Davidson was among one percent of the 200 who started in the schools design and architecture program of which only 14 would graduate.
|From The Pontiac Times Inaugural Edition - 1972|
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 CEO and Publisher
With his intimidating and charismatic persona, and an ego bigger than the moon, Davidson decided to start his own newspaper after experiencing issues convincing local leaders and local newspaper editors to support his plan.
Davidson and his dedicated staff published a weekly newspaper for eleven years. His newspaper was the catalyst that pushed his urban renewal and stadium plans to reality. The newspaper went defunct in 1983 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 - Dec. 7, 1973