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Ninety-four years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCIV, No. 29-S TichiganDail Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, July 27, 1984 Fifteen Cents

Twenty Pages

Rain can't dampen artists' spirits
Art fair draws crowds
despite dreary weather

By ERIC MATTSON
The rain may have slowed merchan-
ts' sales to a trickle, but it didn't dam-
pen the spirits of art fair patrons and
artists.
Ann Arbor's 25th art fair opened
Wednesday to clear skies and stifling
heat. But yesterday, intermittent
sprinkles dispersed the crowds and for-
ced many artists to cover their booths.
Bill Kenney, owner of The Shoe
Palace on State Street, said business
has been generally good at this year's
art fair, but he's not sure why.
"When business is good, you never
question it. It's when you start losing
business that you start to worry," he
said. Yesterday was slower than Wed-
nesday, Kenney said, but Thursday is
traditionally the least crowded day of
the fair.
"Today was real slow, mainly
because of the weather," said Paul
Bedford, manager of Sneakers 'n'
Cleats on State Street. Bedford added
that a lot of the artists buy shoes at the
art fair every year because they're so
cheap.
Some of the street performers didn't
seem to mind the rain at all. "Gypsy"
Michael said he travels around the
country living off the money people put
in his hat after he performs on his
many instruments.
"I've been doing this for 16 years, and
I don't talk to reporters," Michael said
before graciously acquiescing to a 10-
minute interview.
"I am the only licensed troubador in'
the United States," Michael claimed,
although he didn't specify where he had
been licensed - he would only say it

was in Florida.
Michael boasted that he had been in-
terviewed by Jessica Savitch at a $100 a
plate dinner for President Reagan. "I
was in the Secret Service then," he ex-
plained.
Chime maker Jens Wennberg was an
engineer and a manager at Singer
Sewing before he took up craftsman-
Dulcimer makers entice
potential musicians with their
. music. See Story, Page5.
ship for a living. "I'm a hippie
dropout," he said.
Wennberg said he wasn't too pleased
with the new conservatism. "People in
school today are into the corporate
world," he said.
The Ithaca, NY native said he travels
to art fairs all over the country.
Wennberg, who calls himself "one of
the travelling people," sells his chimes
at art fairs all over the country, but one
of his favorite fairs is Ann Arbor's.
"This show is worth driving -12 hours
each way," he said.
Wennberg also seemed high on his
craft. "This is a profession, truly in the
tradition of a gypsy or a tinker," he
said.
Mike Taylor, a potter from Hamilton,
Mich., said the poor weather didn't
really affect his sales.
"Even in the rain, people are stop-
See ART, Page 5

Two raincoat-clad art fair spectators battle the elements in the pursuit of art
yesterday.

Regents approve new
telephone system
By ANDREW ERIKSEN campuses by February 1986, and in
The University regents awarded a Dearborn by July of 1986.
contract yesterday to replace the THE UNIVERSITY will eventually
University's existing Centrex telephone own all of the network, including the
system with a more technologically ad- switching equipment and the wiring,
vanced network. and will be responsible for the repair
The new system will offer expanded and maintenance of the system at the
features like call waiting and call for- end of a one-year warrantly period. So,
warding, in addition to increasing the the University, in effect, will become its
ability to link computers together own telephone company.
through the phones. It may also reduce The increases in the pace of
the cost of long-distance telephone technological changes in the telephone
calls. industry plus the fact that telephone
The regents awarded the $32 million service in the new hospital had to be in
contract to Centel Business Systems for place by the fall of 1985 provided an op-
installing and equipping the telecom- portunity to study the University's
munication system that will extend system for possible replacement, ac-
over all three University campuses. cording to James Brinkerhoff, vice
The network will be operational in the president in charge of financial affairs.
Replacement Hospital Project by All of the telephones on the three

Inside:
" The old Second Chance gets a
new look. See page 3.
" Senior citizens find their
niche in the art fair. See page 4.
* The Miss America com-
petition is as sexist as Penthouse
magazine. See Opinion, page 6.
" The Cars take a ride to Pine
Knob. See Arts, page 13.
" Sports eats lunch with the Big
Ten coaches. See page 19.
Outside:
Mostly cloudy with a chance of
light showers and a high tem-
perature between 73 and 76
degrees.

Arkfinalizes
its move to
Main Street
By JOSEPH KRAUS
Unlike its namesake stranded on the
heights of Mt. Ararat, the Ark, Ann Ar-
bor's premier folk music showplace, is
moving.
Having rested at its 1421 Hill St.
location since 1965, the Ark is setting
sail for its new home at 637 S. Main,
near the corner of Main and Madison.
THE ARK was originally founded by
a confederation of four churches to ser-
ve as a coffeehouse showcasing local
musicans of all genres. With the arrival
of Dave and Linda Siglin as directors in
1967, however, it began focusing on folk
See ARK, Page 14

August 1985, on the Ann Arbor and Flint

See REGENTS, Page8

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