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Ann Arbor Goes to the Movies

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In 1908, 5 cents would get you into a movie at The Casino. The Theatorium on Maynard, built on a former skating rink, showed one-reelers. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/22596|The Majestic], a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/22700|W.S. Butterfield] theater, opened on December 19, 1907, quickly followed by [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/21754|the Whitney] on Main Street the next January. The chain also operated [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1639|the Michigan], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/21751|the State], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/20853|the Wuerth], and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/21722|the Orpheum].

On Saturday afternoon September 11, 1915, 2000 Ann Arborites poured into the new [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/22722|Rae Theater] (capacity 385) on Huron Street to see Pearl White in the Iron Claw. But the big hoopla occurred on Sunday September 12, when the first legal and public showing of a motion picture took place on a sabbath day in Ann Arbor history, and it took a special election to accomplish that.

The Old News team has digitized many of the news articles on the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560204-ann_arbors_early_theater_history|early history] of Ann Arbor's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1661|movies theaters].

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New York Times Historical

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[http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewyorktimes?accountid=3356|The New York Times] is available online to library users all the way back to its first issues from 1851. Over 150 years of historic news coverage is available at your fingertips, digitized and fully searchable. Select ‘Page View’ to see complete newspaper pages as they originally appeared in print, or select ‘Full-text PDF’ to see only the article you choose.

Access to all our reference databases and resources is available at every [http://www.aadl.org/|AADL] branch and from outside the library with a valid library card. To access [http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewyorktimes?accountid=3356|New York Times Historical], go to the [http://www.aadl.org/research|Research] page and from the [http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/newspapers|Newspapers] tab, click on [http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewyorktimes?accountid=3356|New York Times Historical].

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Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain

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Forty-four years ago, on November 10, 1968, Neil Young (whose critically-acclaimed autobiography, [b:1415106|Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippy Dream] is currently a New York Times bestseller) recorded the song "Sugar Mountain" here in Ann Arbor at the now-legendary Canterbury House, then located at the end of [http://www.aadl.org/gallery/pictureAnnArbor/a2signs/A2signs287.jpg.html|this alley] at 330 Maynard.

Recorded between the time of Young's membership with [a:Buffalo Springfield] and [a:Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young], this [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_Mountain_(song)|ode to lost youth] written four years earlier was acknowledged by fellow Canadian [a:Mitchell, Joni|Joni Mitchell] (who also played the Canterbury House) as the inspiration for her similarly-themed, [b:1103641|The Circle Game]. It's one of Young's earliest and more traditional folk songs, and the sincerity evident in this live recording is underscored by its remarkable intimacy.

Check out [b:1326115|Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House] in our CD collection and some of our [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/5479|Oldnews articles about Ann Arbor's Canterbury House], at the time a coffee house music venue and center for outreach programs associated with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Local writer Alan Glenn wrote [http://michigantoday.umich.edu/2012/05/story.php?id=8370#.UJqiPeOe_i5|a great article about the Canterbury House] in a recent issue of Michigan Today.

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AADL Talks to Argus Employees and Museum Curator

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Do you ever wonder what it was like to work for one of the largest employers in Ann Arbor and one of the most prestigious and well-known camera manufacturers in the world?

AADL [http://www.aadl.org/node/218814|talked to Art Parker], an avowed “Townie” who spent nearly 20 years with Argus Camera. Art talked about his family’s long history with Argus and the company’s social life that included Christmas parties, teen dances, summer camp, scholarships and profit-sharing.

We also [http://www.aadl.org/node/218815|talked with Milt Campbell, Art Dersham and Elwyn Dersham] about their years at Argus during its heyday in the 1940s and 50s and the challenging years of the 1960s and 70s as the company’s fortunes declined and Argus left Ann Arbor forever.

[http://www.aadl.org/node/218739|Cheryl Chidester], the Argus Museum curator shared the history of the company, its products and innovations, and its role in United States’ victory in World War II. We also learned about the founding of the Argus Museum, its missions in preserving the history and material culture of this early Ann Arbor industry significant to generations in the community.

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AADL Talks to Cheryl Chidester, Argus Museum Curator

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We would like to thank the [http://arborwiki.org/Argus_Museum|Argus Museum], located in the original Argus Building at 535 W. William St. for generously sharing its resources, artifacts, and archival materials in preparing this AADL exhibit on the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/6715|Argus Camera, Inc.]

A special thank you goes to Cheryl Chidester, the Argus Museum curator. In this podcast, she shared the history of the company, its products and innovations, and its role in United States’ victory in World War II. We also learned about the founding of the Argus Museum, its missions in preserving the history and material culture of this early Ann Arbor industry significant to generations in the community.

We can see [http://www.aadl.org/photo_search?keys=%22Argus%20Museum%22|photos] of the Museum and its exhibits as well as samples of the Argus Eye, a monthly newsletter produced by the Argus employees from the Museum’s archive.

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AADL Talks to Argus Camera's Milt Campbell, Art & Elwyn Dersham

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In this episode, AADL talks to former employees of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/6715|Argus Camera.] In 1931, a group of Ann Arbor businessmen got together to address the problem of unemployment amid the Great Depression. They raised stock and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19750323-an_erratic_genius|formed a company] that would become Argus Camera. Argus went on to become one of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19531024_p10-local_men_and_ideas|largest employers] in Ann Arbor and one of the most [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560308-argus_cameras_dsiplay_dominate…|prestigious] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560306-argus_stock_goes_on_big_board|well-known camera manufacturers] in the world.

