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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-09-05

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Holy Smokes

WADL TV 38 owner shows off his iconic Batman vehicles.


ome people call Kevin Adell eccen-
tric, but to those who know him
well, Adell is someone who — once
he sets his sights on something — is rarely,
if ever, deterred.
Adell, who was raised Jewish, ironi-
cally happens to be the owner and CEO of
the WORD Network, which is the largest
African American religious television net-
work in the world. He also owns WADL TV
Adell also loves to collect things. Among
those things are some pretty expensive cars
and gadgets.
In 2006, Adell purchased one of the origi-
nal five Batmobiles, which was designed by
the legendary godfather of all Batmobiles,
George Barris.
Aden's Batmobile is known as "the
Outlaw:' This particular Batmobile was
built nearly 50 years ago and appeared in
the original television series starring Adam
West. Most recently, it was seen in the Mark
Wahlberg movie Like A Rock Star.
Adell also owns one of the original
Batmobile cycles. In both cases, if you think
you have seen these icons being driven

around town, you're definitely not seeing
things. When the weather is right, Adell
will take these nifty vehicles for a spin,
often times with family members in tow.
With rumors flying that Detroit could be
the backdrop for the next Batman movie,

Adell wants to offer up "the Outlaw" to be
used in the film should it be shot here.
"It would be great kick to see my car used
in such a widely seen movie. I'd let the film-
makers use it for free if they asked," Adell
While Adell will not disclose what he
paid for these legendary road machines,
others like it have sold for millions in recent
"I like the offbeat and the unusual. To
be able to have the means to purchase and
enjoy a part of Americana is fun," Adell

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September 5 • 2013

Holiday Recipes From
Around The World
The American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee (JDC) has
released its Global Kitchen Facebook
app, offering holiday recipes from
around the world accompanied by a
set of do-it-yourself cooking videos.
Download the recipes, watch the
videos and share this package by visit-
ing the app at on.fb.me/lfjwPwP.
This year's dishes include lekach,
a spiced honey cake from the British
Isles; a traditional kugel from Eastern
Europe; and matoke, a sweet plantain-
based stew from Africa. Previous JDC
Global holiday recipes can be found at
At the High Holidays, JDC provides
aid and free or subsidized program-
ming to needy Jews and Jewish com-
munities. From holiday food packages
and cash stipends, to home visits by
young people to elderly homebound
Jews and a festive annual Rosh
Hashanah street fair, JDC ensures all
community members can celebrate
the New Year with joy. To learn more,
visit www.jdc.org.

President Barack Obama recently
added members to the federal bench
in the Eastern District of Michigan.
New are Matthew Frederick
Leitman, an attorney at Miller
Canfield; Judith Ellen Levy, a federal
prosecutor in the Eastern District of
Michigan since 2000 and a veteran
attorney; and Laurie J. Michelson, a
U.S. magistrate in the Eastern District
of Michigan since 2001.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the
appointment of Alyssa Martina of
Huntington Woods to the Michigan
Women's Commission. The 15-mem-
ber board works to improve the
quality of life for Michigan women,
including providing support for female
veterans, fighting human trafficking
and assisting women business own-
ers. Martina is the CEO and publisher
of Metro Parent Magazine. She also
serves as an adjunct professor at the
University of Michigan Law School,
Gabelli Business School at Fordham
University and School of Business
Administration at Wayne State

Ellyn Davidson,
managing partner at
Brogan & Partners
in Birmingham, was
honored with the
Everyday Hero
Award at the annual
Night of Heroes
event. The Everyday
Hero Program is dedicated to inspiring
Michigan's youth by celebrating the
lives of everyday people in the work-
place who, through extraordinary
commitment, courage, compassion
and integrity, are changing lives and
inspiring others. While fighting for her
own life, Davidson inspired hundreds
of women to fight for theirs. She is
now a five-year breast cancer survivor.
Among other achievements, she start-
ed a team that has now finished its
fifth Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for
the cure. During that time, Davidson
recruited and energized more than 100
walkers, raising collectively more than
$550,000 for breast cancer research.

Detroiter Dan Pliskow was presented
with a Jazz Guardian Award by Chris
Collins, the director, on behalf of the
Detroit Jazz Festival. It is in honor
of the 12,500 jazz archive photos of
Detroit jazz players, whose photos he
took on the bandstand while making
a living in Detroit clubs; the 2,400
hours of Detroit jazz he recorded
with musicians with whom he played,
which is now being published by the
Library of Congress; and 60 years
of playing music plus teaching bass,
both privately and on staff at the
Wayne State University Jazz Studies

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