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12B -The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, December 5, 1996

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The Michigan Daily Weeked Mag

® State of the Arts

The "Beavis
and Butt-Head"
tour bus was in
Ann Arbor on
Tuesday morning.
Or was it the
"Choose or Lose"
bus? I can't keep
them straight.
A wise old
friend of mine
suggested that the

bus was probably the same exact one
that visited the University two months
ago to promote the presidential elec-
tion. Of course, this time around it's got
a new coat of paint and it's presenting a
feature film starring Beavis and Butt-
Head (instead of candidates Bill and
Bob). But hey, what's the difference?
I think my friend was right.
Either way, the point is: MTV has
branched out of that little box that we all
have in our bedrooms and living rooms

at home. It has turned its trademark slick
and revolutionary style into a public rela-
tions package that is aimed at you, Mr.
and Ms. College Student. Its sights are
set right on your belly-button rings.
What does it offer? MTV books,
MTV movies, MTV CDs and MTV
tour buses that truck into town, sup-
posedly providing a public service but
really telling us to go home.to catch a
few vibes from the coolest channel on
the tube. Yeah, dude. Voting is kinda

Joshua Rich
Daily Arts Editor

cool ... but it's not as awesome as
Simon Rex!
I miss the old MTV!
I got cable TV service way back in
the 1980s. Some guy named Reagan
was president then, and he didn't give
interviews on MTV. I remember tuning
in every afternoon and night, intently
watching Adam Curry and "Remote
Control" and "Headbanger's Ball" and
a few videos along the way.
Back then, MTV showed videos.
When it first hit the airwaves in the
early 1980s with that forgettable yet
prophetic Buggles song, "Video Killed
the Radio Star," MTV was a pop cultur-
al phenomenon. It arrived
to bring music to a new:
level of importance in J
America. It rescued
Top 40 ditties from
decades of payola ,
scandals and Dick
Clark dance marathons.
And one thing was
always clear: The "M"
in MTV stood for
"music."
Back then, MTV
played music.
MTV helped jump-start
the careers of some of our f
favorite acts of the past
(Men Without Hats) and
the present (Michael Jackson). It found-
ed a new medium of artistic expression
-- the music video - that became the
way in which we identified our favorite
songs ("Material Girl," for example, in
my mind had something to do with
Marilyn Monroe, even though Madonna
never mentions her in the song). Yup.
MTV was a trendsetter, all right.
Back then we had Live Aid and "We
Are the World." Now we have the
"Beavis and Butt-Head" tour bus.

But really, MTV in its present, vacant
state offers its viewers so much. We
have Beavis and Butt-Head to provide
insightful commentary on the videos of
the day. We have Tabitha Soren's vital
Generation X political commentary and
hip interviews with the president of the
United States. We have Kurt Loder's
important "MTV News" segments
which, more often than not, tell us
about the new MTV product that is on
the market. And, likewise, we have lots"
of commercials, about half of which are
in-house ads for the network we are
already watching.
I must admit, however, that the net-
work's big-show-of-the-moment, "MTV's
Singled Out," does have its
benefits - besides the
lovely and talentless
Jenny McCarthy, that is.
While eating my turkey
and watching a "Singled
Out" marathon during
Thanksgiving break, I was
glad to finally realize that
California frat guys really are
major dorks. Now there's a true
service that the "Choose or Lose"
bus can't provide!
Lately, when I turn on MTV, I
am reminded of that classic
1986 comedy, "Ferris
Bueller's Day Off," in which our
hero fakes sickness so that he can cut
school. Yet before he rampages through
Chicago or does anything else, Ferris
turns on his MTV and soaks up a little
rebellious energy.
I used to envy Ferris Bueller who got
to skip school and watch MTV But
nowadays I'd much rather go to class.
I want my MTV
- When Ies not watching C-SPAN,
Joshua Rich can be reached over
e-mail at jmrich umich.edut.

KERRYTOWN
Continued from Page 8
One of the buildings, the Luick
building, used to be a lumber mill. In
the 1870s it provided much of the lum-
ber for early Ann Arbor. In fact, the din-
ing room in the
K-errytown
Bistro was once If Sud
a machine room
which housed would lea
steam engines
and a towering Kerrytowi
boiler.
Another build- ideal laC
ing, the Godfrey
building, was Sit M5o
used as a ware-
house during the
1880s up until President, O'N
around the
1960s. The third
and newest building, which is now the
center of the market, was built in the
lumber yard for the Luick Company.
The building was used as a farm and
garden store. If one strolls through the
Vintage to Vogue clothing store on the
second floor of the Kerrytown shops,
one will notice a ramp at the store's
entrance which is where a grain bin
used to sit. Also in Monahan's Seafood
is a high ceiling due to the grain silos
which were kept there.
Kerrytown was originally named
after County Kerry in Ireland, the birth-
place of the mother of the brain child
Art Carpenter - the visionary of
Kerrytown. Carpenter was an activist
attorney who had the idea of taking old
buildings and recycling them; he was
responsible for the idea of Kerrytown
and getting people to work together to
make that idea come to life. He wanted
to use the recycling of old buildings as
a catalyst for others to take action -
evidently a success in the case of
Kerrytown. During the early 1980's,
Carpenter's health started failing and he
started Zingerman's Deli and Kitchen
Port in the Kerrytown Shops.
Arbor Ray Inc. involves some 60
stockholders who helped finance the
initial renovations of Kerrytown, with
Carpenter as president, of course.
Carpenter asked O'Neal Construction,
which then owned a small share of
stock in Arbor Ray Incorporated to do
all the renovation work for Kerrytown.
In 1981, O'Neal Construction bought
all the stock in Arbor Ray.
Kerrytown provides a diverse,

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unique experience for those who like to
shop. But even though it has a pricey
reputation, it isn't just for yuppies. LSA
junior Catherine Shin said, "Kerrytown
has a wide range of'stores that makes it
such a great place to shop, especially
for food."
Joel O'Neal, president of O'Neal

Construction,

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offers some
advice about
Kerrytown to
nf astudents. "I
think if the stu-
Sits fthe dents would
learn about
9 t baby. Kerrytown, it's
arents3" the ideal place
to baby-sit their
Joel O'Neal parents. I
- Jremember the
al Construction trials and tribu-
lations of what
do I do to enter-
tain my parents, and Kerrytown is the
perfect place, with the market on
Saturday morning before a game, for
example. We will baby-sit their par-
ents," he said.

Mike Monahan serves a customer at Monahan's Seafood, one of the many st

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