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December 2003

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 10:10 AM

I saw your show on tv the other day and you were talking about a lodge in Ontario named "talsman" or something like that. Can you give me the name of that lodge or a website to go to.
Thank You--Brian

Here is the link to their site http://www.talisman.ca/

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 8:53 AM
Subject: Homestead Resort

Hi Tom,
I seen your show today on Grey County, which was great! I went online to find out more about the Homestead Resort and the page won't come up. I would like to know how much it is for a complete package. If you could get me some information and/or a phone number. I would really appreciate.
Thank You, Dorothy

Hi Dorothy,
Here is the link to Homestead Resort
http://www.homesteadresort.ca/ and their phone number is 1-800-380-6776
Sincerely Tom

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2003 9:29 AM
Subject: Cross Country Skiing

Hi Tom, we are still watching your shows on Saturday morning. We love it. We especially liked this mornings show, about Oscoda's Cross Country Ski Trails. We have plans on going to Alpena this Winter and will check out the trails in Oscoda.
Keep up the good work,
Jane in Algonac

Thanks Jane, It is always nice to hear from our viewers and their plans of going to the great spots that we feature.
Sincerely Tom

To: 'Tom at Great Getaways TV'
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 11:48 AM
Subject: RE: Lady Evelyn Lake

I'm familiar with the area. Been going there each summer since 1975. That's why I'd like to see the story about Garden Island. If you want to get a little exercise you should go to the end of the lake and canoe/portage up the north branch of the Lady Evelyn river (trip begins at Frank's Falls) and come down the south branch. The north branch has the reputation for being the most challenging set of portages in all of Ontario. The numerous sets of falls you pass are truly beautiful. On the south branch you will pass a cabin built in the early 20th century by a group of guys that called themselves the dirty dozen. The deal they made with each other was that the cabin would be willed to the family of whomever the last survivor was. That turns out to be a guy named Wilson. The cabin and property was willed to his son, Hap. Hap has built an additional cabin adjecent to the original log cabin. He now runs a business from the site. It's called Sunrise Adventures. I'd be happy to guide you to this location. It takes a full day to get there. As noted above passage is by canoe. Here is one picture of one of the falls. It's called Bridal Veil falls. The other picture is of the original cabin. Peace! Frank Beier Director, Information Technology Diocese of Toledo Toledo, Ohio Phone 419 244 6711 x211 ]From: Frank Beier To: 'tom@greatgetawaystv.com' Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:32 PM Subject: Lady Evelyn Lake I missed your early January show about Garden Island Lodge on Lake Lady Evelyn. What are your plans to rebroadcast that segment? Peace! Frank Beier

Hi Frank, It will be at least a year or longer before we rebroadcast this show. If you would like more information about the area go to http://www.garden-island.com/

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2003 11:22 PM

Subject: Your new format.

Hello! I have to say at first I was kind of bummed when I saw a change in the show, but, after watching a couple of the new episodes I liked what I saw. I know what it takes to put together a half hour show. Here on the west end of the U.P. I am just about finished with my waterfall video on the Black River from the start at Black River lake to Black River Hbr. I dont know if ya remember me Tom, but I've been watching the show since day one. I sent you a few suggestions when you had planned a show on the North Shore up at Grand Marais, Mn., and a few other places. I have since retired from the Coast Guard (1998), and bought a house 1,800 feet up at Anvil Location near Bessemer. I can see 50 miles into Wisconsin. Yep, life is rough! Ha! It took me 25 years to get where I am today, but am glad the hard work and sacrifice paid off. Now I hunt,fish,trap and kayak anytime I want... When you and the crew get back up here I hope you have time to stop in for coffee. Thanks again for a great show! :)

Thanks for the invitation. Next time we are going to be in the area we will send you an e-mail.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 8:51 AM

I was wondering if the St. Joseph Island tape {Onatario Canada} was available yet. In a past e-mail you commented to try again in a few months.

You can get a copy of any show by sending $22.95 along with the name and show number (Get name and number from our show schedule by going to http://www.greatgetawaystv.com/ and clicking on show schedule)
Send to: Great Sand Bay Productions P.O. Box 673 Davison, MI 48423-0673

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 8:01 PM

Subject: Garden Island Lodge

Hi Tom,
I caught the end of a recent show but missed the important part. Did you have a show that included information about a place called Garden Island Lodge? If so, where is it located and how can I get more information?

