauce Wine: Opus One, Napa, 1990 Dessert: Pyramids of bittersweet chocolate; large, thin Hawaiian chocolate pyramid encasing a small pyramid of bittersweet chocolate mousse filled with raspberries. Plate decorated with purees of Michigan peaches and raspberries and a garnish of fresh raspberries and mint. Wine: Domaine Chandon Wane de noirs, Napa Breads: Black pepper drop biscuits, scallion and chive drop biscuits, sourdough bread sticks, sesame bread sticks, dill and onion rolls, Parmesan cheese focaccia, basil pesto scented focaccia, sun-dried tomato focaccia, sliced sourdough boules, whole-wheat tortillas. Patty LaNoue Stearns A Michigan menu Apples, cherries, Kellogg's cereal bars, Kowalski sausage and Bettermade potato chips were among the Michigan goodies on the menu Sunday as Gov. John Engler and nearly 100 state officials and business leaders hosted a brunch for G7 visitors and journalists. "It's an opportunity for us to do some marketing for Michigan. . . . This is worth millions in exposure to our state," Engler said. More than food was on the menu. Also displayed were bug and tar remover from Amway Corp. in Ada, Kaopectate from Upjohn in Kalamazoo, and a cushy seat for Chrysler Corp.'s Jeep Grand Cherokee, made less than three miles HOPE 'me---: ' a i tl . . i ' r 4m "' " "' I Mm v j i v 1 v i 7 Leonard Darden, 39, told the president how he was waiting for a high-velocity aluminum cutting machine to finish its cycle. "He seemed real attentive. He looked me straight in the eye while I was talking to him, and I was impressed with that." Clinton introduced another student, Donald Hutchison, 23, who accompanied Cunningham to a Washington, D.C., job-training conference during which the president appeared Feb. 2. "It's well deserved recognition," Hutchison said. "We're training for jobs that are going to be around for along time and we're training at the highest level of technology." More than 1,000 people greeted Clinton at Focus: HOPE, including students, employees, their families and down the road. Gary Konop, director of Japan-Korea Operations for Michigan's International Office, said that he didn't expect large orders for Michigan products out of Sunday's show-and-tell, but that "I hope that just seeing tangible things will imprint on their mind." Woodward Avenue between the Fisher Freeway and Elizabeth Street in downtown Detroit will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to noon today to accommodate motorcades for dignitaries. There will be other periodic street closings through Tuesday, lasting no longer than 10 minutes, Detroit police said. President Clinton's visit is his first to Michigan since Feb. 10, 1993, when he held a televised town hall meeting at the studios of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in Southfield. Clinton had been in office just three weeks at the time and did not stay overnight. Fluent in helping Hundreds of volunteers, many of them fluent in the languages spoken by G7 visitors, are helping Detroit play host. "We couldn't run this operation without volunteers," said Carla Webb, a Ford Motor Co. employee who is managing the staff office for the conference. With a 24-hour media room to accommodate deadlines around the globe, volunteers have been used for "anything from copying and running errands to translating something," Webb said. Kimberly King, a volunteer from , Grosse Pointe Farms and a 1993 ' University of Michigan graduate, said she is fluent in French and Chinese but "the language I've been speaking most is Italian." King was distributing booklets and gift bags Sunday to Italian journalists. She said she had taken a few high school and college courses in Italian, and was obviously fluent enough to impress the visitors, who left with hands full and wide smiles. Anthony Neely encourage each Air National Guard Base on Sunday. local politicians. They frequently broke into applause during Clinton's speech and shouted encouragement afterward. Standing together in a darkened corner behind the stage during Clinton's speech were Republican Gov. John Engler and the man he defeated 3'2 years ago, Jim Blanchard, a Democrat who is now the U.S. ambassador to Canada. Engler emerged from the shadows to join Clinton as he shook the hands of supporters along a rope. "Keep it on track, Bill, keep it on track," one man yelled, giving Clinton a closed-fist salute. Sale Starts LOW PRICE Pro Golf Discount guarantees the best 'tit flf UP TO el) Bring in any locally advertised pnee, coupon or other price verification, and well meet or beat the price on the spot The best selection and the best prices... t hat's why we're America's Favorite Golf Store! V CMIJ W. IIOOMFIEID 339-0540 ?J.M,J"! R0YAIOAK.S47J4H Sat. lU-6 HON WoooW4. Sun. 11-4 He later praised a Focus: HOPE center, calling it "upbeat" and "hopeful." Another person drew a huge smile from Clinton when he presented the president with a sharp T-shirt that read: "Fans of Hillary." The trip to Detroit, with its cheering throngs to greet his arrival at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, gave the president some relief from Washington's Whitewater frenzy, including questions about his wife's activities while Clinton was governor of Arkansas. Clinton will tour the Detroit Diesel plant in Redford Township today before flying to Boston for another appearance, leaving Vice President Al Gore and four members of the cabinet r I M "rT(9) This Friday! GUARANTEE price on the same equipment or it's free! ( CLEF DISCOUNT ROCHESTER SM1 1 0 Livonia 4M-0U2 373M W 7 Mi U R0SEV11LE 778-0200 301 Gratiot SHEUT TWP. 247-4300 13H3MM (fern ImUlns Ifal) other AL SCHABENDetrort Free Press behind for the G7's closed-door work sessions through Tuesday. About 200 foreign officials and more than 500 reporters from U.S. and overseas news media are in the city for the conference. Many of the foreign visitors appeared to get a kick Sunday out of the fact that Cobo Hall, on the eve of the G7, was the site of a dog show that drew thousands of people and hundreds of dogs. Several remarked about the signs on Cobo's doors declaring: "No Dogs Allowed." Staff Writer David Everett contributed to this report. JSOTA Excalibur. SCALDING W&on Polm4fifl9 fbofcJox li MILLER I'GOLFBAGSlI Maxfli Sawaeswne miTsusHiBn PINE &e Etonkr crJocjcun. ( di e! yTZft LarryUoretti, Sanior Tour Champion SOUTHGATE 2(5-7870 13741 Fan SM REDFORD 532-2800 !WrVtIWrU. V (

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