2019 Insider's Guide to the Pointes
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Happy Holidays!

My dad used to say, “What are you waiting for? Christmas?!” Fact is we’re already there with this our “holiday issue” of Pointe Magazine. I imagine your first clue was resident artist Dominic Pangborn’s beautiful cover art featuring St. Paul on the Lake. You will find all kinds of stories and things to do for the holidays in this issue of the magazine.

You will also find a new feature by Alex Kelly, a local student and automobile aficionado on Instagram who goes by the moniker, the “Car Paparazzi.” In this issue he does a Q & A with Grosse Pointe Farms resident John Colombo, who is the proud owner of a Ferrari 599 GTB.

Hey, maybe he will do me sometime about my 2002 Mini Cooper. I saw the Mini in the window of the BMW store on Gratiot in 2004. It was a 2-year lease trade-in.

I fell in love with Mini Coopers after watching the 2003 remake of the 1969 British comedy caper, The Italian Job. The new version starred Donald Sutherland and Mark Wahlberg. It goes without saying the get-away cars were Minis.

Anyway, when I saw it in the window at the dealer, I had to have it. One thing I didn’t like about it was it was plain — all black. So I asked them if they could make the top a black-and-white checker board. They said they could, and I said, “I’ll take it!”

Terry hates the car. It’s too small, and she refuses to drive it unless absolutely necessary — like the time when I was “missing” while driving her car during a snowstorm. I arrived home just in time to see her getting into the Mini Cooper. “I thought you were in an accident and dying somewhere!” she retorted when I asked her why she was getting into the Mini.
“You’d do that for me? I asked. She spun around and stalked into the house. I knew then, as if I needed a reminder, she must really love me to suffer driving the Mini Cooper on my account!

I’ve always wanted to take part in those Mini Cooper road rallies, but who has the time? At any rate, I still drive it. It’s perfect for tooling around the Pointes and downtown!

As I run out of space, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and holiday season no matter your faith. And, as always, be sure to patronize our many loyal advertisers and businesses, without whom this magazine would not be possible!
— John

The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit is in the thick of its holiday events and initiatives. The organization has many Grosse Pointe members, John Minnis and myself among them. Each year, they do all in their power to ensure there is “no kiddie without a Christmas” in Detroit. 

We were fortunate enough to receive an in-depth look into the organization when they asked us to write an Arcadia history book for their 100th anniversary in 2014. Pete Waldmeir, longtime Goodfellow, Grosse Pointer, Detroit News alum and former recipient of a Goodfellow Christmas box himself, inspired us and helped with the book. And working with Frank Brady (also a Pointer) and Henry Guthard, whose families were founding members, was an honor. With Henry, we pored over archives and film negatives at Walter P. Reuther Library, digging our hands into the soil of this group, finding at its foundation, the purest intentions, ones that remain today.

It all started with James J. Brady who saw a cartoon of a child sobbing over an empty stocking on Christmas morning, wondering what she’d done wrong. Why hadn’t Santa visited? He couldn’t shake the image and made it his mission in life to bring Christmas to the underprivileged in Detroit.

I’m anxious to get back to work with the Goodfellows this year. On Monday, Nov. 26, you’ll find me walking in their Sales Day Parade downtown and hawking newspapers for donations, as the Old Newsboys have done since the beginning.
A couple of years  ago, I hawked newspapers in Campus Martius, and I’m surprised to say, sold the most that day! That may have been because I sheepishly ducked out of the cold and into the lobby of an office building. Early lunch breakers passed in droves, trading their cash for my Goodfellow papers.
What makes the Fund so special is the incredibly low overhead. Every penny I collected that day went directly to helping underprivileged children. Each holiday season the Detroit Goodfellows distribute holiday gift boxes, containing clothing, toys, books, games, candy, dental kit, library card and more, to children ages four through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck and Harper Woods. 

If you’re wary about where to donate this year, please consider the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit.

Happy holidays, all!
— Lauren


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