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The his torian
Wystan Stevens, the man who sells books at a long foldout table on State Street, is one of the area's
most prominent historians. An Ann Arbor native, Stevens has been enthralled with the city's history
since he was a young boy. His hobby is not limited to reading, writing and lecturing about days gone
by - Stevens spends six to seven Sundays during the fall of each year giving tours of Forest Hill Cem-
etery. Here's what he had to say about his hometown, its history and the people who made history.
- As told to Emily Angell
* When I was still a kid I used to read the Ann Arbor paper. Back in those days they had people
who knew something about the place. I absorbed it. There is a committee of historians who have
met for several years. We go over texts for the glass display panels you see all over town.
Three things you can talk about this week:
1. Afghanistan's Highway 1
2. Iran's nuclear program
3. BIOLOGY 116 - Biology of Sex
And three things you can't:
1. Mark Zuckerberg's privacy lawsuit
2. The Victoria Secret
3. Scheduling conflicts
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
I'm OK with the Lord,
and the Lord is OK with
me, as far as I can tell."
- FRED THOMPSON responding to criti-
cism from conservative Christians for his
poor church attendance and failure to discuss
his faith on the campaign trail
"I need to speak to Hillary
Clinton. Something's got to
change. Ordinary people
- LEELAND EISENBERG, the man accused of
holding hostages in a Hillary Clinton campaign
office, on how he was trying to get help for
people withmental health issues
"We're not stupid like he thinks. It's that simple.
There are conscious, thinking people here, too."
- ELIXIO FUSIL, a pro-Chavez venezuelan voter, on venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after
the president sawhis proposed constitutional changes rejected by voters
I remember June 6, 1950 as one of the most exciting days in Ann Arbor. Haven Hall
burned down after an instructor set it on fire - he was upset about not getting
tenure or something. I was 7 years old and my whole family witnessed the
disaster. Every piece of fire station equipment was there and students
were throwing manuscripts out of the back windows. There was a huge
roar from the crowd when a brick wall from the 1860s collapsed.
* The University is the most unique part of Ann Arbor. It's the
tail that wags the dog. Its institutional presence can sometimes
be oppressive, but it really benefits the town's economy.
* We have had several characters over the years. Shakey Jake just died. In the
past there was a man called the "healer of sick shoes," who migrated to Ann
Arbor from England. He was a cobbler before he was a news vendor outside
of Nickels Arcade. Another was "Railroad Jack," who was a traveling
hobo and came here a couple times a year. He carried a huge wooden
box that contained all his earthly possessions. He was a bit of
an idiot savant-he stood on his box in the Diag and could
tell you tFie events that occurred on any given date.
0 Forest Hill Cemetery is like a filing cabinet.
They've got everybody there: leaders of
yesteryear, University bigwigs and those
who drove the economy of the town.
meLately people want to see Schembechler's
grave. His stone was just placed on his grave in
September. It's not very impressive-small and
made of black marble-and it's from China.
I guess it's cheaper to buy stone in China.
Giuliani's take on
to a parody of a Rudy Giutiani
campaign ad, the Republican front-
runner is praised for his position on
The rest of the Republican can-
didates are slammed for not caking
enough action, in cypical campaign
ad style, toward the protection and
care of their mistresses.
John McCain is accused of not
taking care of his mistresses when
he cheated on his first wife. Mitt
Romney is accused of notheven hav-
ing any mistresses, while Arkan-
sas Gov. Mike Huckabee - who is
apparently dating chucktNorris
- is criticized for spending too little
money on Norris.
Giuliani, on the other hand, is
clearly the most qualified for the
GOP nomination. Not only did Gin-
liani have multiple affairs, but he
used his powerto help his mistress,
now his wife, in everyday tasks. The
video even says New York police
officers even walked her dog.
Finally, in traditional Giuliani
fashion, the ad gets in a "P.S. 9/11,
See this and other
YouTube videos ofthe week at
Average age of University of Michigan professors duringthe
2006-2007 school year
Average salary of University professors
Percent of University professors who are female
Source: Office of Budget and Planning
THEME PARTY SUGGESTION
Fishbowl all nighter - So you have six papers,
eight exams and three group projects to pull
together for next week, but you still need to party.
We recommend you bring some festivity to the
Fishbowl. Set up a different drink station in each
cubicle and play "What A Feeling (Club Remix)"
by Peter Luts & Dominico every 45 minutes. Your
fellow crammers will love you for it.
Throwing this party? Let us know. TheStatement@umich.edu
STUDY OF THE WEEK
No second base for bad kissers
The majority of people have jumped ship at the start of a potential
relationship after finding that their companions lacked kissing skills,
according to a study published in "Evolutionary Psychology."
Researchers surveyed 1,041 college students about their preferences,
attitudes and behaviors about kissing.
The study showed that kissing might play an evolutionary role for
mating selection. Results suggest women put more emphasis on kissing
as a means of evaluating a potential mate and monitoring a relationship.
But men find kissing less important, using it mostly as a way of increas-
ing the likelihood of sex.
Both sexes use the chemicals in their partners' saliva to gauge mating
potential. But because men have lessened chemosensory detection abil-
ity, they prefer wetter kisses with more tongue so that they can get the
greater amount of saliva they need to judge their partners.
- JESSICA VOSGERCHIAN