In this episode, former Washtenaw County Sheriff Doug Harvey shares his memories of the turbulent 1960s in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. He recalls some of the personal, political, and law enforcement challenges he encountered during his years as sheriff - from the 1966 UFO sightings and the South University Riots, to the Coed murders and the John Norman Collins case. He also responds to some of the controversy surrounding his reputation and he speaks candidly about the community leaders and colleagues he admired during these years - and those he did not.
One of the Wolverine's great football players died June 14 in Ann Arbor. A Wolverine [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19461203-honored_by_teammates|MVP], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19471205-chappuis_29th_wolverine_on_collier%27s_all_america|Collier's All-American] and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/12901|Chappuis] also served in WWII. Shot down over Italy, he spent [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19461203-bob_chappuis_is_voted_most_valuable_man|three months] hidden in plain sight from the Nazis.
Old News has gathered together a selection of articles from the Ann Arbor News that cover his career at Michigan. Chappuis joined the Wolverines in [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19421014-michigan_fans_like_his_passing|1942], served in WWII from 1943 ~ 1945 and rejoined the Wolverines in [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19461125-end_around_play_really_worked|1946], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19471124-chappius_big_nine|setting records] in offensive play. In the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19471123-chappuis_touchdown|undefeated] 1947 season, Chappuis finished second for the Heisman Trophy and was featured on the cover of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19471030-chappuis_on_time_cover|Time Magazine]. Michigan went on to win the Rose Bowl with such a decisive win over Southern California, 49 - 0, that AP put out a post-bowl game poll that moved them back in to first place over season-ending first place Notre Dame. We'll be adding stories about [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/12901|Chappuis] to the Old News site so keep checking back to read more about one of Michigan's great players.
Here's a cool story we wanted to share! So a woman in Georgia knows her dad was a sketch artist whose work appeared in the Ann Arbor News in the late 1960s and she'd really like to see some of his work. Her friend contacts [http://annarborchronicle.com/|The Ann Arbor Chronicle] whose editor happens to know we're undergoing a massive digitization effort, and he forwards the query to us. Well, it turns out we've already scanned [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/12177|some of those very sketches] at ridiculous high quality and color as part of our [http://oldnews.aadl.org/features/john_norman_collins|feature on the John Normans Collins murder and trial] during the late 1960s!
In the early morning hours of March 14, 1966, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies reported sighting "four strange flying objects" in Lima Township. Soon police agencies from Livingston County, Monroe County and Sylvania, Ohio were also reporting "red-green objects . . . moving at fantastic speeds." By the end of the day the Civil Defense and U.S. Air Force were called in to an investigation that has never really ended for many of those involved.
AADL has assembled the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/9218|articles] that dominated the Ann Arbor News for weeks in 1966 and continues to resurface through sightings, interviews and research into UFOs and extraterrestrial life. The UFO story provides an interesting look at the way news events affect the lives of the participants and their communities. Read [http://oldnews.aadl.org/features/1966_UFO_Sightings|our feature story in Oldnews] and decide for yourselves whether Washtenaw County's history includes close encounters of the first, second or third kind.
White Market, a locally owned market at 609 East William Street, has been in business for at least 84 years. While the exact date it opened is unknown, a newspaper article from 1984 indicates that it was "in business as early as 1928." In 1939, the shop was at the retail space next door, 607 E. William St.
The Ann Arbor News' archive highlights major events and news-worthy stories through the city's history. But beyond that, it also gives a glimpse into what life was like for residents on a daily basis. Hidden between photos of big events are images of the stores and streets. They can give us a window into what Ann Arbor was like for the people who lived here, and they can highlight what has changed... and what hasn't.
The following are old images of Ann Arbor paired with views from today, which let you see which buildings have withstood the test of time and where things have grown and developed.
308 South Ashley Street, 1937
The Blind Pig is Ann Arbor’s legendary live music venue. It is best known for being the local venue where Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Nirvana performed. Established over thirty years ago, the Blind Pig, or the Pig as referred to by locals, continues to be a premiere live music venue for indie, rock, hip hop, and electronic bands. Originally the venue functioned as both a bar and café, but now functions solely has bar/club with frequent live band performances. In addition, the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/204562| 8 Ball Lounge] located below the Blind Pig is now a well-known dive bar with a cult following all its own.
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The Ark has been Ann Arbor’s premiere venue for folk music for more than four decades. Originally established in the mid 1960’s, the Ark has fought to stay afloat as a non-profit venue for live acoustic music. A series of fundraising events eventually led to the establishment of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, which is still a yearly tradition. The original setting for the Ark was a historic house on Hill St., known as the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/8334|Hill House]. Unable to raise sufficient funds to maintain its upkeep and unable to appease its property owners, the First Presbyterian Church, The Ark was forced to move to a new site on Main St. Meanwhile after months of legal debate, the Hill House was destroyed in order to allow for the church’s new parking lot. The decision to tear down the house was met with much protest by the Ann Arbor community. In addition, the Hill House was deemed an historic monument, but this was not enough to safeguard the communal monument. The Ark made one more move to its current site on S. Main St. where it continues to thrive and bring prominent Folk musicians to the city.
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Celebrated Ann Arbor photographer Samuel Payne Sturgis passed away on March 11 (see [http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Samuel-Sturgis&lc=4117&pid=156499807&mid=5032832&Affiliate=annarbor&PersonID=156499807&FHID=5988|obituary]).
A graduate of the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology, Mr. Sturgis served in the Naval Reserve as photo reconnaissance pilot on USS Bennington in the South Pacific, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals as a combat pilot, retiring in the early 1950's.
He joined the Dey Studio in Ann Arbor as a portrait photographer, earning "Michigan Photographer of the Year" Award from the Michigan Association of Professional Photographers in 1959. In 1962, he opened his own studio at 1112 South University, a space designed by local architect David Osler.
His extensive collection of antique photographs of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding areas, donated to the [http://bentley.umich.edu/|Bentley Historical Library] at the University of Michigan, is available as the [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=bhlead;id=navbarbrowselink;cginame=findaid-idx;cc=bhlead;view=reslist;subview=standard;didno=umich-bhl-92262|Sam Sturgis Photograph Collection]. A few of these outstanding photographs are part of the [http://bit.ly/HbyNiT|Making of Ann Arbor collection] and the [http://aastreets.aadl.org/|Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit program].
Over the years, Mr. Sturgis's works have been widely exhibited and he has been active in community service. See [http://www.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/7654|Ann Arbor News articles].
Local businessman and community leader George Pomey was a member of the illustrious [http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/204095|1964 and 1965 Michigan Wolverine Basketball teams] that won back-to-back Big Ten titles, and took Michigan to the NCAA Tournaments. This March, he sat down and talked about those glory days.
Pomey remembered clearly his recruiting trip to Ann Arbor along with another teammate from his high school in Illinois; his warm relationships with his Wolverine coaches and teammates throughout his playing career; and their friendship over the years (they still have frequent reunions!). He also remembered the comparatively "primitive" sports facilities; playing to the capacity crowds at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yost_Ice_Arena|Yost Fieldhouse]; his brief coaching and radio/television broadcasting experience after graduation; and his continued involvement with Michigan sports.
On March 16, 1965 Pomey and Teammate Larry Tregoning were named 2nd team Big Ten all Academic, Pomey talked about the tough schedule for athletes, and his admiration for the current Wolverine team.
Pomey also brought along these [http://oldnews.aadl.org/umbasketballphotos|photos] from the scrapbook his mother kept.