2A - Thursday, March 15, 2007
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The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes
Before You Were Here
Tobacco and good conversation
Fred Chase debates politics, sports with campus figures
Eighty-five-year-old Fred Chase
quit smoking a long time ago. For the
past 13 years, though, he has been a
fixture at the Maison Edwards tobac-
co shop in Nickels Arcade.
Despite the proximity to so much
nicotine, Chase no longer feels the
"I stopped about 15 years before I
came in," he said. "It doesn't bother
me at all."
Yesterday during Chase's shift,
customers wandered in, purchased
individual cigarettes and sat down to
have a smoke and a chat.
The walls are lined with black and
white photographs of former Michi-
gan sports players and a large display
of pipes mounted on a board.
Owner Chuck Ghawi said people
frequent the store to smoke and dis-
cuss sports and politics with Chase.
"It almost takes on a town hall sort
of feel," Ghawi said.
Some of the more famous regulars
have included actor Jeff Daniels, foot-
ball coach Lloyd Carr and football
defensive coordinator Ron English.
"Sports is what I'm mainly inter-
ested in," Chase said.
His advice for the upcoming NCAA
Tournament is bolder than a robust
cigar - University of Pittsburgh will
win the championship.
"I'm probably in the minority
thinking that," he said.
When Chase is talking politics, he's
just as full of strong opinions.
"I guess you'd consider me a liber-
al. Livin' in Ann Arbor," he said. "It's
a pretty liberal town."
Chase, a veteran of World War II,
said he opposes the war in Iraq, call-
ing it a "big mistake." Likewise, he
disapproves of the current economic
situation - especially within the auto
industry. His beliefs are certainly not
inherited from his Republican par-
Chase's long talks have helped
Maison Edwards attain its status as
the foremost vintage tobacco shop in
In the 1940s, there were at least
three other stores like Maison
Edwards in Ann Arbor, Chase said.
"Back then it seemed like almost
everybody smoked," he said. "They
didn't think it was a health haz-
The atmosphere, however, has
remained more or less the same since
the shop opened in 1963, he said.
People come in to buy cigars for golf
outings, weddings and the birth of
children, among other occasions.
"Just like (then), people come in
here - and stay and visit," he said.
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Fred Chase measures tobacco at Maison Edwards
tobacco shop in Nickels Arcade yesterday. Chase,
who has been working at the shop for 13 years, quit
smoking before he took the job.
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Stem cell forum Variety show
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