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Amy Whitesall

Amy Whitesall

AMY WHITESALL is a web designer in the human resource and strategy department at U-M. She also is a freelance writer whose work appears in Crain's Detroit Business, Concentrate, and, among others. She lives in Chelsea, Mich., with her husband and their two sons and has been known to write stories from the treehouse in her backyard.

American Gothic: Detroit Style

“I forget that this is weird,” says urban farmer, entrepreneur, and alumna Carolyn Leadley, sitting in the shade of a mulberry tree next to her large market garden on Detroit’s east side. Leadley and husband, Jack Van Dyke, are working the land while working a hypothesis: Can urban agriculture be a viable business?


Renaissance man

U-M’s first black football player, George Jewett, spoke four languages, was valedictorian of his high school, earned a medical degree, and could wriggle through defenders or break a nose when he had to.