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Last month of Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Tall Tales and Folklore series includes examination of the Jimmy Hoffa mystery

– Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:00AM

Since his disappearance in July 1975, there has been a shroud of mystery surrounding Jimmy Hoffa, former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the circumstances of his disappearance. To shed light on this mystery, lawyer and author Charles Brandt will discuss his relationship with Teamster official and Mafia associate Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, including Sheeran’s confession to the killing of Hoffa.  Brandt worked with Sheeran for five years and published Sheeran’s biography documenting his confession to the murder of Hoffa. This presentation will be held April 20 at 7 p.m. during the final month of the Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Tall Tales and Folklore: Exploring Michigan’s Traditional Stories.

On May 4, Tall Tales and Folklore welcomes a special production of the well-known podcast Astonishing Legends. Forrest Burgess and Scott Philbrook, co-creators of the podcast will present a live version of their show focusing on Michigan traditional stories. Their podcasts examine  strange and unusual events from throughout history including personal interviews with people who have had close encounters with the unexplained. 

Other topics covered in the final month of the Tall Tales and Folklore program series, which concludes May 6, range from Native American myths to a musical performance of Michigan’s early folk traditions. Remaining presentations include:

  • I Heard You Paint Houses: The Hoffa Mystery Solved – April 20
  • More than a Story: The Oral Traditions of Michigan’s Anishnaabek – April 21
  • Storytelling: Not Just for Kids – April 22
  • Book Discussion: Michigan Legends: Folktales and Lore from the Great Lakes – April 27
  • The Search for Le Griffon – April 28
  • The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations – April 28
  • The Sun-Catcher: An Ojibwa Solar Myth – April 29
  • Astonishing Michigan (Live Podcast) – May 4
  • Lomax Goes North: The Folk Songs and Stories of Michigan – May 5

Exhibits include a traveling display from Michigan State University and numerous artifacts from other museums and local collectors.

The presentations and exhibits are open to the public at no charge, but preregistration is required for presentations by calling 586.445.7348 or by emailing  No registration is required to view the exhibits.  The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus in Clinton Township and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday to 8 p.m.

A complete listing of Tall Tales and Folklore programming is available at:

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( provides interactive learning opportunities for all ages, extending student discovery beyond classroom walls and creating multi-faceted experiences for community members to explore the influences and experiences that shape our community’s heritage.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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