Robert E Martin


Robert E. Martin is co-founder, Editor, & Publisher of Review Magazine, an independent publication of news, the arts, and culture, which was established in 1979. He graduated from Albion College & the University of Sussex, in Brighton England, and has also contributed to many statewide and national publications.
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The Editor, Bay Area Review Magazine;  Recently I became aware that the area around the Saginaw Bay constitutes the largest contiguous freshwater wetland area in the United States.

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If any race demonstrates the shifting sands of public opinion and mindset away from machine oriented politics and the traditional two-party system it is the 2010 Michigan Gubernatorial Race.  Lansing city Mayor Virg Bernero beat out House Speaker Andy Dillon in the August primary and is now confronting renegade Republican Rick Snyder, who soundly defeated Attorney General Mike Cox and legislator Pete Hoekstra and Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.

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The Saginaw ‘Old Golds’ gained notoriety throughout the Midwest and East Coast this season. The year saw the ‘Golds’ make history at Cooperstown, New York by staging the 1st ever Vintage Baseball Tournament played on the grounds of the Fenimore Home & Art Museum along Otsego Lake and the historic Doubleday Field.

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Back in 1971 when George Harrison & Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangladesh, which featured an all-star supergroup of performers including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, and Ringo Starr, it was the first benefit concert of its magnitude in world history, pulling over 40,000 people and raising money for the relief of refugees from East Pakistan after the 1970 Bhola cyclone and the Bangladesh Liberation War.

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“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” Frederic Chopin   “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius.

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As The Bay City Players embarks upon its new season within the conflux of unsettling times, it is entirely appropriate they have chosen to inaugurate their 2010-2011 performance season with a production of Neil Simon’s Laughter On the 23rd Floor.

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As Bay City’s Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival embarks upon its fifth year of showcasing cutting edge independent films and musical artists that prefer to channel their muses from a different room than that occupied by mainstream sensibilities, this annual showcase of creativity and innovation is entering a pivotal year.

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The Automatics have managed to occupy the musical stanzas, bars, and refrains of just about every popular genre hopping style of rock ‘n roll known to man while infusing audiences with the joy of unpredictability and free-ranging humor woven neatly into the fabric of the group.

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In a Primary Election season when many traditional party candidates and insiders are being given their walking papers by independent challengers outside of the traditional two-party spectrum, Essexville resident Matt de Heus won the Green Party Nomination for the 5th U.

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If much of good art is matter of transforming perspective about something familiar and infusing it through the act of deconstruction (or perhaps alchemy) into something fresh, singular, and timeless; sculptor Nathan Sawaya has cracked the mold in a manner that would make Jackson Pollack’s face turn into a dripped dimpled smile upon the canvas.

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Editor, The Review: My dad was an avid sport fisherman.  Every summer when I was a kid, we'd pack into the Buick to head "up north" to fish for his favorite, Northern Pike.

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For decades the automobile has served as an integral part of the spirit, ethos, and economic lifeblood of the Great Lakes Bay area, and the era of the ‘muscle car’, replete with powerful engines, sleek lines of design, and visual intoxication, represents an artistry that was fueled by high-octane inspiration, which captured the imagination of designers and consumers alike.

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“Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a tangible link with some memory of the table”. - Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888)   “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” - Virginia Woolf, ‘A Room of One’s Own’   They stand clustered together on Main Street in the heart of downtown Midland like an oasis of form, style, and triumph and a toast to abundance, progress, and transcendence.

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Two years ago Saginaw was buzzing with activity and busy cleaning up splattered ketchup all over town while the full-length feature film Street Boss was being filmed at 30 various locations, ranging from taverns, restaurants, courtrooms, and homes, throughout our fair city.

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Many times the most precious commodities that do more than merely exist within our community, but actually fortify the strengths that make it so exceptional, are similar to gold – common enough to be taken for granted, yet without it, our yardstick for determining value becomes meaningless.

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