With my cardboard tube of architectural drawings of the PPG Gate Lodge in hand, I went to a meeting of the Shelby Township Historical Committee in the hopes that the group might know something about this treasure hidden right in the middle of the township. The members of the committee listened politely to my story. They said they didn’t know anything about the Packard presence in the township but thanked me for bringing it to their attention. I gave them my contact information and left. I was so excited about my discovery that I had assumed everyone else would be likewise excited, especially a group of historians. I knew I was being naive, but I was a little disappointed in their less than exuberant reaction. This was to be the first in a long line of big and little disappointments during the early days of discovering the PPG.
But a few months later, as luck would have it, the chairman of the historical committee invited me back saying that there were a couple of people I should meet. I went and met two men, Dan and Bob, who lived across the street from the PPG and were interested in the site. I finally had company in my enthusiasm for the PPG. These two men, along with the newly interested historical committee, would come to play an important role in the fate of the site.
To be continued.