Profiles

Dayna Logerquist

It is around 7 p.m. on the Saturday of U-M graduation weekend, and fourteen of the Fleetwood Diner’s eighteen seats are filled, plus four outside. Waitress Dayna Logerquist, the lone server on duty, keeps chaos at bay. The...

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Ken Warner

When U-M public health prof Ken Warner was in college, he smoked so much that a Dartmouth classmate called him “Nicotine.” As he approaches retirement, Warner, sixty-nine, is world-renowned as an anti-smoking...

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Ray Hunter

Duck and twist is a necessary contortion to make it through the rear hatch of a B-17 bomber. From there it’s a hunched-over shuffle past the belts loaded with 400 rounds of fifty-caliber bullets (actually display blanks)...

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Neutral Zone director Lori Roddy

“The world is yours, dude!” a skinny teenaged boy in ripped jeans declares grandly to his pals standing in the recording studio at the Neutral Zone teen center. But the kid freezes when photographer Adrian Wylie aims...

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Music Dean Aaron Dworkin

“I’m your black-Jewish-Irish-Catholic-Jehovah’s Witness dean!” a smiling Aaron Dworkin told an audience of incoming freshmen at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The kids laughed and...

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Margaret Schankler

Four years ago, Margaret Schankler was just another anonymous Internet retailer. When competition killed her business selling cool kids’ clothes and toys, she bought a streamlined vintage delivery truck and started Hello!...

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Herpetologist Patrick Terry

“The mushroom hunters have been here!” Patrick Terry exclaims as we enter the infrequently visited Leslie Woods Nature Area off Plymouth Rd. The city’s herpetologist points to the clues: crushed grass and...

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Keith Poncher

Keith Poncher cinches his helmet tight then tips his skateboard over the edge of the cloverleaf bowl at the Ann Arbor Skatepark. Momentum carries him far up onto the opposite wall, where he slingshots around and heads back down...

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Sue Schooner

Sue Schooner was a workaholic auto executive when a group of middle school girls “sort of started taking over my life.” What began as a volunteer stint working with girls at Peace Neighborhood Center and the...

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Carol Boyd

An expert on substance abuse, U-M nursing prof Carol Boyd talks to people across the social spectrum–including a few small-time drug dealers. “It’s not like I go into crack houses,” she says–but she...

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Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith closes her eyes, dips her head slightly, and sends her bow smoothly across the strings of her 250-year-old cello. A melancholy riff, low and resonant, fills her cozy living room near Haisley Elementary...

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Charlie and Tanith White

At Cafe Zola, the waiter bringing coffee smiles at the attractive young couple but doesn’t recognize either Charlie White, 2014 Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing, or Tanith Belbin White, who took silver in the same...

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Brennan Andes 2016

“Jazz is not dead,” Frank Zappa once intoned. “It just smells funny.”Zappa’s quote fit Ann Arbor’s jazz scene five years ago, after the closing of downtown strongholds the Bird of Paradise,...

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Sandy Alcini

“The dreads are kind of a spiritual thing for a lot of people,” says Sandy Alcini, owner of Grateful Dreads, a hair salon tucked behind a house on N. Fourth Ave. For Jamaican singer Bob Marley, whose photograph hangs...

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