Michigan Leaders Before They Were Stars

Rod Alberts 1979 WPAA Nationals
Rod Alberts 1979 WPAA Nationals Rod Alberts, president of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association which puts on the North American International Auto Show, was a professional arm wrestler. This photo was taken at the 1979 WPAA Nationals. (credit: Rod Alberts)
Tony Earley
Tony Earley Former Executive Chairman of DTE Energy Tony Earley spent time in the Navy on a submarine. (credit: Tony Earley)
Tony Earley
Tony Earley Former Executive Chairman of DTE Energy Tony Earley spent time in the Navy on a submarine. (credit: Tony Earley)
Tony Earley
Tony Earley Former Executive Chairman of DTE Energy Tony Earley spent time in the Navy on a submarine. (credit: Tony Earley)
Mary Sue Coleman
Mary Sue Coleman University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman (front row in the hat) at the White House with former President John F. Kennedy as a star science student. (credit: Kennedy Library)
Peter Secchia
Peter Secchia Grand Rapids businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Peter Secchia, as a young Marine. This is the front of a postcard sent to my folks from Athens. PFS is on the left during a liberty visit in 1956. World War ll was only 10 years in the past and Greece was in a civil war. The enemy was everywhere and destruction filled the city. (credit: Peter Secchia)
Peter Secchia
Peter Secchia Grand Rapids businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Peter Secchia, as a young Marine. On maneuvers with NATO forces in the mountains of northern Greece. (credit: Peter Secchia)
Peter Secchia
Peter Secchia Grand Rapids businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Peter Secchia, as a young Marine. This is aboard a navy APA the USS Fremont. This was one of the World War ll ships used at Normandy. I was in the Mediterranean in the fall of 1956. It was the first time I saw Italy...... Also visited Sardegna, Spain, Tunisia, et al (credit: Peter Secchia)
Peter Secchia
Peter Secchia Grand Rapids businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Peter Secchia, as a young Marine. At 19 this photo is of a proud but very young PFS. This was taken in June of 1956 directly out of Parris Island boot camp. (credit: Peter Secchia)

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