13 Randomly Selected Facts, Quotes, Observations, and Oddities

1.  President Richard Nixon’s mother once called her son “the best potato masher one could wish for.” She offered no explanation as to why one would wish for potato mashers.

2.  Designer Alexander Girard didn’t like public events. At dinners, he’d tear bread into cubes, drop them into his coat pockets, take them home, and keep them in a bowl.

3.  You’ll hear it said that there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are actually three.

4.  Napoleon was afraid of cats.

5.  Detroit’s been known for many things. In the mid-20th century, it was known as home to a roster of world-renowned designers and architects. St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, the World Trade Center, and Washington, D.C.’s Dulles airport are among the architectural icons designed from Detroit-based offices.

6.  Actor Karl Malden, at the time of printing, was 96 years old.

7.  Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.

8.  Oscar Wilde said, “I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful and all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.”

9.   Miss Piggy once said, “You do not sew with a fork, and I see no reason why you should eat with knitting needles.”

10.  In 1882, Joseph Berry built the first year-round lakeside home in Grosse Pointe. The advent of the trolley car and automobile would transform the once sleepy shoreline from a scenic spot for a summer cottage to a wealthy wonderland of Gilded-Age architecture.

11.  For some, discovering Subway left the sauce off their spicy Italian sub sandwich constitutes an emergency — as evidenced by a Florida man who recently called 911 to report the culinary crime.

12.  People say the best things in life are free. They also say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Taken together, that means lunch — no matter how delicious — isn’t among life’s best things.

13.  In this issue, we focus in on Detroit’s architectural heritage, with features on modernism in Grosse Pointe, Wallace Frost’s Birmingham home, and architect Roger Margerum’s contemporary dream house. We also take you inside a chef’s kitchen, offer a look book of seven award-winning kitchens and baths, and go shopping with interior designer Jennifer Mitchell.

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