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Even 'Model' Cities
Have a Long Way To Go

mer was neither Newark nor Detroit.
It was New Haven.
When Richard Lee first captured the
mayoralty there in the early fifties, it
was a major triumph for urban reform.
Dedicated to the renewal of the decayed
core area of New Haven, Lee was able to
assemble for the task a powerful coali-
tion of minority group leaders, business-
men, and Yale University officials.
Through dynamic leadership Lee was able
to give downtown New Haven a new
lease on life in less than a decade.
Since the inception of major poverty
programs in the Kennedy administration,
New Haven has been regarded as the
model of successful urban reform. It
has the highest per capita allocation for
poverty funds of any city in the United
States. To give a comparative view, New
Haven is a fiftieth the size of New York
City but is getting one-third as much
THE INFLUENCE of the Lee administra-
'tion's program upon the nation is
clearly evident from the positions of lead-
ership obtained by New Haven veterans.
For example, Edward Logue, the former
director of urban renewal for New Haven,
became head of Boston's development
program. He later rejected an offer to
become head of New York's program but
did develop, as a consultant, that city's
strategy for urban renewal. Logue is now
running for mayor of Boston.
Mitchell Sviridorf, the former admin-
istrator of New Haven's model anti-pov-
erty agency, Community Programs, Inc.,
became head of the Human Resources.
Administration in New York City, an
umbrella agency including the welfare de-
partment, the war on poverty, and. the
manpower training program. Recently he
has been named the national vice-presi-

dent of the Ford Foundation where he
will direct that organization's efforts to
explore and help conquer the urban fron-
Lee himself has been featured in num-
erous articles in national magazines and
his administration has been thesubject
of various books, most notably "Who Gov-
erns?" and most recently "The Mayor's
Game.",The difference between Lee's ad-
ministration in New Haven and Cagan-
agh's in Detroit is that Lee was on top of
the greasy flagpole of success in urban
redevelopment, while Cavanagh was still
climbing up; Lee became a model for the
Cavanagh's and the Lindsay's, but be-
cause of the relative lack of, funds they
could only dream of attaining the same
degree of success.
Still the model city with the model
administration had a riot, and Lee him-
self admits that New Haven has a long
way to go before the needs of minority
groups in the area are adequately ful-
Haven riots is that the Great -Society
at its best could not yet meet the chal-
lenges of contemporary America. Since
it would take billions of dollars to bring
other cities in the nation up to the level.
of New Haven, and because such funds
have not been forthcoming, we can look
forward to explosive summers for many
more years to come.
As John J. McCone, the CIA chief who
investigated the Watts riots, pointed out,
the tensions which exist between the
have-not minorities and the rest of this
affluent nation could lead to conflagra-
tions ripping our society apart. But Lyn-
don Johnson is busy fighting for freedom
in Vietnam.
Executive Editor, 1966-67

Authors' autographing parties for new books are
hardly a novelty in Ann Arbor. But John Rose-
year's party tomorrow at the Centicore Bookstore for
his newly published "POT, A Handbook of Marijuana"
will be just that. The author is currently on parole
after spending seven months in jail last year for writ-
ing his book.
Rosevear, a 31-year-old technician at the Univer-
sity computing center, was arrested in September 1965
because he grew marijuana in his backyard as re-
search for the book. In May 1966 he was sentenced to
one to 10 years by County Circuit Court Judge James
R. Breakey, Jr. But he was parolled after seven months.
ROSEVEAR'S NEW BOOK is a readable primer on
marijuana but it was panned in Judge Breakey's court.
When he was arrested by Ann Arbor police his manu-
script was confiscated along with a small quantity of
marijuana. Rosevear contended that he was using the
pot for research. But Judge Breakey was not impressed
with his scholarship and even read portions of the
original manuscript (which advocates legalization of
marijuana) into the court record.
For one thing the court didn't think Rosevear was
much of a writer. A graduate of West Branch High
School (north of Bay City) and a dropout of Michi-
gan State University, Rosevear had only one prior writ-
ing credit to his name, a poem published in "A Way
Out" magazine which ended:
And one day
Away from drugs
And away from Alcohol
I saw reality and despair
Making love on a pile of Life Magazines
Rosevear has worked in various places around the
country and even spent two years censoring mail at
the Great Lakes, Ill., Naval Station. He was introduced
to marijuana in Detroit in 1961 when a fellow salesman
of the Great Books literature series "Gave me some
funny cigarettes and told me they'd make me feel good.
They did."
BY 1964 HE HAD become "intrigued" with pot. He
moved to the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta
and began writing in a little grass hut. He moved back
to Ann Arbor in February 1965 and began writing with
a $600 loan from a friend who took a 35 per cent inter-
est in the book.
He and his wife Merrill moved into a white two-
story house at 325 Liberty. "In the spring of 1965 I de-
cided to write a section on how to grow marijuana. I
got some seeds and planted them in the backyard be-
hind the garage."
Rosevear set up a little tinfoil to reflect the sun-
light more effectively and watered the seeds faithfully.
Like any good weed "it grew well and after a while I
stopped tending it."

