AJ Garces / Contributing Artist
Garces created the Boy Scout-inspired illustrations for our Suburban Field Guide
starting on pg. 143. The Austin, Texas, resident recalls his days in uniform. “I
remember learning how to tie a clove hitch,” he says. “It’s something I still use.”
Mike Polk Jr. / Contributing Writer
While the story makes it seem like Mike Polk was the one harassing us for an interview,
it was quite the opposite. We actually approached the comedian about profiling himself.
Check out the results on pg. 140. “I was most surprised by what my voice sounds
like on a recorder,” he says. “Do I really sound like that?”
Heather Campbell / Contributing
Campbell's photos can be seen in our Best Restaurants feature. "When they brought
me the daily special at the Greenhouse Tavern, I wasn't expecting to see a duck's
head and neck elegantly served on a wooden board," she says.
Laura Taxel / Contributing Writer
Taxel not only reviewed Scott Kim's Accent this month but also gave us the dish
on small plates and took us into the world of edible flowers with the Crystallized
Flower Co. "One of the special things I bake is a ricotta lavender cheesecake with
whipped mascarpone topping," she says. "Candied violas and pansies would look lovely
on each plate."
Michael McNamara / Contributing
The Phoenix photographer shot Francona during spring training at Goodyear Ballpark.
"I know this sounds cliche, but my favorite AL team is the Indians, based soley
on Major League," he says. "I can probably recite that movie from start to finish
and I still get goosebumps when Charlie Sheen walks out to •Wild Thing.' "
Pat McManamon / Contributing Writer
The columnist for Fox Sports Ohio spent time with new Indians manager Terry Francona
for our feature on page 84. He predicts this will be a season to watch. "If the
starting pitchers come through, September could be a lot of fun."
Darren Gygi / Contributing Artist
Gygi created the illustration of Mayor Frank Jackson duking it out with Bozo the
Clown for this month's Talking Points. "This piece speaks volumes to me about the
unique situation of running virtually unopposed in a mayoral election," he says.
Heide Aungst / Contributing Writer
For our Guide to Education stories, Heide reports on ways for parents to get more
involved in their children's education. As for her days in the classroom, Aungst
says, "I was not good at math, especially geometry. Now that the state standards
call for four years of math, I'm not sure how I would do in school."
Paula Pindroh / Contributing Artist
A native Clevelander who now resides in Charleston, S.C., Pindroh illustrated Connie
Schultz's essay on our city's storytellers. "With Lake Erie, the park systems, our
world-class museums and amazing restaurants, there is so much to be proud of."
David Golladay / Contributing Writer
Golladay talked to Western Reserve Historical Society curator Derek Moore about
the museum's major renovations on pg. 20. "He found some really great items that
have been kind of forgotten in storage," says Golladay. "He recently found an old
wooden box that turned out to be a spark plug salesman's kit from the 1920s."
Adam Gercak / Contributing Artist
The photographer's image of the Cleveland Fire Department Fire Training Academy
is featured in our Instagram photo essay on page 76. "I love the Sutro filter coupled
with the brightness options to punch the colors out."
Jennifer Keirn / Contributing Writer
After spending time with over-the-top injury lawyer Tim Misny for our story on page
82, Keirn says she would seek his counsel if needed. "I would probably hire him
as my laywer after hearing how he verbally assaults those insurance companies,"
she says. "For all his complexities, he is that rare guy who truly is authentic."
Heather Hileman / Contributing
Believe it or not, Hileman tried Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Christmas Ale for the
first time while photographing the three cocktails from local bartenders on pg.
96. "I can defintely see what all the hype is about," she says.
Mark Winegardner / Contributing
The Crooked River Burning author is currently working on Red-Blooded American
Smut. "It's not the Reuben Sturman story, but it is loosely based on some
facets of his empire," he says. "It also includes several other, genuinely obscene
elements of American life in the '60s, '70s and '80s, including the Kent State massacre."
Emma Borrelli / Contributing Artist
Borrelli photographed some of the breakfasts for our cover feature. She lists pancakes
and maple syrup among her a.m. favorites. "When I was younger, my great aunt would
bring my parents and I real maple syrup from her home in Chardon."
John Hitch / Contributing Writer
We sent Hitch to the Cleveland Hostel for two overnight stays while reporting this
month's feature about its owner, Mark Raymond. "I was surprised how welcoming the
place is. Its European roots are covered over by a mound of Midwestern courtesy
and quirkiness. I also learned that urban farmers wake up way too damn early."