We talked with Milt Campbell, Art Dersham and Elwyn Dersham about their years at Argus during its heyday in the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19500708-Two_Local_Plants_Have_War_Work|1940s and 50s] and the challenging years of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19591027-argus_firm_has_no_plan|1960s] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_197406024-Struck_Firm_Shut_Down|70s] as the company’s fortunes declined and Argus [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19630316_p16-U_acquiring_former_argus|left Ann Arbor] forever.

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AADL Talks To Argus Camera's Art Parker

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In this episode, AADL talks to Art Parker, an avowed “Townie” who spent nearly 20 years with [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/6715|Argus Camera.] During its heyday in the 1940s and 50s, Argus was one of the largest employers in Ann Arbor and one of the most prestigious and well-known camera manufacturers in the world. Art talks about his family’s long history with Argus and the company’s social life that included [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19491208-employes_of_argus_will_be|Christmas parties], teen dances, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19520711-argus_leases_summer_site|summer camp], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19620608-Four_Argus_Scholarships_Awarded|scholarships] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19471118-Profit-Sharing_Plan_At_Argus|profit-sharing].

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Police Beat: Punk Rocker's Bad Gig

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In 1989 Kevin Michael Allin, aka [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/18818|G.G. Allin], and his punk rock band Toilet Rockers gave a concert at the East Quad's Halfway Inn. The band was known for it's in-your-face onstage antics that included self-inflicted beatings, nudity and fights with the audience. Unfortunately, things got out of hand and Allin was [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19890914-rock_band_leader_held|charged] with three counts of assault including kicking a member of the audience, hitting another one with a chair and then following the concert, beating and burning a "groupie." After declaring Charles Manson his "hero", Allin was ordered to undergo [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19890921-rock_musician_told|psychiatric examination]. He eventually pleaded [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19891118-musician_pleads_no_contest|no contest] to the charges.

While serving his term Allin vowed to begin a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19900928-violent_rocker_says|hunger strike] that never materialized and was considered a publicity stunt . Not long after his parole Allin was again arrested in Milwaukee on [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19910916-rock_singer_sentenced|disorderly conduct charges] that included throwing bodily discharges at the audience. After more than 50 arrests the leader of the Murder Junkies, Toilet Rockers and Disappointments, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19930630-violent_punk_rocker_dies|died] in New York City of an apparent overdose. Despite his many run-ins with the law, Allin was a prolific recording artist and his [http://www.ggallin.com/|"official "website] offers his CDs, DVDs and artwork for sale.

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Cold Case Ypsilanti: The Murder of Richard Streicher Jr.

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On March 7, 1935 the body of seven-year-old [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350308-seven_year_old_ypsilanti_boy|Richard Streicher Jr.] was found in the icy Huron River under a footbridge at Island Park in Ypsilanti. His body was discovered by another Ypsilanti youngster, thirteen-year-old [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19390802-buck_holt_escapes_from_federal_school|Buck Holt]. Fearing a killer on the loose, the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350312-ypsilanti_parents|Mayor of Ypsilanti] warned parents to protect their children. Although the Ypsilanti Police, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350313-state_to_make|Michigan State Police] undertook a massive criminal investigation, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350314-parents_questioned|questioned the parents] and followed [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350314-parents_questioned|tips], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350316-clews_scarce|the trail] frustratingly led nowhere. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350319-convict-released|Suspect] after [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19350321-investigate_two|suspect] were arrested and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360801-paul_stacklawitz_is_given_release|released].

Two years later, with no solution in sight, a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19370820-grand_jury_ordered_in_streicher_case|grand jury] was ordered to review evidence and compel testimony in the case. Despite hearing the testimony of thirty people including [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19371104-witness_to_get_another_chance|uncooperative witnesses], after four weeks Judge Sample [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19371105-streicher_grand_jury_scheduled|adjourned] the grand jury. Then [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19371229-important_new_evidence_is_found|new evidence] was found, the grand jury ordered [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19380329-streicher_jury_to_be_reopened|reopened], then [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19380430-streicher%20grand-jury-meets_fresh_delay|delayed] again and again. In a last ditch effort to resolve the case, Judge Sample convened another session of the one-man grand jury and sought [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19390928-information_in_streicher_case_invited|"any suggestions or information"] from the public. And that is where the investigation ended. To read all the articles about the Richard Streicher Jr. murder in [http://oldnews.aadl.org/|Old News], click [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/15389|here].

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50th Anniversary of the Port Huron Statement

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2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the now-legendary [http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/huron.html|Port Huron Statement], a manifesto written by “Students for a Democratic Society” (SDS) at a retreat on Lake Huron in 1962. From October 31 - November 2, the University of Michigan is hosting [http://www.lsa.umich.edu/phs|A New Insurgency: The Port Huron Statement in Its Time and Ours], a free 3-day public conference exploring the significance of the Port Huron Statement and its social, political and cultural consequences for the New Left of the 1960s - from anti-war movements to civil rights and women’s liberation movements. We’ve pulled together articles from our Oldnews archive about the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4673|Students for a Democratic Society], featuring SDS co-founders [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4363|Tom Hayden] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/18395|Alan Haber] and reflections from other [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/18362|New Left] activists over the intervening years.