20 of the Most Creative Milwaukeeans: Ken Leinbach

We’re on the top level of the tower at the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside Park branch, clear views of Downtown to the south and the new Rotary Centennial Arboretum to the west. Ken Leinbach, the center’s executive director, has just shoveled in his lunch. “When you’re up here, you get a different perspective,” he says.
He points to the northeast, to the park he built when he first started out. (“Just me and a toad in a trailer,” he jokes.) To encourage children to come from that park to the Urban Ecology building, a series of three sculptures dubbed Walk Like a River was installed.
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The Faces of Film

An edited version of this all-staff Q&A with Milwaukee Film appeared in our September issue. We could only fit six staff members in print, so we put the rest online. It was a fun package to create.

For the past five years, the Milwaukee Film Festival has brought sidesplitting rom-coms, stirring documentaries and fright-filled horror flicks to the city for a multiday film feast. This year will be no different, with more than 200 films scheduled over its 15-day run. To learn more about how the magic happens, we shine a spotlight on six of their wizards of applause.

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Speaking to Emmett Till’s Cousin

Fifty-six years ago today, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American visiting Mississippi from Chicago was kidnapped. He was brutally murdered, and the two men were acquitted. In 2009, after a cemetery scandal (in the Chicago area) resulted in finding Till’s casket rotting, Till’s family decided to donate his original, glass-topped casket to the Smithsonian. I spoke with Till’s cousin Simeon Wright who was with him the night he was taken. You can read the interview here.

Hearing Wright recount the events that led up to his murder was a chill-inducing experience even if it was a phone interview. One of the things that stuck with me from our conversation was Wright’s theory that if the men had been convicted, Till’s story would have been forgotten: Continue reading “Speaking to Emmett Till’s Cousin”