Sure did, you can find more information about them at http://www.garden-island.com/. You can find info and links about all the shows that we do at our web site http://www.greatgetawaystv.com/ and clicking on show schedule.
Thanks Tom

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 3:01 PM

Subject: WFUM Airing 12/11

Hi Tom,
WOW is all I can say after viewing the program on WFUM out of Flint MI 12/11. I am a lifetime resident of Michigan and immediately thought I was watching the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on your program. Much to my surprise and delight to learn it was Minnesota. I visited your website and find it fascinating, the nature lover I am! My questions are specifically: The Autum footage is from Minnesota?..... where specifically? Old Hwy 61 is Where? The Winter footage is Ontario? ... where specifically? I am interested in the Winter X Country Skiing and XCountry Skiing with the sled dogs... where were you.... exactly???
Thanks a bunch
Deborah Peak Royal Oak Michigan

Hi Deborah,
Thanks for the compliment. I don't know when I can get all that info for you. When we made this show we picked out our favorite pieces of video and added music to it. We also did the same for Northern Michigan and Wisconsin. I would have to sit down and watch the video with a notepad in my hand. Right now with the Holidays and producing new shows I just don't have the time, I am really sorry, but if you keep watching all this footage is in upcoming shows.
Thanks for watching.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2003 8:37 AM

Subject: Northern Mood

Your show on December 15th: Northern Mood was great! Is there any way to get a copy of the show or when will it be on again, so that it can be taped. We enjoy watching and are looking forward to your upcoming shows.
Douglas Cass ---

Hi Doug, You can get a copy of Northern Moods or any show by sending $22.95 along with the name and show number (Get name and number from our show schedule by going to http://www.greatgetawaystv.com/ and clicking on show schedule)
Send to: Great Sand Bay Productions P.O. Box 673 Davison, MI 48423-0673

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2003 11:26 AM

Subject: (no subject)

What happened to the northern experence ?

We wanted to do more things so I started a new show called Great Getaways. It includes a lot of the old concept with a mix of new places that are cool trips but aren't necessarily north. Let me know what you think.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2003 10:40 AM

Subject: Your Program

Hi, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your program. My husband and I are planning to retire in February, and have many of the locations you have shown on your program on our "list" of trips. You provide great information about so many places we have not heard of, plus the scenery is beautiful.
Thanks again!
Judith Morris Port Huron, MI

Thanks Judy, That's what we are trying to accomplish.

November 2003

To: "tom" tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 12:32 PM

Subject: St Ignace- Mackinac Nov.8th show

Do you sell Video's of your shows? I have a friend that was taken over by nostalgia by the Mackinac Island Show this week and would like to buy it for his son.
Jan Callow

You can get a copy of any show by sending $22.95 along with the name and show number (Get name and number from our show schedule by going to http://www.greatgetawaystv.com/ and clicking on show schedule)
Send to: Great Sand Bay Productions P.O. Box 673 Davison, MI 48423-067

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 9:20 PM

Subject: 111 - Crossroads of the Great Lakes 11/12/03

Hello Tom,
we enjoyed the program about Mackinaw City and the surrounding area. Is it possible to purchase a tape or CD/DVD of the program? If so, then please advise costs.
Philip Wiltshire Milford Michigan

You can get a copy of any show by sending $22.95 along with the name and show number (Get name and number from our show schedule by going to http://www.greatgetawaystv.com/ and clicking on show schedule)
Send to: Great Sand Bay Productions P.O. Box 673 Davison, MI 48423-0673

Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2003 12:09 PM

Subject: Northeast Michigan

My wife & I have recently started watching your show. We really like the content and the 'laid back' way it is presented !!!! We recently purchased property on L. Huron, north of Rogers City. Have you profiled this area as of yet on past shows? If not, we can offer some suggestions on out of the way places to visit.
Gary & Lisa Peters

Hello, We have done a lot in your area but always look for new ideas.

Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2003 12:25 PM

I generally enjoy your television program on Saturday mornings on Channel 56 that shows a travelogue of Northern Michigan and Canada. The only negative is the canned commentary, which at times is too wordy and even silly. For example, "As we walked down Main Street on Mackinaw Island, we were overcome by the aroma of fudge." I don't know what kind of fudge your script writer is used to, but I go to Mackinaw Island just about every summer and the only thing I can smell is horse manure.
Best regards,
Bruce F. Caswell Dearborn

Dear Mr. Caswell,
I am sorry that you feel that way, I know when I go to the Island and walk by a fudge shop I can smell fudge. If all that you can smell when you go to Mackinaw Island is horse manure maybe you better start going some other place.
Tom ---

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 10:08 PM

I know I came to your website last year and got the ingredient for Monster Cookies, I came to the website and can't seem to find it. Please help as I have been asked by dozens of people to make them again, We have moved and somehow I have missed placed it. Thanks in advance if you can help me out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and blessings to you and your family. Kindest Regards, Betty Edmunds P.S. Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoy your program. We love going north. We are finally building a house in the UP. We are so excited... David Edmunds

Hi Betty,
I really understand the excitement of building a home in the U.P. You will never stop loving it. Where are you building? As far as the Monster Cookies I have a feeling that might be Michigan Magazine.

Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2003 10:50 PM

Subject: Show change?

My wife and I enjoy the old and new format. The quality of content and photography are unmatched. National Geographic should be jealous. But, why the name and change?

Hi Phil, We changed the name to give us the opportunity to do more and different things. Such as a tour of Windsor or a wine tour of Southwest Michigan. Thanks for compliment
Sincerely Tom O'Boyle

Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2003 6:09 PM

Subject: Timber Train

I was wondering if there is an e-mail address for the Timber Train. We are interested in perhaps doing it in the Fall of 2004.
Jan Schmidt

Sorry, The Timber Train the company has decided to discontinue it's public service.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2003 7:32 PM

Subject: tour 0109

have tried since I saw your timbertrain program on 11/16/03 Found it listed on your Internet schedule on 10/29/03 but could not get more information about this trip on the Timber Train. Please let me know how I can get more info on this on your Internet set up.
Thank You Phyllis Brown, Holt Mi.

Bad news, since we ran the feature on the Timber Train the company has decided to discontinue it's public service.

Sent: Saturday, November 01, 2003 4:47 PM

Where The address for the Timber Train does not exist on the WEB page as far as I can see. Where can I get more information.

Bad news. We just received word that the Timber Train will not be running any more.

October 2003

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Friday, October 31, 2003 11:14 AM

Subject: Sled Dog Stories

I wanted to let you know of a story idea that may be of interest to you and your viewers. My husband, Ed, and I have a distance sled dog kennel in the Eastern Upper Peninsula near Newberry. We both race, train, and provide sled dog adventures. In March of 2004 Ed will be running the Iditarod in Alaska. I will also be racing in the UP 200 (Marquette) and the John Beargrease (Duluth, MN). In addition to our racing, we also run a touring business in which guests can come and learn to drive a sled dog team and experience winter camping. Our kennel is very unique in that we offer both touring adventures and do a great deal of racing. Please feel free to contact us via phone, email, or our website www.natureskennel.com if you would like more information.
Tasha and Ed Stielstra
Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing www.natureskennel.com PO Box 5 McMillan, MI 49853 906-748-0513

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2003 7:57 PM

Subject: looking for a great place stay

Looking for a cabin or resort that has rooms with fire place and spa to take the wife to mid winter in lower part of Michigan.
Tim Huff

I am sorry that I am just getting back to you. I would like to suggest the Huron House Bed and Breakfast located in Oscoda on Lake Huron. For complete information go to http://www.huronhouse.com/ If that's not what you are looking for check out http://www.oscoda.com/ for more places in a beautiful area.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Monday, October 20, 2003 10:00 PM

Subject: Michigan's UP

Hi my family and I will be visiting the UP for a week long vacation next summer and would value any suggestions and information you could give us. It will be my husband, his friend my 3 year old son and myself. We all fish and love the outdoors. We hope to rent an inexpensive cabin for our visit. Do you have an itinerary suggestions or time of month to visit? Any and all info would be great.
Thank you.

