Contributors: February 2010


Jenny Risher

A College for Creative Studies graduate and Michigan native turned New Yorker, Risher returned to her roots to photograph bridal fashion (page 46). “It was great to team up with old friends again,” she says. It was also fun, she says, to eye the gowns. She admits to a favorite — “the one with the feathers, because it had a whimsical feel.” Of course, she says, it helped that the model wearing the styles was, in her estimation, “perfect from every angle.” Most recently, Risher has done photographic work for Hanes and Juicy Couture. Other clients have included Elle Accessories, Maria Claire, and Martha Stewart Living.


Lori Langille

In her first appearance in Hour Detroit, Langille’s assignment was murder (page 38). “It was definitely a tricky subject to illustrate, as the topic — unsolved murders in 1920s Detroit — was so graphic,” she says. “I decided to take a more conceptual approach, because I didn’t want to simply visually reproduce each case in all its gory detail.” A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Langille has done work for various magazines, including Profit, Delta’s Sky, and Interiors.

Richard Bak

Bak, who contributed this month’s story on notable homicides of the Roaring ’20s (page 38), says many of the killings then were shrugged off as the price of doing business during Prohibition. “As long as Joe or Jane Citizen didn’t get caught in the crossfire, authorities tended not to look too hard into certain slayings,” he says. Bak, the author of 25 books, has three more upcoming titles. Boneyards, he says, is “not just about cemeteries, but about how death and memory have been treated in metro Detroit over the centuries.” When Lions Were Kings: The Detroit Lions and the Fabulous ’50s, looks back at when pro football — and the Lions — were at their peak. The third, Detroitland, is a collection of history articles he has written for magazines over the years, plus some new pieces.

George Bullard

Bullard doesn’t speed all that much on freeways, often preferring a more leisurely pace while plugged into an audio book. But is slow safe? Does speed kill? You may be surprised, he says, by answers from traffic engineers and a Michigan State Police traffic expert (page 30). “In short, beware of cars poking along in that pitiable far right granny lane,” Bullard says. “And if you think local speed limits are too low, you’re probably right.” As a former reporter and editor for The Detroit News, Bullard covered stories ranging from local government scandals to papal funerals. His journalistic tenure also included stints as a TV critic and columnist for The News, to which he now contributes a daily blog.