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Page 14-Thursday,;July27, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Dazzling bumps, flashes I
(Continued trom Page 3)
dle-aged customer become so
like negative connotations often ball is a route for the release of frustrated with the game that he began
associated with the word "addict." frustration. to pound on the machine and had to be
"People don't hold up grocery stores to After an exam last Friday, Paul said, escorted out.
get to play pinball." He compared pin- "I came right down. I had all this pent- "It's an aggressive sport," said Paul.
ball instead to jogging. up energy. Pinball got it all out. was "If you're a passive pinball player


'It's almost seductive. It's exciting, and
even if you haven 't won, there are some in-
ducements to continue to play.'
-A University resident psychiatrist
and novice pinballer

you're not going to win."-
Paul noted that most pinball players
are men.
"WOMEN AREN'T inclined toward
aggressive things like that as guys
are," continued Maurer. He added that
the pinball machines he had placed in
the all-women dorms Barbour and
Newberry did not have as much
business as the machines in West Quad.
The West Quad machines are located
right next to an all-male house.
He said women may be less inclined
to enter an arcade than men because of
pinball's rowdy reputation. He also said
that because many years ago pinball
machines actually paid winning.
players with a jackpot of coins, older
people think of the game as gambling
and may discourage youngsters from
One day, said Maurer, he asked a
middle-aged teller from a local bank,
"Why don't you come in and play pin-
ball sometime?"
"Oh, I don't gamble," the teller
A PAIR OF Marlboro-smoking 14--
year-olds in Focus pinball arcade said,
their parents did not approve of theirl
pinball habit.
"They think a lot of bad people hang
around here. They think I'm going to be
influenced," said the young man, and
the red-headed girl nodded in
"I do better when I'm high," he ad-

"THEY RELAXr people. They.
become a part of their daily activity.
There must be a lot better term than
addicting," sighed Maurer.
"Lots of people are into pinball,"
Maurer continued. "People in this town
are avid pinball players. It's a very
skilled game. Randomness and luck are
involved, but there's stilla lot of skill.
"Like any sport, it requires concen-
tration. Anybody who plays tennis well
certainly goes into a trance." Maurer
went on to explain that a tennis player
must push everything but the game
from his mind in order to play well.
BOTH MAURER and one of his
regular customers, a University
student named Paul, agreed that pin-

able to loosen up for the whole
. "It reduces anxiety levels," agreed
another pinball 'fan named Ron, who
claimed to have once been a pinball ad-
"YOU CAN withdraw. It's painful,"
he joked.
Maurer said that his customers in-
clude college students, children,
business people, and others from all
walks of life. He said the business
people often play during their lunch
Paul added, "We'll just talk about
pinball for 15 minutes and they grab
their suitcoats and leave."
MAURER SAID he once had a mid-

"WHEN THERE'S young people,"
said Maurer, "there's bound to be dope
around." He said that there is a distin-
ction between saying an arcade causes
a drug problem in a community and the
kind of people some arcades may at-
"A place will get a bad reputation for
attracting that kind of people. Young
people have to have a place to hang
out," he pointed out.
But, added Maurer, if he sees any
drugs going around Mickey Rat's, he
quickly puts a stop to it.
"IF SOMEBODY'S into pinball, they
can't play as well when they're high or
drunk," added Paul.
"Pinball relieves anxiety. You totally
forget about your problems and concen-
trate on beating the machine," said
"If people didn't have pinball to
relieve pressure, what would replace
it?" he asked.
Drain canned pineapple rings and
dry on paper toweling. Dip in seasoned
flour and fry in a little butter. Serve
with fried chicken. In the Dominican
Republic this dish is called Bolo Gai.
show olat,
the Earle
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charts, the band played through a lot of
intricate arrangements with clear-cut
spaces for solos, and the challenges
these soloists took were generally
limited. The exceptions, however, were
the solos "of the bandleaders them-
selves. Jones, playing more than he
usually does in concert, .blew rich and
sonorously through a couple of ballads.
And Lewis played conservatively in
his breaks - because he did all the
rough stuff backing up the band. The
Jones/Lewis band has long been known
for the training they have given their
younger musicians - and with teachers
like Thad and Mel, these musicians are
in good hands.

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Director Kathryn Long deserves
greatest credit for this sterling produc-
tion. She gave the material as much
shape as it could stand, choreographing
croquet scenes into absurdist ballets,
eliciting a diverse collage of extraor-
dinarily controlled and consistent per-
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a rib-tickling triumph

formances, and even staging a strip-
tease to "The Stripper" and burlesque
flashing lights.
LONG MADE the most of Stoppard's
slashing wit, and, most fortunately,
kept his ideas flying like a rapid-fire
machine gun. Mention should also be
made of Janice Reid and Kate Conners,
as Gwendolen Carr and Cicily
Carruthers, who were uniformly ex-
cellent and practically stole the show in
their pseudo-musical number.
The set, though elaborate and inven-
tive, did not always work. The use of
slides was most effective - as was the
ridiculous moment when Joyce dusts
off his giant- copy of Ulysses - but the
lower level of the set was not; for all its

space, the barroom look of it gave it a
heavy, claustrophobic feeling.
Travesties moves at a lickety-split
pace, and you'll be left behind if you
stop to worry about lines like, "If Lenin
did not exist, it wouldn't have been
necessary to invent him." For. all of
Stoppard's intelligence, he doesn't ex-
pound on ideas as much as hold them up
to the wind machine. But that's really
'beside the point. From beginning to
end, Travesties is one pure pleasure.

CANTERBURY LOFT (formely Canterbury House) is looking for a new
logo design.
THE FIRST TEN LOGO DESIGNS submitted will earn ten dollars
THE WINNING DESIGN will earn one hundred dollars (All entries
become the property of Canterbury).
ARTISTS INTERESTED should first call 665-0606 for specifications.
Deadline for submission of designs is Monday, August 14, 1978.
CANTERBUY LOFT, now located at 332 South State Street, second
floor, is the Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Michigan and
sponsors programs in the arts which have an ethical or spiritual theme.

'Inspector': French,
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stranglingly underplayed, lixe the professor, perpetually mugging for
everything else in the film. It's as if De the camera in a kind of forced, sim-
Broca were gently, cloyingly pering preciousness.
reassuring us: "Don't cry, don't laugh, ONE SHOULD mention that at least
don't do anything." In a misguided it's nice to see a first-run foreign movie
quest for urban-bucolic serenity, he playing in Ann Arbor. This has been an
limply swathes his picture in a smiling increasingly and frustratingly rare
saccharin amorphousness, where some event in a town once cultivated and
good old-fashioned sadistic bite would courageous enough so that such
have at least occasionally been showings were commonplace. Could
welcome. For all its enforced good Dear Inspector, however tepid in and of
cheer, Dear Inspector radiates a lack of itself, herald a local renaissance in
comic or dramatic substance so acute world cinematic availability? Could
as to make anything by Burt Reynolds 1900 and Madame Rosa be hovering just
look absolutely profound by com- around the corner?
parison. Alas, official runiour has it that The ,
As the inspector, Annie Girardot is Campus' next presentation will be -
energetic but unmemorable; Philippe hold on to your Oscars - The End.
Noiret, so brilliant in last year's The What's that I was saying about Burt
Clockmaker, is almost intolerable as Reynolds? ) -

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