Hi Beth,
I could spend hours telling you about all the great places in the UP because there are so many. The best thing to do is go to www.uptravel.com for instant information. Also call 1-800-562-7134 and request a UP Travel Planner, it is loaded with information on attractions and lodging. You can also find lodging information on our Destinations page at www.greatgetawaystv.com

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 9:54 AM

Subject: your new show

First I guess I should say I have watched your show for years. It was a show I could always count on for something of interest and I felt a closeness, a show that I felt was talking directly to me. What happened? Did you sell the show? Now it feals you are talking to masses and only for the corporate. I don`t like it a bit. Your music stinks and your presentation is cold and text-bookish. You couldn`t have gotten further away from your old show if you tried. Maybe this was your aim, but I`ll take bets as to how long your going to be around with this type of a show. Hope to see the old you back some day.
Bill Kunze Clawson, Mich

Sorry you feel that way Bill but if you keep watching I think you will enjoy what is coming up.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 10:28 AM

Subject: Amherstburg, Ontario

You have a great show which I enjoy watching every Saturday morning. On 10/18/03 the guide had Amherstburg, Ontario scheduled but it was not shown. I did enjoy the town of Manitowoc instead but curious on when Amherstburg will be telecast? Keep up the great job that everyone on the show is doing. My wife and I travel to Canada frequently (we live not far from the Canadian border in Woodhaven, Michigan about twenty miles) and recently went over to Amherstburg for dinner at Duffy's Tavern. Great perch dinners, if you don't already know. Enjoyed the recent telecast several weeks ago on the Niagara escarpment. We were on the Bruce Peninsula last year, rented a cottage not far from Tobermory and had a great time. Beautiful countryside and spectacular views. Do you think that you may do a Great Lakes cruise since they are becoming more popular? Thanks for some great travel enjoyment.

Hi Jeff,
We had to put off a couple of our new shows because of some equipment problems but we will be airing them in the early spring. We had a great show on cruising the GREAT LAKES that will also be airing again in the spring. Thank for watching.
Sincerely Tom

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 10:47 AM

Subject: Sunrise Side

Tom, this morning I tuned in on your show about the Sunrise Side, but only caught the last half of it. I go to Tawas most weekends in the summer and I was wondering where it was you were describing about Traverse Bay Woolen store, putt putt golf course alongside and the MIRROW MAZE. I thought that sounded interesting for me and my grandsons. We enjoy your show.
Bonnie Smith

Hi Bonnie,
All the things that you are asking about are in Mackinaw City.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 12:23 PM


Hello We're big fans of your show and have been to many of your destinations and more. However, the one place we've never gone is St Joseph Island. I saw the show but need some links to accommodations. We would like to rent a house, cabin or tent in a campground next summer and have a fishing boat that we tow. Please send us some links, we would appreciate it.
The Moshers

Go to http://www.stjosephisland.net/ or http://www.ontariotravel.net and type in St. Joseph Island in search and you will get a ton of links for more detailed information.

Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 9:43 PM

Subject: website errors

I just watched your show and it was great! I visited your website after the show and found an error regarding my hometown, Oscoda. When you click on Oscoda a page comes up with a railroad, and it lists "Largo Springs" as one of the sites to see. It's not "Largo Springs", it's "Iargo Springs". A truly magical and unique place, it should be identified correctly so people know where to find it! Keep up the great work!
Chris Coulon Lansing, Michigan

UPDATE- We goofed and have fixed the error, my apology for the following response.

Hi Chris, I have gone through my whole site and clicked on everything that is Oscoda and I get everything I am suppose to including Iargo Springs. I have not had a railroad pop up and no one else has had a problem. Here is the url for Oscoda http://www.oscoda.com/ Thanks for watching

September 2003

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2003 3:36 PM

Subject: St. Joseph's Island

Hello Tom,
my husband and I enjoyed your show today Featuring St. Joseph Island, Ontario. This particular show was broadcast on WPOS in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, September 27th. Is it possible to get a copy of this show?
Thank you,
Sandy Nowakowski

Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2003 5:10 PM

Subject: Shows

So, I just happened on your show detailing St. Joseph's Island and Hilton Beach, where I've sailed and stayed. It's truely a great place, as you showed. But, geez, Tom--you tell me to go to your web site and find the links for that show, and ... guess what?? There aren't any!!! Boy, I'm really disappointed. Maybe better luck next time, eh?? In the meantime, I'm hopin' some kind of link does appear some day. Anyway, show was good. Missing link not so hot.
Guy Gattis

Sorry Guy,
Here is the link.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2003 5:18 PM

Subject: St. Joseph's Island

My wife and I were just watching a PBS show about the subject island and decided to pull up your web site to check out any further info on the island for a next summer visitation, but I could not find anything about the island on your web site. Can you please suggest a way of finding out more on the island.
Ron Housman

Hi Ron,
The official web site for St. Joes Island is
http://www.stjosephisland.net/ Sorry we missed putting the link on our site.

