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This NJ Guy’s YouTube Channel Reveals Jersey’s Many Dark Secrets


If another New Jersey guy, Anthony Bourdain, hadn’t already taken the title “Parts Unknown”, Mickey Franz could have used it for his video series. Instead, he went with “Destination Anywhere” and it’s on a YouTube channel called “The Mickey Shuffle.”

I came across it through my colleague Jeff Edelstein. He introduced me to Mickey’s amazing work because he knew I was a New Jersey born and raised guy and he thought I would like it.

He was wrong. I love it.

Mickey is making a series of short, documentary-style videos about things you probably didn’t know about New Jersey. But we are not talking about boring things. We’re not talking about who made the first anvil at Allaire State Park.

No, we’re talking like the time he went to do his own investigation on Gravity Hill Road in Titusville.

Or the one that really got me hooked, the time he did the Duck Island murder case. It was a serial killer in the late 1930s near the Delaware River. He walked the alleys of lovers. Does this remind you of someone in New York in the 1970s?

Yeah, we’re looking at you, Son of Sam.

Son of Sam is of course one of America’s most notorious serial killers. But I had never heard of those Duck Island murders or that serial killer until Mickey showed up. And that’s the beauty of his series.

Again, it’s called “Destination Anywhere” and you can find it under “The Mickey Shuffle” on YouTube. He has several thousand subscribers and it’s free, of course. Another fun thing is that you can send him messages with suggestions of other things he should cover.

Why is it called the Mickey Shuffle?

It’s a play on the “Ickey Shuffle,” the end zone dance that Ickey Woods did as a running back for the Bengals in the 1980s. You see, Mickey Franz is a great sportsman . He wrote about sports in high school, then worked in the newsrooms of Home News and the Trentonian. These days, he’s looking to unearth everything you didn’t know about Dirty Jerz.

Franz grew up in Monroe Township, Middlesex County. As a child, he worked for his father’s construction company, which meant traveling around the state where he got to see “the very different faces of New Jersey.”

You’ll see these faces reflected in the many episodes of “Destination Anywhere” on “The Mickey Shuffle” channel on YouTube.

I highly recommend it!

The opinions expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.

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