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My, How Time Flies!

It was far too long ago that we graduated high school. Yet one never forgets the heady excitement and anticipation of things to come on that glorious day. It is a good thing we are not born prescient, knowing what to expect. Getting there — heartache, anguish, joy and fulfillment — is the thing.

Of course, just reading about the accomplishments our Grosse Pointe graduates have already achieved in just less than a score of years is amazing — and humbling. We have no doubt our grads will go on to achieve great things and, hopefully, have some fun along the way. Congratulations, graduates!

I also want to give a shout-out to my good friend Dominic Pangborn, Grosse Pointe Shores’s “Artist in Residence.” Dominic was kind enough to do a painting of this year’s Designers’ Show House to grace the cover of this issue of Pointe Magazine. More than that, he also allowed us to get reprints of the painting to be sold at the Show House, with the proceeds to benefit the Junior League of Detroit and all the great things they do.

I first met Dominic 25 years ago when as a young reporter I interviewed him as a “Pointer of Interest.” I was immediately impressed with the Korean-born artist, designer and entrepreneur. Since then, Dominic has continued to make a name for himself in the world of commercial design and art. Indeed, the Pangborn name is known in New York, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, not to mention Detroit!

Pangborn Design has been located in the Rivertown area of Detroit since the late ’70s, way before Detroit became “cool” again. Now Dominic is planning a new adventure, creating his own museum of art and design in Detroit. Further, he hopes to incubate an “Arts District” in The Villages area of Detroit where young — and veteran — artists can live and work and explore their craft.

Yes, exciting times for Dominic and the city of Detroit. Thank you, Dominic, for the many contributions you make to Grosse Pointe and Detroit, and good luck with all your ventures! Hopefully, we can be of some help along the way.

As I write this — yes, well past deadline — it is my birthday. How old? Well, as my good friend Kim Towar would say, “It’s the 31st anniversary of my 30th birthday!” Not a bad way to put it!

As I look back over the years, writing about the people and organizations in Grosse Pointe, I can’t help but feel proud to be a member of our community.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Pointe Magazine. Hopefully, you will indeed find in its pages all that is “the best of Grosse Pointe life”!
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