Welcome to Tales

In this section read fictional or non-fictional short stories about Clark Lake or written by Clark Lake writers.  Enjoy!
The 1973 Summer of Fun

The 1973 Summer of Fun

by Rick Belcher My brother, like many of us, has an intense spiritual connection with Clark Lake.  Buzz is also a born salesman.  When David P. Belcher II enters the room, his charisma fills it with no problem.  I know where he gets it.  When it...
Should Radio DJs Get Hazardous Duty Pay?

Should Radio DJs Get Hazardous Duty Pay?

by Rick Belcher Steve Kelly might say “yes”.  Rewind 28 years ago when he was the morning show DJ on WIOG.  This station had massive ratings in Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and Flint.  The reasons for its dominance included excellent DJs, the best top 40...
Boyfriends

Boyfriends

by Laurice LaZebnik Looking back at the list of 19 liaisons I’ve had over my lifetime I realized I’ve made some not-so-great choices. I wondered what it was that attracted me to some males and not others. Was there sort of magnet inside my head that pulled me towards...
Ever Fly a Bomber over Clark Lake?

Ever Fly a Bomber over Clark Lake?

by Laurice LaZebnik I turned my head to see who had tapped me on the shoulder. “Would you or Bob like a ride in that B-17 parked outside the Richmond Brothers hangar?” It was my old friend and fellow pilot who had orchestrated landing a restored B-17 bomber on the new...
I’m Sorry Clark Lake

I’m Sorry Clark Lake

by Laurice LaZebnik I landed in London in a sleep-deprived blur, my lids heavy, my eyes shifting in sockets of sand.  Three movies were too many. Two meals were too much. The Delta flight landed at Heathrow and I shuffled from the plane in low gear. This was not...
New Sport Comes to Clark Lake

New Sport Comes to Clark Lake

Over the years, Clark Lake is known for either innovating or opening an early door to innovation on the lake.  For example, it is here the first motor driven raft started its the incredible journey.  The raft, known elsewhere as pontoon boats, began life at...
I Was a Clark Lake Terrorist

I Was a Clark Lake Terrorist

by Laurice LaZebnik “Business class guests leaving for Pittsburgh are now boarding at Keflavik Gate 26.”   It all started as we stepped to the front of the long line waiting to board WOW Airline flight 902. I felt entitled. I had splurged on expensive seats...
Just an Old Hinge

Just an Old Hinge

One warm day in early June found me wading in the shallows, repairing the damage created by the movement of spring ice when it decided to leave the lake. It is an interesting fact, known to those who live anywhere along a shore that the day the winter’s ice goes out...
Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs

By Laurice LaZebnik My husband of 45 years would rather have a hot dog for dinner than a home cooked meal. He thinks of himself as a hot dog connoisseur and is convinced Coney Island hot dogs from Tommy Boadgieff’s former cart on Detroit Street are Jackson and...
Clark Lake’s Crazy Lot Lines

Clark Lake’s Crazy Lot Lines

Lot lines at Clark Lake leave property owners scratching their heads.  The line on one side may appear to head straight for the lake, the other seems to go off in a nonsensical direction.  And that description doesn’t begin to touch what happens at the back...
Alligator Spotted Near Clark Lake

Alligator Spotted Near Clark Lake

An alligator appeared three summers ago and took up residency in Christman’s pond off Jefferson across from Eagle Point Road.  The alligator, now 3 feet long, has been seen sunning itself, even on cold days, on a dock protruding out into the one-third acre...