portraits http://michiganradio.org en Her feisty character and other reasons to remember Michigan's only First Lady http://michiganradio.org/post/her-feisty-character-and-other-reasons-remember-michigans-only-first-lady <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Patricia Hill Burnett, who was famous back in the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as sort of the quintessential Republican feminist, will be 94 in a few months.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She is still defiantly pro-Equal Rights Amendment, pro-choice, and on economic issues, Republican to the core.</span></p><p>She was runner-up to Miss America 72 years ago, and went on to become both Michigan’s unofficial state portrait painter and the woman who started the state chapter of NOW, the National Organization for Women.</p><p>Comfortably wealthy, she always dresses and talks, as Detroit News columnist Laura Berman says today, “like a local, more highly educated version of Zsa Zsa Gabor.”</p><p>I went to see her earlier this year when she was recovering from a brief illness, and she told me that she felt sad that many young women did not want to be called feminists any more.</p><p>She was also sad that younger women didn’t know anything about Betty Ford.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:54:35 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18286 at http://michiganradio.org Her feisty character and other reasons to remember Michigan's only First Lady Spring is here, time to grow a face gourd? http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-here-time-grow-face-gourd <p>If you&#39;re anything like the folks here at Michigan Radio, the recent (and ongoing) spate of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/blame-or-thank-jet-stream-michigans-unusually-warm-weather">unseasonably warm weather</a> through much of the state has probably inspired you to <strike>run from the radio station screaming and throwing off layers</strike> spend more time outdoors.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:17:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6697 at http://michiganradio.org Spring is here, time to grow a face gourd? Painting Detroit’s vacancy http://michiganradio.org/post/painting-detroit%E2%80%99s-vacancy <p>Detroit’s empty buildings are the focus of an art exhibit at the Northville Art House.</p><p>Erik Olson is a painter and teaches at the College for Creative Studies. His <a href="http://www.erikedwinolson.com/index.php">portraits</a> include an old, brick home in the middle of a field, caving in on itself. And an empty house warmed by the morning sun.</p><p>Olson says his message is that these empty buildings are here, and will probably remain for awhile. &nbsp;He also thinks Americans could take a cue from Europeans.</p> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:12:42 +0000 Kyle Norris 900 at http://michiganradio.org Painting Detroit’s vacancy