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2003 10:59 PM

Subject: need information

I am trying to remember if you featured a restaurant called Toni's in the UP I think it was your show I saw it on. If so, could you please tell me where it is located. I am spending a few days in October in the Big Bay Point Lighthouse and would like to try the Pasties in the area. Any info is appreciated. Betty and Dan Shimel

The web site for the Big Bay Lighthouse is http://www.bigbaylighthouse.com/

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Monday, September 29, 2003 8:07 PM

In the last couple of weeks we watched one of your shows and It was about the Soo and an Island that you could reach via bridge that I believe was in Canada.Could you tell me where the island was and the name of it. I did not write it down at the time and the ole memory has failed me. We really enjoy your show and the places you have gone. Kepp up the good work and thanks for sharing your adventures with us. I tried to get on to your Windsor website that you have on your home page but could not get thru on it. Thought you would like to know.

Hi Irene,
The Island was St. Joseph Island in Northern Ontario. The best way to get info is by going to the following website
http://www.stjosephisland.net/ I don't know why you are not getting the Windsor site. Do you have dial up it seems to be a slow loading site. Thanks for watching

Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 5:22 PM

Subject: Congratulations and HELP

Greetings Tom,
I just caught 15 minutes of what appeared to be an excellent TV program on the Badger Car-ferry Line between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan. It was on Channel 28 PBS between 4:30 and 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 13th and included information on Manitowoc and Ludington. My sincere congratulations on what appeared to be an excellent and informative documentary! I was sorry I missed seeing the entire program and was wondering if you could tell me if and when it might be shown again or even if I might be able to buy a copy of the program. Although I have lived in Flint, Michigan since 1959, I was born and raised in Manitowoc and rode the car-ferries MANY times, including twice this summer! As a kid, I also stood on the banks of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding sight and watched ALL the submarine launchings. A sight I will never forget! Unlike most launchings which are "slid out backwards", Manitowoc Submarines and other Great Lakes Ships built there were always launched "sideways". I would appreciate any information you can provide me.
Thank you,
Ervin J. Delsman

Hi Ervan,
I am sorry at this point in time we are not selling copies of our show and I am not sure when it will air again. I will keep your e-mail and when it does I will send you a message.
Sincerely Tom

To: 'tom@greatgetawaystv.com'

Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 3:44 PM

Subject: River Muskies?

Hi Tom,
I'm looking for info on a place in Upper Michigan. I'm not even sure it was your show I saw. But the show was about muskie fishing on a river that ended at a waterfalls. A small train took to you to a boat on the river. It was something I thought sure I'd remember on my own. Could you help me out on this, I'm planning a trip in early Oct. to the UP and would like to try this. Would appreciate any help you can give.
Sherry Baggerley

Hello Sherry,
Here is the info you requested.

TAHQUAMENON BOAT TOURS & TOONERVILLE TROLLEY WILDERNESS TRAIN RIDE—Travel to the heart of the UP wilderness on one of our Scenic Tours. Tour #1 - 6-1/2 hr. Train and Riverboat Tour to view the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. The only tour to the falls. Tour #2 - 1-3/4 hr. Wilderness Train Ride. This tour does not go to the falls. Travel the longest 24 inch railroad in the country to the end of the line, make a stop over for switching and return. Lunch and restrooms available on both tours. Located 2 minutes off highway M-28 at Soo Junction just 15 miles East of Newberry. Phone 888/77-TRAIN for more information. Write us at 5883 County Road 441, Newberry, MI 49868.
E-mail us at:

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 3:40 PM

Subject: Needful Things

Hello, On a show you had an advertisement or went to a place called Needful Things. When you have time could you send me there web address? Thanks
Fay Newman

