Well, we’ve made it halfway through a record-breaking winter. Hey, if we’re going to freeze, we might as well break some records while we’re at it! I’m sure you’d agree that spring can’t come soon enough. Last month, I tried to escape the bitter cold and headed to Florida to watch the Wolverines play in the Outback Bowl. It was so cold in Tampa that day, I had to buy a jacket! Global warming, right? By the way, I have no comment on that “game.”
So, I’m feeling a theme for this letter … games. In this issue, we have three “My Success” stories: Flint native and popular professional singer, LaKisha Jones; Joe Cozart, owner of thriving Flint-based business, Teachout Security Solutions; and Ryan LaFontaine of LaFontaine Automotive Group, who was recently the youngest-ever chairman of the North American International Auto Show. When it comes to their chosen professions, these individuals are definitely at the top of their games.
Other stories profile people who are winning at the game of giving. At the Annual Black History Month Brunch, Genesee District Library recognized a group of individuals with the Award of Excellence for their dedication to making a positive impact on the community. And in a more literal sense, former Flint Northwestern basketball standout, Chris McLavish, is offering inner-city youth a chance to learn how to play and win at the games of both basketball, and life. And for this, the Month of Love, we found a truly inspiring story about a Linden couple – let’s just say, they’re winning at the game of love. Check out “A Love Like No Other”. Note to self: don’t forget to buy that Valentine’s Day card!
The biggest story in this issue is a historical look at Flint’s iconic Buckham Gallery, which will soon relocate from its familiar space, but will surely retain its place of prominence in Flint’s vibrant Downtown art scene. Not much has been written about Buckham’s beginnings and those who made it happen. Our thanks to all who contributed to this feature.
As always, there is so much more great reading in this issue … it’s still cold out there, so curl up with My City and enjoy!
Thanks for reading