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The M.U.G. (Michigan Union Grill) in the 1950s-1960s

Although an affluent community like Ann Arbor was hardly the culture in which ‘The Beat’ movement (theoretically) thrived and was designed for, nonetheless the influence of ‘The Beats’ was present and very much felt in Ann Arbor back in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, student poets and hanging out.

The Folk Music Revival in Ann Arbor (Late 1950s - Early 1960s)

In 1957 freshman student Al Young and Bill McAdoo founded the University of Michigan Folklore Society. Al Young went on to become the Poet Laureate of California.

Mark’s Coffee House interior, 1973 Photographer: Susan Wineberg

Mark’s Coffee House interior, 1973 image

Mark's Coffeehouse Chess Tournament, April 1972 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

Mark's Coffeehouse Chess Tournament, April 1972 image
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Ann Arbor News, April 9, 1972
Chess Tourney Ends Today: Concentration was evident yesterday as Keith Conrey (left) tried to entrap opponent Hubert H. Wyeth in the second Mark's Coffeehouse Open Chess Tournament. Watching the action at the first Congregational Church is Burton Grossmon. The tournament began Friday with 82 participants, final rounds were scheduled today. Included in the action was a computer chess program, called TECH, which found human competition a little too smart to handle. TECH lost its first round match, but the loss was attributed to lack of time. "It played a little too slowly," one person said.