I don't have there web address but I have there phone number. It is 989-770-4594

Dear Tom, and whom it may concern:
We do enjoy your show, and watch it when we can. Keep up the great work of showing our grand state, Michigan. We both were born and raised in Michigan, and plan on staying here, we believe Michigan has much to offer anyone who loves the great outdoors! My husband's family took their vacations every year to the Oscoda area, and we really enjoyed the show today! We ourselves went on vacation there this past summer. However during the show, while visiting the bed & breakfast you made an error in your observation. While on the beach of Lake Huron, you mentioned how romantic the sun set would be? Lake Huron is the sunny side! Meaning the sun comes up here, and does not set on the lake. We found this very funny, as if you waited for the sun to set, you would be there an awfully long time! Just wanted to say usually we find your program very informative and fun!
the Ryberg's, Keith, Lori and our dog, Summer Rain.

Dear Tom,
my husband and I enjoy watching your show on Detroits Public Television every Saturday morning. This week we watched the show about Ludington and the car ferries. We want to plan a trip to Wisconsin this way to visit my brother in Milwaukee and see some sites along the way. This will give us an opportunity to see more of our own great state and some of Wisconsin as well..Looking forward to the next show..sincerely, Melanie and Dennis Reitano

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 9:50 PM

Subject: train ride

please tell me again about the train that takes the fall color tours and winter tours in ontario, i think it is called something like algoma?


Dear Kevin, It is Algoma Central Railroad. You can find more info at http://www.algomacentralrailway.com/

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 9:56 PM

Subject: Viewer Question about a future show!

Hello Tom,
My name is Ralph and I have seen a couple of shows. I really like it a lot because I love Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. My question is do you know what time the show is on CMU TV this wednesday (9-10-03). I think it is at 7pm, but not sure. Just let me know if you know the time so I don't miss it.
Thank you,

Hi Ralph,
Sorry but due to pledge drive we will not be on for the next couple of weeks.

I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that our family has enjoyed your show for years. The tourism industry should be very grateful to you as I know we, like other families, have planned our vacations around ideas you've shown on your show. Plus, watching your show is like a mini-vacation during the hectic work week. This is the first time I have visited your new site. As you develop it, could you please include a search area? For instance, right now, I can't remember the name of the Indian etchings on Lake Superior, but I do remember that they were somewhere around Wawa, Ontario. This is from one of your not so recent shows. Thanks for a great show.
Tina Mitchell

August 2003

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2003 7:36 PM

Subject: UP

Gentlemen, I am looking for information on Drumand Island, but I am unable. Please help.

Go to http://www.drummondislandchamber.com/

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 10:24 AM

Subject: cruise on the train


Go to http://www.greatlakescruising.com/ Have Fun

July 2003

To: tom@northernexperience.com

Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 6:21 AM

Subject: Celebrity Sleddog Race

Hi Tom,
Just had a thought. If you are able to cover the 2004 Tahquamenon Country Sleddog Race, in January, would you be interested in running in our Celebrity Sleddog Race? It's only a couple of miles with good dog teams. We usually have some local, Luce County, people ( State Police, DNR Conservation Officers, MSU Extension Mgr., local radio DJ's, etc.). Don't know if you've ever run a team before-it's a BALL! The Race Officials, Volunteers and Spectators have alot of fun with it. Let me know what you think.
Thanks again,
Phil Montroy

To: tom@northernexperience.com

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 9:54 AM

Subject: gold

Dear Tom
My name is Carl, I have been looking for information on gold mining and panning for gold in the UP and all I can get is general information. Like they did mine for gold up there but no locations or the names of the mines. Can you help me or point me in the right direction to look for info. Thanks

Try calling 1-800-562-7134 they may be able to help.

To: info@northernexperience.com

Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 9:14 AM

Subject: trip to Upper Penninsula, Michigan

My husband and I would like to take a week in October and visit the Upper Peninsula for possible retirement properties. Do you have any material available to help us find scenic locations as well as real estate sites and interesting lodging as we travel?
Thank You,
Mrs John Williams

The best guide is the UP Travel Planner. You can get it free by calling 1-800-562-7134

Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 10:24 PM

Subject: Good show

Growing up I used to spend many summers with my relatives in the Copper Country. Now I do not have as much time to stay. However your program does keep the longing to return alive. I have enjoyed your program for some time, keep up the good work. Your ahow has even got my wife interested in going North. We will be enjoying the Indian State Camp Ground the last week of july. Great program about the water falls. Robert Richards

Thanks for a great letter.

