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Picturing the peninsula

Facebook project to document one day in the U.P.’s life

November 5, 2012
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Tom Cash had looked at some books published through the years that captured the day in the life of ... fill in the blank.

"I thought it was a neat idea. The photos were what happened on one particular day in one particular region," Cash said.

But instead of a book, in this online age Cash is using the social networking site Facebook to capture "A Day in the Life of a Yooper."

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The new bridge on Marquette County Road 510 is shown from the old bridge there that is no longer in use as the Dead River reflects the autumn colors in a photo taken last month. Scenery, people or even pets can be featured in photos submitted for the project “A Day in the Life of a Yooper” on the Facebook page Yooper Pasty as long as the picture meets one requirement: It must be shot this Thursday — Nov. 8 — only. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)

He's hoping people from across the Upper Peninsula will take photos Thursday, Nov. 8 and share them on the Facebook community page he helps administer, Yooper Pasty, which already has nearly 15,000 fans.

Cash, the senior pastor at First Church of Christ in Sault Ste. Marie, was recruited to help administer the page by the man who started it, who also has his own private page called Yooper Pasty and wants to remain anonymous.

"If you Google 'Yooper Pasty' you will find the community page listed first," he said. "It has a YP logo as its profile photo."

The community page is not so much about the delectable dish but about life in the U.P., with many photos already being contributed from around the region.

Cash hopes this day in the life idea will bring many, many photos of everyday life in the peninsula. That's why Nov. 8 was chosen as the date.

"We didn't want to crowd the holidays," Cash said. "And we wanted to do this after the election. We wanted a fall day, when most of the tourists are gone. We didn't want holiday preparation. We are encouraging as many Yoopers as possible to take part and we will post as many as we can.

"We are interested in getting a snapshot of one day in the U.P."

Cash said those who want to post can become a fan of the community page on Facebook (see accompanying box for the address) to find out more.

"We're looking at making Saturday (Nov. 10) the cutoff for submitting the photos to the page for the project, but they have to verify that it was taken Nov. 8," he said. "We would like the photos to come to us within that two-day window.

"We will be trusting what people post will be from people living in the U.P. or visiting the U.P. We don't want photos from Wisconsin or Canada or New England or anywhere else," Cash said. "We want them to include a one-sentence description with the photo. They can include where the photo was taken, but we're not making that a requirement if people want to protect their privacy."

While many native Yoopers who now live in other parts of the United States are fans of the Yooper Pasty community page, it may come as a surprise where the greatest number of fans are from, Cash said.

"As administrator, I see a report and the single city the most fans are from is Cairo, Egypt," he said. "A post the page creator put on the page during the uprising in Egypt apparently caught a lot of attention there and brought the page fans.

"Really, a lot of people from all over the world are fascinated by the Upper Peninsula."

And thanks to Cash's project, these folks soon will have the chance to view one day in the life of those who live here.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.



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