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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

TUESDAY:
Off the Beaten Path

WEDNESDAY: FRIDAY:
Campus Clubs...............Photos of the Week

How Ann Arbor bucked the expected trend

While relatively unas-
suming today, Fourth
Street in Ann Arbor had
a bit of a reputation in the
early 1970s as a "sex com-
plex," with several stores
selling pornographic mate-
rials to students and area
residents.
But on June 21, 1973, the
U.S. Supreme Court ruled
in Miller v. California that
obscenity was not protect-
ed by the First Amendment.
The expected result was
a subsequent crackdown
in the porn industry and
a drop in business for Ann
Arbor's stores.
However, Dwight Wil-
liams, owner of Adult News
- one of the stores located
on Fourth Street - said ina
Sept. 6, 1973 article in The

Michigan Daily that the
ruling had quite the oppo-
site effect.
Despite the court rul-
ing, Williams told the Daily
at the time that he did not
see the need to remove or
censor any items from his
shelves. In fact, he antici-
pated an increase in sales if
he did.
"People dig what they
can get," Williams said. "It
was getting too open here -
like in Sweden. Everything
was being exposed."
In his store, paperback
novels with colored covers
bearing titles like "Deep
Mouth" and "Born to Stud"
lined the shelves. Films,
sex tabloids and magazines
were also featured among
the products sold.

At the time, Williams
told the Daily that his work
wasn't as exciting as some
may imagine.
"When you're staring at
this stuff every day, sex just
isn't that important any-
more," Williams said. "You
find there are more impor-
tant things in life."
Williams said at the time
that he found interacting
with his customers to be the
most rewarding aspect of
his job. Students composed
30 percent of Hs business,
and couples also frequented
the store on weekends.
Across the street from
his shop was Figure Model-
ing Agency, and right next
door was Adult Books and
Peep Shows - infamous for
its free half-hour massages

that. came with every pur-
chased sex movie of a cer-
tain value.
According to the Daily
article, none of these stores
appeared to be affected at
all by the Supreme Court
ruling, and local officials
interviewed at the time
didn't seem concerned with
the state of business.
Washtenaw County
Prosecutor William Del-
hey said at the time that he
didn't "think the decision
will have any bearing on
things here."
Additionally, while inthe
Adult News store one Ann
Arbor policeman said, "If
people wantto see this kind
of stuff, they have a perfect
right to, it's fine with me."
-DEBJANIMUKHERJEE

Adult Newsowas an adult entertainment store in Ann Arbor.

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CRIME NOTES
Hardware stolen Student smokers

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

WHEN: Monday at about 2:45
p.m
WHERE: Computer Science
and Engineering Building
WHAT: A hard drive, CPU and
optical drive were stolen from a
lab, University Police reported.
The room was protected by
electronic card access, but stor-
age units were left unlocked.
Pushing pills
WHEN: Monday at about 7:30
p.m.
WHERE: University Hospital
WHAT: A patient's relative
administered medication
against medical advice, Uni-
versity Police reported.

WHEN: Monday at about 10:30
p.m.
WHERE: Alice Lloyd Hall
WHAT: Two students were
found smoking marijuana in
their room, University Police
reported. Police filed a report
with the prosecutor.
Intruder booted
WHEN: Monday at about
12:45 a.m.
WHERE: Shapiro Undergrad-
uate Library
WHAT: Police escorted an
individual not affiliated with
the University frbm the building
after issuing a warning, Univer-
sity Police reported.

Showcase
holiday sale
WHAT: The University's
Computer Showcase is hav-
ing a sale throughout Dec. for
students faculty and staff
WHO: Michigan Adminis-
trative Information Services
WHEN: Today from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Ground floor,
Michigan Union
Lecture on the
counterintuition
WHAT: Alecture address-
ing mental mistakes and
advice on avoiding them
like situational power.
WHO: Center for the Study
of Complex Systems
WHEN: Today at 4p.m.
WHERE: Forum Hall,
Palmer Commons

Photography
exposition
WHAT: A display of pro-
fesional photographs taken
by University Alum Cheryl
Hogue while she toured
Englad, Scotland and Irland.
WHO: U-M Health System
WHEN: Today at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Floor 2, Univer-
sity Hospital Main Corri-
dor West
Music collection
WHAT: A musical intru-
ment collection of over 2,500
pieces that are internationally
known and used as a resourse.
WHO: School of Music
WHEN: Today at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Moore Building
CORRECTIONS
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gandaily.com.

A 59-year-old women was
excused from jury duty in
Birmingham according to
USA Today. The women had
changed her name to Jesus
Christ from her previous Dor-
othy Lola. She was excused
because she asked questions
rather than answering them
and when her name was called
some of the other potencial
jurors laughed.
SOnly 3,565 out of
39,671 students voted
in Michigan Student
Assembly elections this year.
>>FOR MORE, SEE OPINION, PAGE 4
Muntadhar Al-Zeidi, the
Iraqi journalist who threw
his shoes at former U.S.
President George W. Bush in
Dec 2008 had a show thrown at
him by another Iraqi man dur-
ing a press conference in Paris,
this past Tuesday according to
MyFoxDC.com.

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