Detroit Free Press, “Free Press Flashback: An anarchist clown pies a ‘child god’ at Detroit City Hall”

By Jim Neubacher, January 9, 2022

Editor’s note: This edition of Free Press Flashback is a lightly edited version of an article that appeared on Page One Aug. 8, 1973. It is followed by an update.

The Guru Mahara Ji, appearing before the Detroit City Council Thursday afternoon, was greeted with a pie in the face from a disgruntled citizen and the first split vote on a testimonial resolution by the council in recent history.

The guru, who says he is 15 years old and a child god, was quietly waiting at the side of the council chambers in the City-County Building when a young man ran forward from the audience and slapped a shaving cream pie in his face and down the front of his beige dress suit.

The menthol-flavored cream filled a small paper plate. On the back was the inscription: “Council for the Eruptive Anticipation of the Marvelous. The Fifth Estate.”

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