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A simple thing leads to memories of a distant world one year ago

Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press Business Columnist
Published 6:03 a.m. ET Aug. 8, 2020

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What a difference a year can make. Factor in a 100-year pandemic and the toll on business, politics and communities here has been downright staggering. 

As if I needed any confirmation, a Facebook “anniversary” photo popped up this week and brought it all home. Taken a little over a year ago, it showed Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Detroit Chinese Business Association Executive Milan Stevanovich, Mike Brennan, editor and publisher of MITechNews.Com, on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” set with me. Everyone was upbeat as we talked of Michigan’s prospects. It was a lighthearted conversation and in retrospect represented a different era; in many ways it was. 

From left, L. Brooks Patterson, Mike Brennan and Milan Stevanovich with Free Press Columnist Carol Cain on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” on March 31, 2019. (Photo: CBS 62)

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