It started with a cartoon“Forgotten,” by Tom Mayin which a poor child, too young and innocent to understand why she had not received a Christmas present from Santa, weeps over an empty stocking. It ran on Christmas Day in 1908 in the Detroit Journal, where it caught the attention of key Detroit businessmen. Deeply moved, they entered into a solemn pact to do all within their power to prevent any Detroit child from being “forgotten.” In 1914, under the leadership of James J. Brady, himself a former newsboy, the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit was formed. This year, the fund celebrates 100 years of making sure there is “no kiddie without a Christmas.” One such fortunate kiddie was retired Detroit News columnist Pete Waldmeir, a longtime Goodfellow who generously agreed to write the introduction to this book, Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit: 100 Years.
About the Author
Lauren McGregor and John Minnis are coauthors of Images of America: Michigan State Fair. McGregor is a Michigan State University graduate and magazine editor, and Minnis has more than 25 years of experience as a publisher, editor, and journalist. Images included are courtesy of Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library, the Detroit Historical Society, the Brady family, the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit archives, and generations of Old Newsboys’ Goodfellows.
Table of Contents
1 Forgotten 9
2 Old Newsboys' Sales Day 19
3 The Complete Package 45
4 No Kiddie without a Christmas 51
5 The Dolls 61
6 Goodfellows On and Off the Field 69
7 Goodfellows All 77
8 Goodfellow of the Year 109
9 100th Year of Goodfellows 119