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Pivotal events in May 1970

1st

> Madison Alliance for Homosexual Equality Day, featuring campus workshops on Gay Liberation, a film and a Union Cafeteria dance—a major shift from the ’60s, when most campus gays and lesbians had been closeted, with many careers ruined. After the May Day MAHE Day, Jess Anderson recalls, “There could be no return to the closet. We were out, period. For good.”

> Democratic attorney Maurice Pasch replaced as UW Regent by GOP state chairman and insulation company executive Ody Fish.

> City assumes ownership of the bus system but hasn’t decided how to operate it. The city council later makes the Teamster drivers private workers, ignoring warnings about the Central States pension plan, implications of a closed shop and the threat of a strike.

> Society column reports engagement of Ald. Eugene Parks, acting director of the UW Afro-American and Race Relations Center, and Marilyn Smith, a UW senior and music major.

8thThe University Avenue Methodist Hospital

> Statewide two-day Women’s Liberation Conference at the University Avenue Methodist Church.

9th

> Open House for new Methodist Hospital, 301 W. Washington Ave.

16th

> Class of 1920 moves alumni dinner to Field House to avoid demonstrations. Distinguished Service Awards go to retiring baseball coach “Dynie” Mansfield and astronaut James Lovell. In attendance: Academy Award-winning actor Frederick March, known as Fred Bickel of Racine when class president. Weekend passes without any public mention of his membership in Honorary Junior Ku Klux Klan Society.

19th

> West High senior David Clarenbach among winners in preliminary election for non-voting student member of Madison School Board. Clarenbach loses the runoff but is elected to the Dane County Board the following April, and the State Assembly in 1974, serving until 1993.

20th

> Madison Art Center, Inc., merger of Madison Art Association and Madison Art Foundation, announces founding meeting-dinner, June 1, at Maxine’s French Quarter.

21st

> Dane County Board names George Reineke county administrator. He keeps his $13,000 job as the county’s chief accountant, adding new duties for $4,000.

22nd

Midge Miller> Mrs. Edward F. (Midge) Miller, the university housewife and dean who ran Eugene McCarthy’s successful Wisconsin primary campaign in 1968, declares candidacy against GOP Rep. Robert Uehling. Miller wins, serving until 1985.

25th

> Plan Commission puts ordinance creating Landmarks Commission on hold after complaints raised about restrictions on private
property rights. Among those formally opposing the measure: city director of public works Edwin Duszynski.

26th

> Second anniversary of the unsolved murder of Christine Rothschild, 18, strangled and stabbed in front of Sterling Hall during an early Sunday walk.

> Common Council adds sex and class to equal opportunities ordinance but delays adding age as a protected category.

27th

> More than 150 attend explosive meeting to discuss alleged incidents of inappropriate punishment of children at the Aldo Leopold School in Arbor Hills.

28th

> Lucille Francine Chicase, 26, advertised as Lola Montes, “a Spanish delight,” arrested at Park Motor Inn for lewd and lascivious behavior for dancing nude during afternoon show at Dangle, 119 E. Main St. “She’s a highly paid professional strip-teaser,” co-owner Thomas Reichenberger counters, “and although she ends up nude, that’s not lewd.”

30th

> A Memorial Day to match the mood—damp and gloomy, with some rain. Ten thousand crowd the square for a quiet march, reviewed by Mayor Dyke and other dignitaries from a platform on Monona Avenue. Later, Madison Area Peace Action Council marches from campus to James Madison Park.

> Of the 186 Wisconsin men who died in Vietnam since last May, six were from Madison: James V. Spurley, Jr., Norman Way; Thomas A. Griesen, Hilltop Dr.; Larry J. Nicholson, Maher Ave.; Charles R. LeBosquet, Cherokee Dr.; Dennis W. Shew, Mendota St.; Duane L. Richard, Dana Dr.

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