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AADL Talks To Ann Arbor Police Chief John Seto

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 5:58pm

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In July, 2012, Ann Arbor promoted "one of its own" to Police Chief and Safety Services Director. John Seto joined the [http://aapd.aadl.org/aapd|Ann Arbor Police Department] in 1990 and served as patrol officer, detective, [http://aapd.aadl.org/gallery/aapd/PD105.jpg.html|SWAT team leader], and Interim Safety Services Director. Chief Seto talked with us about his long career at the AAPD, how he came to Ann Arbor and his vision for the Department in the 21st century. He recalled his first day in a patrol car, joining the ranks of officers [http://aapd.aadl.org/gallery/aapd/PD003.jpg.html|signing the guest book at Drake's Sandwich Shop], and moving into the new Justice Center.

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You Call This Hot, Sonny?

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 8:39pm

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On Wednesday, July 8, 1936, the temperature in Ann Arbor [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360708-mercury_100_pg1|reached 100 degrees]. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360709-relief_not_in_sight_pg1|Thursday] no relief was in sight so the kids took [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360710-kerplunk_pg3|to the water]. By [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360710-two_prostrations_pg1|Friday] area residents were being felled by the high temperatures. On [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360711-early_break_pg1|Saturday, July 11,] the weatherman forecast a break in the weather, but he was wrong. The [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360713-heat_mark_set_pg1|next day] temperatures again reached 100. On [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360714-break_promised_pg1|Tuesday] the weatherman again forecast a break in the weather and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360715-michigan_welcomes_pg1|Wednesday, July 15,] relief finally arrived. The two consecutive days of 100+ degrees set a record for Ann Arbor. The high temperature record, however, had been set in July, 1934, 105.2 degrees.

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AADL Talks To Herb David

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 7:50pm

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On April 12, 1962, the Herb David Guitar Studio opened in a basement on South State and one of the great success stories in Ann Arbor and the music business began. AADL talked to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/27896|Herb David] shortly after the closing of his landmark studio on East Liberty, almost 51 years to the day the studio opened. Herb's influence extends beyond the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19820310-herb_david_hes_not|students he taught to love music], the musicians who bought his [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19910226-a_music_havens|handmade instruments], the local bands he [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19960524-liberty_plaza_music_series|nurtured and promoted], to the top musicians that visited his studio to talk "shop" and discovered David's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_20080729-for_herb_david|wide range of interests] in philosophy, cultures and travel. Herb's genuine concern for his community and the power of music to transform lives as well as his great sense of humor shine through in this podcast.

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Karl Pohrt, Owner of Shaman Drum Bookshop

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:23pm

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Old News has digitized Ann Arbor News articles on [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/33426|Karl Pohrt] ([http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/annarbor/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=165800086#fbLoggedOut|obituary]), owner of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/33422|Shaman Drum Bookshop].

He is remembered warmly as a community leader who took an active role in organizations such as [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1036|Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1876|State Street Area Association], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/33424|American Booksellers Association], and the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/33423|Great Lakes Booksellers Association]. He was also a founding member of the [http://aabookfestival.org/|Ann Arbor Book Festival].

Read Dave Askins' [http://annarborchronicle.com/2013/07/12/karl-pohrt-a-farewell/|tribute] to Karl Pohrt in [http://annarborchronicle.com/|The Ann Arbor Chronicle].

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Opening Night Concert at the Bandshell

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 7:51am

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013, marks the opening concert for the [http://www.annarborcivicband.org/|Ann Arbor Civic Band] summer season! All performances will take place in the West Park bandshell. As you can see from [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N012_0016_003|this 1943 photograph of the old bandshell], lounging in the grass before this A2 landmark is a summer tradition that goes back many years. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/features/west_park|Read about the history of West Park] in Oldnews, and catch some of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/15795|recent photographs] we've posted detailing the construction of the original bandshell in 1938.

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AADL Talks to Steve Amick

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:42pm

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Author Steve Amick’s second novel [b:1327565|Nothing But a Smile] (2009) is a delightful love story of a man and a woman who choose an unconventional way to redefine themselves during and after World War II.

Called "kinetic and clever slice of 1940s cheesecake" by reviewers, it is set in 1944 Chicago when Wink Dutton, a former illustrator for Yank and Stars and Stripes (newspaper), discharged from the Service with an injury, rented a room above the camera shop run by Sal Chesterton, and became a willing collaborator once he discovered her astonishing secret enterprise.