Lisa Fovozzo Taras / Contributing
Fovozzo Taras took photos of the state Route 82 bridge for our feature story on
the five men who plotted to blow it up. "I went about photographing the bridge through
the eyes of one who at first may be intimated by this monumental structure, yet
awed by its ginormous presence of man's effect in nature," she says.
Jane Day / Contributing Writer
Day wrote the 77 South story on Century Cycle's All Hail the Ale ride, which encourages
riders to dress up like their favorite beer. "I would dress as Blue Moon," she says,
"because it would be fun to make and wear a giant orange-slice fascinator hat."
Anthony Freda / Contributing Artist
Freda created the illustration for "Standing for Peace" by using traditional hand-drawn
pieces and scanned surfaces that he then assembled digitally. "I like the irony
of the Blue Angels' vapor forming a peace sign."
Tony Grossi / Contributing Writer
Writer Grossi, who profiled Browns rookie Trent Richardson, has covered the team
since 1984. His reporting and analysis can be heard daily on ESPN 850 WKNR and read
on ESPNCleveland.com. He predicts a turnaround for the team. "It's the beginning
of a new Browns era. Hopefully this one won't start where the last one left off."
Gary Townswick / Contributing Artist
Townswick, who created the illustrations in our guide to the Horseshoe Casino, says
he isn't much of a gambler. "When I do gamble, though, I like to play 21. I've never
hit it big, but I usually walk away ahead at the end of the night."
Lynne Thompson / Contributing Writer
Thompson visited two Northeast Ohio homes for the "Amazing Spaces" cover story.
She says she would love to have Joel Testa's movie-inspired theater room in her
own home, complete with the concession stand, stadium-style leather recliners and
a 10-foot projection screen. "I am a couch potato at heart."
Ken Blaze / Contributing Artist
Blaze shot the creators behind the comic book The Lake Erie Monster for
"Monsters, Inked." The photographer can be found reading comics with his 5-year-old
son. "Lately, we've had some of the classics around here like Green Lantern and
George Bilgere / Contributing Writer
In this month's Voice, Bilgere talks technology. "Our obsession with staring at
tiny screens or talking to tiny screens has finally become so completely insane
that no self-respecting humorist can resist making fun of it," he says. "I could
go on about this, but I have to go on Facebook now to tell my friends about the
bagel I had for breakfast."
Randy Palmer / Contributing Artist
The illustrator created the Moneyball inspired caricature for this month's Talking
Points, featuring Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald. "My favorite part of
this illustration is the guy with the laptop," he says.
Andy Netzel / Contributing Writer
Netzel bonded with Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan radio personality and Euclid native
Chuck Booms over Cleveland sports. "He cheered for Brian Sipe growing up. He's cheering
for Brandon Weeden now. He gets just as frustrated as we do. He suffered through
the same 4-12 season as we did, whether he's paid to talk about it or not."
Cindy Luu / Contributing Artist
To make the illustrations for "Chain Reaction," the Virginia-based artist started
with hand sketches, then used a brush pen to draw the final pieces. "The subtle,
spontaneous curves of a hand-drawn line cannot be duplicated by a computer," she
Jason Brill / Contributing Writer
As one of the writers for "Chain Reaction," Brill spends a few days a week on his
bike. His favorite spots to ride are along North Park and South Park boulevards
and at Shaker Lakes in Shaker Heights. His one tip to new riders? "Make sure you
find a bike that you really like and feel comfortable riding before making such
a big investment."
Terry Tidwell / Contributing Artist
For "Talking Points," Tidwell illustrates what a Cleveland superhero museum might
look like. The assignment was easy for the Oklahoma resident. "My character, the
Twilight Avenger, stands in a glass case at the Oklahoma History Museum."
Tricia Springstubb / Contributing
In this month's "Voice" essay, Springstubb writes about the do overs of life, especially
in marriage. When it comes to giving relationship advice, Springstubb, who's been
married for 38 years, draws inspiration from the last line of the Beatles' Abbey
Road. "In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
Jason Miller / Contributing Artist
Miller, who shot this month's cover and photos for "Best Doctors," says if he were
a doctor himself, he'd be an opthalmologist. "I attribute a portion of my interest
in photography to my better than average 20/15 vision."
