From the Publisher



Dear Readers,

I never get tired of talking about My City and as always, there are plenty of things in this issue for me to talk about. In addition to comments about the photography and design of our magazine, I get great feedback on our content – particularly the variety. As each issue develops and my team comes to the table with ideas for stories, we are always eager to see how they play out. It’s so interesting to see some of the smaller stories turn out to be the most inspiring, and rewarding to hear how readers are affected by them.

Among the many notable pieces in this issue, you’ll meet some talented nerds and a dedicated college baseball coach, read about a real-life “fairy godmother,” a bunch of guys who love to sing and a group of local women recently honored for their accomplishments. Our “Eats” feature will make your mouth water – Beef and Barley American Kitchen is the latest venture of a family well-committed to Flint’s growth. We also have the story of a father who turned a personal tragedy into a crusade against teen drug use; be sure to read “Chasing the Dragon” on pg. 52. As always, our history features are fascinating; Albert Champion’s story will surprise you, and Peter C. recounts his role in bringing to Flint a little Australian band you may have heard of.

We also kick off a new series – check out our “Small Town Spotlight” of Linden, starting on pg. 80.

We’re getting ready to start covering all the unique local events coming up – almost too many to mention. Through the eyes of My City, people see all the positive energy these happenings create. We have big plans for great stories about all the things that make Flint an exciting place to be. Let be your guide to enjoying everything our area has to offer this spring and summer. I’m very excited to be personally co-sponsoring with My City one of the summer’s biggest events – The Party at Flint Institute of Arts on June 14. I hope to see you there!

In closing, I’m proud to say Barnes & Noble reports that My City is one of their top-selling magazines! Coming up on our first anniversary, our team is planning some big changes – you can be sure that we will continue to be the premiere monthly publication for all people and things Greater Flint.


Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief



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