For Dearborn writer Bak, the summer of 1968 usually involves happy memories, not the least of which was following every pitch of the Tigers’ storied drive to a World Series title. But researching the massacre of the Robison family (page 118) from that same summer required revisiting a dark and incomprehensible evil. “I’m inclined to believe Dick Robison’s business partner did it, perhaps with some hired help,” Bak says. “But people around Good Hart have their own opinions. Whoever the killer was, it makes for a fascinating murder mystery.” Last summer, Bak and his family vacationed in Good Hart for the first time, renting a cottage a couple of miles from the murder site. “For what it’s worth, our check-out date was the anniversary of the bodies being discovered.”
No task could prepare our editorial intern for the landslide of Best of Detroit ballots that would ultimately bury her at her desk. Webb, a journalism major at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, ranks the experience of tallying metro Detroiters’ picks as her own “best of” Hour Detroit. “I was genuinely able to see the greatness in Detroit,” she says. “I have become a Detroit connoisseur.” An intern since December 2007, Webb has learned the value of experience. She credits the Hour Detroit staff for helping her grow as a writer. “It has been such a wonderful learning process for me that I’m sticking around for a little longer to pick their brains a bit more.”
Arthur E. Giron
Freelance illustrator Giron, whose drawing accompanies a story on the Robison family massacre (page 118), says he “wanted to convey the ominous presence of a murder suspect that was never brought to justice.” He says the most challenging aspect of the illustration was having to eliminate the identities of victims and suspects. Giron felt compelled to illustrate the crime-scene photographs, “[the] one depicting investigators with gas masks.” Giron, who lives in Apple Valley, Calif., with his wife and three daughters, is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His clients include Time, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and Spin.
Lifelong Detroiter Shaouni says photographing this month’s Best of Detroit images (page 84) was “really amazing. We could not have asked for better weather and locations. However, my favorite moment came while shooting on the River Walk … the light was perfect.” A graduate of Wayne State University, Shaouni has assisted local and nationally known photographers, including Gregory Heisler and Norman Jean Roy. His own “best of” spots include Slows Bar BQ in Detroit. “They’ve got it all, great food, great wine list, great staff,” he says, and the Belle Isle Conservatory, which “helps me get through some long winters.”