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In Other Ivory Towers
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A salty story
These days, students are on a
first-name basis with their favorite
campus bar - whether it's Mitch's,
Ashley's, Rick's or Charlie's. But it
wasn't always this way.
For more than 50 years, a bar
known simply as "P-Bell" topped
The Pretzel Bell, which opened in
1934 after Prohibition was repealed,
was an extremely popular student
hot spot on the southwest corner
Liberty and Fourth Ave. up until it
closed in the summer of 1985.
The bar was also a favorite gather-
ing place for several campus groups,
includingimembers of The Michigan
Daily and the Men's Glee Club.
On weekend nights, the Pretzel
Bell hosted live music. For many
years, a local blue grass band, the
RFD Boys, played on most Saturday
nights, usually to a full house.
Now the Champion House, a Chi-
nese and Japanese local restaurant,
occupies the building. Although the
Pretzel Bell has been closed for more
then 20 years, alumni still regularly
ask for directions to their one-time
favorite watering hole, according to
Champion House employees.
While many locals and alumni
remember the Pretzel Bell fondly,
the campus icon also had its share of
legal troubles over the years.
The early 1980s marked the
beginning of the Pretzel Bell's legal
Late in 1983 and again in mid 1984,
the Pretzel Bell was closed by the
Washtenaw County Health Depart-
ment because of health violations.
The bar closed for good when the
IRS seized its assets in the summer
of 1985 after owner Clint Castor Jr.
failed to pay more than $110,000 in
employees' withholding taxes, dat-
ing back to 1982, The Detroit News
On April 16, 1985, the IRS auc-
tioned off most of the fixtures and
memorabilia of the bar, includingthe
bar's lamps and namesake bell. The
items grossed $208,000, according
to The Ann Arbor News.
Years earlier the Castor family
was also the victim of kidnapping.
In 1973, two men forced them-
selves into the Castor home andI
tied up Clint Castor Sr. and his wife,
When Castor told men all the
money he had was at the restaurant,
the men drove him there at gunpoint
where they stole $1,500 in cash.
During the ride back, Castor
overheard the two men discussing
whether or not to kill him. While
the car was moving, he jumped out.
Then he called police. The men were
all eventually caught and charged.
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Workers instal safety rails on the steps of the Union yester-
day. The rails were ordered this summer but were delayed to
insure that they would match the building's aesthetic.
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Tuesday at about 11:15
WHAT: A man was caught
stealing an unused colostomy
bag from the hospital, the
Department of Public Safety
reported. The bag was valued
WHERE: Walter E. Lay Auto-
motive Lab, 1231 Beal Ave.
WHEN: Tuesday at about 11:30
WHAT: Two laptops and a digi-
tal video camera were reported
stolen from a locked office, DPS
reported. The computers, which
were stolen sometime last week,
were valued at $2,000 each.
The video camera was last seen
on Aug. 22, and was valued at
$1,200. Police have no suspects.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Author to R1:30p.m.
WHERE: The Diag
Three students career
issued MIPs in
WHERE: West Quad
WHEN: Yesterday at about 2
WHAT: Three students were
cited with minor in possession of
alcohol violations, DPS reported.
They were later released.
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WHERE: Northwood IV
WHEN: Tuesday at about 4
WHAT: The refrigerator in the
apartment broke down some-
time over the past week, DPS
reported. About $200 in food
WHAT: Writer Lawrence
Weschler will discuss his
latest book "Everything that
Rises" as well as his career.
Weschler has worked as a
staff writer at The New York-
er and McSweeney's.
WHO: School of Art and
WHEN: Today at S p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Theater
WHAT: A nationwide rally
to mourn those who have
died from AIDS called A Day
WHO: Office of Lesbian Gay
Bisexual & Transgender
WHEN: Today at 11:30 a.m.
WHAT: Trombone trios,-
quartets and ensembles will
perform. The concert is free.
WHO: The University of
Michigan Trombone Ensem-
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Britton Recital
Hall, E.V. Moore Building
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yesterday's edition of The
Statement (Breakiig out of
a business black hole) mis-
spelled Sava Lelcaj's name.
" The same caption also
misidentified Lelcaj's res-
taurant. Lelcaj owns Sava's
Cafe on State Street.
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in the Daily to corree-
A Maine chapter of the
NAACP has canceled its
Kwanzaa celebration this
year after an elderly man
threatened to shoot chapter
members, The Associated Press
reported. 75-year-old Kend-
rick Sawyer told his Veteran's
Affairs doctor he planned to
shoot any black person he saw
attending a chapter meeting.
Bam beer brewed by Dex-
ter's Jolly Pumpkin Brew-
ery was named one of the
50 best beers in the world by
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Scotland spent $250,000
on its latest tourism slo-
gan, The Times of Lon-
don reported. After six months
of reseaich, marketers settled
on "Welcome to Scotland.
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