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Mackinac Island
displays yliving
historical ambiance

Entertainment News
Oprah signs contract;
U2 kicks off fall tour

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By Jeffrey Kosseff
hEMILY LAMBERT/Day and Emily Lambert
the columned porch of the Grand Hotel is a landmark for visitors to Mackinac Island. Daily Arts Writers

Two hundred miles and 100 years
away from Ann Arbor is a tiny island
that attracts millions of tourists each
year.
Unlike Michigan tourist spots such
as the Henry Ford Museum, Mackinac
(pronounced Mackinaw) Island allows
visitors to experience history first-
hand and immerse themselves in the
past. The island, with an eight-mile
circumference, keeps tourists spell-
bound with natural and architectural
beauty and historical landmarks.
Also unlike the Henry Ford
Museum, Mackinac Island does not
allow cars.
The majority of visitors to
Mackinac Island arrive by ferries,
which run from April to January.
Because there is no bridge to
Mackinac Island, the only other way
to get there during the summer is by
airplane. The main forms of trans-
portation on the island are bicycles
and horses, which add to its historic
flavor.
Cars were banned in 1898, said Phil
Porter, chief curator for Mackinac
State Historic Parks, which manages
80 percent of the island's land.
"The first car that came scared the
horses," he said. Business owners,
who also worried that cars would
interfere with horse-drawn tours,
took the matter to the village council.
Next summer is the centennial of the
ban on motorized vehicles, which,
Porter said, did more than protect
business.
"In the long run, it preserved
Mackinac's historic ambiance," he
said.
Margaret Doud, Mackinac Island's
mayor for 23 consecutive years, said it
is the City Council's duty to preserve
Mackinac Island's historical qualities.
"You have to be sensitive to the his-
toric nature of the island," Doud said.
Doud said that preserving old
ordinances, such as the ban on
motorized vehicles, is an important
factor in attracting tourists. But she
said some vehicles must be allowed
for special occasions such as the
annual yacht races that end at
Mackinac Island.
"We have to allow leeway for spe-
cial circumstances," Doud said.
The yacht races, one of which will
celebrate its centennial next year, are
late additions to Mackinac Island's
history, which Porter sums up in six f-
words - "faith, furs, fish, fun, forts
and fudge."
Faith was central to Jesuit mission-
aries who settled on the island three
centuries ago and to Native
Americans, many of whom still con-
sider Mackinac Island a sacred place,
he said.
-atr efir 'eameain equally
pp t .Mackinat

"Mackinac has
the character of
always being a
summer
,gathering place."
- Phil Porter
Chief curator, Mackinac State
Historic Parks
Island's history whcn the island
became a focal point of the North
American fur trade. In the 19th centu-
ry, the town was a small but bustling
metropolis as Native Americans and
traders flocked there to do business.
John Jacob Astor, president of the
American Fur Company, became the
country's first millionaire in large part
due to his dealings on Mackinac
Island.
Life during this time is re-enacted
daily during the summer months at five
historic buildings downtown. At one,
the Beaumont Memorial, a costumed
staff member'tells the story of voyageur
Alexis St. Martin, who was accidental-
ly shot at the site, formerly a store, in
1822. St. Martin's wound never healed,
and he became the subject of medical
experiments that revealed much about
the digestive system.
When the fur trade died down in the
later part of the century, the fishing
industry took over. And by the time
the majestic Grand Hotel was built in
1887, tourism was emerging as the
new big industry on Mackinac Island.
Today, tourism is the island's only
source of income.
Mackinac Island, famous for its
fudge, was also the site of the first
land action in the War of 1812, when
the British recaptured Fort Mackinac.
The fort, which sits on limestone
bluffs above the Great Lakes, is now a
museum that attracts about hafa mil-
lion visitors every year.
Summer has always been the most
hectic time on Mackinac Island.
"Mackinac has the character of
always being a summer gathering
place' Porter said. "It is a pattern that
is repeated through time with different
people and different purposes:g'
.LSA senior Jason St. Onge, one of
two University students who hail
from Mackinac Island, said
Mackinac in the summer is similar to
the University, due to the many col-
lege students who work in his home-
town.
"Mackinac Island is accollege
without books," St. Onge said.
Although he left an island with
only 500 year-round residents for a
campus of more than 35,000 stu-
dents, St. Onge said he did not expe-
tiene pulrte shock.ry e
See7 u CINACPage 12

