Day job: Executive director, University United, a St. Paul community group that promotes transit-oriented industrial development

In the news: Has written an e-book called “A Short History of the Ford Plant.” Demolition of the historic manufacturing facility began in June.

Fun fact: Up until Sept. 11, 2001, tours were common at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant (as it was officially known), a rare opportunity for sightseers to see something actually being made. “The loss of industry means that the younger generation will not have that very rich personal experience.”

Access the book: Available through the Minnesota Historical Society for $1.99 at as well as Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Sony and Google.