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AADL Talks To: Jim Forrester, Former Activist and Founder, Partners Press, Inc.

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Jim Forrester, October 2019 (Photo by Ginia Forrester)

In this episode, AADL Talks To Jim Forrester. Jim came to the University of Michigan as a student in 1966 and he has lived in Ann Arbor ever since, retiring after running a successful printing business for 30 years. As a student, Jim wrote for the Michigan Daily, participated in anti-war protests, and was involved with both the Students for a Democratic Society and Ann Arbor's Human Rights Party. Jim reflects on this period in Ann Arbor history and discusses some of the changes he's witnessed at the city and county level over the past five decades.

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AADL Talks To: Grace Shackman

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Grace Shackman, August 2000

 

Grace Shackman is an author, educator, and former Washtenaw County Commissioner. But she's probably best known as a local historian and a long-time contributor to the Ann Arbor Observer, where she has dug into many fascinating topics of local and regional history. Grace tells us about how she became involved in politics, her research process, and how her interests spurred her beyond her shy nature. 

Find more by and about Grace Shackman in our archival collections.

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AADL Talks To: Janis Bobrin

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Janis Bobrin

Janis Bobrin came to the University of Michigan in 1969 to study urban planning and quickly became politically active in environmental issues with a particular interest in water resource management. She eventually served six terms as Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner. Since retiring as Drain Commissioner in 2012, Janis has served on numerous regional boards including the Huron River Watershed Council, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Dawn Farm. Janis talks with us about some of the projects she undertook as Drain Commissioner and the many challenges she and her staff faced over the years. She also talks with us about Ann Arbor's ongoing efforts to address the Pall-Gelman dioxane spill and issues surrounding urban planning and density.

Read more about Janis Bobrin in historical articles from the Ann Arbor News and Ann Arbor Observer.

 

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Community High Students Stencil 'Dump No Waste' Sign on Drain Sewers, October 1990 Photographer: Colleen Fitzgerald

Community High Students Stencil 'Dump No Waste' Sign on Drain Sewers, October 1990 image
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Ann Arbor News, October 26, 1990
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Community High students, Jim Borda and Melina Williams, stencil the message 'Dump no waste, drains to river' next to drain sewers on Washington Street in Ann Arbor Thursday. Watching is Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner Janis Bobrin. Williams said they got involved in the 'eco-active action' through Community High School teacher Archie O'Connor.