Film
~ It looks like Oprah Winfrey will
be on TV for a few years longer.
Despite recent rumors that the queen
of all media would leave her show to
pursue even more lucrative endeavors,
Winfrey recently extended her con-
tract with King World Productions to
run through the 1999-2000 television
season, according to Entertainment
Weekly. Already the wealthiest female
entertainer in the country, Winfrey
will be paid some $130 million up
front.
V Maybe it's time to forget R&B
albums and guest stints on "Beverly
Hills 90210." Superstar record pro-
ducer Kenneth "Babyface"
Edmonds and his wife Tracey E.
Edmonds have
found a new -
and perhaps =
more profitable
-- calling as
film producers.
"Soul Food," the
first film to
come from
Entertainment,
racked up big
numbers this
past weekend
thanks to some
of the most pos-
itive word-of-
mouth praise in
years. The
poignant movie
about a Chicago
family's tradi-
tion of Sunday
dinner gather-
ings finished the
weekend in sec-
ond place, tak-
ing in more than
$11 million.
V The recent-
ly christened Mr. Freeze and his
real-life bride have had another
child. Action movie king Arnold
Schwarzenegger and his wife, NBC
News reporter and Kennedy cousin
Maria Shriver, became proud par-
ents again on Saturday when Shriver
gave birth to an as-yet-unnamed
baby boy. The 9 1/2-pound infant
makes child No. 4 for the couple,
who now have two boys and two
girls. No word yet on when mom
will return to work, although her
publicist insists that everyone is
happy and well.
/ After delving into the Civil War
and America's pastime, documentary
filmmaker Ken Burns is turning his
attention to the creator of "The
Notorious Jumping Frog of
Calaveras County." His next project,
according to Associated Press
reports, will explore the many mys-
teries surrounding American writer
Samuel . .Clemens ,(a.k a.. ,Mark
Twain) The short.filmabout the leg-

endary author of "The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn" and many other
works is expected to be shown on
PBS in 2001.
Music
~ Fresh off its triumphant gig in
Sarajevo, U2 will return to North
America on Oct. 26 for a concert in
Toronto, followed by a Halloween date
at the Pontiac Silverdome (lead singer
Bono is pictured below). Unfor-
tunately, the group inexplicably keeps
getting terrible opening bands; Fun
Loving Criminals opened numerous
summer shows, and now the double
whammy of crap, Third Eye Blind
and Smash Mouth, will handle the
fall tour duties.
V Despite
the fact that
they can't get
visas yet to do
an extensive 40-
city tour of the
United States,
the members of
Oasis will
come to New
York this week-
end for a
"Saturday Night
Live" gig. For
the first time in
the show's his-
tory, the musi-
cal artist was
booked before
the host, who in
this case is
Matthew
Perry. Oasis
will also play
two concerts at
the Hammer-
stein Ballroom
on Oct. 7-8, and
make a
"Letterman"
appearance on Oct. 9.
/ According to Addicted to Noise,
this summer's Lilith Fair was the
higest-grossing festival tour this.sum-
mer. Following in Sarah McLachlan's
wake were the OzzFest, Lollapalooza
(which saw attendance figures of only
67 percent of capacity, a far cry from
past levels) and H.O.R.D.E. Jewel
defeats Ozzy and Neil Young ? What's
the world coming to?
/ ATN also reports that Sean
"Puffy" Combs plans a U.S. tour this
fall. Expect to see a nearly two-hour
concert during which no instruments
will be played, classic songs by Diana
Ross and The Police will be ripped off,
and Puff Daddy will dance around
while sporting stylin' sunglasses.
Where are The Roots when you need
them most?
- Compiled by Daily Film Editor
Joshua Rich and Daily Music Editor
Aaron Rennie. The Associated Pren
contributed to jbis report.;.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
* Cautious actions reduce
bility of lame results, so
moves wisely this week.
Scorpio (Oct. 2-Nov. 21
Your patience in relation
finally pay off, and you'll
understand that laughing
mistakes makes life a ta
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.
A new month brings new1
to your social life. Octobe
in store for new relationsf
increase in your social ac
Capricomn (Dec. 22-Jan. 1
Your hard work is beginn
off, and people are start
notice. Don't be so hard
because your true friend
stand your hardships. Th
will surprise you.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 1
With midterms just arou
ner, now is not the time

