the story http://michiganradio.org en The Story: Kalamazoo street rivals make changes and settle differences http://michiganradio.org/post/story-kalamazoo-street-rivals-make-changes-and-settle-differences <p><em>&quot;I&#39;m not going to stop until Michael is dead.&quot;</em></p><p>In the streets of Kalamazoo, Michigan, people were looking for revenge against Michael Wilder for the violence he committed against others.</p><p>Michael says his violence was born out of violence against him.</p><p>So goes the cycle of hatred and rage that is repeated by people throughout the world.</p><p>The public radio program <em>The Story</em> recounted the tale of Michael &quot;Too Short&quot; Wilder and Yafinceio &quot;Big B&quot; Harris: two enemies from the streets of Kalamazoo who make changes and later meet at a community college:</p><p>From <a href="http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_092111_full_show.mp3/view">The Story</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Michael Wilder and Yafinceio Harris were long time rivals.&nbsp;&nbsp;Several times&nbsp;they came close to an armed confrontation. Five years ago, one almost killed the other in a Kalamazoo street war.</p><p>But something always seemed to intervene. Imagine the surprise for both of them when they met, earlier this year, in a community college classroom.</p></blockquote><p>Wilder said their teacher at the community college recognized their incredible story and asked if he could share it with the producers at <em>The Story</em>.</p><p>Wilder said he and Harris were excited to share their story:</p><p><em>&quot;We&#39;re living proof that [violence] is not always the answer,&quot; said Wilder.</em></p><p><em>&quot;You know what Yafinceio told me one day shortly after we met in school?</em></p><p><em>It almost made me cry.</em></p><p><em>He said, &#39;man, I realized that if I had killed you, I would have killed a good dude.&#39; He told me that!</em></p><p><em>Can you imagine having a killer, that was going to kill you, turn around and get to know you and tell you something like that?!&quot;</em></p><p>They call the trust they built between one another &quot;Real recognized real.&quot;</p><p>Listen to Wilder and Harris recount their incredible story of how they broke the cycle of violence between them:</p><p>http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_092111_full_show.mp3 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:07:12 +0000 Mark Brush 4256 at http://michiganradio.org The Story: Kalamazoo street rivals make changes and settle differences Iggy Pop's Silicon Valley guitarist http://michiganradio.org/post/iggy-pops-silicon-valley-guitarist <blockquote><p>I got hepatitis and moved back to Detroit</p></blockquote><p>That&#39;s from a 2006 <a href="http://www.trynka.net/Site/Open_Up_Blog/9C5B86C1-42AB-4471-92E6-68CBEC2B1BA2.html">interview</a> with James Williamson, the former and now current guitarist for <a href="http://www.iggypop.com/">Iggy Pop and the Stooges.</a></p><p>Williamson was describing his tumultuous time with a band addled by drug addiction.</p><p>Williamson left the rock and roll lifestyle and went on to a successful career as an electronics executive with Sony.</p> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 18:59:58 +0000 Mark Brush 170 at http://michiganradio.org Iggy Pop's Silicon Valley guitarist