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Nestled next to a brook, “The Brook” had entertainment for all

This stairway is all that remains of a formerly well-known nightclub in Traverse City that operated from the 1930’s up to 1970.  It is located where Maple Street crosses over Kid’s Creek.  What was the name of that nightclub? (Hint–the Kid’s Creek name might suggest the answer!)

Thanks to reader Mark (with a little help from fellow readers Larry and Mozelle), we have our answer! “The Brook” was a happenin’ nightclub, a real jazzy joint, the old timers might say.

Television Log, Traverse City Record-Eagle, December 1956

Television Log, Traverse City Record-Eagle, December 1956

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The Grand Traverse Journal presents a schedule from the dawn of the television era.  As you study it, consider these questions: What functions besides entertainment did early TV provide?  What audiences were most likely played to (men, women, children, persons of different races)?  How would today’s TV schedule differ from this one?  Send us your reactions.  We would love to hear from you.