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The dream collector
At Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles,
a dense stack of eclectic books greets cus-
tomers. But after getting beyond the loads
of bound volumes, more notable objects
come into view: a machine that tells the
horoscope of the person standing on it,
Haight-Ashbury Street signs and a wide
array of trinkets and figurines littered
Jeffrey Pickell, a self-proclaimed "jack
of all trades," has been running Kaleido-
scope for 18 years but has been amassing
collectibles since childhood out of what he
calls "sheer necessity."
"My mother was an interior designer.
She used to drag me to antique stores and
antique sales," Pickell said. "In order to
survive, I collectedbaseball cards."
This need soon developed into a hobby,
which now includes everything from mod-
ern first edition novels to vintage handbags.
On a regular day, Pickell drives to work
on his motor scooter, picks out display sale
items and browses through products to
purchase on the Internet. Pickell said the
items he's interested in are heavily vested
"I buy things that strike my fancy, that
trigger some kind of memory," Pickell said.
"(People) tendtosanitizememories, soour
pasts are always more gentle."
Pickell, who was born in Brooklyn, has
lived in Ann Arbor since 1981. His wife
works for the University, and his son is a
"My wife is the practical one," Pickell
said. "I'm the dreamer."
The dreamer was quicklygrounded into
practicality last year, when he discovered
that his projected 42-day moving schedule
to relocate to Fourth Avenue from State
Street would cost more than $80,000.
But with the help of more than 100 vol-
unteers, the number of moving days dwin-
dled to less than two, and the move was a
Kaleidoscope's popularity over the years
has garnered a diverse crowd of customers,
including manybrushes with famed politi-
cians, actors and musicians.
"Hilary Swank came in the other day,"
Pickell said. "She was telling me how to
ride my bike - it needed WD-40 - she
Musician Patti Smith has been in Kalei-
doscope a couple of times. Beatnik poet
Allen Ginsberg rode in a taxi with Pickell
and signed a picture that still hangs on
the wall of the store. Actor John Hirsch
came in, "dressed to the nines," according
to Pickell and bought $455 worth of chil-
But Pickell said his most memorable
brush with fame was 10 years ago, when
musician Ben Harper came and bought
Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia. Harper
thenoffered Pickellbackstage passestohis
concert at Hill Auditorium.
"I saw Hendrix play," Pickell said.
Despite his abundance of artifacts, Pick-
ell said he prizes sentimental pieces more
than anything else in his store, including
sports memorabiliaand children'sbooks.
Pickell said his main purpose in running
the store isto interact with his customers.
"I talk to people, I think that's my main
job," Pickell said. "I'd probably save a lot
5oie hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11a.m. - 2a..
Jeffery Pickell stands inside his shop.
of money or rent (if Kaleidoscope were)
Pickell, who calls himself "a character"
and "old curmudgeon," will soon be turn-
ing 60years old.
"As you get older, health deteriorates,"
Pickell said. "But experience increases
- other people's experiences become my
- JASMINE ZHU
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African National Congress official Gwede Mantashe addressesthe media after the decisionto withdraw charges against its leader.
South African presidential
candidate cleared of charges
Q U A LITY S TU DE N TLI VIN G
against ANC's Zuma
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -
Prosecutors dropped their corruption
case yesterday against Jacob Zuma,
clearing the way for him to become
ing behind questions that could haunt
the next government.
Zuma, a colorful character and
well-known champion of the poor,
is the presidential candidate for
the governing African National
Congress in April 22 elections. He
is almost certain to win given the
Hundreds of Zuma supporters
reveled in the streets after prosecu-
tors said they would not pursue -
now or in the future - accusations
Zuma accepted bribes to thwart an
investigation into wrongdoing by
a French arms company involved
in a massive weapons deal in the
late 1990s.But prosecutors said the
withdrawal had nothing to do with
Zuma's guilt or innocence. They
claimed to have a strong case, and
said it was withdrawn because of
prosecutorial misconduct. They
noted that others could file civil
by opposition parties who decried
but scheduled a newsconference for
today in Durban, where he was to
appear in court for the charges tobe
Reactions to the decision high-
lighted the issues that remain as
the country's fledgling democracy
attempts to move forward.
Gwede Mantashe, the ANC's
secretary general, called Monday's
decision "a victory for the rule of
law, decency and common sense,"
and told reporters that Zuma should
now be seen as free of suspicion.
Zuma, Mantashe said at ANC head-
quarters. "They have been with-
drawn this morning by the people
who laid the charges."
The presidential candidate for
COPE, a recently formed political
party thatbroke away from the ANC,
countered saying prosecutors should
have gone forward with the case.
"We still have not heard about
the merits or the demerits of the
case against Mr. Zuma. The South
African people want to know: Is he
innocent or is he guilty?" COPE's
Mvume Dandala said.
Mokotedi Mpshe, acting direc-
tor of public prosecutions, said
yesterday that key prosecutors had
abused their powers by trying to 4
time the announcement of charg-
es against the 66-year-old former
guerrilla leader to a key ANC con-
ference in late 2007, presumably to
undermine his bid to become party
Zuma won the leadership race
at that conference, and two days
later Mpshe said he had enough
evidence to try Zuma. Yesterday,
Mpshe said he had been unaware
in 2007 of attempts to manipulate
"An intolerable abuse of process
has occurred which requires discon-
tinuationofthe prosecution," Mpshe
said at a packed news conference that
was broadcast live nationwide.
Mpshe's decision came after
phone conversations between prose-
cutors discussing the announcement
timing. It was unclear how Zuma's
team obtained the recordings, but
Mpshe said prosecutors determined
they were authentic.
Even before yesterday's decision,
the accusations that Zumahad taken
a $55,600 (500,000-rand) bribe to
protect a French arms company had
not appeared to hurt Zuma among