In mid 1968, University of Detroit Professor C. Don Davidson, along with other area sports enthusiasts were excited at the prospects that professional sports teams, the Detroit Lions and the Tigers, were actively investigating the possibilities of a new major sports facility for Southeast Michigan. The excitement was generated by the fact that Davidson and Pontiac city leaders made a presentation to the Metropolitan Stadium Committee of a 155 acre site on the city's east side at the intersection of M-59 and I-75. The Metropolitan Stadium Committee voted unanimously for the Pontiac site. The city commission later appointed a Stadium Authority which spent the greater part of 1969 completing the necessary economic feasibility studies in constructing such a stadium. The city made the professional sports franchises aware that a stadium could be built and financed in Pontiac.
An Environmental analysis of a central business area : Pontiac, Michigan ...Authors: Bruno Leon, Karl H. Greimel, C. Don Davidson'

Artists Rendering of Pontiac Stadium

Artists Rendering of Pontiac Stadium

The Pontiac Times Newspaper Era ... 1972-1982 ©

Why another local newspaper?

"I sought out the opinion of fifteen experts. All of them agreed that it (starting a newspaper) couldn't be done. I decided that anything that certain left room for a unique answer."

"The people of Pontiac were left without a hometown paper. As the Oakland Press moved more toward regional news, they really couldn't remain a local paper, too." - C. Don Davidson - Times publisher

Davidson and his dedicated staff published a weekly newspaper for eleven years. It went defunct in 1982 due to advertising difficulties brought on by the early 1980's recession. Below is a copy of the one year anniversary of The Pontiac Times Newspaper dated Dec. 7, 1973.












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  1. I worked for the Pontiac Waterford Times for 2 years or so. Don was probably the most unique individual I have ever known; one of a kind.

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