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40 years ago: KU’s Erotic Film Festival faces second cancellation

April 7, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 7, 1974:

  • The Erotic Film Festival scheduled by Kansas University's Student Union Activities (SUA) had been canceled for the second time. The first cancellation had happened in January after complaints from two state senators and the threat that the films would be confiscated. The festival had been rescheduled for May 7, but had again been scrubbed to avoid a legal battle. "When I first took the proposal of rescheduling the film to the SUA board, I did so under the assumption that no legal problems would occur, said Jim Milio, SUA miscellaneous film series chairman. "However, it has recently been related to me that legal problems, politically motivated, would most assuredly be involved. I was informed that if a complaint was received from any citizen of Kansas by the county attorney's office concerning the film's showing, the film would be confiscated by that office. If the film was confiscated, a court battle involving the Kansas Union would ensue."
  • Film director Robert Altman joined a large crowd in KU's Hoch Auditorium this week to watch the Midwest premier of Altman's latest film, "Thieves Like Us." The film showing, plus a question-and-answer period with the director, comprised the final presentation of Student Union Activities' annual Festival of the Arts.
  • Losses totaling $250 had resulted from a nighttime burglary at Hollingshead Retail Liquor, 1917 W. 24th. Lawrence police said the attendant on duty had reported that a man had walked in the store, pointed a gun at her, and asked for money from the register. When she had tried to stall, he had taken a paper bag and put the cash in it himself before running from the store.

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