Scholarship honors ‘Voice of the Martians’



GOODRICH — The legacy of a beloved member of the Martian family will continue through a memorial scholarship.

Bill Duso, known as the Voice of the Martians for his talents in the announcers’ booth at the Goodrich High School football games, died May 7 at his home in Owosso. He was 70.

Duso was a teacher in the Goodrich Area Schools for 37 years, retiring in 2010. He also coached football, basketball and baseball.

Duso began his career in Goodrich as a social studies teacher at the Middle School, according to published reports. After 17 years, the transferred to the High School where he taught geography, history and English and was an advisor for the National Honors Society.

“My dad only requested that people make donations to scholarships given in three areas – athletics, academics, and the arts.” said Duso’s daughter, Lindsay Carlisle. “He wanted all three to be protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home,” Whitmer said. “If we open too soon, thousands more could die, and our hospitals will get overwhelmed.”

Despite the stay-at-home order extension, Whitmer allowed retail stores and auto dealerships to partially reopen on May 21. She also lifted limits on non-essential medical procedures by physicians, dentists and veterinarians, which takes effect tomorrow.

Even with the lightening of restrictions, businesses that are being allowed to resume in-person activities must adopt social distancing practices for customers and employees. Residents are also still being required to wear face masks and face coverings in enclosed public spaces.

According to health officials, these measures must be maintained because COVID-19 cases are still cropping up in many local communities.

As of Tuesday, Genesee County closed in on the 2,000-mark for positive coronavirus cases with 1,965 total cases and 240 deaths. The City of Flint continues to report the most COVID- 19 cases with 788, followed by the City of Grand Blanc with 144 and Flint Township with 133.

Research conducted by the Genesee County Health Department also shows that the county’s fatality rate stands at 12.2 percent. 57 percent of the COVID- 19 deaths are male, while females account for 43 percent.

Altogether, females comprise 58 percent of the county’s COVID-19 cases. Males make up 42 percent of the totals.

Older residents between the ages of 50 and 59 tend be the most vulnerable to COVID-19, representing 19 percent of all cases in the county. However, 40 percent of the county’s coronavirus fatalities have been individuals 80-years-old and older.

In terms of racial breakdown, 45 percent of Genesee County’s COVID- 19 cases are Caucasian, while 42 percent are black or African American.

As of May 26, Genesee County reported that 68 percent of its COVID- 19 tests have returned negative, while 22 percent have returned positive for the virus.

Statewide, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has reported that over 33,000 of the state’s nearly 55,000 COVID-19 cases have recovered from the virus. Recovery is defined as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset of contracting the virus.

Genesee County does not report its COVID-19 recovery numbers.

To see a full breakdown of coronavirus data in Genesee County, visit