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  The Faded But Still Not Forgotten
Posted by CN Staff on April 04, 2004 at 09:43:35 PT
By Marianne Rzepka, News Staff Reporter  
Source: Ann Arbor News  

cannabis The Del Rio and its hippie cooperative business plan are gone, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is accepting digital films and the Hash Bash has devolved into an event for high school poseurs and medical marijuana petitions.

Ann Arbor is the kind of city that seems to have held onto the 1960s longer than some other towns, but even here the icons of those tumultuous years keep disappearing.

Longtime residents still remember the Sun Bakery and the Star Lounge. Though their eateries live on, Dominick DeVarti, founder of Dominick's, died nearly three years ago; and Jim Shafer, who founded Blimpy Burger, died in January.

The film festival for years held to a purist tradition of showing only 16 mm films before accepting 35 mm last year and digital submissions this year.

This year started with the closing of the Del, where employees had a say in hirings and what was on the menu. In December, owners accused the employees of operating the bar like a private club for themselves and their friends. Employees denied it and picketed the bar.

As more and more signs of the '60s dissappear, is it time to say that decade is over?

"The easiest reaction is to say, 'yes,"' says Judy Calhoun, who was a University of Michigan student in the '60s. "Then I got to thinking."

A lot of ideas and innovations from that time 40 years ago have changed our lives. Some have never gone away, like the environmental movement.

"Recycling is much better now," says Calhoun, who works at the Ann Arbor District Library. "People didn't think about recycling before then."

There were vast changes in the way people spoke, dressed, what they read and painted, and what they ate and smoked.

In Ann Arbor, students protested the Vietnam War, had sit-ins for their own bookstore and marched in support of civil rights.

Ann Arbor still bears the marks of what happened at that time, when performance art was just beginning and rock was really starting to roll into other forms of music.

Note: Era's cultural impact resounds even as area signs of it vanish.


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Source: Ann Arbor News (MI)
Author: Marianne Rzepka, News Staff Reporter
Published: Sunday, April 4, 2004
Copyright: 2004 The Ann Arbor News

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Comment #6 posted by E_Johnson on April 04, 2004 at 19:54:11 PT
Keith Alden's been freed on bail!
Oh happy days, a pot POW has been freed.

This is from ASA:

Keith Alden, who has served more than a year in Federal prison for a conviction of cultivating marijuana was released on bail pending appeal on Thursday night from Federal Prison Camp Sheridan. He had to come up with his own money for the bus trip to his home in Sonoma County.

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Comment #5 posted by E_Johnson on April 04, 2004 at 13:59:53 PT
One thing that's better now
The left has finally given up on Castro and the Soviet Union and has a more adult appreciation of capitalism.

Like the guy was saying, the demands of meeting a payroll every week teach you what is possible and what isn't when it comes to economic change.

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Comment #4 posted by E_Johnson on April 04, 2004 at 13:54:17 PT
Forget the question.

The answer is here.

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Comment #3 posted by E_Johnson on April 04, 2004 at 13:53:39 PT
I have a question for Kerry
I thought this was a very nice article but it brought up a lot of nostalgia for the times when the laws were not so harsh.

I don't understand social hate movements but we're definitely the target of one.

Maybe it's revenge for all those good ideas we brought in the sixties.

Recycling, hey that's a reason to rape the potheads right there.

I mean who the heck likes to separate the cans and bottles from their paper trash?

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Comment #2 posted by E_Johnson on April 04, 2004 at 11:52:00 PT
I guess it's progress
If they're narrowing it down to exactly which of us they want to beat on, it's a sign of hope.

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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on April 04, 2004 at 10:11:50 PT
I had a flash about the Democrats
Most medical marijuana users are older folk. College students are of course young.

I had a flash about the Dems on pot.

Howard Dean wanted to beat up on medical patients but end this unfair student aid exclusion. Howard Dean wanted to beat up on the old potheads but protect the young ones.

John Kerry wants to protect medical marijuana patients, but he's not sure throwing out the noxious student aid exclusion.

So his version of the marijuaan war is to protect the older marijuana users while beating up on the young ones. It's pretty sick, either way.

The most consistent candidates have been Edwards, who wanted to beat up on everyone, and Kucinich and Nader, who don't want to beat up on anyone.

And Bush, of course.

To succeed in American politics, you have to support the violent abuse of at least one group of marijuana users -- the old sick ones or the young healthy ones.

That makes modern humans sound like predatory animals, doesn't it?

Well I guess we are.

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