Amy S. Eckert / Contributing Writer
In "Steel Away," Eckert writes about her romantic weekend in Pittsburgh, including
a stop at Station Square for the views of the city's skyline. "I would have liked
to spend some time along the rivers at Point State Park, just strolling the grounds,
admiring the fountain and the downtown buildings," she says. "But the weather didn't
Jeff Downie / Contributing Artist
Downie shot this month's "Sexy Singles" feature at his studio at 78th Street Studios.
He met his wife on Match.com. "Our first date was at an ice rink, and the voices
in my head told me, 'This is the girl you are going to marry' as soon as I saw her."
Philip Metres / Contributing Writer
The John Carroll University professor talks about becoming a parent in this month's
Voice. His daughters Adele and Leila, who are now 9 and 5, have taught him a few
lessons. "When I'm with my kids, I try to be in the moment. No phone, no Facebook,"
he says. "I'm told that it goes pretty quickly. I'd like not to miss too much of
David Coulson / Contributing Artist
Coulson created the illustration for our "Map of the Fallen Stars." Coulson, who
lives in Pittsburgh, says he was shocked to learn of the corruption in Cleveland.
"I'd always thought it was a bastion of high-minded virtue."
Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs / Contributing
A member of Antioch Baptist Church, Scruggs writes about the Rev. Marvin McMickle,
who recently stepped down after 24 years as the church's pastor, in this month's
Voice essay. "He's an intelligent, erudite, thoughtful man, who thinks the Temptations
are the best musical group in the world," she says.
Benjamin Wirtz Siegel / Contributing
Wirtz Siegel photographed Metro Hardwoods owner Dean Heidelberg at his urban mill.
"Seeing Dean at work helped me understand that cutting lumber can be as much of
a work of art as the objects created from it," Wirtz Siegel says.
Ronald E. Kisner / Contributing
Kisner sat down with the Rev. Emmitt Theophilus Caviness, who will be enshrined
at the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, Ga., next month. "I have
met few people with such an unshakable, positive outlook on life who has remained
approachable, affable and humble despite his immense accomplishments," he says.
Billy Delfs / Contributing Artist
Delfs teamed up with writer John Hitch for a Sunday of tailgating at the Muni Lot
to catch fans wearing Brown jerseys for "Dawg Tags." "The energy the fans bring
is that the Browns will win," he says. "They believe in them."
John Hitch / Contributing Writer
While Delfs snapped photos, Hitch interviewed fans about their jersey choices and
memories of being a Browns fan. "By the end of the day, we became the place where
all the best fans wanted to be," says Hitch. "And we didn't even have beers or brats."
Brad Ronevich / Contributing Artist
Ronevich had a chance to sample some of the dishes he shot for Best of Cleveland.
"The ham and kale breakfast that Brandt Evans at Pura Vida put together was surprisingly
scrumptious," he says. "I never thought I would enjoy kale to be honest."
D.X. Ferris / Contributing Writer
For his story on Cleveland State University president Ronald Berkman, Ferris visited
the campus, which has seen $500 million worth of improvements. "The biggest change
in recent years is the collective attitude. Students are excited to be there," he
says. "You can spend all the money you want on buildings, but you can't buy that
kind of result."
Jeffrey Mangiat / Contributing
Mangiat spent two days manipulating a deck of cards, among other items, for the
"Texas Holdup" illustration on page 86. You won't find the New Jersey illustrator
near Atlantic City, though. "I like to play casino games on the computer," he says.
Sarah McDonald / Contributing Writer
McDonald returned to her hometown of Richmond, Va., for "Long Weekends & Quick Trips."
"Visit the South of James Farmers Market for awesome produce, fresh baked goods
and Tex's tuxedo dog (a mouthwatering hot dog topped with beef brisket), live music
and kids' activities," she says. "It's a great place to relax on Saturday."
Laura Watilo Blake / Contributing
Watilo Blake, who photographed the homes of chef Jonathan Bennett and MOCA's Jill
Snyder, left with some decorating tips. "Seeing Jill's place reminds me that I don't
need that brand-new couch from Pottery Barn."
