Ann Arbor Hash Bash
Back in April of 1971...Springtime broke and all of us 9th graders at West Jr High in Ypsilanti, MI were chomping at the bit to go play...no one felt like sitting in class on that warm, beautiful, and sunny day. Just before school...we all happened to meet outside and accidentally... we organized a group of us to skip school then go to U of M's Campus in Ann Arbor.
We always migrated to University of Michigan's Diag...
A brass block "M", a symbol of the university, is embedded at the center of the Diag. Local legend has it that if a UM student steps on the M before taking his or her first blue book exam at the university, the student will fail his or her first blue book exam. The only way to reverse this "curse" was to run naked from the campus belltower during the strokes of midnight to two statues of pumas at the Natural Science Museum, then back to the tower before it stopped ringing. This has been made considerably more difficult in recent years as the belltower no longer rings at midnight....and so it goes...
Anyway back to my story..
The photo above is what the Diag looks like...it is a shortcut between South University St and State St. For some reason we thought this was the coolest place to hang out when we were little kids. Who knows.. maybe we thought we'd run into some rock guys... being that Discount Records was right there.
Jeep Holland (manager of Scott Morgan and The Rationals) was manager of Discount Records in the late 1960s, and Iggy Pop worked there as a stock boy...
Also it was so easy to catch the city bus from school and ride it downtown for like 25 cents! The Ann Arbor Transit made a bit of money that day!
Shortly after we arrived the police (with riot helmets) came out and so did the Ann Arbor News! Right behind the newspaper was channel 7's ABC Action News Team too!
The next thing that happened was the media found Ricky King (big Hash fan) and asked him what we (a hoard of under-aged kids) were doing there at the Diag instead sitting in class. Ricky King said, and I quote...."MAN WE ARE HAVING A HASH BASH" Yes Ricky King coined that phrase and that Hash Bash has been going on ever since in one form or another.
What a huge story! The next day everyone knew what we had done...OH NO my Mom was going to see this!!! Man were we busted for skipping school. We did get in trouble with the school.. but there were too many of us to suspend...so we got off easy...
I only went that one time as politicians and hippies took it over when they saw the opportunity to organize their legalize Pot campaigns. It has been 42 years and it is almost legal now...
12th Annual Ann Arbor Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival. Live music and vending at 800 Block of Monroe Street, two blocks south of the U of M Drum circle at 11am, music starts at noon.
When: April 6, noon-6 p.m.
Venue: Downtown Ann Arbor
Tags: party, fun for all, live music