Lawrence (Larry) Kestenbaum

Photo courtesy Ann Arbor Chronicle


Politics; demography; public health; local history; botany; folk music; place names; contradancing; cats; octagonal houses; given names; ethnic food; city planning; genealogy; science fiction; historic preservation; restaurants; cemeteries; railroads; architecture; industrial archeology; "fuzzy logic"; Yiddish; Michigan; civil liberties; Balkans; telephone history; courthouses; graphic design; street names; elevators; urban legends; open-air markets

Some writers, thinkers, creators and doers
whose work I generally admire and support:

Christopher Alexander; Temple Grandin; Douglas R. Hofstadter; Christopher Jencks; Ben Katchor; Patrick Leahy; Joshua Micah Marshall; Robert Morgenthau; Salman Rushdie; Oliver Sacks; Bruce Schneier; Paolo Soleri; Paul Starr; John Paul Stevens; Edward R. Tufte; Elie Wiesel; Garry Wills; William Julius Wilson.

Memorial division: Roger Baldwin (1884-1981); Richard Feynman (1918-1988); R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983); Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926); Erving Goffman (1922-1982); Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013); Molly Ivins (1944-2007); Jane Jacobs (1916-2006); Aldo Leopold (1887-1948); Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003); Lewis Mumford (1895-1990); Mike Royko (1932-1997); Benjamin Spock (1903-1998); Studs Terkel (1912-2008); Morris Udall (1922-1998); John Voelker/"Robert Traver" (1903-1991); William H. Whyte (1917-1999); James Q. Wilson (1931-2012).

Some favorite buildings:

Hotel St. Benedict Flats, Chicago IL; TWA Terminal, Kennedy Airport, New York NY; Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia PA; Parking Ramp No. 10, East Lansing MI; Guardian Building, Detroit MI; Pennsylvania Station (demolished 1963-66), New York NY; Second Wells Hall (demolished 1966), Michigan State University, East Lansing MI; New Haven Line signal towers, NY-CT; University of Michigan Law Quadrangle, Ann Arbor MI; Masonic Temple, Detroit MI; Lyndhurst, Tarrytown NY; Nott Memorial, Union College, Schenectady NY; Octagonal House near Homer MI; State Capitol Building, Lansing MI; A. D. White House, Cornell, Ithaca NY.

Music likes:

Wild Asparagus; Tom Waits; Oyster Band; Counting Crows; Claudia Schmidt; Chuck Brodsky; Beausoleil; Stan Rogers; Joel Mabus; David Byrne; J.S. Bach; Bob Dylan; Scott Joplin; Greg Brown; Bob Baldori.

Some Favorite Movies:

The Accidental Tourist. Brazil. Casablanca. Micmacs / Micmacs à tire-larigot. Dr. Zhivago. Down By Law. A Mighty Wind. Tampopo. Wings of Desire/Der Himmel über Berlin.

Comics I Read:

XKCD; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; Bizarro; This Modern World; Doonesbury; Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal; A Softer World; Questionable Content.

Personal Web Sites/Pages:

Send personal mail to kestenbaum at gmail dot com; send Political Graveyard related mail to political.graveyard at gmail dot com.

This page was created in 1996; last revised, February 27, 2014. This work is © 1996-2010 Lawrence Kestenbaum, and is also licensed for free non-commercial re-use, with attribution, under a Creative Commons License.