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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Jimmy Hoffa update

According to the news today, it looks like the FBI is hot on the trail of Jimmy Hoffa. Again. Or, rather, his remains, if any.

I had a good girlfriend who moved to Southfield, Michigan, in 1978. Whenever I would go to visit her, we always managed to squeeze in at least one Jimmy Hoffa search party. Of course, it was just us, and we didn't really know what we were doing. We didn't even take shovels along. Usually, we'd just go to the restaurant where he was last seen, sit in her car in the parking lot, and try to imagine what his last minutes were like.

Hey, this was really big news in the 70's. Really big. I guess you had to be there.

One time on a blustery Saturday afternoon in January, we were walking across the parking deck at the Renaissance and noticed an odd bump in the otherwise smooth concrete. We both stood still for a moment and wondered aloud if perhaps we were standing on Jimmy's grave. Then we went on our way.

I seriously doubt we'll ever know what really happened. But, I hope they do find his remains and his family can get some peace.

Posted by Marie at May 18, 2006 10:28 PM


I'd just as soon they not find him. The mystery is too tantalizing and speculation too fun. Where could he be? The Meadowlands? The Ren Cen? The same thing with D. B. Cooper and Judge Crater. I was living in Livonia, MI, right outside Detroit when he was snatched. It did grab everyone's attention. But I never did go to the restaurant.

Posted by: Kem White at May 19, 2006 10:37 AM

I was working as a summer copyboy at the Chicago Tribune the summer Hoffa disappeared. I recall reading the story proofs in the composing room as the front page was made up (I wasn't much moved by the news, though -- I thought of him as a demi-mobster who probably wound up the way a lot of those guys did). I remember it like it was 31 years ago.

On another subject: Marie, weren't you afraid the folks who disappeared their crook pal Jimmy might come after you?

And: What about that kid in Aruba?

Posted by: Dan at May 19, 2006 1:12 PM

I started thinking about why this was so fascinating for me at the time. The best I could come up with was that I grew up in a union household (but, not Teamsters).

Kem, I love the mystery of D.B. Cooper. I always hoped he survived.

Dan, I wasn't afraid... until you mentioned it. I bet the kid in Aruba is dead, unfortunately.

Posted by: Marie at May 19, 2006 2:19 PM

If it becomes a good enough story, we will see Geraldo Rivera with a shovel.

Posted by: Don Ray at May 20, 2006 9:48 AM

The mystery of Jimmy Hoffa always fascinated me, as did D.B Cooper, even though they were a few years before my time. It's possible that Hoffa's body may have been exhumed at some point and perhaps re-buried somewhere else? Though I suspect the FBI probably would have found evidence by now. Either way, I hope they eventually find something of interest.

Posted by: L Burnet at June 7, 2006 5:51 AM