Sunday, May 23, 2010
Lansing and East Lansing Icon, Betty Price
I've been working with Lansing/East Lansing icon, Betty Price, capturing an oral (and video) history of her. What a treasure this woman is! Topics we're covering include her life growing up in Saginaw, Michigan, her family's move to East Lansing when her father started the family business, Liebermann's, in Lansing in the depths of the Depression in 1931, the history of that treasured local business, and Betty's involvement in the founding of the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts at MSU. An avid reader with the sharpest mind of any 96 year old I know, Betty keeps up with current events and wouldn't dream of starting her day without thoroughly perusing both local and national newspapers. Betty continues her fund-raising activities for Michigan State University's Wharton Center and College of Arts and Letters, and just recently returned from Utica, New York, where she held a jewelry show in support of the local public library. Stay tuned for more updates on my talks with this fascinating woman. Above is a picture of Betty and me taken on Friday, May 21, 2010. Doesn't she look great?