Once he clipped a leaf and took it over to the photo
reproduction service of the University in the basement
of the Administration Building. "They made a good
picture and didn't ask what it was." he says. "In Au-
gust 1965 I finished the book and didn't know what to
do with the marijuana. I had 38 plants as high as sev-
en feet in a 10 by five foot patch."
By this time neighbors had tipped off the police
who put the patch under surveillance. "They parked
an unmarked white panel truck nearby and placed a
guy inside who would watch the patch through the little
hole in the side from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.," claims Rosevear.
(Lieut. Eugene Staudenmeier, chief of the Ann Ar-
bor Police detective bureau, refuses to discuss the truck
with The Daily but does confirm that Rosevear's mari-
juana patch was "under observation for quite some
ROSEVEAR SAYS he "didn't know what to do with
the 30 pounds of pot I had back there. It was more than
I could smoke and I didn't want to sell it." Finally he
decided to harvest the plant and hang it up in a
friend's garage on Arch St. (marijuana is customarily
cured for about two weeks) .
On Sept. 20, 1965, six Ann Arbor police officers
walked into Rosevear's house and took him, his wife, his
6 week old daughter, Jessica, and a small quantity of
marijuana on his desk and his manuscript down to the
police station. He was charged with possession of mar-
ijuana and relased on $200 bond.

Since this was Rosevear's first offense he planned
to throw himself "at the mercy of the court and plead
guilty. I figured I'd get probation."
Unimpressed by letters from a University psychia-
trist and frim Rosevear's publisher. University Books
(which accepted the book in April 1965), Rosevear was
sentenced May 6. 1965 to one to ten years. He was whisk-
ed off to the world's largest walled prison. Southern
Michigan at Jackson, where he was locked up with con-
victed rapists, murderers, and other felons who were
astonished by his story: "You mean you're in jail writing
a book?"
After 38 days he was assigned to Cassidy Lake Tech-
nical School, a school for first offense felons where he
taught American history and mathematics until his re-
lease onDecember 9, 1966.
AFTER HIS RELEASE Rosevear substantially re-
vised the original manuscript that had gone over so
poorly in court. "The final version is much better than
the one they used court," he says.
Rosevear might have been able to avoid trouble if
he had obtained a license from the alcohol tax unit of
the treasury department which might have allowed him
to grow marijuana. But he explains that he wrote the
government about the license and found the require-
ments very strict. "I didn't think I'd qualify. So I didn't
In his book Rosevear tells the history of mari-
juana, how it's grown, how to smoke it, discussess its ef-
fects and takes a look at the laws surrounding its use.
He says the drug is stimulating, harmless, and should be
legalized. He also thinks it should be taxed and sold
"from the same shelf from which tobacco is sold."
LIEUTENANT Staudenmeier disagrees, however.
He feels that if marijuana were legalized "a lot of people
would smoke it and a lot of lives would be ruined."
He also is against liberalizing the laws on marijuana.
We've got enough trouble trying to keep track of it all
now. All the rules on search and seizure make it kind of
tough to get a conviction."
Regardless of the controversy, many believe the use
of marijuana is growing wildly here. Rosevear scoffs at
the claim of Ann Arbor Police Chief Walter~Krasny that
there are no more than "200 hard core marijuana users
on campus."
Rosevear claims there "are at least 3,000 regular
marijuana smokers in Ann Arbor and at least 10,000
people have tried it. It has been estimated that during
the regular school year about 10 to 20 pounds of mari-
juana a week go through the campus.
Will pot be legalized?
Rosevear thinks so. "As. Lenny Bruce once said,
marijuana will soon be legal because the law students
are now smoking it."



