Jon Milan – Jon Milan is a Detroit-based journalist, pianist, composer and historian with three previous Arcadia publications: 2014’s Grand River Avenue: From Detroit to Lake Michigan, coauthored with Gail Offen; 2011’s Old Chicago Road, and 2009’s Detroit: Ragtime and the Jazz Age.
Jon has written for The Detroit Metro Times and The Detroit Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Magazine. He has spent his professional career as a corporate communications manager and gives presentations on the history of Ragtime and early jazz music.
Gail Offen - Gail Offen is the author of Grand River Avenue: From Detroit to Lake Michigan, a 2014 book from Arcadia Publishing that she wrote with co-author Jon Milan.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, she is a SVP, Creative Director at Doner Advertising and has won awards, including a One Show, Effie and more, plus blue ribbons for baking at the Michigan State Fair.
Gail is also an adjunct professor of advertising at Lawrence Technical University. She’s always curious to see, eat, and write about what's around every corner.
Susan L. Nenadic - Susan Nenadic came to Ann Arbor for graduate school and never really left. She taught English and history at Saline High School. Since her retirement in 2004, she has been writing, speaking and teaching at Washtenaw Community College and life-long learning groups. She is the author of A Purse of Her Own: Occupations of 19th Century Women and many articles exploring local history. She has been a member/director of the Washtenaw County Historical Society, the Downtown Citizens Advisory Council and a volunteer cook at Ann Arbor's Delonis Center for the homeless.
M. Joanne Nesbit - M. Joanne Nesbit has had a variety of careers in Indiana and Michigan. From a reporter for a small newspaper to positions at Indiana University and The University of Michigan, she has relished the opportunities for contact with fascinating local people. Author of three books about early artists of the Brown County, Indian, art colony, she also has contributed articles to monthly publications. Before and after retirement, both in Indiana and Michigan, she has followed a lifestyle of volunteerism with a number of local and national organizations ranging from the American Heart Association to the Washtenaw County Historical Society.
What is an iconic Ann Arbor restaurant? Ask anyone who has ever spent time there as a student, traveler, or townie, and they are likely to name several favorites in an instant. From debating the best place to celebrate or console on football Saturdays to deciding where to eat after the bars close, the choices have always sparked passionate conversation. In Ann Arbor, people are known to have strong feelings about the best places for pizza, coffee, beer, burgers, noodles, and burritos. Although many of the go-to hangouts are long gone, a surprising number still thrive. And there are always a few newcomers coming along to win the hearts of the next generation of diners, nibblers, and noshers. Some are fine restaurants and taverns, and others are lunch counters, diners, carry-outs, and drive-ins but in each and every case, they are unique and together make up a collection of iconic local eateries.
Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan. Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor celebrates its citizens. Some of those who make up Ann Arbor are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States. Within its pages lie the stories of who chose maize and blue as the University of Michigan s colors; who was the first Ann Arborite to race in the Indy 500; and who sold Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino s, his first pizzeria. Inside are photographs and descriptions of the legendary people of the past and the present, as well as those who are on their way to becoming the legends of the future.