Kim Crow / Contributing Writer
The former Plain Dealer fashion columnist opened her own Tremont boutique,
Evie Lou, last year. In this month's Voice column, Crow writes about a little girl
wearing pink leggings who visits the store with her mom. "The moment was so poignant;
it just stuck with me for weeks," she says. "Her sunny optimism is a lesson for
Robert Podgorski / Contributing
The Poland-based illustrator created this month's cover using the Photoshop pencil
tool to draw each element pixel by pixel. "The Terminal Tower was quite hard to
depict. There were a lot of details, but the final effect was worth it."
John Hitch / Contributing Writer
Hitch loves comic books just like Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis
("Power Source"). Although Hitch wouldn't disclose how many he owns, he did share
his superpower desire. "Time travel, so I could keep Ron Harper a Cavalier to block
Jordan's shot and to keep Jose Mesa from imploding in the ninth inning of Game 7."
Danny Vega / Contributing Artist
The photographer captured Alan Cox for this month's story on the WMMS 100.7 radio
personality. "Alan's a metal head from way back," Vega says. "We joked about the
craziness of Slayer mosh pits and comic-book-style metal artist King Diamond."
Dan Moulthrop / Contributing Writer
In this month's Talking Points, the former host of WCPN 90.3's Sound of Ideas
discusses SB 5. "There is no issue more pressing and more important to our collective
future than the quality of our public education system," he says. Moulthrop is now
with Civic Commons, a social media site that merges online and face-to-face civic
Michael Cavotta / Contributing
The photographer shot multiple dishes and drinks for this month's cover package.
"The Singapore Redux was my favorite to shoot," he says of the drink from Bác.
"It has a great color, and it's got a dried chili in it. How cool, or hot, is that?"
Jeannie Roberts / Contributing
Roberts met former Indians pitcher Len Barker at Jack's Deli in South Euclid to
talk about his perfect game. "During the interview Eddie Rosenthal, a Clevelander
who is part owner of the New York Yankees, came over to our table to shake Len's
hand," she says. "He was in there earlier than we were but waited around just to
say hi to Barker."
Jeanine Henderson / Contributing
The New York City artist created the illustrations for "The City List." Henderson,
who visited Cleveland as a kid, says she's ready to make a return trip. "I'd really
love to try one of those Happy Dogs with the alien relish."
Jeff Niesel / Contributing Writer
Niesel has been writing about music for 25 years, so this month's interview with
Brent Kirby wasn't his first run-in with the singer-songwriter. "But I've never
spent any time with him in the studio," Niesel says. "So I was surprised to see
how relaxed and comfortable he is when doing something as tedious as tracking vocals."
Brian Hubble / Contributing Artist
The illustrator, based in Newport News, Va., spent 32 hours melting and transferring
photographs for his illustration that opens "The Irishman Chronicles." "When the
imagery you start with is this good," he says, "the piece makes itself."
Barry Goodrich / Contributing Writer
Goodrich and Esquire writer Scott Raab, whom he interviewed for "Raab Rage,"
share more than just a passion for sports. "We both worked at the James Tavern [in
Woodmere] without knowing it," Goodrich says. "I was making peanut butter soup in
the kitchen while Scott was tending bar — in Colonial dress no less."
Matt Tullis / Contributing Writer
Tullis learned the Womack Family Band is a caffeinated crew while interviewing them
for this month's story. "I've never seen anyone drink as much coffee. ... In the
month it took them to record their album, they went through 25 pounds of coffee
Thom Sheridan / Contributing Artist
As Great Lakes Publishing's party photographer since 2000, Sheridan has covered
more than 1,000 parties. The one that sticks out? The 2007 Cleveland Indians Hall
of Fame Celebration. "It was right around the time of the playoffs," he says of
photographing inductees Andre Thornton and Charles Nagy. "I felt like a kid in a
Kyle Christy / Contributing Artist
The LA photographer headed to the Hot in Cleveland
set to capture the show's
four leading ladies with a few unusual props. "They really went for it with the
bubble guns," he says. "The pictures are some of my favorites ever."
Marsha McGregor /
Contributing Writer Great Lakes
In the Voice essay "Auld Lang Syne," McGregor recalls a teenage New Year's Eve adventure.
This year she will ring in 2011 with her husband at their Hudson home. "We may get
really crazy at midnight, go outside and bang some pans with a wooden spoon. It's
something he used to do as a kid," she says. "Pretty exciting stuff, I know."
/ Contributing Writer
Weber, who explored downtown Willoughby for "In the Neighborhood," found a lot of
interesting shops and businesses, but one really stood out. "Cast On Cafe was a
fun find because it combines knitting and tea — two of my favorite things."