Hello Tom,
Just went to your website and see you are leaving. i am sorry i looked forward to it each week. will look forword to your new show.

Hi Windsong
Not leaving, just changing.

Tom--I am a faithful watcher of N.E.. I was checking the web site to see what was on tap for this Saturday's program (on our cable it is 8 am Sat morning PBS 56 out of Detroit). I was sadden to read your letter. I love the UP and have visited many of the spots you have highlighted down through the years. I know many of my snowmobile buddies in my area (Adrian Michigan) also watch the program. Good luck in your new venture. It is a great thing you have been doing.
Faithful listener,
Dave Stanifer

Hey Dave, don't be sad, be excited! We are going to a lot of new places and doing new things but we will be still going to the old places and doing the old things. Keep Watching.

Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 12:06 AM

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Subject: teepees on Bruce peninsula

On a recent show (Rerun) they showed a resort with teepees. I would like to take my adopeted daughter there...she is part Chippewa Indian..in a continuation of our exploration into her heritage. When I go to the Bruce Peninsula link, I can't bring anything up under Teepees or Teepee camping, although I see a picture of it! Can you please send me a name and phone number or a web address so I can check this out? P.S. I love your show and catch it whenever I can.
Suzanne Brenner

Hi Suzanne, Try http://www.indiancarver.com/ I hope this is it. Tom

Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 4:02 PM
To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com
Subject: Cranberry Creek Canoes

Hi Tom,
My name is Mike Reese and I am the owner of Cranberry Creek Canoes located in Cadott, WI. I am writing to you because I have had a couple of your viewers contact our company because they had seen you using a Golden Hawk canoe on your shows. My Father-in-Law, Marvin Belknap, designed, owned and operated Golden Hawk for many years prior to selling and retiring in 1992. Several years ago, my wife and I decided to start up Cranberry Creek Canoes, with an updated version of the Golden Hawk design. Marvin had always wanted to make some improvements to his original design, so he 'came out of retirement' to help us make these changes. The improvements are being met with rave reviews among those new to our design, as well as those old Golden Hawk customers who have seen and paddled the canoe.

Thank you for your time, good luck with the new show format, and if you get a chance, check out www.cranberrycreekcanoes.com.

Mike Reese Owner/President Cranberry Creek Canoes 308 W. North Rd. Cadott, WI 54727 715-289-4408

Hi Mike,
We have been using our Golden Hawk on our show and in private life for a lot of years and it is showing its age, it has been a great canoe. You would be amazed at how many people write and ask how to get a canoe like ours and all we have been able to tell them is the company in Michigan no longer makes them but we thought the parent company was in Wisconsin. It is nice to know you are around; it will be great to tell those that inquire were to get one like it. We went to your web site but did not see any prices. We need to replace ours it no longer has the beauty it once did. As a matter fact we are looking for a replacement for our fall shoot. We just received a new 5hp motor from Briggs and Stratton to put on the back and are looking forward to using it. Great to hear from you.

Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 2:09 PM

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Subject: Will Great Getaways Be On PBS?

Dear Tom,
I have been a loyal fan of Northern Experience for the past few years. I have enjoyed the show, visiting your website, and sometimes taking trips to your destinations. Northern Experience has been my favorite show on television for a few years now. Will Great Getaways be on PBS like Northern Experience? I would hate to miss your show. I would also be interested in a Great Getaways T-shirt or sweatshirt once you get the program and hopefully an on-line store similar to Northern Experience going. I'm looking forward to seeing your new show.
A loyal fan,
Don Glass

Hi Don, As far as we know right now most of the PBS stations will be carrying us at the same time and day as the Northern Experience. Makes me feel good to know that so many people enjoyed the N.E. I think you will enjoy Great Getaways just as much.

Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 8:51 PM

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com


Hi Tom!
My name is Paul Schultz and I have watched your show since it began and it will truly be missed. You did a magnificent job with that show. At the same time, I am extremely happy that you are going to do a new one and look forward to that. You said you are also developing a new website.....will "greatgetawaystv" be the address for the new site? And do you have any idea when the new TV show will start airing? I just don't want to lose touch of you or your new show. Thanks to your "Northern Experience" show, my wife and I explored and saw many places in the U.P. that we probably never would have gone to otherwise. Again, thanks for all the memories from "Northern Experience", and my wife and I look forward to your new show and many new memories!!
Paul & Joyce Schultz

Hi Paul, Same time, same stations. I think you are going to like our new lineup.

Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2003 10:11 AM To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com


Dear Tom
While I will miss the old show, I am looking forward to the new program. As soon as you have a website up send me the link. But first, todays NE episode dealt with Frankenmuth, and I was wondering if I can order a copy of it to send to a friend in Arizona? It's to wet the appetite of the gang down there in anticipation of their trip here to Michigan in Aug.-Sept of 2004. As for the new show, I have many suggestions for places to visit not only in Michigan, but all over the uppermidwest. If you want a list I'll send it to you. Thank you for "The Northern Experience" and its wonderful exsposure of the land we all love. I've showed it to many a friend over the course of it's run and it's led to many a "northern experience" for them. Kindest Regards + Best Wishes!
Rodney W. Firman

Hi Rodney, Send your suggestions we would love to hear them.

Dear Tom:
When I began reading your message on the THE NORTHERN EXPERIENCE web site, my heart sank!! Then I read on and all was well!! Your programs are the ones I look forward to each week and I cannot tell you how many places we have visited because you introduced us to them. Thank you a hundred times. We will look forward to your new programs. What network will they be on and what day and time in the greater Detroit area? I went to THE NORTHERN EXPERIENCE web site because I had a question to ask you. We would like to kayak down the Manistique River and want to know how it compares to the Au Sable? We have only kayaked down the Au Sable and, as you know, it is shallow and quite rocky. Is the Manistique similar? We would like to find a river that is a little deeper and has more sandy shorelines. Is there one you can think of off hand? We would, also, like to rent kayaks and take a trip of about 4 hours. Could you recommend an outfitter on the Manistique? Thank you. We wish you the best of luck in your new venture. It will be a hit, for sure. You have a very easy and enthusiastic way of presenting travel ideas and please know that you have done so much to promote our beautiful state of Michigan. By the way, where is Sand Bay?

P.S. Patty Sue is my little half beagle/half Blue TIck Hound from the Michigan Humane Society!! She goes crazy Up North so I have to watch her like a hawk or it would take us three days to find her in the woods!!
A Dedicated Viewer- Elaiine M. Wedge Farmington, MI

Hi Elaine,
Our times will be the same as they have been. As far as canoeing on the Manistique it is comparable to the AuSable for more information contact Northland Outfitters at http://www.exploringthenorth.com/northland/outfitters.html or Phone 906-586-9801

Hi Tom,
Is there any way I can order a copy of the show that was aired last night Thursday July 24 @ 9:30 pm-10:00 p.m.? It was all about the Copper Haror and Eagle River area. My husband and I just returned from a motorcycle trip tehre and saw many of the sights on yuor show, including Lake Fanny Hoe and Brockway Mountain. I would appreciatte if you could reply to my email and tell me if there is a way I can order a tape of the show?
Thank you,
Rae Nelson

Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2003 4:59 PM

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Subject: ghost towns

I was watching your new show (great) about the falls near Eagle River and Copper Harbor, and you showed pictures and talked about a ghost town. Could you please send me the name, I didn't write it down. We have traveled the last several summer in Mich. looking for and taking pictures of the old buildings.
Thank you,
Mike Gaken - Kawkawlin, MI

Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2003 7:05 PM

To: tom@greatgetawaystv.com

Subject: fishing @ standard rock

Dear Mr. O'Boyle;
I and a few of my retired buddies have been thinking about taking a charter fishing trip out to Standard Rock some day. Do you have any info. as to where we can get a trip started. I would appreciate any help you can offer.
Thank You;
Harvey Pudney

Hi Harvey,
The best thing to do is call 1-800-562-7134 and request a U.P. Travel planner. This will give you all the info you need to start your trip or go to the online planner at

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