Weeken- Magazine I1
your responsibilities. Is a night
the possi- work worth an'all-nghter next
make your week?
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Se wary of minor flaws in your
ships will mate relationships. These "scr
begin to es" could prove to be the majo
i at stupid "dents" that ruin your commur
d easier. tion.
21) Arles (March 21-April 19)
possibilities Love, money and jobs are your'
r has much top words this week, but only if
hips and an are willing to work a little extra
tivities. get what you want.
L9), Taunts (April 20-May 20)
ing to pay A good friend is beginning to f1
ing to away, and you should be sure#
on yourself you are willing to let this relat
s under- ship die. If not, you better mal
ieir concern your move before it is too late
reconciliation will be better foi
8) both of you.
nd the cor- Gemini (May 21-June 20)
to ignore That negative attitude of yours

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Top 10 movies
(for the weekend of Sept 26. to
Sept. 29) 0
1. "The Peacemaker," $12.3 million
(1 week in theaters)
2. "In & Out," $11.22 million (2)
3. "Soul Food," $11.19 million (1)
4. "The Edge," $7.7 million (1)
5. "The Game," $5 million (3)
6. "L.A. Confidential," $4.4 million (2)
7. "Wes Craven Presents
Wishmaster," $3.1 million (2)
8. "The Full Monty," $2.8 million (7)
9. "A Thousand Acres," $1.6 mil-
lion (2)
10. "G.I. Jane," $1.3 million (6)
Source: The Associated Press

Help Me Ha
Dear Harlan,
Okay, here's the spiel. I'm a 2
old guy and work for my schoo
gramming board. I have SERIOL
ings for one of my female co-wo
She has a boyfriend, but isn
happy with him and I think she lik
What makes me think so?
Well, she usually stands closer
than most people would
when talking. On one occa-
sion, she put her head on my
shoulder in the office. At
our last board meeting, she
looked at me and smiled out
of the blue!
So, whatcha think?
- Thinking man
Dear Thinking,
I think you're looking into
things too closely. It's not
like she comes to board
meetings wearing a teddy and
the board to make a motion t
take her to the land of pleasure.
You can read into whatever y
but it's too early to make conclu
It's natural to wonder, but do
yourself too excited. Until she sn
you out of the blue while shav
legs in the shower, consider her
and comfortable friend.
Dear Harlan,
My ex-girlfriend is coming to
five weeks to stay for the weeke
We dated for two years and b
six months ago. We ended thing
so bad terms, though there's no al
left for either of us - we're just
She's coming to town in five
and wants to stay with me for a
of nights, strictly platonic. I dor
if this would be appropriate, con
I kind of have a new girlfriend.

Billboard Top 10
(top albums for the week ending
Oct. 4, 1997)
1. Mariah Carey, "Butterfly" (1
week on chart)
2. Leann Rimes, "You Light Up My
Life" (2)
3. Busta Rhymes, "When Disaster
Strikes ... " (1)
4. Master P, "Ghetto D" (4)
5. Puff Daddy & The Family, "No
Way Out" (9)
6. Fleetwood Mac, "The Dance" (5)
7. Brooks & Dunn, "The Greatest
Hits Collection" (1)
8. Jars of Clay, "Much Afraid" (1)
9. Jewel, "Pieces of You" (84)
10. Trisha Yearwood, "(Songbook)
A Collection of Hits" (4)
Source: Billboard Magazine

107 years ao in Uate Edij
Recognizing that the University was away behind the times in a most in
development of journalism was all in the way of specialization, the staf
by establishing a paper which should attempt to do but one thing - giv
Daily pretends to do nothing else.

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