Gary and Laura Dumm / Contributing ArtistsGreat Lakes Publishing
Working with Harvey Pekar is just one of Gary's career highlights. Another? Collaborating
with his wife, Laura, for the past 25 years. "I think we like each other enough
that we will keep it going," says Gary. See their illustrations for "Our Miserable
Year" starting on page 118. He sketches in black and white, and she adds the color.
Len Mastri and Melissa McClelland / Contributing
Mastri and McClelland are vegetarians, but that doesn't mean they don't occasionally
grab diner food. "When we do, it's a guilty pleasure," says Mastri, a photographer
who has worked with McClelland, a food and prop stylist, for 25 years. The duo,
known as Element Photo, photographed Big Al's blueberry pancakes for this month's
cover and created the diner counter on pages 96 and 97. As fate would have it, when
it was time to order lunch, McClelland opened the studio's menu drawer and found
Diner on 55th's right on top. "It must have been a sign," McClelland says.
/ Contributing Artist
Great Lakes Publishing
Shooting a tailgating scene for this month's cover was a blast for the Beachwood-based
photographer. That is until the last critical element: the Stadium Mustard squiggle
on the bratwurst. "After a quick trip to the arts and crafts store to get the perfect
mustard dispenser, we finally got that elusive, elegant spontaneity."
Beth Troy / Contributing WriterGreat Lakes Publishing
Troy says the best part about talking to Project Runway contestant Valerie Mayen
was gossiping about her competition. "She told me Mondo was a big risk-taker and
impeccable in his work, but he was also a little clingy and a little diva."
Jane Ammeson / Contributing EditorGreat Lakes Publishing
While on her way to the Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vt., for "Climb Every Mountain,"
Ammeson made a detour. "I passed the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, so I made
a U-turn and headed back." Her flavor of choice? Mission to Marzipan.
Paula Pindroh /
Contributing ArtistGreat Lakes
Creating the illustrations for the Private Schools cover story took Pindroh back
to her days at North Olmsted High School. "I remembered how much I loved all my
different art classes," says the 1998 graduate. "I could not be the artist I am
today without the tools, instruction and encouragement I received in school."
/ Contributing ArtistGreat
Mann was shooting the exterior of the home on our cover when he heard music coming
from somewhere. "I thought I needed my ears cleaned. As I came closer, I could see
it was owner Gene Blackstone playing his grand piano."
Stuart Warner / Contributing Editor
Great Lakes Publishing
Facebook exchange led to Warner's essay about ethnic profiling. "A journalist friend
said he would have nothing to worry about as a result of Arizona's new law because
he's a citizen. I responded, 'Well, how about this story.' I didn't get a reply.
I repeated the story to Connie Schultz, who said if I didn't write about it, she
/ Contributing ArtistGreat
Mull is no stranger to Cleveland Magazine
. This month's cover, shot at
Ledges Trail in Boston Heights, is his third cover this year. "I had to hike two
miles with all of my equipment, two models, an art director and my dog, Bob, ...
while wearing loafers."
Rebecca Meiser / Contributing Editor
Great Lakes Publishing
While at the Cleveland Accordion Museum for her story, "The Music of Their Lives,"
Meiser had a chance to test out one of the 466 accordions there. "I learned that
I am a horrible musician," she says. "The accordion is a really, really hard instrument
Jennifer Keirn / Contributing EditorGreat Lakes Publishing
When Keirn interviewed Al Bowman about his Hinckley family farm for our Rating the
Suburbs feature, she got more than just a story on the rural township. "I even got
the secret to the family applesauce recipe — Red Hot candies."
Bonnie Holland /
Contributing ArtistGreat Lakes
Holland created the idyllic look for this month's cover. But not everything was
picture-perfect at the shoot. "The bunny escaped," she says. "Bailey, the studio
golden retriever, decided to 'help' and looked behind sets to see where he went.
They ended up napping together after their high jinks!"
Taxel photographed the pan-fried pork chop saltimbocca on the cover and also the
gourmet hot dogs on page 65. "Shooting and eating those Happy Dogs — wow and yum."
Matheson, who talked up Jonathon Sawyer about his Best New Restaurant, The Greenhouse
Tavern, says the chef greeted her with a plate of vegan pork rinds. "I could barely
keep the drool off my face as I scarfed these down in a way my mother would deem
less than ladylike."