Recently, Steve sat down with us and discussed why he picked the subject of the pin-up industry for the novel, the person very dear to him who inspired it, and how Argus Camera came to be a prominent element in the story. He also talked about growing up in Ann Arbor and being nurtured by a middle school teacher to write.

He shared his thoughts about living and working in Michigan (and his secret hideaway up north), favorite authors, parenting, and his choices for bedtime stories for his young son. We were surprised to learn that Steve is also a musician. Listen to this interview, and find out more about Steve from his [http://www.steve-amick.com/|website].

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AADL Talks to Rhonda Gilpin

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:23pm

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One of Ann Arbor’s Heritage Businesses, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13278|The Caravan Shop] has been an anchor in the historic [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1683|Nickels Arcade] for over 80 years. Opened in 1927 by [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13306|Frank] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13307|Jean Karpp], it is known for its eclectic merchandize with an international flavor.

Recently, its current owner [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13339|Rhonda Gilpin] talked with us about the history of the shop, how she came to own it and her goal of keeping it a family business. She talked about the pleasures and challenges of doing business in a college town. Rhonda is also the owner of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13324|Arcadian Antiques and Collectibles] located in the Nickels Arcade. She credits the "Think Local" initiative and the nice mix of new businesses for the improved retail climate in Ann Arbor.

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Hill Auditorium ~ One Hundred Years of History

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 9:32am

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On June 25, 1913, Hill Auditorium was officially opened to the University and the community with the mission to bring the world to Ann Arbor. Grace Shackman's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/hill_auditorium|Old News feature] tells the story of Hill and the thousands of performers, speakers, events and controversies that have made Albert Kahn's gorgeous building so central to Ann Arbor's history. Old News has published hundreds of Ann Arbor News articles and photographs that chronicle the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19320302-winston_churchill_urges_closer|history-makers], the [http://ums.aadl.org/ums_photos_02545|premiere performers], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650611-hill_auditorium_filled_for_aahs_graduation|celebrations] and the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560214-Hypnotist_Slated_For_Friday.jpg|one-of-a-kind.]

In collaboration with the University Musical Society, the complete [http://ums.aadl.org/ums/programs|UMS Concert Program Archives] have been digitized. The [http://ums.aadl.org/ums/programs_19720916e|program notes] offer some of the best music criticism written. In keeping with a long-held Town & Gown tradition, UMS will celebrate Hill's 100th with a big [http://ums.org/performances/summer-sings-verdi-requiem|Community Sing] of Verdi's Requiem on May 14th, one hundred years to the day that they did the Requium in 1913. Come, sing and be a part of the continuing history of Hill Auditorium.

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AADL Talks to Cynthia Shevel

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 2:15pm

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In this episode AADL talks to Cynthia Shevel, owner of [http://shop.middleearthgifts.com/|Middle Earth Gift Shop] on South University. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/22620|Middle Earth] came on the scene in 1967 as the first “head shop” in Ann Arbor. The store began as a one-room, 2nd-floor walk-up on Liberty Street. The motto of Middle Earth is “harming only the humorless.” Long-time TreeTowners will remember the great [http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/199770|ads] Middle Earth ran in [http://oldnews.aadl.org/papers/aa_sun|The Sun], our contribution to the underground newspaper movement. We talked to Cynthia about the move to South U and the changes over time to the merchandise, the customers and the crew at Middle Earth.

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AADL Talks to Joe O’Neal

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 2:04pm

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AADL sat down with Joe O'Neal, president of O'Neal Construction who, along with Bill Martin, established the [http://www.aadl.org/argus_camera_photos|Argus Museum]. Joe related how the purchase of the Argus buildings from the University of Michigan in the early 1980s led to the acquisition of cameras, photographic equipment, memorabilia and [http://www.aadl.org/argus_camera_publications|company publications] of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/argus_camera_articles|Argus Camera Company]. Many of the ideas and leads for the museum collection came from the pages of the [http://www.aadl.org/argus_eyes|Argus Eyes].

Joe's many stories include names familiar to Argus employees and collectors including [http://www.aadl.org/node/218815|Milt Campbell, Art Dersham], Don Wallis, Sammy Ross and Tony Vicaro.

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