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25 years ago in Metro Times: George Corsetti interviews a young (and quite svelte) Michael Moore. Moore had been working as the editor-publisher of the Michigan Voice. Corsetti talks with Moore about the alternative weekly paper switching to color and covering statewide content, all with more subscription-based circulation and meager ad revenue. In 1979, the paper had been raided by police and was instrumental in the resulting state shield law. Moore would leave the paper a year later for a four-month stint at Mother Jones, before the ensuing legal battle that would finance Moore's first film, Roger & Me. What was happening: Jean-Luc Ponty at the Royal Oak Music Theatre and Butthole Surfers at Traxx in Detroit.

15 years ago in Metro Times: Jack Lessenberry talks about a lesser-known aspect of Jack Kevorkian's life: Kevorkian the dietician. Infamous for his assisted-suicide saga, "Doctor Death" also wrote a book of (shudder) Dr. Seuss-style limericks to encourage weight loss, Slimmericks and the Demi-Diet. In the book he also cites that laughter is without a doubt the most neglected force. One "slimmerick" goes: "A life of profane deglutition/Can end in a real grave condition/How the masses consumed can be fitly entombed/Will weigh heavy upon the mortician." Don't quit that day job, Doc. What was happening: Big Head Todd & the Monsters at the State Theatre (with Dave Matthews Band opening) and the Roots at Clutch Cargo's.

9 years ago in Metro Times: Melissa Giannini talks with hip-hop vets Slum Village as they work through some unnamed studio sessions — presumably 2002's Trinity (Past, Present and Future). Giannini interviews T3 and Baatin just as the group was thrust into a transitional period with producer J Dilla off to pursue a solo career (his album Welcome to Detroit was released the same week). Dilla at the time was said to be producing half of the tracks, but would end up with substantially less, just a handful. Dilla would keep working with Slum Village (and on a slew of other projects) before dying in February of 2006. What was happening: Mix Master Mike at St. Andrew's Hall and Weezer at the State Theatre (now the Fillmore).

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