I was recently re-reading your article on the Detroit Opera House (December 2013) and noticed a strange omission; there is no picture of the auditorium itself. There is the obligatory shot of the exterior, a portrait of Mr. Williams and Dr. DiChiera, some “artsy” shots of ceiling fixtures, but no picture of what I consider to be the most beautiful room in the city. Anyone who has ever walked into that space has had to have been impressed. The first time that I entered that chamber I was struck by its majesty; and that was while it was still in ruins. So here is your free idea for an article: the most interesting or beautiful or inspiring or elegant or modern (or whatever other category that you can think of) rooms in the city.
— Dan Christner, via email
George Bulanda’s “The Way It Was “(January 2014) provoked a number of memories with the focus on the Terraplane, a car that ran so fast and smooth it was compared to an airplane. Amelia Earhart christened it by busting a bottle of gasoline across the hood ornament, and readers are informed that this moment can be seen on YouTube. But they can also hear (on YouTube) a version of “Terraplane Blues” by the immortal Robert Johnson. For Johnson the car was a metaphor for sex, and I’ll leave that for inquiring minds to pursue.
— Herb Boyd, Detroit
// Your January issue states that American Motors Corp. was headed by Roy Chapin Jr. after the Nash-Hudson merger in 1954. Actually, George Mason, previously president of Nash-Kelvinator, became the first president of American Motors. Upon his death in October 1954, George Romney took over as president and served until 1962, when he resigned to run successfully for governor of Michigan.
— Jim Ketchum, Port Huron
(Editor’s Note: Chapin Jr. was indeed the CEO of American Motors, but not immediately after the company was formed. He headed AMC in the 1960s and ’70s.)
MORE FOOD, PLEASE
I think you are getting away from your restaurant reviews too much. I always love to see what’s going on in the city, but (you are) getting too much advertising and people articles. I like the culinary thing better.
— Greg Huddas, Yer Grampa’s Moustache barbershop, Plymouth
PRESERVE THE HIGHLAND PARK PLANT
It takes knowledge of the past to determine how to move toward the future (“Birth of the Middle Class,” January 2014). A big thank you to all our supporters. We will continue till the job is done. The “Return to Excellence” pushes forward.
— Councilman Rodney Patrick, City of Highland Park via hourdetroit.com
In our January 2014 “American Classics” fashion story, the phone number to reach Joe Polito and the staff at Woodward Warehouse should have been listed as 248-549-7685.