Magazine November 27, 2017, Issue

Michigan Men

Gerald R. Ford and Arthur H. Vandenberg in 1949 (
Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century, by Hendrik Meijer (Chicago, 448 pp., $35)

When you grow up in Michigan, as I did, you know the name Meijer — as in the superstore chain. (The stores were once called “Meijer’s Thrifty Acres.” Now they’re just “Meijer.”) The Meijer family is from Grand Rapids, which is in West Michigan, which is Dutch country. They have a slogan there: “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much.”

True, Gerald R. Ford sprang from Grand Rapids. He was of English stock. But they tolerate the Other in West Michigan.

Hendrik Meijer is the executive chairman of Meijer, Inc. After college, he spent about six years in journalism, then joined the

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