Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Royal Oak Legend Has a Hand in Detroit's Newest Outdoor Attraction

An outdoor exhibition honoring two dozen celebrities with Metro Detroit roots, including Royal Oak, was unveiled today at the Detroit Historical Museum.

The museum's Detroit Legends Plaza is its first outdoor attraction. The plaza features the concrete handprints of a wide range of sports and entertainment stars, including director/producer/writer Sam Raimi, who was born in Royal Oak in 1959. Raimi went on to direct the Evil Dead series and the blockbuster Spider-Man films.

It can also be noted that Raimi was a student of Royal Oak High School Interim Principal Jim Moll when he was a young teacher at Groves High School in Birmingham.

"Sam was a student of mine in the mid '70s and was in both my Radio Speech class and in some of the plays that I directed at Groves High School," said Moll.  "Sam's success is something that all of us are very proud."

Moll said Raimi's talent was apparent when he was in high school.

"He earned his chops by trying things and staying completely dedicated to his art," Moll said. "I think there's a good message there - staying true to oneself and having the patience to work through some adversity definitely can pay off."

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