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Steve Lehto
Steve Lehto is a writer, practicing attorney and has taught both law and history. He was historical adviser to the documentary "Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913" which aired recently nationwide on PBS. Lehto is from Michigan.

Entries by Steve Lehto

The Italian Hall Disaster: One Reason to Observe a Silent Night This Christmas Eve

(16) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 9:34 AM

Christmas Eve marks the anniversary of one of the darkest moments in U.S. labor history: On that day in 1913, more than six dozen people died in a stampede following a false cry of "Fire!" at the Italian Hall in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The tragedy occurred during a miner's strike...

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A Thumbnail Sketch of the Lemon Law

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 8:27 AM

Ever have a car that just couldn't be fixed? It seems we've all owned a bum car at one time or another. The mysterious engine hesitation or surge the dealer couldn't pinpoint; the weird noise everyone can hear but no one can silence. Or, the car which breaks down repeatedly...

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The Most Important Car Buying Tip

(10) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 2:43 PM

As an attorney, I've heard all the lawyer jokes but I take solace in the fact that there is one professional generally viewed with less respect than the attorney. I refer, of course, to the used car salesman. Perhaps then it makes sense that I have spent the last 20...

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The Pulitzer Scam

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 5:10 PM

I hate to narc out fellow writers but this morning I ran across another writer claiming to have been "Pulitzer nominated" on a website to promote a book. The truth of that statement is not what most people think it is -- and it is deceptive.


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Daytona in July: Forty Years Ago

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 4:24 PM

Will you be nostalgic for simpler times during this year's "Coke Zero 400" at Daytona? Think back 40 years if you need a fix of the good old NASCAR days, long before they invented Coke Zero. The 1971 Daytona race was the "Medal of Honor Firecracker 400," and NASCAR saluted...

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Who Killed the Multifuel Car?

(32) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 4:27 PM

We all heard about General Motors and how they "killed" their EV1 electric car program. The EV1 electrics were produced from 1996 to 1999, and were on the road until 2003 before GM rounded them up and -- for the most part -- destroyed them.

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Fame, Fortune and Cool Stuff

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Ask someone why writing might be a fine vocation and you will hear the usual trifecta: Fame, Fortune, and getting to do Cool Stuff. The wonderful thing about being a writer is that while those first two can be elusive, the Cool Stuff is quite easy to come by. Long...

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Old School NASCAR

(8) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Next time you turn on a NASCAR event and watch the "stock" cars rip by the high-def cameras, remind yourself that this sport is over 60 years old. And boy, have things changed since the old days. The television coverage rarely acknowledges the real roots of the sport, so here...

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Coming to Terms With the Typo

(5) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 1:29 PM

A fellow writer's book just came out and when I heard, it sparked memories of those fabulous days past when a book of mine had just been published. Seeing the hard copy for the first time -- even after having seen countless drafts and the advance review copy -- is...

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How Jay Leno Came to Write the Foreword to My Book

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 6:05 PM

My recent book Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation has a foreword written by Jay Leno. Jay is a well known "car guy" and it seems quite fitting that he would contribute to a book written about such an iconic car. I am from Detroit....

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When an Author Meets His Critics

(8) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 1:41 PM

If you are a writer whose book has been listed on Amazon, you know the feeling when you see someone who has given your book a one-star rating. Sometimes, the low ratings offset whatever good feelings you may have had after reading the good reviews. I felt pretty good when...

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Why Chrysler's Turbine Car Was The Coolest Car To Come Out Of Detroit (PHOTOS)

(22) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 7:20 AM

After World War II, Chrysler spent a couple decades and a boatload of money developing turbine powered cars. At one point, they built a fleet of them -- more than 50, and they were all the same color! -- and lent them to the public as part of a huge...

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