Michael Betzold, who shares a piece on baseball’s Hall of Fame (page 30), regularly attended a dozen or more games a year at Tiger Stadium during the years Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell patrolled the middle of the infield. Sometimes, he and his brother-in-law would even watch the players from the handicapped seats right behind home plate. In the years since, Betzold wrote a column called “Bleacher Bum” for the Detroit Free Press, co-authored Queen of Diamonds: The Tiger Stadium Story, and was one of five editors of this year’s Tiger Stadium: Essays and Memories of Detroit’s Historic Ballpark 1912-2009.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
Michelle and Chris Gerard are a photography duo based in Detroit. They say their passion for the city is what motivates them to capture powerful images that tell its stories. While each of them has developed an individual aesthetic, it’s their collaboration that has landed their work in publications like National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appétit, and Bloomberg. Off-duty, the Gerards — who shot our cover feature (page 52) — love photographing roller-bladers and parking huts around the city.
Rebecca Golden coincidentally lives directly across the street from Lost River — one of the bars featured in her piece, which explores Detroit’s tiki scene (page 40). Golden’s written work has appeared in Bustle, Times of London, Salon, and The Atlantic. She has also been on the air with Wyoming Public Radio. Her book, Butterbabe, was published by Random House UK/Ebury. Golden is also a frequent performer at area storytelling events, including Let’s Just Say at Ferndale’s Go Comedy!, and she occasionally teaches composition and creative writing.
Rachael Thomas is an editorial intern for Hour Detroit this summer and the writer of “Handwoven for the Home” (page 25), a profile on this month’s local maker. A Pontiac native, Thomas studies fashion