Pot-luck with John Rosevear

Hitchhiking Laws: Amputating the American Thumb


I've been
Beatled 'til
by pigs in

Rolling Stoned and
I'm blind. Attacked
western Iowa. Mad
in Montana. The
state bulls in Spo-

The Power of Persuasion

MRS. SHIRLEY TEMPLE Black faces the
television cameras and in a half quiv-
ering voice announces that she is run-
ning for California's 11th Congressional
District seat. After a cute nervous girl-
ish giggle, she then proceeds to tell the,
newsmen and public of the lack of lead-
ership and imagination flowing from a
Democratic administration in Washing-
Advocates of new left politics would
quiver in convulsions at the thought that
American society can be run by such
small-minded people, yet there is a les-
son to be learned from the likes of Shir-
ley Temple and others like her who,
after being accepted by the public in
other areas of mass media, move on to
play politics.
Persuasion is the name of the political
game, and the foremost factor in this
game is'communications. Americans have
already been conditioned to listen to and
accept the appearances of people such
as Ronald Reagan, and, therefore, are
more susceptible to what these celebri-
ties have to say once they become poli-
tical candidates. Up to now this- game
has been played almost exclusively by
the far right, but there is no rule that
gives this group a monopoly on such
tactics. Ineed other stars such as Steve.
McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Gregory
Peck are contemplating carrying the ban-.
ner for liberals in California's star-ori-
ented political arena.
But the lesson does not have to end
here. Our own Voice Political Party,
Friends of Vietnam Summer and other
anti-Vietnam organizations have some-
thing to learn from the tactics of a Uni-
versity of Wisconsin group which at-
tempted to influence the community
against the Southeast Asian war.
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R ATHER THAN FORMING picket lines,
waving their signs of polemics and
witticisms, and encouraging obstructive
sit-ins, a group of campus radicals in-
stead shaved their beards, cut their hair,
and donned the sacred business robes of
the grey flannel suit. Thus they over-
came their first barrier-visual accept-
ance, and went as far as booking them-
selves to speak to several Wisconsin civic
and business organizations of such re-
nowned conservative taint as the Ameri-
can Legion.
They talked to these community lead-f
ers in terms they could understand. Re-
fraining from an emotional denounce-
ment of a militaristic American involve-
ment in Vietnam, they discussed United
States involvement in terms of cost-bene-
fit analysis, and the goals of broader
American foreign policy.
' Their theme was not an idealistic one.
They took a pragmatist's approach speak-
ing of gains to be wrought from the loss
of men, machinery, and capital in the
Far East.
When they did dead in emotionalism,
it was an emotionalism that would be
acceptable to the audience being address-
ed. They played upon the "America-first
isolationism" that is still a soft spot in
arousing the emotions of many people.
The group from Wisconsin overcame the
second communications obstacle - dis-
cussing their ideas in the language their
audience could understand.
those who feel that such measures are
unethical and despicable, the fact re-
mains that politics is only what one can
get away with in influencing others.
Rallies and teach-ins on the Diag are
fun. They give people a platform around
which to congregate, and to some ex-
tent they serve the purpose of consoli-
dating forces and giving impetus to grow-
ing movements. But otherwise their ef-
fectiveness is limited. They fail to teach
anyone because their audience has al-
ready learned and accepted, what rallies
profess to teach. The people who need to
be taught about U.S. involvement are,
for the most part, repulsed by these
alienating tactics.

Don't ever hitchhike in Colo-
rado. They'll throw you in jail.
"Well I don't know anything
about Grand Rapids, Michigan,
but you're illegal as hell in Ore-
gon, sonny."
It's a damn shame.
MY PARTNER in crime and I
even deceived ourselves into
thinking that the Interstate
would be our ticket to San Fran-
cisco. It took us about twenty-
five minutes to disabuse ourseives
of that notion.
It seemed like we had just dis-
embarked from the Milwaukee
Clipper and gotten out into the
Wisconsin countryside when it all
began. A gargantuan trooper with
a Mountie hat (obviously to im-
press visitors with the Northern
Canadian qualities of Milwaukee
and Madison) informed us with
stiff politeness that our existence
was in violation of Wisconsin law
and to get the hell off the road.
Later when we asked a Minne-
sota cop how we could get off his

