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Bruce Edward Walker

Editor-at-Large

Bruce Edward Walker is the former managing editor of MichiganScience, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication that explores science, technology and related policy matters, and currently a free lance writer and editor-at-large for the Center.

Walker has more than 25 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on cultural subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including Lewis Carroll’s "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and Ken Kesey’s "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," as well as dozens of reference-book essays on musicians, authors, scientists, filmmakers and philosophers.

Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. He has published articles in The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Royal Oak Daily Tribune, The Freeman and Religion & Liberty. He has edited publications for the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Yacht Club, Buick Motor Division, McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing and Gale Research, and additionally has contributed essays to reference series published by Omnigraphics and Cengage.

Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Midland, Mich.

Alex Chilton R.I.P.

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Elegy for Cities Embracing Smart Growth

With apologies to John Lennon, I imagine a city without cars.
Exhaust fumes replaced by fine boutiques and fern bars.
All the people walk to workplace and shops,
And the streets are patrolled by mo-ped cops.
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‘Wild River’ a Property Rights Classic

Property Rights Network Produces Boardman River Dam Video

Art Appeal

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Removal of Boardman Dams Has Negative Environmental and Energy Impacts

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Art Needs No State Subsidies

Terror on the Boardman River

As a senior in high school in 1976, I had the opportunity to view the 1968 Halloween horror film classic, "Night of the Living Dead" at the local university campus. A gentleman seated next to me asked for my opinion about halfway through the film, sparking a lengthy conversation on montage and mise-en-scene. The gentleman excused himself shortly thereafter, and appeared on stage as guest speaker upon the film's conclusion. The speaker was none other than the film's writer/director, George Romero. His last words to me before leaving were something along the lines of "You seem pretty sharp, kid. You might want to think about making horror movies yourself." Little did I know it would take me more than 30 years to realize that kind advice. Instead of populating my latest video with flesh-eating zombies and serial killers, however, this Property Rights Network video relates the horrors experienced by property owners on the Boardman River outside Traverse City. Of the four dams on the river, three have been slated for removal by city and county officials. … more