nice expressway, he said, without
flinching, "You could hightail it
through those fields for a few
miles and pick up the old trunk
line. ."
Then came a four-day dry spell.
We hiked and climbed through
the mountains of Glacier National
Park (previous to the unfortunate
bear incident) and didn't meet
another of our blue-feathered
friends until we arrived at Bon-
ner's Ferry, Idaho.1
THE KINDLY gentleman in his
mid-60's with Hatcher-white hair
asked us a few questions to as-
sure himself of our honorable in-
tentions and then proceeded to
stop passing cars until he had
found us a ride into Washington.
The state trooper who picked
us up in Spokane was nice, too.
The Washington law governing
hitchhiking is somewhat unique.
As explained to us, it seems that
you may not solicit a ride by
thumb or sign anywhere. What
you do is stand on a two-lane
highway (nowhere else) and look
helpless, casting your fate to the
clairvoyance and charity of those
passing by. What the good trooper
neglected to mention was that the
nearest two-lane thoroughfare to
Seattle was a twenty-five mile

By now the pattern was largely
established, with only local color
variations to relieve the boredom.
We would be stopped, asked for
identification and proof of fi-
nances (you can be jailed for
vagrancy otherwise), then given a
warning ticket or in some other
way advised to leave the road, us-
ually with the threat of incarcera-
tion explicitly imprinted in our
heads. The Utah experience was
touching. After the checking of
our ID came the unvarying ques-
'tion: "What do you think of
George Romney?"
George Romney is the greatest
man in the world. Yes sir.
WHAT DO YOU do when you're
thrown off the road? You wait
for the bull to get out of sight
and hope to hitch a ride before
he comes back. Or, if you're near
a ramp with any traffic, stand
there (the legality of hitchhiking
on ramps is apparently a fuzzy
issue). Or you get off and walk.
Now the cops, and the state
legislatures, and the federal sys-
tem do have a point. There is the,
danger of rear-end collisions when
a car stops in a fast-moving flow
of traffic to pick up a hitchhiker.
That danger should not be mini-
mized. But in recognizing it, a

balance has been violated. The
existence of competing values has
been totally ignored.
HITCHHIKING is more than
cheap transportation; even when
undertaken as a lark it is more
than just a stimulating exper-
ience. It is, or can be, a socially
useful act. For a generation that
has lived through prosperity, it
can provide a glimpse of the
tough reality that economic de-
pression lent our, parents. For a
generation that in too many cases
moves from the security of one
family to the security of another
it offers an opportunity to exer-
cise at least a little individual
independence. For those living in
one' set of economic circum-
stances, it offers an opportunity
to see how the other half hives.
Most anti-hitchhiking laws have
existed for years. What is new
is the increased vigor with which
they are being enforced. This
vigor must be laid squarely at the
feet of the' Interstate Highways.
Pedestrians are expressly forbid-
den on them, and hitchhikers are
specifically mentioned in some
states. We are fast approaching
the day when long-haul hitches
will be impractical, if not impos-
sible. f
More and more of the potential

"riders" are taking the Interstate.
Even now it's difficult to get a
ride unless you're young, clean-
cut looking and have at "prop"
(we had sleeping bags). A serv-
iceman's uniform, a tennis racket
or being of the opposite sex will
do equally well. The country's ob-
session - concerning crime in the
streets has made the hitchhiker's
task that much more difficult.
Something must be done to pre-
serve the American hitchhiking
tradition. A start would be to in-
itiate a system of youth hostels
like those in Europe and some
parts of Canada.
TRAFFIC SAFETY need not be
sacrificed. Why not a series of
hitchhiking "stops" at various in-
tervals along the highway? They
could be nothing more than an
entrance-exit loop just off the
main road indicated by a "Slow-
Hitchhiker Ahead" sign. Better,
why not a nationwide "Support
Your Local Hitchhiker" campaign,
complete with visible-from-the-
highway gold stars awarded to
those hitchhikers who have gone
so-many thousand miles without
mugging a motorist?
It may not be so far-fetched as
it seems. If Shirley Temple can
make it to Congress, anything will
be possible.

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